C.S.: What do you write?
Shira: I write just about every genre of gay romance, from contemporary to paranormal, to high fantasy. I write what I imagine and what I love to read myself!
C.S.: Why do you enjoy this genre?
Shira: When I was still singing opera professionally, I saw what gay men went through not only in our society, but also with their relationships. I love writing about “real” characters, and through my writing, I want to celebrate the wonderful gay men I know and love.
C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
Shira: Since we downsized and moved downtown, my husband and I share our guest bedroom as a working space. It’s got lots of bright light from the windows and a super bright light for after dark.
C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
Shira: Books, of course! Also lots of fun swag I’ve picked up over the years, and my collection of con badges and lanyards.
C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
Shira: I have a great collection of December Diamonds mermen ornaments. They make me want to write more mermen stories, which I really don’t need to do right now!
C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Shira: Not really, although I love all my knicknacks!
C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
Shira: My computer. As in Facebook, Twitter, and Crunchyroll (anime streaming service). Totally tempting!
C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you write?
Shira: I tend to jump around in stories. Sometimes it works, sometimes it ends up messy and I have a lot of cleanup work I need to do!
C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
Shira: First thing in the morning. It’s also the quietest time to write for me.
C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Shira: Two wonderful dogs, one of whom loves to start howling for no discernible reason. Ugh!
C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
Shira: Sailing on our boat with my husband. Perfect for chilling out.
C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
Shira: Sometimes I’ll have a shot of aged rum to help write a sex scene. No joke!
C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
Shira: Never. I’m a former professional musician and I can’t seem to let music be the background – my brain just naturally focuses on the music instead of the writing.
C.S.: Question from the audience: Have you ever taken trips for research purposes? If so, where did you go?
Shira: No, but I often use my vacations as settings for my stories. My latest, Forgotten Paradise, is set in the Dominican Republic, where I went scuba diving with my husband and we had a family retreat.
Release Date: 4/15/2017
Blurb: When a megacompany threatens to take over his family-owned business, programming prodigy Adam Preston escapes the stress with a much-needed vacation in the Dominican Republic. There he meets attractive, intelligent, insightful Jonah James, a scuba dive instructor, and what starts as a holiday fling soon blossoms into much more.
But Jonah has a secret: ten years ago he woke up on an island beach with no idea how he got there… or even who he is. Their paradise may not be as perfect as it seems. When Jonah’s memories come crashing back like waves on the sand, will it be Adam clinging to the proverbial life raft, or will the two men find a safe harbor to ride out the storm?
Author Bio: In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “i Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.
Shira is married with two grown children and two insane dogs, and when she’s not writing she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 36’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel.
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