Q&A with Shelley Russell Nolan

The Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) chat with Reaper’ series author, Shelley Russell Nolan.

What project are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on ‘Winged Reaper’, the sequel to my debut urban fantasy ‘Lost Reaper’, and thinking ahead to the next book in my Reaper series, ‘Rogue Reaper’. I’m also editing a YA manuscript ‘Freak: Book One of the Revival Project’ in conjunction with the QWC’s Year of the Edit Online.

What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?

Some people have told me that they recognise me in the heroine of the first story I ever wrote, ‘Intergalactic Heroine for Hire’. It is about a teen that accidentally gets transported to another world where she has to fight brain-eating aliens. She’s quick witted, smart-mouthed and has a conscience that can’t let her walk away when someone is in trouble. I was sixteen when I started writing it, so I guess my heroine is who I wanted to be at that age.

How long did it take you to get published?

It feels like forever, as I started writing at sixteen, but that was just the warm up. I didn’t get serious until I was on maternity leave with my first child in 2009. So it took six years of getting serious, attending writing festivals, workshops and conferences to finally get ‘The Call’.

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?

I have a couple of ideas for some action adventure stories that I would love to write one day. But knowing me I will probably end up throwing in some paranormal, supernatural or sci/fi elements when I do start writing them.

What is your favourite movie of all time? The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?

Labyrinth would have to be my all-time favourite movie. I so wanted to be Sarah and can still recite the dialogue. I have introduced my kinds to it and they love it too.

I also love Armageddon and I cry every time Harry, the character played by Bruce Willis, dies. I want to rewrite the script so he survives. What a wonderful example of a father’s love.

Thanks to ARRA for the great interview!

Lost Reaper synopsis:

The first dead body I ever saw was my own.

For twenty-five-year-old Tyler Morgan, being murdered was easy. Easy in comparison with working for the Grim Reaper. Jonathon Grimm may have brought her back from the dead in exchange for working as a reaper for her hometown, Easton, but she has to find his lost reaper before she can enjoy her second chance at life. Only … the lost reaper isn’t actually lost. He has a new body and a new life and no intention of turning himself in, even if it means giving Tyler her life back.

Tyler begins the grisly task of reaping the souls of Easton’s dead while searching for the reaper. He could be anyone – the intriguing detective, Sam Lockwood; the handsome, wealthy Chris Bradbury; or the serial killer stalking the women of Easton. Women who bear an uncanny resemblance to Tyler.

But what is the ancient secret, hidden from mankind, that has motivated Grimm to chose Tyler for the morbid task?

As the killer closes in and Grimm’s deadline draws closer, Tyler discovers she is fighting a much bigger threat than the Grim Reaper and time is running out for everyone.