Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why I always write the boy - ShaNeil Harda

 Why I always write the boy

A bit about ShaNeil Harada - Author:
I have been writing since I was six. I was sitting in church and my mom gave me a piece of paper and pencil to keep me occupied.  I wrote a terrible little poem, I wish I still had a copy of it.

I have always wanted to take all the beauty and magic in the world and put it on paper for people to see.  I love writing fantasy/fiction and always have a story playing out in my head.

As a female writer, collaborating with other women, the question that I am often asked is: “Why are you always the boy?”

To be honest, I have more fun with boy characters.  I can make them strong and arrogant or socially awkward and shy.  I always had more ‘guy’ friends growing up than girls and I never was much of a girlie-girl.  As such I feel like I have a much easier time getting into the heads of boy characters.

“Is it awkward writing the boy half of a love story?”

Absolutely, I often find that I’m red from ear to ear after writing a scene, but it can be fun too.  I consider myself lucky, I get to make my characters say and do whatever I want.  So my guys always remember to say something sweet or make a romantic gesture, unless of course it suits the story better for them not to.

One question that I have a really hard time answering is: “Who is your favorite character?”

Do I have to pick?  Like my children, I love all of my characters equally.

I would have to say that Zayne in the series Reapers and Guardians, which I wrote with my good friend V Ann Crook, is one of the first characters that I absolutely gave my heart to.  He’s sweet and just wants what it seems that everyone else has…love.  I love the guy by default, but I had a blast writing him and getting into his head.  

After giving his mother the ‘kiss of death’ when he was four, Zayne always kept his distance from people.  He was so lonely, but it became second nature to him to just keep everyone at arm’s length.  With a tragic background like that how can you not love the guy?

The Reapers and Guardians series brings teen angst to a whole new level with a sixteen year old grim reaper who just wants to be a normal kid.  This series consists of four novellas.  The first two, Kiss of Death and Kiss of Shadows are available in Kindle format on Amazon:

Zayne is a sixteen year-old with a kiss to die for, literally.  He has lived in foster homes since he was four, ever since he kissed his mother and felt her die in his arms.  

He has mastered the art of pretending to be normal while keeping everyone at a distance.  That is until a fiery-haired angel, named Nadya, sends his carefully balanced world spinning on its axis.
Nadya has a gift of her own, one very different from the curse he bears.  Will their similar yet opposing gifts create an unbreakable bond of friendship between them?  Or are they destined to be enemies?
Zayne fights to control the emotions he has worked so hard to bury as his heart begins to long for the one thing he knows for sure that he can never have... love.

Terrified by his foster brother, Zayne's ability to suck the very soul from a person with a simple kiss, Zack runs away from home to live with his friend, a drug dealer named Alex. 

Trying numerous drugs to escape the creepy shadows that seem to be after him, Zack overdoses and ends up in a coma in the hospital, barely hanging on to life.
Zayne, wracked by guilt, rushes to find a way to rescue his brother from the shadows that torment him and threaten to strip away the last of his soul.
There is a way to make the shadows go away, but to do so Zayne must die. Can Zayne and Nadya rescue Zack and get rid of the shadows, or is the price too high?

For readers who have not yet embraced the concept of e-books, the two novellas are also combined in a single paperback called “Reaper’s Kiss”:

The remaining novellas: Kiss of Life and Kiss of Fate will be available soon (They will also be combined in a paperback called “Guardian’s Kiss”)

For a complete list of my available books, please check out my Amazon Author’s Page:

Check out more about my works in progress on my website:

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