Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Author Interview- Shadow Slayer by Laura A.H. Elliott #YAPNR

- What is your “day” job if you are not a full-time author?

I’m a ghost! 👻 Ha:) I’m a ghostwriter of bestselling fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. I specialize in memoirs (journeys of the heart), biography, business, and self-help books. I write and produce action-adventure, biopics, and survival features as well as documentaries. I love saying I’m a ghost, it’s a really great conversation starter at parties:) 

Roxie LOVES to dance just like me (I’m the jellyfish on the left, ha!) She hosts some pretty crazy parties! If you want to join in Roxie’s Annual Halloween Party (and get lots of reader bonuses) sign up here, we can’t wait to see your dance moves!

- If you wrote a book about your life what would the title be?


- What is the hardest thing about being an author?

When what I write actually comes true in my own life. That’s what happened when I wrote Shadow Slayer. It’s the reason it’s taken me 10 years to write the rest of the series. Books 3 and 4 will be released on the next few Halloweens. I’m excited to see Roxie through the adventure, even though I had some pretty spooky times in between.

- What is the best thing about being an author?

I love living and working from anywhere. Every summer this ghost gets on her boat and writes for two or three months on the Salish Sea. My husband and I catch crabs, dig for clams and oysters, and we cook for each other. We take long hikes and bike rides and spend our life in nature.

- Have you ever been star-struck by meeting one of your favorite authors? If so, who was it?

Yes. Judy Blume touched me on the elbow once and asked me how to get out of the ballroom of the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. I never washed my elbow again 😂 I wrote about it here. Elmore Leonard was a close second. 

- What book changed your life?

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez 

- What were some of your favorite books growing up?

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 

Forever by Judy Blume

- What books are currently in your to-be-read pile?

Ballerina Body by Misty Copeland
Words Are My Matter by Ursula K. Le Guin
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

- Which do you prefer ebooks, print, or audiobooks?

I prefer print, but I love audiobooks too. That’s why the series is also available on audiobooks. A very good friend of mine from high school said that she has a condition where she can’t read. So, initially that’s what drove me to create the audiobook series. I wanted her to hear the story. 

- If you could live inside the world of a book or series which world would it be and why?

If I could live in the world of Dr. Zhivago I’d love it very much (without the war and starvation). I’d live in the moments of horse-drawn carriage rides, lavish parties with glittering socialites, and life in the ice palace in Varykino with the man I love wrapped under warm blankets away from the chaos of the world. 

Shadow Slayer
Shadow Series 
Book Two
Laura A.H. Elliott

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Ghost Press
Date of Publication:  September 28, 2012
ISBN: 978-1479388189
Number of pages: 184
Word Count:  54,298
Cover Artist: Laura Elliott 

Tagline: Shadows Will Do Anything To Become Human

Book Description: 

Shadows will do anything to become human. You see their influence every day. You say things you don’t mean or do things that aren’t like you. You look different. Friends you’ve known forever suddenly never call. 

As a freshman, Roxie just wants to fit in which is impossible because she barely runs into her friends at her huge high school. Adrianne’s disappearance and Hayden’s attention rock Roxie’s world. But nothing rocks it like the most gorgeous guy at school, Drew. And nothing is more important to Roxie than astral projecting back to Planet Popular to solve the mystery of the map. 

But that changes when Drew invites Roxie to homecoming. Hayden warns her that something’s wrong. Why would a guy like Drew like Roxie anyway? Drew must want something. Hayden’s right. Drew is different. Planet Popular was just the beginning. Part of a bigger world, the Shadow World. 

There’s a war brewing between the world of humans and the world of shadows. When the shadow invasion begins at Roxie’s high school, she’ll not only fight for her life but the lives of her family and friends when she discovers she’s the Shadow Slayer, the one human who can save Earth from the shadow onslaught. But Roxie can’t even kill a spider. 

Oh yeah, there's an evil English teacher, an enchanted play, a sword of Sandonian steel, a homecoming of horrors, and seven magic words too.

Book Trailer:  https://youtu.be/Xx830AT-g2s  



I stroke one cheek and then the other with blush and remember standing with Drew at the bonfire. The last night we went out as boyfriend and girlfriend. The last night he was human.

On your 13th birthday, you get the call. By your 14th birthday you find out what the call is.

Everyone I know is in the audience tonight––Ally, Mom, Dad, Brian, even my brother, Mitch, because he came home for my birthday. We’re having our family dinner tomorrow night since tonight the cast party’s at Drew's house, unless I decapitate him first.

“Roxie five minutes,” Hayden yells into the girl’s locker room. As usual I’m the last one out. I sweep my hair up to the side and try to remember my first line. For some reason it’s the one I always forget.

I open locker 316, grab my sword and just as I step outside of the locker room, Wanda runs up to me and starts talking non-stop about her nerves and how they’re getting worse and worse.

“What’s that?” she asks. I stop cold in my tracks at the backstage door.

“There are lots of words for things that don’t exist––the unseen. Like monsters and aliens and dragons and vampires and ghosts,” I say sort of in a trance.

“Yeah, so?” Wanda says, wringing her hands.

“If they don’t exist, why are there words for them? All the stuff I thought was crazy really isn’t crazy at all,” I say, finally getting what Drew was trying to tell me at the bonfire at the estate at homecoming. What the human Drew said before I danced with his shadow. My role in the unseen, the shadow world. Still, I don’t know so many things. Like, what happens to a shadow once I slay it? And where do humans go when their shadows invade? How can I save my human friends?

“Roxie, I caught you! I was so late because Brian’s car got a flat. He fixed it so great, I couldn’t believe it. It’s like he went to badass school or something,” Ally says, laughing.

“Ally. Finally!” We hug. I swallow hard. Brian. Fixed. A. Flat. I mean it’s not brain surgery. But believe me, if it doesn’t have an LCD screen, my brother Brian doesn't think it exists. He doesn’t know how to fix a flat. O.M.G. Brian is probably a shadow too.

About the Author:

As a teenager, Laura’s love for story began in the Amazon where she waterskied with piranha while learning of head hunters and curses. In addition to being a ghost, she’s the author of five books and is a contributor to lifestyle and travel magazines. She has a passion for travel, particularly life at sea, and makes her home in Santa Cruz, CA with her husband, daughters, and their families. No matter the language barrier, perceived danger, altitude, squalls, fashion faux pas, or ingested gluten, she writes to inspire with a focus on journeys of the heart—always on the lookout for great champagne and a pair of red shoes.

You can find her at Laurasmagicday.com, @Laurawriting on Twitter, @book_laurasmagicday on TikTok, and on Goodreads too.






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