Today we're excited to chat with Shannon Greenland (Watching You)
as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!
Read on for more about Shannon, her novel, plus a giveaway!
Meet Shannon Greenland!
Shannon Greenland, or S. E. Green, is the award winning author of the teen thriller, Killer Instinct, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; the teen spy series, The Specialists, an ALA Popular Paperback and a National Reader’s Choice recipient; and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award. Her books have been translated into several languages and are currently on numerous state reading lists. Shadow of a Girl is her latest novel and due out 9.19.16. Shannon has participated in and served as a guest speaker at festivals and conferences around the country to include but not limited to the LA Times Book Festival, American Library Association, Book Expo of America, Bouchercon, Romance Writers of America, RT Book Convention, Young Adult Keller Book Festival, Southern Festival of Books, and many more. Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her online everywhere @segreenauthor.
Meet Watching You!
Viola’s always been that girl from that family, so a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola’s secrets have followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than anyone. But then weird things start to happen.
Missing personal items.
The unsettling feeling that she’s being watched.
Viola’s never been one to give her trust easily, but she’ll need to trust in Riel if she’s going to survive her stalker. Because she’s not fighting for a new life anymore—she’s fighting to stay alive.
~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~
YABC: What book that you read as a teen had the most impact on you in your life?
I was not a big reader in school, and in fact I only read books that teachers made me read. I was the ultimate reluctant reader. However, I clearly remember Judy Blume’s books because they served as a sort of introduction to myself. They taught me about friendship, sex, and things to come in adulthood.
YABC: What do you love most about the YA genre?
I love the coming of age experience. It’s a common ground for all readers. There are a lot of firsts when you are a teen—driving a car, kiss, date, success, failure…and those things carry an intensity that the second time doesn’t. Plus YA books are so exciting and relevant with amazing diverse characters.
YABC: What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer?
Develop a habit of writing every day. Takes classes on writing. Read widely in genre, both fiction and non-fiction. Join writing clubs and network. When reading, observe the style, point of view, plot, and description. Don’t be afraid to share work with others. Trust a few to give feedback and really listen to that feedback.
By: Shannon Greenland
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: July 9th, 2018