Shewanda Pugh

What was the first book you ever wrote and what inspired you?
Crimson Footprints was my first novel. It’s about this solidly stoic, biracial woman who begins a cloak-and-dagger love affair with the Japanese American guy whose life she saves. He’s all alpha male and irresistible bohemian swagger, so she’s desperate to keep him in her life and away from her bigoted family.
The idea for Crimson Footprints came to me while completing an assignment for a grad level fiction writing class. We had to people watch in order to create character sketches. So, I trekked to the bookstore and people watched until I found someone of interest. He turned out to be the headphone-wearing, tattoo-bearing, pants-sagging sort that makes old men shake their heads in disapproval. Except, this guy went for the lit section and ended up marrying a Poe book. I ended up wanting to write a book about a guy who was nothing like societal expectations.

Can you tell us about your work including titles and share your amazon links?
Love Edy is about Edy and Hassan, best friends since birth. They face all the drama and conflict of high school life, but nothing so challenging as their growing love for each other. It’s a love that stands against centuries of tradition and threatens to tear two families apart.

Love Edy has been an Amazon Hottest New YA Release and an Amazon YA Contemporary Romance Bestseller since it’s release last month. Grab it here:

What drew you in to the romance genre?
Love connects all people. It’s the web that binds families. It’s what sustains us beyond the initial thrill in every boy meets girl story. How could you not be drawn to romance? Love is the vessel of life.

Is romance your favorite genre to read as well as write?

Yes. I love reading all genres and can even get caught with a philosophy book in my hand, but my favorite books will always have a romance in them.

Can you tell me something about yourself that may surprise your readers?
I’m not so romantic. I don’t like Valentine’s Day and I’d choose the beer over flowers and chocolates any day.

Are you excited to be a part of the upcoming Ropin Romance event?

What do you to to help with writers block?
Music usually shakes the muse loose.

If you had to choose three words to describe what type of writer you are what would they be?
Nuanced, diligent, plotter-pantser

What is your author pen name?
Shewanda Pugh

If you had to pick a favorite author who would it be?
Stephen King-Amy Tan-William Shakespeare-Emily Brontë-Zora Neale Hurston. What? Don’t know that author?
Since many of the readers that will be seeing this interview and participating in the takeover will be new fans. If you had to describe your writing style and books in a single sentence what would it be?
Polished, poetic, with doses of unexpected humor, and a few hairpin plot turns.

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