Shelly Bell

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: February 08, 2012

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Current Release: A Year to Remember

Describe your current release in two sentences?

When her younger brother marries on her twenty-ninth birthday, food addict Sara Friedman drunkenly vows to three hundred wedding guests to find and marry her soul mate within the year. Her journey leads her to question the true meaning of soul mates, as she decides between fulfilling her vow to marry before her thirtieth birthday and following her heart’s desire.

What was your childhood ambition?

Growing up, I wanted to star on Broadway. When I was four, my Mom took me to see You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. From that point on, I was hooked. I studied acting every summer at a local theater school and was active in school choir. I started out as a musical theater major at Michigan State University, but they pulled the program my freshman year. I decided it was time to give up my Broadway dreams. To this day, I get chills every time I see a Broadway musical.

Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why

I love when everyone falls asleep in my house and it's finally quiet. The phone stops ringing and there's no interruptions.That's when I read on my Kindle. In addition to everything else I do, I read a book a day! Luckily, I read two pages a minute.

Please describe your writing environment.

I write whenever and wherever I get the chance. As a full-time attorney with two elementary aged children, finding the time to write is sometimes difficult. Usually, I do my writing at the kitchen table while my children do their homework. My favorite place to write is at my local coffee shop.

What is your favorite TV show?

Although it's no longer on the air, my favorite tv show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I watch the episodes over and over. The dialogue is so smart and snappy.I'm a huge Joss Whedon fan. Also, I love Being Erica, which just ended after four seasons. I love shows about powerful women which teach life lessons.

What are you working on?

I'm currently working on a sequel to A Year to Remember. The story centers around Missy Stein and focuses on mother-daughter relationships. Also, I'm almost finished with my first paranormal romance in what I hope will become a seven-book series.

What career fields have you worked in?

In college I worked as a sexual assault crisis center, working the hotline and teaching seminars on sexual assault and domestic violence. I got my social work degree then went to law school, where I received my Juris Doctor.Since graduating from law school fifteen years ago, I've worked as In-House Legal Counsel for a scrap metal company. Mainly, I practice business, environmental and employment law, but I also dabble in horseracing law.

Where do you want to travel?

I'd love to go back to Israel. I was there about ten years ago, before I met my husband and had my children. On the same trip, I'd love to visit Greece. I love the mythology and history of the country. Plus, I've been addicted to Greek Salads since I was five years old. I could live on feta cheese! Since I don't plan on leaving North America anytime soon, I'd like to try and visit all fifty states. I think I've only been to half.

How do you mesh your personal and professional life?

It isn't easy! I wear so many hats these days, I get confused. One minute I'm cooking dinner for my kids, the next I'm on the phone giving legal advice, and then I'm writing a scene from my work-in-progress. My kids don't understand why I'm always on the computer. Unfortunately, since I have a full-time job, I have to use my time at home writing and returning emails. It gets a bit tricky sometimes.

How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?

The road to publication was relatively easy. Not to say I didn't have to deal with rejection! I got plenty of rejection letters from agents mainly because they felt it would be a difficult sell to traditional publishers. I submitted my manuscript to Soul Mate Publishing and got the offer a few weeks later.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

I'd choose Jennifer Weiner. I really admire her. She's not only a talented writer, but a role model and advocate for female authors. She says what's on her mind and she's not afraid of what others think of her.

A Year to Remember is available through Soul Mate Publishing, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Thank you for the opportunity to be featured at Night Owl Reviews!

Shelly Bell