Gabriel Stone and the Divinity of Valta by Shannon Duffy

Welcome to Author Shannon Duffy
Shannon Duffy grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada, and now lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and son, Gabriel. She’s mom to one boy, and several pets. Shannon loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions: shopping. Shannon Duffy is available for quotes, signings, video or podcast appearances, and all opportunities relative to GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA.

GABRIEL STONE AND THE WRATH OF THE SOLARIAN, Book 2 in the Gabriel Stone series will be available from Month9Books in February 2014!

Interview

If you could travel in a Time machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

I’d choose the past to see my grandmother again. I miss her so much and would want to tell her how much I love her and how much she meant to me.

What is one book everyone should read?

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I just finished this one and it is so awesome, compelling, and really makes you think about the things you do and say to others and how it can affect them. Loved it!

Pet Peeves

Making a left-hand turn on a busy street without a traffic light. One word—annoying.

People who bully others.

If you could choose any superpower what would you choose?

The power to heal people. Second choice? To fly.

What inspired you to become a writer?

I always liked the written word and loved doing writing assignments in high school, but when my son, Gabriel was little, I wanted to write a book for him. Gabriel Stone and the Divinity of Valta is the very first book I wrote—for him. How cool to get to write a book where your little boy is the hero, right?

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A dolphin trainer. *Grin*

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Never give up on your dreams.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?

Dr. Phil, Steven Spielberg, J.K Rowling, Oprah, Maya Angelou. These people seem wise and deep. I love those kinds of conversations over an awesome glass of wine.

What’s your favorite word?

Serendipity. Pretty, right? (I named our boat Sweet Serendipity)

Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?

I’m somewhere in the middle—maybe more as I go. I do like to plot the basic storyline out in my head and take notes, then go with the flow, otherwise known as my overactive brain.
Night owl or early bird?

Night owl

Sweet or Salty?

Salty

Summer or Winter?

Summer

Spontaneity or planning ahead

Spontaneity

Cats or dogs?

Dogs—I have 3

Gabriel Stone and the Divinity of Valta

Gabriel Stone is a twelve-year-old boy still reeling from the unsolved disappearance of his mother. With a dad who’s hard to relate to, and mounting pressures at school, Gabriel lets off steam by hiking in the place where his mother was last seen. There, Gabe and friends find a crystal that proves not only beautiful, but magical beyond their wildest dreams. Only, magic and beauty come with a price: in order to return home, they must save the dying world of Valta.

February 11-Mundie Kids

February 14-Fantasy’s Ink

February 15-Rose Garcia Books

February 16-I Write For Apples

February 18-Bookshelf Banter

February 20-Moosubi Reviews

February 21-Writer’s Alley