Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Feature: The Tree House by Shay Lynam

Publisher: Self Published 
Release Date: March 2013 
Hailey is an average twenty-year-old college student, living an average life. Or so she thought. When a past she never knew existed is brought to light, the reality she thought she knew is shattered and she is left alone to pick up the pieces. Who could know this world holds such evil? Who is this strange, obscure boy who seems to know more than he is saying?

And what can one girl do when a fight to stay alive turns into a fight to avenge and protect the ones she loves? (taken from
My name is Shay and I am an aspiring writer. I suppose I could say author now that I’ve self-published my first real book, The Tree House. I’ve been into writing all my life. Sure, I’ve delved into other things, music, dance, some sports, but at the end of the day I always come back to writing.

Besides being a writer, I’m just a girl. A wife, a proud puggle-owner, a cashier ,and a lover of all things spicy. And I would love to meet you.

1. What inspired you to write The Tree House?

I can honestly say that I had absolutely no idea where I was headed when I first started writing The Tree House. I originally had this big fantastical idea to add in some sort of ancient, “werewolfian” blood feud. Thank God that didn't happen. My husband actually was my inspiration. He got me thinking of something bigger and completely out of my comfort zone as far as genre goes. It also helped that apocalyptic books and movies are so big right now, I wanted to take a crack at my own version of how the world could end.

2. What style of music do you prefer listening to? Do you listen while you write?

I love to listen to music when I'm writing though I tend to keep it at a low volume so it doesn't screw with my writing. Usually, it depends on what my characters are going through and what they're feeling that decides what type of music I listen to. I tend to keep with one style, mostly rock and sometimes soft metal. It seems there was one song I always went back to and always seemed appropriate no matter what I was writing or what emotion I was trying to portray.

3. What are some of your favorite novels? Do they inspire your work at all?

I'm a total YA nut and a huge fan of The Hunger Games trilogy and anything by Kevin Brooks or Scott Westerfeld. All of these books played a part in helping me to create my strong willed and heroic main characters.

4. What are some of your writing quirks?

I tend to write in my head throughout my day working as a cashier, which usually leads to me scribbling bits and pieces of what I'm working on on receipt paper whenever I get the chance. Then I get home and tape them to my desk so I can get to them later.

5. Which one of your characters can you relate to the most?

I definitely relate to Hailey the most. I've heard it said that an author shouldn't base a character on themselves but I couldn't help picturing myself in Hailey's position and thinking “What would I do in this situation” or “how would I feel if this happened to me?” I'd like to think I'm strong willed and stubborn like she is but with a soft heart and real bond between her family and friends. Enough so that she'd do anything to protect them.

6. What books are in your reading pile right now?

Currently, my bookshelf is full of books I have yet to read. I just finished The Voice by Jennifer Anne Davis and it was amazing. Up next, I think I want to delve into Pure by Julianna Baggott which I feel will be very inspiring for my sequel.