As an unabashed lover of all things happily ever after, Shaila’s younger self would finish reading Cinderella and fling her copy across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America, Shaila is a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. She enjoys traveling, craft beer, tea, and loves reading books—especially in cozy window seats. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light.
Shaila’s debut novel, SOULMATED (Month 9 Book, January 17, 2017) is a YA Paranormal Romance. Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, searches America for the soul mate from his psychic father’s vision. The union will cement their family’s standing in society, give Liam and his soul mate legendary powers, and allow him to finally go back home to Ireland to lead his clan. The six-year-long search finally leads him to Indian-American, Laxshmi Kapadia—the girl he affectionately calls Lucky—and even without proof that she’s The One, he falls for her. Not only do they struggle against cultural and family expectations, but they run straight into the path of a dark and ancient group waiting to destroy them. SOULMATED won first place in the Young Adult category of the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards.
The two or three items she needs to have with her when she sits down to write: My cell phone (I know, bad habit), something to munch on (my flavas of the moment: Skittles, beef jerky, and peanut M&Ms), my earbuds in case I need to drown out noise!
The literary character she’d most like to meet: Elizabeth Bennett for her quiet strength, confidence, and bravery.
Her favorite childhood book: Cinderella
Her hobbies when she’s not writing/reading: Traveling, visiting breweries and tasting craft beers, winter hikes, and recharging by sitting in quiet contemplation (I sometimes call that being lazy).
Her favorite Muppet and why: The duo of Statler and Waldorf – who wouldn’t want to sit around and be snarky. I love them!
The craziest thing she did when she was 17: Visited to the Soviet Union (before the Republic dissolved) with a school trip.
If she could travel anywhere in the world she’d go: I’ve traveled a fair bit, but I’d love to go to Scotland and revisit Ireland. Their mountains are beautiful, and they have some great beers there. For that matter, I’d love to visit the Alps again too!
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