Thursday, June 01, 2006

Shanna Swendson official couch potato at Television Without Pity!

SHANNA SWENDSON, author of ENCHANTED INC., has a new novel that's just come out called ONCE UPON STILETTOS. She lives in Dallas, TX, and her novel is about en ex-Texan whose moved to Manhattan where she's an executive at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. This is a paranormal-romantic-comedy-urban-romp-fairy-tale and the city book! She's also contributed to FLIRTING WITH PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and WELCOME TO WISTERIA LANE, which is a collection of essays about DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES.

Are you a TV watcher?

Oh yeah! That's probably second to reading as my favorite form of
entertainment. I'd rather watch a well-written TV series that involves
gradual plot and character development than go to a movie anyday. I tape my
favorite shows to watch repeatedly, and then I get on the Internet to
discuss them. In fact, my motivation for getting online in the first place
was to find someone to discuss The X-Files with. I currently have "Couch
Potato" status at Television Without Pity.

What's your favorite show ever?

Firefly. It didn't last long, but I fell in love quickly and still care
about those characters to this day. Plus, I made a lot of friends through
discussing it online, to the point that I've traveled across the country to
meet with them in person. And it's because of that show that I got to go to
my first (and maybe only) Hollywood premiere (of the film that spun off from
the show, Serenity).

What TV character (past or present) do you identify with most?

Willow in the first couple of seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was
the reason I started watching the show in the first place. I just had the TV
on for background noise, but when I saw the bright but awkward girl who had
a mad crush on her male best friend and who clammed up when she had to talk
to boys, I identified so strongly that I couldn't help but watch the show.
That was exactly the way I was in high school and college (and to some
extent, even now).

In later seasons when she was dating a rock star, and then later became a
super-powerful lesbian witch addicted to magic, well, I had a lot less in
common with her.

Does your main character watch any TV in the novel?

I don't recall that she watches a lot in this particular book, other than
the Macy's parade on Thanksgiving Day. But I certainly see her as someone
who would watch TV if she weren't so busy saving the world from bad magic.
She makes a lot of references to TV characters and shows. She even thinks
longingly of having time to just relax and watch TV, and her ideal date when
she finds her perfect man is to be able to just hang out and watch old
movies together.

Sounds like my kind of main character! Check out Shanna at her website and blog.

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