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Shawn Bailey hails from New Orleans, LA, where she works as a programmer and help desk administrator. Shawn loves mangas and anime. Her current hobbies are watching Japanese and Korean dramas, when she has the spare time. She’s also trying to learn to speak and read both Japanese and Korean. She’s also into Korean pop music and can often be found with her MP3 player attached to her head. Shawn is single and enjoying the heck out it.

Q: How long have you been writing?

A: I’ve been writing professionally under the pen name of Shawn Bailey for about a year.

 

Q: What genre(s) have you published under?

A: At the present time I have currently published under two genres; gay romance and yaoi.

 

Q: Why did you choose to write under this particular genre(s)?

A: I got asked to include a story in a gay romance anthology, but I agreed even though I’m not gay. So I had to do a lot of research on the subject, which included watching gay films and anime. And then I got hooked. My favorite type of gay romance to write is yaoi. For those of you who don’t know what that is, yaoi is gay romance written by mostly female writers. It’s a big thing in Japan and young women love to read these novels. The heroes are almost always rich or successful men and are known as Semes. The other male, the Uke, is smaller in statue, has a pretty face and has feminine attributes and behaviors. There is usually a set pattern to these stories and play by their own set of rules. I have to admit the best kiss scene I’ve ever seen was in a yaoi anime called Junjo Romantica. The heroes in this anime literally sweep their lovers off their feet.

 

Q: What is your typical weekday like?

A: My typical day starts at four-thirty. I am a morning person so I have no problem getting out of bed when the alarm goes off. Most of the time I’m up before the alarm rings. I’m usually dressed for work by five-thirty, and then I sit down for a half hour and gather what I need for my current writing project before zooming out of the door to catch a bus. It’s a forty-five minute ride from my house to the bus terminal in Gretna, Louisiana. I either do two things while I’m riding: writing or reading. Most of the time I’m writing and blocking out everyone around me by listening to music. Then there’s another twenty minute wait for my second bus, so I’m also reading or writing. The second bus ride is only ten minutes long, and there’s a fifteen minute walk from that bus stop to my office. My full-time workday begins at eight and ends at four-thirty, and then I’m back on two buses reading and writing. I’m usually home by six in the evening. After cooking dinner, I settle down to check my email, answer fan mail, do some promoting on the Yahoo groups, go on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to chat with fans and friends, and then I write until around eight. From eight until ten I read manga or watch a movie.

 

Q: What is a typical weekend like?

A: My weekend is never how I plan it. I still get up at four-thirty in the morning and get dressed just like on the weekdays, but usually in shorts and a t-shirt and not suits. I turn on my laptop the minute I hit the floor. I do most of my typing on the weekend. Fortunately for me that I type over one hundred words a minute…a skill I learned in high school. Saturday is also a big day for administrative work, maybe grocery shopping and doing the laundry. Sometimes my kids think I’m their built in babysitter so I’m usually taking care of kids for eight hours. So in between hopping up and down to cater to the needs of ankle-biters, I’m also writing. Once the kids go home to their parents, I’m back on the laptop doing my social obligations and typing until eight or nine at night.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

A: I watch a movie, but that’s getting few and far between. I try to make the most of whatever free time I have to write. Friends and family think I’m just being anti-social. No, I’m just being productive.

 

Q: How many pen names do you write under? Why?

A. I write under two pen names. I was and am doing well under my original pen name, but someone told me that I would be better accepted for writing gay novels if I used a male persona. I have learned that this is so far from the truth. But I liked the name Shawn and plan to keep it.

 

Q: Does it ever get confusing writing under different pen names?

A: Sometimes, but I have it under control. As it stands now, both pen names write for about eight publishers. It also makes writing fun. One persona is a cougar who loves Korean pop-singers; she’s opinionated, very independent and writes paranormal, interracial, multicultural, horror, historical and erotic romance. The second persona is a gender bender. She writes gay and yaoi romance. She likes to watch gay movies and anime. They share some of the same fans and often talk to each other via Facebook and Twitter. Both review books, movies and videos.

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about the writing process?

A: My favorite thing about writing is taking an idea and turning it into a novel.

 

Q: What is you least favorite thing about the writing process?

A: Editing. Believe me, ninety-nine percent of writers will tell you the same thing. It would make life easier if all publishing companies had the same guidelines and editing preferences. What works for one publisher does not work for another. I’m usually very easy to work with and I don’t mind constructive criticism. On the flip side, I have learned a lot from editors and respect the hard work and long hours they put in to make my book a success.

 

Q: What types of books do you like to read?

A: I’m a big paranormal romance reader. I’m a big fan of Laurell Hamilton and Charlain Harris. Right now I’m all into reading yaoi novels. Unfortunately there aren’t very many transcribed into English yet. I also read a lot of manga.

 

Q: Are you considering writing in any other genre?

A: I might try Young Adult and Fantasy next year.

 

Q: What is your idea of perfect hero?

A: I don’t think there is a perfect hero. I like my guys to have a few quirks. It makes them more human. But I like him to be manly and to take charge.

 

Q: What can we expect from you in the future?

A: I’m working on a couple of series books, so at the moment I’m world-building. So expect more zany loveable characters who will keep you turning the pages of my upcoming books.

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Shawn Bailey (Published by: Fireborn Publishing, LLC.)

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Hayden Barnes was once teased by fellow classmates for being a geek and an otaku--a Japanese term for a person with obsessive interests in anime and manga. Now the joke is on them because Hayden took his intere MORE...

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Trust No One

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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Money can't buy love or happiness, but it can get you a one-way ticket out of a bad situation. Taylor Fields has nothing going on in his life. He works a dead end job in a bookstore, he doesn't have very m MORE...

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Do Me Right (MM)

Shawn Bailey (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Romance, M/M, HEA] Noel Charles never had a problem getting a man, but when he fell in love with Luke Austin, a handsome and sexy public relations manager, he f MORE...

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Sweetie

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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Cute chocolatier charms the pants off a handsome, successful lawyer. Gianni Hill takes one look at the handsome new lawyer through the window of his family's candy store and knows he wants to get to know h MORE...

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Please Be Mine

Shawn Bailey (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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It’s Valentine’s Day again and popular technologies executive Flynn Reynolds has received more than his share of candy from the single women employees and mother’s of marriageable age daughters. His best MORE...

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Knights of Brazil

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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What would you do if you find a naked guy sunbathing near a pool outside your bungalow? Would you keep him? Sexy and charismatic Brazilian born singer returns to Rio de Janeiro to take over his deceased fa MORE...

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Silent Night

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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Sometimes it takes a little divine intervention to make someone see the error of their ways. Hunter Beams is only eighteen years old but he's tired of the world. Orphaned since birth, moved from one foster MORE...

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Faded Star

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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Can a man rebuild his life after he's faced the devastating humiliation of the world finding out he's gay? Drunk and distraught over a news report about his sexuality, Hollywood movie star Heath Evans accide MORE...

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Treats

Shawn Bailey (Published by: Fireborn Publishing, LLC.)

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The most handsome guy Perry Hutchinson had ever seen stood on the stage, strumming a guitar and seemingly playing just for him. Perry is mesmerized by Asher Beringuel, leader of the band Svengali. If Asher woul MORE...

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The Way He Makes Me Feel

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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Love sometimes means forgetting your fears and taking chances. Budding mangaka Sage Norton has more fears than should be allowed. He's afraid to fly, crowds scare him and he's a bit of an introvert. A big MORE...

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Kisses Sweeter Than Candy

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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An ancient evil pirate ghost and two Colonial poltergeists drive a candy shop employees crazy. Twenty-six year old, Wade Preston, manager of Yummy's Candy Shop never wanted to follow his father into the ca MORE...

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Dream Boy

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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It's the geeks versus the jocks in a battle for supremacy and love. Who will win? Being gay and in love with the most sought-after college quarterback did nothing for Hiro Aoki's heart except make it bre MORE...

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The Idol Makers (MM)

Shawn Bailey (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Interracial Romance, M/M, HEA] Actor Mackenzie Ramsey isn’t into one night stands and promises himself never to sleep with any of the patrons who frequente MORE...

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Blue-Eyed Soul

Shawn Bailey (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Have you ever wanted something so badly that you’d sell your own mother to accomplish it? Welcome to the world of idol entertainment! South Korean singer takes the music world by storm with his kiss my ass MORE...

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Conquering Kameron

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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Wealthy publisher tries to find the true identity of his favorite author. Kameron Santella is hired on to be the editorial assistant for Henderson Publishing Company but finds himself working in the dishev MORE...

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Silence

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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Andrew Lansky's best friend Richard Julian is killed in an automobile accident, leaving Richard's younger deaf brother Brett alone in the world. Andrew takes one look at the gorgeous young man and takes his m MORE...

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Spoiled Rotten (MM)

Shawn Bailey (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Romance, M/M, HEA] Jonas Kerry has sworn off guys after his two-year relationship with his ex-boyfriend Sean Johnson ends. Now Jonas just wants to concentrate on MORE...

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Hung by the Chimney

Shawn Bailey (Published by: Fireborn Publishing, LLC.)

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Photojournalist David Fox pours out his heart in his blog when his relationship with his longtime lover Phil ends. He decides to become celibate. Novelist Ben Bucktell packs his bags and heads to Alaska afte MORE...

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Torn

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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A down and out club host find happiness in the arms of a stranger. Club host Sam Mason and his lover Tony gets into a screaming match in the French Quarter. Tony wants Sam to prostitute himself to earn money MORE...

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A Gentleman's Gentleman

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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If you think you're smarter than an elementary student, then you better think again. Englishman Broderick Chapman has always wanted to be a teacher and to travel to the United States. He jumps at the chanc MORE...

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Daddy by Default

Shawn Bailey (Published by: Fireborn Publishing, LLC.)

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Derek Webster's world gets turned upside down when his nineteen-year-old pregnant sister, Ashlynn, is injured in a car accident. The doctors manage to save the infant, but Ashlynn succumbs to her injures. Derek MORE...

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Nanny Dearest

Shawn Bailey (Published by: ManLoveRomance Press LLC)

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When it comes to picking a mate baby knows best. Cosmetician Hunter Monroe is the busy single father of a precocious one year old son, Chase. When his nanny gets married and resigns, Hunter is left in a lu MORE...

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Life's Little Surprises

Shawn Bailey (Published by: Fireborn Publishing, LLC.)

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Ami Thompson has never had much luck with the opposite sex. Men consider her an airhead because she has a fascination with weddings and bridal dolls. Ami has always blamed herself for being dateless, so she gue MORE...

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Hearts and Flowers

Shawn Bailey (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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As children, Dakota and Sonny were the best of friends. Young love blossomed after the sweet gift of candy hearts one Valentine's Day, but it wasn't mean to be. Sonny's mother dropped the bombshell that they we MORE...

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You Are Cordially Invited...

Shannon West, Shawn Bailey, Pelaam (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Five bestselling authors. Five incredible stories.  Love Wins! It’s been a long time coming, but now every couple is able to have the wedding they deserve, including gay couples. Same-sex marriage is lega MORE...

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