Thursday, June 30, 2011

Paranormal Guest Author: Shalini Boland

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Shalini Boland!  Shalini is the author of Hidden (Marchwood Vampire series #1) and the upcoming post-apocalyptic young adult novel Outside.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

I’ve always loved to write, but I had my first idea for a novel in 2006. I came up with the ending first and worked the rest of the story around it.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

When I pick up a novel, I always prefer to read something that will transport me far away from everyday reality. I want to escape into someone else’s imagination. So I write the same type of stories I like to read. Also, it’s fun to invent new realities - it gives me more freedom as a writer.

There’s a special kind of glamour and romance to the paranormal genre. You can visit impossibly dark and sinister places, or you can paint images of exquisite otherworldly beauty. It’s pure escapism. Also, you can have great fun with it!

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

The power to heal myself and others would be the ultimate supernatural talent.

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

  Hidden follows the lives of Madison and Alexandre, appealing to both a male and female audience. The story begins in gritty reality but slowly descends into horror, romance and adventure.

I try to back my characters into impossible situations or give them difficult dilemmas to deal with, making the story more unpredictable. Hopefully I’ve achieved this as current reviews say the story is gripping and takes surprising twists and turns.

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

I’d like to cast complete unknowns into the leading roles. An eighteen-year-old version of Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian/Dorian Gray) would make a great Alexandre. And Madison would be played by someone raw and feisty, like a young Emily Lloyd (Wish You Were Here).  I can't think of any well-known actor or actress out there at the moment who fits the bill.

Hidden (Marchwood Vampire, #1) by Shalini Boland.

Madison Greene is in foster care until one day she inherits a fortune, she inherits a house, she inherits a cellar full of danger.

Alexandre Chevalier lives in 19th century Paris. On an archaeological expedition, he discovers a lost underground city where his life changes forever.

Their lives entwine, but this is only the beginning...

Thank you Shalini for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Shalini Boland and her books, please visit her website.


  1. Hi Shalini and EJ....thanks for sharing. And, as always, wonderful interview, EJ. I love that you would cast unknowns in the movie!! Your book sounds really cool and interesting to me, Shalini.
    Laurie's Interviews

  2. Thanks for sharing a new read with us =) Your right about wanting to escape reality for a little bit. I look forward to reading and going to another place where the fantasy happens. It's one reason I love paranormal so much. It's something we can never have so it's nice to escape into that world.

  3. Thanks so much, E.J., for having me here today :)

    Nice of you to say so, Laurie!

    Tanya, I know. A good novel can make you forget everything in the real world. But it's just awful when a great book or series ends - you feel like you've lost a best friend!

  4. Shalini...
    Your book has been on my TBR List for a while (the list seems to grow daily and have a life of its own) many books so little time to read them.
    Thanks for sharing a little about yourself with us! And, as always, E.J., thanks for bringing us such amazing authors
    Best Wishes

  5. Shalini: your book sounds amazing! I also love the sound of your upcoming YA book!
    Thanks for this brilliant interview E.J. and Shalini!

  6. Oh I know, T. We need to clone ourselves to fit in reading time for all those lovely chunky books.

    Thanks BookAddictedGirl! Outside will be released July 21st :)


  7. I am always looking for new vampire books. I will have to check this one out.

    Andrea @ Reading Lark

  8. Hi Shalini and EJ
    Very nice interview!
    I also like to be transported to a different reality and I guess that's why I love paranormal romance.


  9. Hi Shalini -
    Great interview! Your book sounds fab & is on my wish list!

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

  10. Thanks Andrea, Daniela and Lea-Ellen :) It's always great to get nice comments xxx

    E.J. you're a star!