Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Q+A with Amanda Bonilla (Shaedes of Gray)

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Amanda Bonilla!  Amanda is the author of Shaedes of Gray.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

I started writing when I was around 18. I'd write on an off, but I didn't start seriously writing with a goal of publication until three years ago.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

I have a really over-active imagination. The paranormal and urban fantasy genres were a natural direction for me. I grew up watching sci-fi and fantasy movies, cartoons, television shows. My mom is a huge fantasy reader. I remember watching re-runs of Dark Shadows with her when I was tiny. Fantasy has always been a part of my life.

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

  Oooh. What a great question! I think if I could be any paranormal being I I'd like to be some sort of faerie creature. I'd like my magic to be connected to nature and there's something so ethereal about the Fae. It would be great to live in the forest, unseen.

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

Shaedes of Gray will appeal to urban fantasy and paranormal romance fans alike. There's plenty of action and mystery splashed with a healthy dose of romance. If you like snarky alpha females with raging potty mouths and fight scenes with plenty of sword play, you'll like this book.

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

  My husband weighs in on this daily! LOL! He'd like to see Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica from True Blood) as Darian. I always picture someone with features like Scarlett Johanssen. For Xander, I'd totally cast Charlie Hunnam (Jax from Sons of Anarchy). He's just gorgeous, and he sort of reminds me of Xander. Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, X-Men Origins) is definitely my choice for Tyler. *Swoon* He looks exactly how I picture Ty. And for Raif, Henry Cavill might make a decent Raif, though we'd have to lighten his hair a bit. For Azriel, I'd cast Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes). He looks exactly how I picture him as well. (Wow, talk about a heavy on the testosterone cast! Hehe.)

Now, if I could just get a movie in the works, I'd be set!

Shaedes of Gray (Shaede Assassin #1) by Amanda Bonilla.

In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind-an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished... 

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

To learn more about Amanda Bonilla and her books, please visit her website.


  1. Nice interview, sounds like my kind of book, kick a and potty mouth, what more could you ask for. I'll have to check this one out.

  2. Great interview, it was really interesting to learn a little more. I really enjoyed the first book and can't wait for the second.

  3. Oh my god this post is just made of awesome!!! I have to get this book now!! Thank you!!!

  4. Thanks again, E.J. for having me as a guest today! :)