Shyla Colt lives in southern California with her marine husband and two tiny tots. When she’s not teaching Abc’s , running errands , or headed to the park she writes full time and works a job in the publishing industry. As you can tell, she thinks sleep is over rated. Her goal is to bring you erotic romance full of characters that feel real, plots that make you think and HEA endings that show you the true power of love.
Julie: Who is Shyla Colt and when did the dream of being a writer begin?
Shyla: I’m a reader, writer, mom, wife, music lover and self proclaimed nerd. I like Sci-fi, British humor, horror movies, traveling and my motto is family above all. At the heart though, I’m just a gal from the Midwest who decided to stop asking the question if she could become and started to asking how. I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I could remember, but when I stumbled onto my first YA paranormal romance it was like coming home. That was when the idea of being a writer was really born in my mind. I have note books and files I’ve written, and outlined over the years, but it wasn’t until my thirtieth birthday approached that I made the conscious decision to go for it.
Julie: How long did it take for you to get your first book published?
Shyla: I want to point out that I was extremely lucky in this instance before I tell the story. I heard back from EP less than a week after I submitted my first manuscript. I spent a year prior to submitting preparing to write the story that I sent in. I was in the library for research so much I knew the clerk by name. I’m not kidding, his name was Carter, and he was tall, blond, adorable and very helpful.
Julie: What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
Shyla: Before now, I was a flight attendant and an office mgr/ lighting and sound engineer who held a job as, Dj Lola at a local club in the evenings. As you can imagine, I have plenty of interesting stories to tell. The phrase, ‘I could not make this up’ has crossed my lips many times. Currently, I’m a stay at home mother who writes full time and wears a couple of different hats in the publishing industry.
Julie: What do you do when you aren’t writing? Any hobbies or special interests that you can tell us about?
Shyla: I love to read & review, listen to music, travel, and watch television and movies. I’m a huge BBC fan, so I spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out how I’m going to get the latest season of one show or another.
Julie: What do you think readers will love about this book? Is there something specific you hope readers take with them and/or feel after they finish reading Lessons from the Professor?
Shyla: The characters are genuine, and relatable. Who hasn’t been hurt by an ex, and had to get over the scars the break up caused? Sidney and Sutton are a prime example that even the people who seem to have it all have their flaws and secrets. Their journey is entertaining and intriguing with a dash of kinkiness I think readers will enjoy.
I really hope the reader leaves the story feeling as if the things that happen in our past don’t define our future.
Julie: If you weren’t writing romance, what would you be writing?
Shyla: I would be writing Young Adult. That was the genre that really got me into reading. It also opened my mind to the thought of writing when I was about twelve, so it holds a special place in my heart.
Julie: What’s next for you?
Shyla: I have a new I/R paranormal romance that’s due out from Evernight Publishing on July 23rd, called, What the Heart Knows. I’m very excited about this one because it taps into the Horror genre I adore so much.
I’m also currently working on my first YA venture called Mark of the Dragon which I am writing under the pen name, Astrid Novak for Ruby Lioness Press. If you like dragons, shifter, and teen angst this will fit the bill.
What the Heart Knows, Evernight Publishing
Mark of the Dragon writing as Astrid Novak , Ruby Lioness Publishing
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