Shannon; thanks for taking the time out to talk to me about
your cover model career. Your first
modeling venture was for the Mr. Romance competition in Houston, I believe.
How did that first event go? Was
it what you were expecting?
The first year I was
involved in the Romance Competition, I really didn't know what to expect.
I had never been involved in such a large production. I was intrigued by
everything that went on "behind the scenes". Everyone worked
together getting ready for each segment, practicing lines, blocking,
poses, dance sequences, etc. It was great! Everyone bonded and
formed friendships that have lasted year after year. I have met some of
the best people at the conventions and I can't wait to see them each year.
You can do your own electrical wiring, you like computers
and studying finances...you’re clearly very smart. Do you find that people have expectations about cover models,
and you, and treat you differently? If
they have, does it bother you? How
do you deal with it?
Thank you for the
compliment! I don't really know if those things would qualify me as
being smart, I definitely had to do my homework to learn about them! I was
interested, so I felt I needed to study why they worked in the manner that they
I don't think I have been
treated differently because I am a cover model. Most people that I meet
think it's great that I have the opportunity to be involved in the industry.
They are usually very interested and ask lots of questions. I am just
happy to be a part of something so special!
I like to think that people
would not immediately "put me in a box" just because I model.
I want them to get to know me, Shannon, as a person and draw their
conclusions from that, not just what they see in pictures.
What’s the positive side of being a model?
I have met some
wonderful friends and been to some places that I may have never had the
opportunity to go. I will cherish the experiences that I've
shared with everyone for the rest of my life. I've learned how to
work within a production and have gotten more comfortable with being
onstage. My first year I was shaking so badly I can't believe I
didn't fall off! Now if I could just get over my fear of speaking in
front of an audience.......
You recently did a cover shoot with Bill Freda for the
cover of my upcoming novel, HEART OF VENGEANCE.
How did the shoot go?
Well, since it is my first
cover, I was very nervous. I was
relieved when I found out that I would know just about everyone at the shoot.
After I got there and put on my costume it just came naturally.
I guess I'm more comfortable when I'm "in character".
Bill and I acted out certain scenes from the book and I think
the pictures will represent them well. It
was fun going to the places where we shot the pictures and I'm very anxious to
see how they work in the final cover.
When authors prepare notes and questionnaires for cover
shoots, what sort of information makes your job easier?
What helps you best prepare for the shoot?
I'm not very experienced
with notes and questionnaires but this shoot was well thought out. The
scenes were already chosen and we were given instructions on what the finished
photos should portray. I think this cover will be unique because of the
way each scene was acted out, which makes it very different than
Tell me about the near future. What’s on your horizon? Will you be at the Romantic Times convention in New York in March? And what covers will you be doing?
As for my future, I hope
that I can continue working with RT at the conventions and with Medallion
Press here in Florida for a very long time! They have both given me the
opportunity to have fun doing something that I love. I'd like to
thank them for the great experiences they've given me. I'd also like to
thank all my friends from RT who have encouraged me to pursue being a cover
model and to you, Tracy, for writing a book that will finally make my dream
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