How I Found a New Publisher after Losing One by Guest Author @ShanAshleeT23

I asked today’s Guest Author to fill in my Friday spot because she’s done something I think is pretty amazing. Published at 16, contract, then all gone, and then here we are. LitWorldInterviews has the reputation as the Indie Authors place but I also think there is an Indie Author attitude. Today’s guest has that to me. I suggested a number of topics but one idea kept seeping in, even into other ideas. Welcome, Author Shannon A. Thompson.


The holidays are usually a very happy time for me as a writer. Extra time to write and watch the snow at the same time? Sign me up. I am a lover of snow…which is probably why my first novel, November Snow, revolves around the fluffy stuff. But the winter of 2014 wasn’t filled with smiles and snow and writing adventures. It was wet with rain, and it seemed quite suiting to wake up with tear-worthy news in my mailbox.

My publisher of two years had closed the doors.

As every writer knows, the publishing world is a chaotic one. It isn’t easy to get published, and it doesn’t get easier just because you’ve been published once (or even a dozen times) before. This realization becomes damning when you realize the main piece of advice in the market is to keep publishing new (and quality) work, constantly and quickly. But my situation had frozen one month before my fifth novel was set for release. I was stuck.

11pubIt’s rather redundant to explain my devastation, but it was there, nevertheless. I wasn’t sure what I would do. I couldn’t clear my mind. Should I self-publish everything I previously published? Should I try to find a new publisher? Should I just give everything away for free? Should I just stop for a while?

Previously in my career, I allowed seven years to pass between my first novel and my second novel. This was because I have made that “I am going to stop for a while” decision before, and while I think it was a necessary lesson for me, I knew I couldn’t do that this time around. Not again. But that was all I knew for certain. Everything else was a looming cloud of “What now?”

To my surprise (and ultimate delight), my dedicated readers were the ones who took over. My fans and supporters and fellow writers who have guest blogged on my website,, came to the rescue. They knew and understood my pain and frustration and confusion and heartbreak, and they showed me their outpouring love by commenting, sharing, and messaging me. I spent days and weeks just talking to them, listening to them, and absorbing their thoughts and ideas about where I should go and what I should do. So many were willing to help me self-publish and so many were willing to accept me into their publishing houses.

It was overwhelming, but it also touched a rare place in my writing soul – a place where I have given up before and a place where I know I won’t give up again. How could I give up my publishing path? Even when it went dark and I could not see, my readers lit it up to a brightness I have never experienced before. I couldn’t give up. I had to move forward, and I had many paths to writerconsider, but I knew I had to ultimately take one.

It’s difficult to explain how one path overcame the others because I don’t believe one “overcame” another – I think I was guided to the final destination by the love of my readers. In this case, a very helpful and fellow writer, JK from House Kelley, suggested Clean Teen Publishing, and he even took time to explain why he loved them so much. Clean Teen Publishing stuck out like a beacon from the beginning, mainly because I was already familiar with the publishing house as well as many of their authors, books, and the blogs that reviewed their work. That familiarity brought warmth to that lit-up path, and I decided to try it out by submitting.

With readers helping me, I signed a contract with Clean Teen Publishing in one month, and my paranormal romance, The Timely Death Trilogy, is re-releasing with new covers and interiors this summer and fall. We announced our deal recently. (

The group at Clean Teen already feels like a family to me, and I know they feel that way because their dedication, warmth, and acceptance of all authors reminds me of a group I will always keep dear to my writing heart: my readers.

My readers were the ones who saved my career – and they also saved me – and for that, I am eternally grateful. May every author and reader find a group they can refer to as family, as friends, as fellow bibliophiles. Our words are endless when we all support one another in sharing them.






I’m a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. In 2007, I was 16 when my first novel, November Snow, was published, and a lot has happened since then. My work has appeared ipic1n numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and my first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads’ Book of the Month. I am currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Minutes Before Sunset releases on July 28, 2015. Writing is what I do, and I love it more and more every day.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, I spend my free time writing and sharing ideas with my black cat, Bogart, named after my favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, I graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and I travel whenever the road calls.

I am also an editor and social media marketer, and you can read more about my services by clicking the link. You can also reach me at I’ll be drinking a coffee when I read your message.

Talk to you soon!


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Q&A Orlando Sanchez The Spiritual Warriors @SenseiOrlando








5 Stars for Blur-Sanchez displays a powerful knowledge of Martial Arts as well as the inner workings of secret government spy organizations including the current event topic of unchecked government surveillance. There’s really something in Blur for everyone with a myriad of characters in which to latch on.-Kerry Kappell

5 Stars for The Spiritual Warriors-This book is certainly a book for all tastes.I found myself perusing the story, amazed at how each of the characters’ lives is strangely entwined with the others, and how they evolve and blend into the flow of the main plot.The Spiritual Warriors really grabbed me and I read until it was finished, couldn’t put it down. I loved it.-Isabel Acevedo

5 Stars for Sepia Blue-This book thrives on tension and conflict. Set against a bloody background of the futuristic world of New York’s central park also known as the prison. Where kill or be killed is the dish of the day. The novel’s sense of urgency and intimacy will draw you in and propel you through a whirl wind tunnel of emotions. The pages fly, quickly from my right hand to left, a world opening and closing in front of me. I was swept away with the main character Sepia Blue, who is a new hunter, battles for her life, and the survival of the city. Loved this book-Holly Wood



Today’s guest Author has chosen novels to write for a most appropriate reason. I’ve had several guests but I have to admit none that I would really be afraid to meet in a dark alley, lit alley, bowling alley . . . I think you get my meaning. We all write from some place we know but today this writer really knows the subject well. Meet . . .

Orlando Sanchez



RW: Where are you from?

OS: I was born in New York City, specifically the Bronx.

RW: Who are your favorite authors?

OS: I have a quite a few. I grew up on Tolkien, Silverberg, Bradbury, Heinlein and King. Now I enjoy Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kat Richardson, Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Mike Carey, and Kim Harrison. I’m currently reading Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy.

RW: What is your favorite beverage to drink, any kind?

OS: For hot beverage chamomile tea or when writing under deadline Pu her tea. Cold beverage: Orange juice or Passion Iced tea lemonade from Starbucks.

RW: This is a standard question I ask. I dare say that it may not apply to you but what is your escape from writing when you are at that about to explode point?

OS: I have been a practicing martial artist for 28 years. I don’t have an “explode point” lol. I do sit in meditation every day, and when the writing gets too intense and my brain needs a break I will jump on the PS4 with my son and play some Destiny or The Secret World on my PC.

RW: What is your favorite word?

OS: Coruscate. That is an awesome word.

(I admit, I had to look it up and it dazzled me senseless.)

RW: What is your background in writing, what makes you a writer?

OS: I have always read and written. I used to write dungeons for my friends when I was younger and I have been journaling since my teens. What makes me a writer? I write. Story ideas bombard me consistently and I turn them into books.

RW: What is the title of latest work and why did you choose that name?

OS: I’m currently working on the third book in my Warriors of the Way series. The book is called The Fallen Warrior. It’s titled that way because at this point in the story the protagonist, Dante has lost his abilities to access his power, classifying him as “fallen”.

RW: What genre does your book fall into?

OS: From what I understand my genre is called urban paranormal. It’s also a martial arts thriller/suspense.

RW: I imagine the reason is obvious but why do you write in the genre that you do?

OS: I enjoy writing the books I would like to read. It also relates to the world I know, martial arts, fighting and weapons. I have tried other genre; this is the one that challenges me the most.

RW: Tell us a little about your books.

OS: Dante is a martial artist that is thrust into the hidden world of warriors and guardians that protect this plane of existence. He discovers that he has the ability to channel his chi and finds himself caught in a web of intrigue and war. The Warriors of the Way are being threatened by an enemy powerful enough to destroy them all and he must face this enemy.

RW: What inspired the series?

OS: I wondered one day what if the martial arts schools in NYC were really academies for a secret society tasked with keeping us safe.  Why else would all these people be training? In a way they are when you think of it. I took it a little further and the story was born.

RW: Tell us about your main character(s) and what you think will them connect to readers.

OS: Dante the lead is a bit clueless in the first book. He matures as the story progresses. He is the classic guy in over his head which we can all relate to. He finds that he can access his chi and create a powerful weapon; it turns out to be a massively evil sentient weapon that tries to get him killed.

Meja: the female lead is an accomplished fighter and all around badass. She is pivotal in getting Dante to the point where he isn’t a threat to himself and others. She also has major vendetta against Sylk.

Sylk: Is what I call my catalyst. He isn’t the villain but he does things that propel the others (and the story) forward. He is what I like to call my Gandalf character- his motives are his own and you are never really sure what he is up to.

RW: Who would play your main character(s) in a movie?

OS: Dante would be played ideally by Sebastian Stan who played the winter soldier in the last Captain America movie. Meja would be portrayed by Aishwarya Rai. Sylk could be portrayed by Patrick Stewart.

RW: What message do you think your book delivers to the reader?

OS: Despite the odds stacked against you, you can overcome if you persevere and have great people by your side.

RW: What did you learn about yourself from writing this book?

OS: Writing is hard. Writing is also incredibly fun. I learned that I can do it and that I’m a lot tougher than I thought I was.

RW: Describe your book in one word.

OS: Compelling

RW: Where can we get your book now?

OS: The first book of the series-The Spiritual Warriors is being rereleased on Amazon in a month along with book two The Ascendants. I’m currently working on book three The Fallen Warriors (out early 2015). All of the books will be available online at and Smashwords.

RW: What other books do you have to share with us and can you tell us a little about them?

OS: I have also written a book called Blur-A John Kane Novel. It’s a darker story about a retired asset that is called back into the world he left. He possesses a special ability-the ability to blur faster than the eye can see. He soon learns that it may not be enough to deal with the enemies he has to face.

I also have started another series. The first book of that is called Sepia Blue-Rise of the Night. Imagine Central Park was a maximum security prison built to contain creatures called nightmares. Except now they are getting out and only a group of fighters called Hunters can contain them.

RW: How do people connect with you through all forms of social media?

OS: I’m on Facebook at you can also find me on

twitter at @SenseiOrlando 

My blog is at

RW: Do you currently have representation?

OS: Currently I don’t have representation. I don’t know if I will pursue having an agent in the near or far future. If I do need one I will ask many of my writer colleagues to suggest  one.

RW: What are you working on right now?

OS: Book 3 and Book 4 of the Warrior of the Way series.

RW: What book are you reading at this time?

OS: I am currently reading Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig.

RW: What is your biggest tip for someone to getting published?

OS: Don’t give up. If you are writing you have to be in this for the long haul not a short sprint. Persevere and write as much as you can.

RW: If you could have written any book that exists, other than your own, what would it be and why?

OS: The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho because it has impacted so many lives and has a profound message.


I want to thank Orlando for agreeing to the interview and being our guest. I have to say I felt at peace while doing this interview. I don’t know if he was sending out some of those meditative vibes or not but I felt they came through in his answers. I could tell quote all his great reviews from Amazon, but just go check them out. I was surprised at the number of verified purchaser reviews. He’s the real thing guys. So buy his books now. And as always . . .

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