Saturday, July 29, 2017

Interview with Shannon Condon, author of The Brotherhood

The Brotherhood
By Shannon Condon Ward
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Starting where Finding Magdalena left off, nineteen-year-old Maggie marries her fiancé, Mateo and moves to Milan for his new job and her scholarship at the famous Milan Conservatory.  She has barely settled in her new home when Maggie uncovers the Brotherhood, a secret organization and finds herself unwittingly involved in its sinister plans.  Along with Shep and the rest of his team, she leads the covert mission to bring the Brotherhood to its knees. 
Once again, Maggie embarks on a dangerous journey that tests her mental and physical limits. Can she escape the Brotherhood’s long reach and survive?

About the Author

Born in upstate New York, I was raised in South Florida where I was exposed to a multicultural background. From the time I was in elementary school, I was writing prolifically in journals and poetry.  I attended the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and graduated with honors. Life happens and it was necessary for me to put my writing aspirations on hold for a while. I still wrote poetry as time allowed, but as a single mother of three boys, there wasn’t much time.  But time passes quickly and the opportunity presented itself for me to begin writing again. I developed the first story in Magdalena series, Finding Magdalena, in my head before I put anything down on paper. I had the storyline, well-developed characters and ending before I began writing. I also took the opportunity to travel to Spain and Italy to do location research. It was a labor of love.  I self- published my first book in September 2015 and then it was republished in the UK by Austin Macauley Publishers. The second book in the series, The Brotherhood, came pouring forth like a waterfall. The characters, now old friends to me, seemed to take over and write the book themselves. I am currently working on the third installment of the Magdalena series and another book which is a different genre, one that deals with the relationship between three generations of women over three time periods. 

For me, writing has always been a release, never work.  I hope that continues. When it becomes work, I will probably stop. Right now, just the idea that people read my work and find enjoyment in it is a thrill for me.

Shannon's Web Page


What made you start writing?
I have been writing since I was a child. I had a very active imagination and loved the idea that I could create stories and bring them to life on paper. When my older sisters would leave me out of their sleepovers with their friends, I would retreat to my room and bury my little sister frustrations into my own literary world.

Why did you choose this genre versus the other genres? 
The Magdalena Series crosses genres, especially between Finding Magdalena and The Brotherhood. Finding Magdalena was more coming of age with some thriller aspects thrown in. The Brotherhood is all out action/thriller with a little bit of romance. I can’t talk about the third book because I am writing it now but it will be another action/thriller with plenty of twists.

Who is your favorite character in Brotherhood and why? 
Maggie will always be my favorite character. She has become such a part of me over the past few years. While we are not the same, we share some characteristics and she has some characteristics I wish I possessed. However, many books I write in my career, I believe we will always have a special bond.

What are your plans for the next writing project? 
As I mentioned above, I am currently working on the third book in the Magdalena series. I am exciting writing it and hope my readers will be just as excited to read it when it is finished!

What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question? 
Why has Maggie suffered the abuse she has at the hands of certain men? I want women to know that it can happen to anyone and there is no shame in being abused and seeking help or therapy for what you have experienced. Be empowered and don’t live your life in fear. There is a lot of support from other survivors.

Dogs or Cats? 
Definitely dogs. I am terribly allergic to cats as are two of my three boys. Our family has a long-haired Chihuahua named Sparky.

The Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt  

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You were higher than a kite. 

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