Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Shawna Robison Young & The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers

Posted April 29, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Shawna Robison Young / 15 Comments

I’m so excited to welcome my friend Shawna Robison Young to the blog today to chat about her debut novel, The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers! (And isn’t that such a great title?)

Shawna is a contemporary fiction author who enjoys writing a little bit of the unexpected. Why be normal? In a world of conformity, a touch of something out of the ordinary can make a work of art astonishing.

Shawna loves all things chocolate especially a warm cup of hot chocolate and sea salt caramel truffles. She is the mother of four, a preschool owner and teacher, a former children’s minister, and the wife of a navy veteran. Whether it’s singing the ABCs, sharing what she’s learned with new writers, or passing along Bible truths to her children ministry classes, she’s a teacher at heart.

You can connect with Shawn on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.

GENRE: Inspirational Women’s Fiction
PUBLISHER: Young At Heart Stories Publishing
RELEASE DATE: February 27, 2020
PAGES: 423

What if you’ve returned home to start your life over, only to discover you’re there to finish it?

Ready for a fresh start, Heather Meyers flees from not-so-sunny California to her hometown in Indiana. But fate has other plans—stage IV cancer and three months to live. Determined that one more kick from life won’t destroy her faith, Heather fights against its schemes. Before she can take her final rest, redemption must be found for someone she loves.

Physical therapist Dr. Jack Jones (JJ) would do anything to change the past, to not have let his high school sweetheart get away. Now that Heather’s back, he’d do anything to keep her from leaving. With her time running out, he may never get his chance to set things right.

By a twist of fate and with an extra dab of this and a little bit of that, nurse Anna Ingram sets out to prove that JJ is more than his past mistakes and Heather can find hope and love in the midst of the biggest battle of her life.


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Hi Shawna! Welcome to the blog!

Shawna: Oranges. I love apples too, but I can’t pass up on all the sweet juiciness of an orange. My favorite smell is cinnamon apples though. Year round.

Carrie: mmmm now i want some cinnamon apples lol

Shawna: Dogs. I’ve had dogs my whole life. Currently I have two shelter dogs: Macy, a ten-year-old shepherd mix and Talya, a two-year-old beagle/ dachshund/ terrier/ lab mix.

Carrie: I love shelter dogs! And wow, Talya is quite the mix haha! love it

Shawna: Over. It just seems natural.

Carrie: I never can find the starting point when it’s over… I’m going to blame math somehow.

Shawna: Print. Ebooks are great to get the book immediately, but there’s something about holding the actual book in my hands and flipping through the pages.

Carrie: totally!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Shawna: I call myself “The Kid Whisperer.” LOL. I’m a preschool teacher and also serve in children’s ministry. God blessed me with the gift of working with children.

Carrie: that definitely IS a superpower 🙂

Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood? 

Shawna: Nancy Drew. I loved trying to solve the mysteries with her and occasionally the Hardy Boys too.

Carrie: yes! me too! Nancy Drew is my girl!

Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?

Shawna: That I keep everything and should organize myself a little better. Ha. Ha. I might say I’d win that purse game often played at parties and showers, but my purse is full of a lot of junk rather than practical items I might need. Band-aids for one of my four children? Maybe, probably not. An old wrapper from a candy bar I had after a big grocery shopping trip for my family of six? Most definitely. 🙂

Carrie: haha! i can relate to this

Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles?

Shawna: I love to dream about this. For The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers, Olivia Wilde as a brunette would play Heather Meyers, Scott Eastwood as a blond would play Dr. Jack Jones (JJ), and Vanessa Redgrave would play Anna.

Carrie: You had me at Scott Eastwood 😉

Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?

Shawna: With The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers, I thought I knew where the story was going, but it became so much bigger than I ever imagined. Heather (heroine) let me know that the man I was writing for Keith wasn’t him at all. That was the man he wanted people to see. Behind the doors he was someone totally different. Also several of the twists came from my love of something different than the same old same old. Like many readers have told me, I didn’t see the twists and turns coming either.

Carrie: oh i love that! I find the process so fascinating!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from {YOUR BOOK}?

Shawna: We are more than our past mistakes and that redemption can be found.

Carrie: amen & amen & amen!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Shawna: Currently, I’m revising the book of my heart. It seems like an endless process (ten years in the making). I pray it finds its home soon. Waiting Among Ashes is the story of a woman, Kelley Stone whose Navy husband is missing in action. It follows her journey of denial to acceptance to the answer of what happened to Chuck Stone. The reader discovers the story of three best friends whose lives change forever by one plane crash.

Carrie: Praying for great things there!

Shawna Robison Young is offering a copy of The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers – winner’s choice of print or ebook – to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What interests you most about The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers and/or my Q&A with Shawna Robison Young?

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15 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Shawna Robison Young & The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers

  1. Mya Murphy

    Oh my goodness.. This book sounds so heart-felt.. Just reading the blurb makes me want to cry.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the Q&A with Shawna Robison Young. Enjoy learning more about authors when they have a book I want to read. Love her answer to what she want folks to take away from her books! We are definitely more than our past. The past is just the past once we turn it over to a higher power.

    The cover on “The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers” is so cool. It’s like come sit a while and relax. Oh while you sitting here’s a fabulous book for you to read. I’d love the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.

  3. Sunnymay

    I want to find out Heather weathers her struggles and how Jack resolves his hesitancy and goes for what he wants.

  4. Sonnetta Jones

    I was drawn to your cover and then I read the blurb. As a cancer survivor it is always hard to read these stories because it is one of our greatest fears. I want to see the role God plays in this story and if she will find the closure she needs to go home.

    • This was a difficult story to write. It deals with several tough topics and explores redemption for those who’ve made poor choices. I hope you enjoy it. It was a special story to write that healed my heart in many ways.

  5. Debra Branigan

    I am interested in how the characters deal with the cancer diagnosis. This sounds like a very intense read. Best wishes to the author on the novel.

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