Getting To Know The Author: Irina Shapiro

irinaWelcome, Irina. Let’s find out more about you …






What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

I write historical romance with a twist. I’ve always been a big fan of history, but I Irinatend to love stories that have just a touch of the paranormal about them, like ghosts or time-travel. It adds an interesting dimension to the tale and opens up a world of possibilities.

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
I only write one thing at a time. I find that when you do two things at once you only do them half as well.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?
I work alone, but I let a few people read the manuscript and have them critique it. They usually notice plot holes and details that I might have missed.

Can you remember your first reading book?
Sadly, no.

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

I don’t usually snack while I write. I get so absorbed in the story that I completely forget about food.

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

I’m not a very tidy person, but my writing area is very organized, partly because it’s so small and there’s not much room for anything other than my computer and a writing pad containing my notes. If I had an actual office, I’m sure it would be a little cluttered.

ship6Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

I’m self published. After sending numerous query letters to potential publishers and agents I decided to self-publish, never expecting for a second that anyone would actually buy anything I wrote. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

I would have to say that I was greatly influenced by Conan Doyle, Diana Gabaldon, and Susanna Kearsley. I loved Sherlock Holmes as a child and found the whole idea of deduction to be fascinating. I love puzzles, so trying to solve a mystery was right up my alley. Diana Gabaldon and Susanna Kearsley write the kind of books I most enjoy. They mix history, romance, and fantasy in a way that draws the reader in and doesn’t let go until the very last page.

Great author choices!

folly5What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to

preparing a manuscript.
Besides trying to write the best story you can, make sure that your book is well edited. I made the mistake of not hiring an editor right away and I’ve suffered for it in reviews.


Good advice.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
When I wrote Precious Bones I pictured two of my main characters as a young Sean Bean and Polly Walker. I saw them together in Lorna Doone and thought they made a beautiful couple.

Yes, and yes!

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?

abbeycover3Actually, I was on my way to the supermarket when I heard “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry on the radio. She kept repeating, “In another life”, and that one line was responsible for my entire Hands of Time Series. I started to imagine what it would be like to be transported to another time and another life, and voila!


Amazing where inspiration comes from!






About Glynis Peters Author

I write Historical saga style novels featuring mystery and romantic twists. HarperCollins/HarperImpulse publishers of my novel, The Secret Orphan. I live in the UK, in a coastal town in Essex. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters. I also write Victorian novels under my own name, Glynis Smy,
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3 Responses to Getting To Know The Author: Irina Shapiro

  1. Great interview… KUDOS on the new books, Irina.

  2. It’s peculiar where inspiration can come from. Great interview, you two!

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