AWARD-WINNING YA SPY SERIES COMES TO E-READERS
Penguin Publishing brings back Shannon Greenland’s The Specialists, featuring girl tech genius GiGi, after successful paperback release
NEW YORK, NY – October 2012 – Shannon Greenland’s award-winning teen spy series The Specialists is brought back to the spotlight after six years in paperback. The 5-book series releases on Kindle, Nook and all e-readers this winter from Penguin Publishing.
Inspired from the hit television show Alias, Greenland’s book series begins with Model Spy (originally debuted in 2007) when 16-year-old Kelly James is caught uncovering top-secret information for her irresistibly cute and nice friend David. Rather than serve a jail sentence, she accepts the option to change her identity and enlist in a government spy agency that trains teen agents. Instantly, Kelly Spree, a.k.a. girl genius GiGi, is born and sent on her first mission as an undercover model with a partner she’s surprised to find as an agent himself.
The Specialists e-book release comes on the heels of Penguin’s publication of Greenland’s stand-alone novel The Summer My Life Began, which was chosen as a Hot YA Read by the She Knows Book Lounge, and devoured by librarians who called it “terrific” (School Library Journal) and “a breeze to get through; light and entertaining” (Texas librarian Jen Bigheart).
Greenland’s impressive nine-book career – she also previously released three romantic suspense novels – has earned her awards from National Booksellers, Romantic Times, National Readers Choice, American Library Association, Daphne du Maurier and many more prestigious literary organizations.
“Brilliant,” Kidz World; “Greenland makes you ride along, and I love it!” Echelon Press; “Hours of good reading,” Scribes World; “The imagery used to twine the characters lives is amazing,” Writers Unlimited; “Sure to surprise,” The Readers Studio; “Witty and very adventurous. Readers will not be disappointed,” Teens Read – are just a snippet of the high-praised comments Greenland has received for her writing.
About the author: Shannnon Greenland grew up in a small Tennessee town as a kid who dreaded reading and writing. Ironic, as she’s now a successful award-winning author of nine young adult novels. When not writing, Greenland’s eager for adventure outside of a book’s pages. Hiking, rafting, climbing, caving, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, mountain biking, canoeing, power lifting, running, camping, para sailing . . . she’s done it all. The world traveler divides her time between Florida and Virginia where she tutors math students and gives author talks at area schools. She’s currently at work on a new suspense trilogy set in Washington D.C.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
- I was born and raised in Athens, TN. Go Cherokees! I lived on a farm up until I was 13 and then moved into town. Athens is one of those great small towns to raise a family. When I was a teenager our nightlife included cruising the K-Mart parking lot or t-p’ing someone’s house.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
- Model Spy is the first book in The Specialists series. When I decided to write a teen series, I was completely at a loss of where to start. At the time I was watching that show Alias and it kind of clicked one day. I’ll write teen spies!
How do you create your characters?
- I try to write in opposites. For example, in The Specialists there is a martial artist named Bruiser. She’s tiny, curly red hair, freckles, and a giggle pot. Looking at her or hearing her talk you’d never guess her specialty is martial arts. All my characters are that way. My computer genius, GiGi, looks like a lingerie model. My clairvoyant character, Mystic, looks like a linebacker.
- But that’s just physical stuff. Emotionally I give them all something they’re dealing with. Something they have to overcome in order to grow as a person. My electronics specialist, Wirenut, ends up facing the very man who killed his family. Talk about an emotional challenge.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
- I actually had no clue I wanted to be a writer. I wasn’t really even a reader. A friend of mine gave me a stack of historical romances and only out of dire boredom did I decide to pick one up. Imagine my delight when I discovered I enjoyed reading! Eventually I found my reading niche in romantic suspense novels and about a year later I decided to try writing one. Hence was born my very first novel, Discovering Veronica, a romantic suspense. Of course I eventually found my voice and home in teen. I LOVE writing young adult and can’t imagine any other genre.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
- I write all my novels long hand and then type them into the computer. To some that’s a big waste of time, but a .9 pencil and yellow pad of paper is how I’m most creative and in my zone.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
- Well, The Specialists were sparked by the show Alias. My single title, The Summer My Life Began, was brought about by a 10 day trip I took to Bermuda. Pretty much every scene I write I’ve actually done: spelunking, repelling, kayaking, diving, sailing, surfing…. Research is about the best part of being a writer.
What do you like to read?
- I get on kicks. I was just on a Susan Elizabeth Phillips binge. I recently cruised my way through several John Green novels. My go to is Suzanne Brockman’s Troubleshooter series.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regard to writing?
- Pick up a pencil or open a laptop and just do it. And definitely join writing organizations. It’s what I did and it opened my world to publishing, agents, editors, other writers… Also, if you finish a project, start another. Don’t ever wait around to hear back from agents or editors. It’ll drive you nuts. Always be writing because that is the whole reason why you started, right?
Shannon Greenland dreaded reading and writing as a kid. Ironic, as she’s now a successful award-winning author. Her 5-book series for young adults, The Specialists, as well as her other novels, received such honors as National Booksellers Best, Daphne du Maurier and Romantic Times recognition, National Readers Choice, CAPA nominee, Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award, Holt Medallion and the Popular Paperback award from the American Library Association.
Penguin Publishing launched Greenland’s latest novel The Summer My Life Began in May 2012, and brings her entire spy series to e-form this winter.
When not writing, Shannon’s eager for adventure outside of a book’s pages. Hiking, rafting, climbing, caving, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, mountain biking, spelunking, canoeing, power lifting, running, camping, para sailing . . . she’s done it all. Originally from Tennessee, the world traveler divides her time between Florida and Virginia where she mentors, tutors, and teaches math and gives authors talks at area schools.