The Heroine’s Journey of Shéa MacLeod

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Being able to take the worlds and people that I’ve created in my head, and make them real. At least on paper. Seeing them come alive for others to experience brings me great joy.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Being able to do what I want when I want with whom I want. Freedom.

What is my greatest fear? That The Handmaid’s Tale seems very close to non-fiction these days.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I don’t like to apply negative words and thoughts toward myself. I spent too many years hating myself to go there. I really, truly like myself as I am. However, there is always room for improvement. I suppose I would like to be a little more impulsive. A little freer in my actions without always thinking of possible consequences. That I could be braver than I am.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? There are so many, to be honest. C.D. Reiss, Emma Jameson, Jayne Ann Krentz, Nora Roberts, Sarah Woodbury…just to name a few.

What is my greatest extravagance? Good wine.

On what occasion would I lie? To protect someone. They say the truth will set you free, but if the cost is someone else’s pain, sometimes it isn’t worth it.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The saggy middle bit. There’s always a point in every novel where things just sort of get mired down. It’s always in the middle. It’s always annoying. It’s always a slog. And I always improve it on rewrites.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I still remember very fondly the little room in London where I wrote and published my first novel (and the second, third, fourth). The passion was so strong. The desire so intense. It was such a new thing. It’s a little like your first love, I think.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I truly like myself as I am. I worked very hard to get to that place of acceptance. But I’m always learning and growing, and I think that’s key.

What is my greatest achievement in work? My first five-star review. Hitting Amazon US Top 100. Being #1 in the Kindle store in Australia. Having a book translated into German. But mostly, being able to do what I love for a living.

Where would I most like to live? I love my hometown (Portland, Oregon) and have enjoyed being back, but I would return to the UK in a heartbeat. It’s my heart’s home and I miss it every day. Alternatively, I’d live at the Oregon Coast.

What is my most treasured possession? Practically, my laptop. I need it for my work. Otherwise, it’s a toss-up between my collection of dragons and my Wonder Woman collection.

What is my most marked characteristic? My resilience.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I find the city in and of itself an inspiration. Portland has its own personality. It’s like a living entity with so many unique little neighborhoods, each special in its own way. But one of my favorite places has always been Portland Saturday Market. There’s always so much music, color, and excitement. The people watching can’t be beat.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Oh, that’s a tough one. Portland is known for its foodie culture. I’m a brunch girl, so Jam on Hawthorne is right up there. For pub culture, the Highland Stillhouse Pub. And for something sweet, the Pied Cow or Pix Patisserie.

What books influenced my life and how? Agatha Christie’s books deeply influenced my life. I’ve pretty much always wanted to be a writer, but it was while reading And Then There Were None that I first grasped that idea in a real way.

Who are my favorite writers? Agatha Christie, of course. Rhys Bowen, Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz), Emma Jameson, MC Beaton, Gail Carriger…oh, there are so many!

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? When it comes to music, I like a little of almost everything. So, there would probably be some old school jazz in there along with some 80s rock. Bon Jovi meets Louis Armstrong.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Wonder Woman.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Louise and Ida Cook, British women who used romance novels to save the lives of countless Jews during World War II.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Midnight in Paris

What role plays art in my life and work? I suppose that, being a writer, it is my life and work.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My cousin, Bonnie, has been with me from the beginning. She’s read every single book I’ve ever written before it goes to the editor. Her feedback has been invaluable. My partner, Alin, is eternally supportive. And always makes sure I have coffee.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? For the most part, I’m a solo writer, but I love working with my friend and fellow author, Miranda Mayer. We have a series together (Wolffe & Bane) which is incredibly fun to write.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many of the writers I admire. Some I even call friends. I’d still love to meet Stephen King one day.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? My new series, Lady Rample Mysteries. The first book will be out November 2017, and I’ll be working on book 2 to come out in early 2018. I’m really excited because it’s the first time I’ve used a historical setting (1930s London).

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? You can find my work most places books are sold online (or go to my website for links: If you want to see me personally, I’ll be signing at Heroes & Villains Fanfest (Portland) in January and Emerald City Comic Con (Seattle) in March.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It means I’ll be writing novels even on my deathbed. I have no intention of retiring.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Tara West has an amazing story.

How can you contact me? Website: Facebook page: Twitter: Instagram:

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