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The Revealing of Shana Mahaffey

January 20, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles

ShanaMaShana Mahaffey debuted on October 6, 2009 with Sounds Like Crazy, an original, heartfelt, and healing novel about a woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Yes this is a main character limited by her many characters.

A full presentation/review of Sounds Like Crazy is scheduled here for Monday, February 1, 2010, but today let’s meet this first-time author from her “official” bio:

Shana Mahaffey lives in San Francisco, California, in part of an Edwardian compound that she shares with an informal cooperative of family, friends, and five cats. She’s a survivor of catechism and cat scratch fever, and is a member of the Sanchez Grotto Annex, a writers’
co-op.

And now here’s Shana revealed:

Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: I know I can I know I can.

Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth, and you get neither.” By CS Lewis

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: I quote: “Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them.

Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Alzheimer’s.

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: With friends.

Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: The ancient Spartans.

Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: My Godmother.

Q: What are your most overused words or phrases
A: Per my readers, “Proverbial.”

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: Polyglotism.

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Living.

Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: My inability to say “No I am not at your beck and call,” to cats.

Q: What’s your best quality?
A: Perseverance.

Q: What do you regret most?
A: Not recognizing the value of people in my life until it was too late—i.e., they were gone.

Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: I would love to be a philanthropist with an unlimited bank account.

Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: My irreverent sense of humor.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Corwin from The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazney

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Darth Vader.

Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Can I buy you a beer?

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Inequality.

Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Outdoor activities such as snow skiing, biking, hiking, city walking preferably with family and/or friends.

Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Author (the kind where I am earning enough to live comfortably)

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Honesty, kindness, compassion.

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Chocolate cake with lots of chocolate frosting.

Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: Badlands by Bruce Springsteen, Bad by U2, The Unforgettable Fire by U2, Danny Boy by various artists,Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel

Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Chronicles of Amber, Chronicles of Narnia, The Belgariad, The Mallorean, What’s Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies. Okay, the first four are series…

Would you like to learn more about this genuine, caring, and clever writer? Please follow Shana on Twitter and become a friend on Facebook.

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Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away a copy of The Murderer’s Daughters to anyone who leaves a comment on this post and is selected in a random drawing. The deadline is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST. with the winner to be announced here in tomorrow’s post.

1 Comments to “The Revealing of Shana Mahaffey”


  1. I am fascinated by this: she lives in ‘part of an Edwardian compound that she shares with an informal cooperative’

    What is an Edwardian compound????

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