Interview with Breeana Shields + #DebBallGiveaway of POISON’S KISS

Tpoisons-kiss-final-coveroday on the Debutante Ball, I had the pleasure of interviewing Breeana Shields, author of POISON’S KISS, coming from Random House on January 10th!

How awesome does this book sound? Poison’s Kiss is about an assassin who can kill with a single kiss, but when she receives orders to kill a boy she knows—a boy she’s sure doesn’t deserve to die—she starts to question who she’s really working for.

And you, lucky readers, can preorder POISON’S KISS and you can also enter to win a signed hardcover by retweeting:

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We will select and contact the very lucky winner on Friday, December 23rd at noon (US Only).

Now, onto the interview!

What’s your secret or not-so-secret superpower?

I have a terrible singing voice, but I’m awesome at making up silly parody lyrics on the spot. I’m pretty sure I could give Weird Al a run for his money. I never use my superpower around anyone I’m not exceptionally close to, though, because my terrible voice is every bit as funny as my clever lyrics.

Jenni: Prove it in the comments! What’s a silly parody to align with your book?

Who is one of your favorite (fictional or non-fictional) characters?

Elizabeth Bennett hands down. I adore her. She’s strong, smart, independent, funny. She’s the kind of character who’s warm and fuzzy enough that you could trust her with your darkest secrets, but also tough enough to slay your enemies. (With witty words, of course. It’s hard to use weapons in a dress.)

Jenni: Great choice!! I especially love these witty words of hers (that fit your own assessment so well!): “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

Share something that’s always guaranteed to make you laugh.

Whenever I’m having a bad day, I spend a few minutes watching babies laugh on YouTube. There’s something incredibly cathartic and hopeful about it. Babies laugh at the silliest things—dogs eating soap bubbles, paper being torn into pieces, older siblings saying the same word over and over. As adults, something is only funny once, but with babies, the more time something happens, the more hysterical it becomes. A few minutes of watching a baby laugh is all I need to turn my day around.

Jenni: I couldn’t agree with this more! 

What time of day do you love best?

You know when you wake up, glance at your alarm clock, and groan because you only have five more minutes before it’s time to get up? But then, you remember it’s Saturday and you don’t have to get out of bed at all? THAT is my favorite time of day. My second favorite time of day? Sunset.

Jenni: But… but… you have three kids. PLEASE tell me your secrets 😉

What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?

The summer before I started college, I worked as a maid in a hotel. It was one of the grossest—I’ll let your imagination fill in the blanks—and most exhausting jobs I ever had. It also made me the best hotel guest ever. I always leave a tip and, on the last day of my stay, I always strip the sheets off the beds and leave them in a nice pile so they’re easy to scoop up and put in the hamper. I still remember the surge of affection I had for any hotel guest who did either of those things. It made a hard job just a little easier. Writing is a much better gig.

Jenni: had to laugh at this! And makes me inspire to be a better hotel guest!

Thanks so much for joining us, Breeana!! Both you and your book are truly a delight 🙂

breeana-shields-smallBreeana Shields has a BA in English from Brigham Young University and is an active member of SCBWI. When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, her three children, and an extremely spoiled miniature poodle.

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Author: Jenni L. Walsh

Jenni L. Walsh spent her early years ​chasing around cats, dogs, and chickens in Philadelphia's countryside, before dividing time between a soccer field and a classroom at Villanova University. She put her marketing degree to good use as an advertising copywriter, zip-code hopping with her husband to DC, NYC, NJ, and not surprisingly, back to Philly. There, Jenni's passion for words continued, adding author to her resume. She now balances her laptop with a kid on each hip, and a four-legged child at her feet. BECOMING BONNIE (Tor Forge/Macmillan, 5/9/2017) is her debut novel that tells the untold story of how church-going Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s. SIDE BY SIDE, telling Bonnie and Clyde's crime spree story, will be released in the summer of 2018. Please learn more about Jenni's books at

3 Replies to “Interview with Breeana Shields + #DebBallGiveaway of POISON’S KISS”

  1. Challenge accepted, Jenni! This is about to be supremely silly, but here we go:

    My Kiss Kills (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

    Dashing through the streets
    Of the marketplace today
    Looking for my next mark
    And crying all the way

    See him standing there
    A mango in his palm
    Wish I could run away
    I’m sure not feeling calm

    My kiss kills,
    My kiss kills,
    My kiss kills you dead
    Better not cross
    Me or my boss
    Cuz my kiss kills you dead


    My kiss kills
    My kiss kills
    My kiss kills you dead
    First the burning on your skin,
    Then the pain shoots through your head.

    [All other verse redacted due to spoilers.]

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