L J Shen

Lulu first read a standalone by L J Shen in February 2016 called Sparrow, a mob romance that I have re-read three times already.  Her “Sinners of Saint” series is another one I highly recommend which consists of the four books Defy, Vicious, Ruckus & Scandalous – all now avaiable so you can binge read and you will want to !!


1 Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, hobbies, pets, etc).

Mother to two year old Benjamin and twelve year old Murphy (to be honest, Murphy is a cat). I’m happily married, living in NorCal, and I enjoy camping, music, reading, drinking wine, hanging out with my family and friends and of course, chocolate (not in that order, obviously).

2 How did you get into writing and why romance?

I’ve always been a reader, ever since I can remember. I actually didn’t really like romance at first, I sort of got into it in the last four years and now I can’t get enough of it. I got so addicted, I decided to try and write it. So far, so good!

3 Name a romance book or series you would love to see as a movie/TV series.

The Fall Away series by Penelope Douglas.

4 Have you ever read a book based solely on its cover?

I ONLY look at covers. I don’t read blurbs because I like to be surprised.

5 I know that authors aren’t supposed to have favorites but was there one character you couldn’t wait to write about and why?

I love writing all of my characters. Choosing between them is legit like choosing between your kids. I would hate myself for even thinking about it, to be honest. Some characters can be more challenging, some less. I think at the end of the day, every single character I wrote stole a piece of my heart, so I literally have to love them, even if they piss me off sometimes, lol.

6 Where is the one place in the world that inspires you the most?

France. I love France. It inspires me. The culture, the architecture, the language. I’ve only been there four times in my life, but I absolutely adored it there. I like to give my characters French surnames, like LeBlanc. It makes me feel a little more connected to the place.

7 What is your ideal way to end a long day?

A glass of wine watching TV with my husband. Basically Netflix and chill.

8 Describe your ultimate holiday.

Somewhere in the Far East. I really enjoyed travelling Thailand. I wish I could go back there. I love roaming a big city like Bangkok for the first week, and use the second week to chillax on a beach somewhere (in my case, it was Koh Samui.) That’s my ideal vacation and that’s what I did for my honeymoon. I’d like to go back one day.

9 Who is your favourite book boyfriend and why?

There are so many, but if I’m being honest, probably Garett from The Deal. He just seems like a swoon-worthy book boyfriend who would not screw you over like the guys I tend to write.

10 Who is your top five “Freebie List”? (I think this is also known as a Hall Pass.  Who could you sleep with that your partner won’t mind?)


  1. Chris Pratt.
  2. Chris Pratt.
  3. Chris Pratt.
  4. Chris Pratt.
  5. Chris Pratt.

Just kidding! Here’s the real list: Chris Pratt, Jason Momoa, Stephen James. Honestly, I don’t have five. Maybe Harry Styles? No. That would be weird. He’s way too young for me. So, yeah, scratch that.

11 You have a table booked for four in your favourite restaurant.  Who would you invite to join you?

JK Rowling, my mom and Tina Fey. It’s going to be fun, hilarious and very insightful. Plus, my mom would be there to make sure I don’t get super drunk and embarrass myself!

12 If there was one profession you would like to attempt other than your own, what would it be?

Honest to god, I am spectacularly untalented if you exclude writing. I would probably be a kindergarten teacher because I like kids.

13 How can our readers connect with you? Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter, etc.

So, the best way to connect with me is to join my reading group. I’m there daily (shout out to my Sassy Sparrows! You ladies are the best). I tend to socialize and just have fun with my readers, but if you want to stay in the loop about my sales and releases, you should definitely follow me on Amazon. Here are the links:

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Review  –  Sparrow      Review – Tyed

Review  –  Vicious         Review – Ruckus         Review – Scandalous