Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Author Interview – Shannon Pearce

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What’s your favorite place in the entire world? I dunno, I don’t think I have one.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? I have been  raised with very traditional values. So my characters always tend to be willing to help others despite the cost to their selves and have good family values.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? My love of stories, I think. My dad used to buy me a book a week and he would read to me every night growing up. I think that’s what started it.

When and why did you begin writing? I don’t even know I’ve always just done it for as long as I can remember.

How long have you been writing? My entire life, it’s just a love of mine.

When did you first know you could be a writer? I don’t think I ever thought I could be, I wanted to be because I loved it so much but it just seemed so far out of reach. It was why I studied science in college.

What inspires you to write and why? Just my love of it mostly

What genre are you most comfortable writing? Young adult fiction

What inspired you to write your first book? It was written as part of my exam for my English class in year eleven, well a much shorter version.

Do you intend to make writing a career? I would absolutely love to but unless I could live off writing novels I doubt that will happen, but a girl can dream.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? All the time, I hate it there is nothing worse! Normally a steal one of my friend and make them talk out new and fun ideas things that could happen to our favourite characters, until something just clicks. It doesn’t always work and sometimes I just have to force myself through it  but it’s usually helpful.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? I have that many things going on right now I wouldn’t know where to start

How did you come up with the title? I don’t even remember now, originally it was called Cover of Darkness; I think one of my friends may have suggested the change.

Can you tell us about your main character? Misty West, is a girl that just wants a normal life, even if her family was anything but normal. Misty is sort of a reluctant hero she doesn’t claim to be brave but she knows she has to do whatever she can to save her brother. She had never wanted to be a hunter but as the story progresses she comes to learn that she just might not have a choice. Misty caring, stubborn and hated to seen as a damsel in distress. Misty family is everything to Misty and there isn’t much she wouldn’t do for it, even if she knows how stupid that might make her. Misty is the type of woman that won’t let the boys keep her and her determination to do something she never though she would ever have to again  is one of her stronger points.

How did you develop your plot and characters? Trial, error and a lot of re writing. I knew what I wanted to have happen I knew basically how I wanted the characters to be, but as any writer would tell you that once a character is written they take on a life of their own. A few of the character were never as I planned them to be but so much better. Sometimes it could almost be like they were real, as silly as that sounds. Once I had the idea a made the plot to fit the characters and the story so one would always affect the other.

Who designed the cover? Jamie Runyan, and it is amazing, I absolutely love it! it looks so much better than I ever could have imagined.

Will you write others in this same genre? Yes hopefully, I have three other to this series that I’m still trying to get published.

How much of the book is realistic? As realistic as a fiction can be I guess, there is a little give in reality to make for a better scene of action but I did do my research.

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? Sadly yes, though unless you knew me I think you might not notice. In the second one I have used many of my friend name sakes for characters to thank them for all their help and support, though there characters might not be quite true to them, but it was fun to watch their faced as they read what I made them get up to :P

How important do you think villains are in a story? Very important, without a villain there can’t be a hero.

Can we expect any more books from you in the future? I sure hope so, many, many more!

Have you started another book yet? Yes sadly I have started and completed at least four, none published yet but I’m working on it.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I have no idea, where ever life takes me!

If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be? Don’t take yourself too seriously, sometimes it’s ok to act a little crazy even if others are watching.

When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? Honestly I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing. Even if I only do it for myself I love it enough that really I can’t imagine ever stopping.

Into the Night

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Genre - Young Adult

Rating – PG13

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Website http://justatasmanian.com/

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