Thursday 15 August 2013

Author Interview – Shannon Pearce

Tell us a bit about your family. I’m the eldest sibling of two, so I have a younger by  almost three years brother. I grew up in Tassie with mum dad and my dogs, one of which I have had since I was five, so he’s pretty old.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I push myself to go for it. no pain no gain, I know that I’ll be better off for having worked through it so I just do what I can, to the best of my abilities.

What scares you the most? Big crowds, I hate big crowds and the dark, (well actually more like what could be in the dark that I can’t see :s)

What makes you happiest? Probably my friends and family, or my doggies

What’s your greatest character strength? My ability to joke about most things, I think. I try not to take myself too seriously, so I’m pretty laid back.

What’s your weakest character trait? Hot tempered or really stubborn

Why do you write? I write because I enjoy it, it makes me happy. Also I have always been one for telling a good story, be it true or not so writing just come naturally to me.

Have you always enjoyed writing? Yes always, I’ve done it since I learned how to write, and even before them I found a way to share my crazy stories.

What motivates you to write? Just my love of doing it I guess.

What writing are you most proud of? Would have to be Into the Night my first published novel, it took a lot of work so I’m pretty proud of it.

What books did you love growing up? I loved Goosebumps book growing up, I have so many of them it’s not funny!

Who is your favorite author? That depends on the day; it changes depending on what book I’m reading.

What book genre of books do you adore? Young adult book, I just love them.

Is there any books you really don’t enjoy? I don’t much like the fifty shades of grey novels, my friends make me read them assuring me they got better but to me they just never did.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? I dunno, I was kinda hoping I’d discover the secret to immortality, so who knows, I havn’t really thought about it.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I grew up in the town I currently live in. I lived in an even smaller town one that is practically a ghost town now until I was five before I moved here. The town I live in is the rural capital of Tasmania and locals call it the valley of love. Small town, the kind where everyone know everyone, which when growing up was not always a good thing.

How did you develop your writing? I took a number of different English classes at school, but mainly it was just through writing, and re writing.

Where do you get your inspiration from? Anywhere really, sometimes it come to me in the shower, or even on the street. I often find when I witness a scene playing out in a crowded space I’ll make up my own little story line behind it. it helps to draw from your surroundings.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? So far marketing, though none of it was what I would call easy.

What marketing works for you? Good question, I’m still pretty new, so I’m still working out what works and what doesn’t.

Do you find it hard to share your work? Not at all, it’s what I wrote it for. For me getting published isn’t about me, it about sharing what I’m so proud of. I’d give it away if I could.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? I have a loving family, they support me as much as they can, though they are not really all that interested in book and stuff in general. My friends though are the best in the world. They are always there to bounce ideas off and seem to love my characters almost as much as I do. They have been a big help, during the process of getting Into the Night published. I don’t know how many three AM editing sessions we had to get it all read for print.

Do you plan to publish more books? Yes! Hopefully if I can, it always been a dream of mine and I would love to share my stories with the world.

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time… I have a part time job at Woolworths (supermarket) as a supervisor. It keep me pretty busy between it and university I have no free time.

Into the Night

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Genre - Young Adult

Rating – PG13

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