Wednesday, 17 September 2014

7 Questions with #Author S.D. O'Donnell (Shadow Journey) @sdodonnell #Fiction #AmReading

Tell us a bit about your family.

I have two kids, both of them quite creative. My daughter has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and writes fantasy novels. My son is an autodidact and taught himself music. He started with guitar but he can play almost anything and composes beautiful pieces. He also writes hip-hop songs. It’s taken me awhile to get used to it but I no longer hate those pieces. My husband and I have a mutual admiration society going on about each other. Isn’t that how marriage should work?

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Yes. I have always had a talent for communicating through the written word.

What motivates you to write?

The stories in my head won’t leave me alone until I get them out on paper.

What books did you love growing up?

I liked Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys when very young. I read The Diary of Ann Frank at about 13 and that had a large influence on me. I began writing journals after that and moved from there to writing stories.

What book genre of books do you adore?

Okay. I admit it. I’m a big Jane Austen fan.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

I was born in southern Louisiana, raised in New Mexico, spent some time in Texas, and have lived in Colorado almost all of my adult life. Since my next book is titled Deadly Bayou, you can probably guess that the Louisiana influence is strong in that book.

How did you develop your writing?

I have always been able to communicate with the written word. I worked on my high school newspaper and literary magazine, then studied some creative writing in college. After spending many years writing non-fiction, I had a hard time adjusting to creative fiction. I took an online writer’s workshop that helped me get started. After that, I’ve gotten better with practice. Another huge help has been finding a good editor. She teaches me so many things through her edits and comments. I learn something everything I have her look at my work.

Shadow Journey

Love ... Loss ... Secrets

A Haunting Psychological Read

She starts alone.

"I SIT IN THE GAZEBO, alone. No cup of tea. No neighborly conversation to help fill the silence. Haunted by 85 years worth of musings, I watch the sun set and feel my age."

She ends alone.

And exposes a closely-guarded secret of 35 years in between.

˃˃˃ Meet Mrs. Vera Blackstone

First introduced in the thriller Deadly Memories, she quickly became a well-loved character -- even though she isn't the main one. But you don't have to read Deadly Memories before you enjoy this novella.

˃˃˃ Warning

This story will make you think and stays with you long after the last word is read.

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Genre – Short Fiction
Rating – PG-13
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