About Nick Shaw:
Nick Shaw has been a passionate reader and writer ever since his youth. He has travelled in many countries and his books have a common theme: interracial relationships in the context of prevailing attitudes and prejudices.
What inspires you to write?
• I have selected the niche of interracial relationships since I have always been fascinated by this subject. Such relationships provide the necessary elements of conflict and subterfuge to make for an interesting narrative. Having travelled a great deal in my life, I made it a point to keep a daily diary where I have recorded my first-hand experiences. When writing about faraway locations, much of my fiction writing has drawn on these real-life experiences to provide realistic details about the settings in my stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
• I am an outliner as well as a seat of the pants writer. I start off by creating sketches of the principal characters. Thereafter, I set up an Excel spreadsheet where I define the individual scenes in each of my chapters. This is the outlining part where I can see the big picture. Next, I start writing the individual chapters. The first draft is hastily typed with a seat of the pants approach. Once the chapters are completed, I start the re-writing process. This takes much longer than the first draft and represents the crucial stage of my writing process. The editing is done by a friend and focuses on typo and grammatical errors.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
• Once I start my book, I start living in two worlds. One is the real world where I have to buy groceries and pay taxes. The other is my fiction world where I listen to my characters. In a sense, my characters are also real because they are modeled on public celebrities or acquaintances. Therefore, my creative process consists in listening to my characters. My sub-conscious takes over and my characters tell me what to do.
What advice would you give other writers?
• My advice is that writing needs a disciplined approach. I make it a point to devote at least two hours a day when writing a book. In my case, I work best in the early morning hours from five to seven a.m. Writing should be a regular activity. Practice makes perfect and one should be writing all the time whether on a note-book or on a PC.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my first fiction book because it was the fastest way to get my book into the commercial market. Kindle Direct Publishing offered the optimum solution in reaching a wide readership and my books are available either as e-books or print books. I would advise all new authors to consider Kindle Direct Publishing as an option to a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Publishers with on-line platforms such as Amazon will take an increasing market share from brick-and-mortar publishing houses. E-book sales have already overtaken print book sales and we need to monitor the growth of the audio-book market.
What genres do you write?: Fiction. erotic romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
Link To Nick Shaw Page On Amazon
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