Shane Scollins is a freelance writer and author. From New Jersey, he now resides in Upstate New York with his wife, Heather. He has worked as an automotive service manager, a website developer and a computer network engineer. Primarily a science fiction and paranormal novelist, Shane enjoys taking readers on surprising and unexpected journeys that twist reality. He is currently working on his next book.
What inspires you to write?
I’m driven by two main things. 1: the stories and concepts that constantly weave into my brain. and, 2: the readers who want to read them.
Tell us about your writing process
My process is basically simple. I get an idea or concept that I think would be a cool story, and I create a world and characters that fit into the concept. I’m definitely a seat of my pants writer. As I said I work outward from a concept, but in general those concepts are incredibly small and sometimes end up secondary to the main story. I just let the story and characters go where they may.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I guess both… I try to become them. I approach characters as if I were an actor. I put myself in the moments and try to be where they are.
What advice would you give other writers?
My only advice is to keep writing. Just have fun with it. Most of us are not going to become famous or rich. So just do it because you really want to. And write what you love, write the stories that you’d want to read.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried the self-publishing route after years of rejections, but honestly it was not for me. I can’t do it alone, I’m not that good. I grew up playing sports and being part of a team effort is where I thrive. So I went back to trying to link up with a publisher and kept plugging away with query letters. Eventually I landed at the doorstep of Limitless Publishing. It has worked out pretty well. The reality for me is that I’m a writer, I’m not a cover designer, or an editor, or a marketing savvy expert. So if given the choice I will always want to work with a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future is exciting. I think the bigger publishing houses are constantly reevaluating, there are going to be mergers and different looks. The smaller publishing houses are really the future in my opinion. The eBook revolution and the Print On Demand options have really changed the game. We are even seeing agents of former big houses branching off and becoming publishers which is exciting too. And of course self-publishing will really probably keep booming too, as many talented freelancers will group together to form quasi-houses. The future is really wide open.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Paranormal, thriller, scifi, suspense
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print