Shannon Celebi writes speculative fiction in all its weird and wonderful forms. She grew up in Calaveras County (home of ‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County’ by Mark Twain), which provided the inspiration for many of the tales in her short story collection, ‘Small Town Ghosts.’ She now lives in Ashland, Oregon with her husband, her son, two neurotic cats, and a dilapidated laptop named Persephone.
What inspires you to write?
I write to keep the demons at bay, the ones that rattle around in my head and fill me with anxiety. Writing quiets all that and helps me forge connections, both to my fictional characters and to my readers. My hope is always that my writing moves someone in some way.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write in the evenings, mostly on my front porch (yes, even when it snows), but also at this quaint little cafe downtown. I start by going over what I’ve written the previous day, which helps me get into the flow as I make minor adjustments, then I take it from there. Sometimes, too, I write in my head as I fall asleep and hope that I will remember it all in the morning. I avoid outlining, although I always have an idea of where the story is going, but it usually changes, My characters make their own decisions and sometimes it’s not the decision I anticipated.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters basically tell me what to do. I just listen and take notes.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Every day if you can. And read, read, read. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly, and listen to critics with an open mind.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went with KDP because of the huge potential for exposure. My goal isn’t to sell books but to gain readers and KDP offers many promotional tools to accomplish that goal.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we live in a digital age and that the future of book publishing will move quickly in that direction. Do I think paper books will cease to exist? No. But I do think they will eventually become a novelty, like record albums,
What genres do you write?
horror, supernatural thriller
What formats are your books in?