About Shannon Cutts (with Pearl):
Shannon Cutts is first and foremost a birdie and tortoise mama. She is also a writer, speaker, nonprofit founder, mentor, lover of retro threads, and champion of all things (and beings) recovered and recovering. Love & Feathers is her second book.
Pearl Cutts is fetching and feathery. He is a Golden Waffle Award−winning actor best known for his role as .007, pint-sized superspy. He also serves as CEO/super(bird)model for Wet Bird Couture. Pearl loves waffles and ladybirds and his ever-expanding flock of VIP fans (both feathered and featherless).
What inspires you to write?
I love words. I have always loved words, reading words, working with words, rearranging words like they are puzzle pieces until they fit just right.
As Beethoven once said about himself, "thank goodness Beethoven can compose music because he can do little else." In the same way, I feel very grateful for the gift of words.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I honestly have the longest list!!
I actually keep an updated ongoing reading list if your readers want to discover some really amazing books – I've been keeping it for years and I update it as often as weekly.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am definitely a spontaneous writer in my creative writing projects. Before I became a career freelance writer I was a songwriter and I always started with either a melody or a title or "hook" idea. I am the same way with my creative writing. Either I start from a concept or a title and just let it flow from there.
I have learned to trust these idea kernels to share themselves with me rather than trying to control their expression overmuch – but that is just what works for me. To each their own. 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing! If you truly love words, writing, reading, this will rise to the top and you will find your niche, your voice and your path.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I opted for traditional publishing for my first book. That process was exciting but also pretty frustrating in many ways. Once I launched Love & Feathers, the blog, I became more interested in retaining control over my creative content, which led me to BookLocker, my current publisher. BookLocker has a collaborative hybrid publishing model that really works for my needs and goals.
I don't think there is any one right or wrong answer here – both sides have a great deal to offer and it is just a matter of which is the best fit for each author's needs and goals.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it looks bright! Perhaps the formatting will change as smart devices continue to change how we seek and consume content, but from what I see today, people still crave knowledge and entertainment in book and e-book form and that bodes well for creative writers and marketers to share their gifts.
What genres do you write?: animals, pets, birds, nature, companion animals, memoir, creative nonfiction, nonfiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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