Shawn Reilly lives in Mt. Comfort Indiana with her husband, and three daughters. She is the author of ‘The Union’ series. She writes in various genres, which include paranormal romance/urban legend, science fiction, dystopian, fantasy, suspense, and dramedy.
What inspires you to write?
When it seemed like I was only an F away from flunking out of the sixth grade, a retired school teacher took me under her wing. After some tutoring and testing, she informed my parents that the reason I was having trouble in school wasn’t because I was dumb but instead dyslexic.
When my stepfather heard this, he decided to take me to a used bookstore with the belief that the best way to improve my reading skills were to read. Some of the books were hard to get through at first, but with his encouragement I refused to give up. We made many trips to that bookstore, and I especially loved the science fiction and fantasy sections.
Then one day, after complaining about the ending of a particular book, he told me that if I didn’t like the books that I had been reading, then to write one myself—so I did. My first attempt resulted in a horribly written western when I was fourteen, staring a cocky gun slinging cowboy by the name Curt Calhoun. Curt along with his seven brothers, who all shared C names in common, may never have seen the pages of a book, but that was the day I stared writing, and never stopped.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I come up with a new plot either inspired through thought process or dreaming, (which often happens) I set down at my computer and type down everything I remember, so that if I can’t get to the book right away then I will always have the information on file. When I chose to go with a particular story, I make a rough outline. I list scences and things I want to happen or be said, in order, but I keep it loose, so that I can make changes along the way. I often look at writing a book the same as hanging wallpaper. You get the stuff on the wall and then go back afterwards and work out all the air bubbles and kinks, perfecting it until its a piece of art.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I always listen to my characters since they tend to take on personalities all on their own. Its comes with the develope process. What I don’t like is when they take over and start to tell me how they want the story to go.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice that I could give to other writers is to never quit or give up. We all have a story to tell, we just got to get it on paper and keep at it until its what we want. Then find yourself a couple of good beta readers. Their help and encouragement means everything.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After years of feeling like I could never be published, I read an article about an Indie author and her success. Up until then I wasn’t even aware that there was such a thing as Independent publishing. I started to learn more about it, and then I decided that it was the best way to go. I liked the idea of holding onto my rights, getting more out of my royalites, and deciding when my books will be published. I have a series and I didn’t want a publishing company telling me I could only publish one per year. There are pros and cons to both publishing with a publishing company and being an Indie Author, which the cons of being and Indie is the self-marketing. But I still wouldn’t have gone any other route.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we will see a lot more authors choosing to go the Indie route.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Paranormal, science fiction, dystopian, fantasy and suspense
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print