Author Interview – Shannon Mayer

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 

I think it runs in my blood, my mother fed that by encouraging me to read books way beyond my age which only pushed me further into the world of the imagination. So, I guess it’s my mom’s fault.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Anytime I get a 4 or 5 star review, I just feel the flush of knowing that what I’m doing/writing, is making people happy. That is an incredible feeling.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? 
Not really, though I was listening to the Transformers Score while I wrote. Love the orchestra, the power of the music really inspired me.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
A few, but I ain’t saying more than that, too incriminating!

How do you react to a bad review? 
It’s just a part of the process. If there is constructive words, take them, try to apply them to my writing. That’s all you can do, everyone is entitled to their opinion, you just have to as an author, suck it up and take the good with the bad. If you can’t, you’re probably in the wrong business.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
The sequel to “Dark Waters”, “Dark Isle” will be out in June if all continues to go well, then I have the third book in that trilogy set to be released in July. After that I have two standalone full length novels, (both urban fantasy) set to be released. In September is “Priceless” the story of a Tracker who hunts down children kidnapped by supernaturals, and in December “The Chronicles of Sin” follows Toni, a woman who carries Gluttony within her and how she sets out to free herself from her vice.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? 
ROFL! Well, I did have this vague idea to blend vampires and pirates, but it faded once the laughter from my writing group subsided.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be? 
Kushiels’ Dart by Jacqueline Carey, without a doubt. Very cool world and if that was a no-no, I would jump into Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Both books have such a depth to the world building it feels as though you could easily stumble across them.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 

The Chronicles of Narnia, but of course! What proper writer of fantasy would say anything else?

What was your favorite children’s book? 
Ferdinand, the story of a bull who just wasn’t mean enough for the bull fights until a bee stung him. Very cute.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Just keep at it, the only way you will fail is if you give up. Don’t worry about hard critiques and one star ratings, all authors get them, in fact, I would warrant that until you get a one star rating, you are still a baby in this business 🙂

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? 
Dreams are meant to be chased. So chase them and know that you are following the path that God laid out for you.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
A veterinarian for a long time. I was always told that there wasn’t a real job in being a writer, it was what you did for fun or a hobby. Then I grew up and realized that my stories were not only cool ideas, but that with some effort and learning, my writing wasn’t half bad either ;p

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
I like where I am right now. It’s a great and fascinating world that I for one can’t get enough of. Much as I truly love history and all it has to offer, I like it right where I am. Again, boring, I know, but it’s the truth.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?

Aphrodite. Need I say more? Bring on the Harem!

What is your favorite Quote? 

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is therefore not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

Hidden talent? 
I love to bake cupcakes. I watched one too many shows on the food network channel and now I am more than a little obsessed with cupcake decorating.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I don’t have time for these things any more! LOL. But I am looking forward to Laurel K Hamilton’s new release in the summer, her books are always fun.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit? 
Swamp People. I LOVE that show, but it is so not a girly show, and well, it is reality TV which is always a bit of the Big Mac and Fries of the TV world.

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Genre – Fantasy & Horror
Rating – PG13
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About Lisa Taylor

Hello! I'm an author, and in my time as an author I've realized that there are thousands of authors out there that just don't get the attention they deserve. So I'm hosting this "Writer's Block Party" so you can get to know the people that create the stories we all love!
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One Response to Author Interview – Shannon Mayer

  1. Tracey says:

    Great interview!

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