How are you all doing? How is your reading goal for this month? I haven’t set any goal for the month, but I hope to read a few books. I have been reading very little and I hope to read better this month. (Fingers crossed.)
A huge Thank You and a Loud Shout out to the Author Shawna Bennett – for agreeing to participate and kind enough to send prompt response to all my questions.
Shawna Bennett – Soul Song
–> A Brief Bio (As is written by the Author)
I loved reading for as long as I can remember! I lived in a small town and the librarian would let me check out up to 15 books once a week in the summer. In the fourth grade I read Sacajawea and since the book was an adult book my teacher offered to let me only do one book report that entire year, I refused of course! I read so many different genres, but three writers had a huge influence on me. The first was Judy Blume and I loved how she wrote about real problems we were facing as young girls going through puberty. Next came S.E. Hinton and while I loved all of her book The Outsiders was my favorite. I must have read it over 100 times. I can still recite the Robert Frost poem from the book. Then at about 14 I discovered Stephen King and loved his writing. I loved how he would have catch phrases and weird sayings for some of his characters.I started writing in the sixth grade and did a lot of short stories growing up. Later in life I wrote two books under a pen name and then about a year ago started the Fairy Tale Series for my grandchildren.
Question 1: What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing? Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
Author’s Response: I think the elements for good writing are to have a story worked out in your head and go for it. No one ever did something by wishing! I think if you go into understanding that not everyone will like your book, because no book has been written that everyone loves, then you will be fine.The author I think in the romance genre I loved was Jackie Collins.
Question 2: What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
Author’s Response: Try and keep trying everyday. It’s hard at first but over time it gets easier.
Question 3: How do you develop your plot and characters?
Author’s Response: The first thing I do is imagine a story and keep working it out in my head. Then I start writing in a notebook. As I’m writing I find music that will influence certain scenes and build around them. Every book I write has a soundtrack to it. Then when I’m done I begin typing the whole thing and I’m able to add more depth and nuance as I type.
Question 4: What book is currently on your bedside table?
Author’s Response: None, I don’t read while I’m writing because I don’t want to accidentally take ideas or writing styles. That being said the last book I read was a Discovery of Witches.
Question 5: Recommend three of your favorite books to the readers.
Author’s Response: All time favorites are The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Are you there God, it’s me Margaret by Judy Blume and I have to add as the third the only book I have been scared while reading was The Amityville Horror. I love the horror genre and it is still the scariest book ever.
Author’s Favorite Quote: “Let’s do it for Johnny” from The Outsiders.
Lots of love,