Blog 160: The Magic of Woven Words – Author Interview #43

Dear Readers,

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,


Published by mrsswiftnib

A fellow book worm who by norms classifies as a voracious reader, books have been a key part since a toddler. Also a prolific writer, I love the craft of words. Of course, people who love to read mostly love to write too! Isn't it? I play around with colors and take absolute delight in Pencil Sketching and Mandalas. A little secret to indulge - I foster a vested interest of amassing a New Degree almost every year. It's my way to Paradise :) A Daughter, Wife, an Engineer, a Bibliophile, a Saree Lover and a varied Juggler of Artsy Interests - That's Me in a Nutshell Welcome Aboard Y'all!!

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