Interview with Cait G. Shaw

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town with far too many churches and bars. There was only one park - and it was meant for little kids more than the adolescents. There is definitely no room for being different when in a place like that. Luckily, there were plenty of trees to make up for it. I understand being anxious and feeling like a freak quite well thanks to that place. Wrap your head around that if you can, folks.
When did you first start writing?
I have no idea. I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I was a little bit of a know-it-all when I was in pre-school. It drove my mother crazy, but it was all her fault to begin with.
What do you read for pleasure?
Kim Harrison is my favorite author - no questions asked.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's an escape, but also a way to create. I can connect with people through my own imagination and that is by far very satisfying.
How do you approach cover design?
First I decide if it should have a picture or not. Sometimes a novel is better without art - especially if the artist can't be bothered to read and understand what he or she has been hired for. Then I decide on font and coloring. Should it pop? Should it be quiet and seductive? I answer these questions and then I get a second opinion from my husband. Then a third opinion comes in from my closest friend, Nitia, Then it's time for publishing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
"Indie" implies I can make my own rules - at least more than if I were picked up by a publishing house. I much prefer going to my own beat than being dragged along by the throat to someone else's.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I avoid e-reading because I can't connect with the story like I can with paper. I love people being green and reading online - my mother and sister love their Kindles. My brother is addicted to his Nook, but I read online only when it's something silly like a Facebook status. It's just how I am.
Describe your desk
My desk is probably the only part of my life I can keep organized besides my bookshelves. Multiple pens to my right with a billion different notebooks are available for my pen-to-paper personality. My cellphone is usually locked up far away when I'm at my desk. My laptop is only brought out when necessary.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It used to be competing with my sister, but now it's my baby boy. He'll be my baby boy no matter what age he reaches, but that will be his problem when he gets to that age.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The easy answer is reading, but there's also binge watching bad t.v. and painting with my son. It is a good thing Poster Paint washes off since mirrors aren't supposed to be covered up in pink and green.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kim Harrison is brilliant. Charlaine Harris follows behind her pretty well. Of course, Jim Butcher and Terry Pratchett are fantastic. Then, lastly, Mercedes Lackey - she inspired me when I was far too young to be reading her works. Not that it stopped me.
Published 2015-04-21.
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