Interview with R.T. Shepard

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the small town called Rapid City South Dakota. This is the home point of many generations of Native American tribes alongside the historical monument called Mt Rushmore and many more amazing wonders of the world from across it prairies to the thickly wooded Black Hills. I'm proud of my Native American heritage passed down to me through the bloodline of my Mother, all the way back to a sixth Grandfather named “Chief War Eagle.” But don't let the name fool you he was a peace maker. American History of the plains Indians is amazing. They've inspired me often and have come out in my two-part novel called “Dark-Moon.”
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in college during my creative writing class. However I didn’t strive to the next level until my stepmother wrote her first book. It was her writing that inspired me to write more.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy I get from writing is the feeling of expression on all levels. Writing allows me to place the stories that I put together in my mind down on my computer and expand on the idea and make it bigger and more dramatic.
What do your fans mean to you?
My Fans mean everything. They tell me what how to make my story lines better and encourage me to try harder. I enjoy hearing someone ask me, "How did you think of that?" or "It pulled me in after the first few lines."
What are you working on next?
I'm working a new Novel called "Unavoidable Yearning" about a young teen coming of age who finds out she is part of darkness. Yes, I'm trying a Vampire Story. I told myself I would never attempt it only because the "Twilight" series is the ultimate vampire story and cannot be matched. The challenge of writing something new makes me what to tackle it even more. I love the combination of horror, love, mystery and death and darkness. It make your inner body growl with the desire for more.
Who are your favorite authors?
In no Particular order it would be the following:

Nicholas Sparks
Danielle Steel
Sidney Sheldon
Dr. Seuss
J.K. Rowling
Stephen King
Stephanie Meyer
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to draw or spend time with family. I love the outdoors and would love to travel someday. I love to watch a good movie with family at home with a big bowl of popcorn.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first short story I wrote. It was for my creative writing assignment and I called it.
"Economical Classification" It brought me and "A" grade and praise from my instructor.
What is your writing process?
I think of something and write it down. Then I build off of it with thought process and using a pad of paper. I put the elements of the story together and sleep on it. I might even have a dream about it and wake up wanting to write it down so that I don't forget it. Once I feel I can put it together, I diligently spend 8 hours or more a day typing it out of my computer in word.doc. I proof read and have friends or family proof read t for me and then proof read it again and hopefully post it in eBook format.
How do you approach cover design?
I sketch out various designs and place them in Illustrator or Photoshop and add my extra touches to them. I get feedback from family and friends before using them for my eBooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read a number of books when I was younger. The books had animal’s characters mostly. I don't remember one in particular that captivated me more than the rest. Although, a book call "Flip" that was about a horse, made me realize at a young age we can do anything we set are minds on doing. Pure determination is always the answers to success. Nothing is impossible.
Describe your desk
It’s a funny thing my desk. It’s covered in papers, with scribbled notes from brainstorming or a sudden word that must be clarified by my nearby Thesaurus book yes i said book. ;) I have a cork board which is littered with images of my family, alongside numerous writer quotes which keep me smiling on my not so constructive days.
Describe your desk
It’s a funny thing my desk. It’s covered in papers, with scribbled notes from brainstorming or a sudden word that must be clarified by my nearby Thesaurus book yes i said book. ;) I have a cork board which is littered with images of my family, alongside numerous writer quotes which keep me smiling on my not so constructive days.
Published 2016-08-08.
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