Interview with Shalbey Bellaman

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Getting children excited about reading brings such pleasure as I remember the joy books brought me as a child.
Who are your favorite authors?
J R RTolkein, J K Rowling, Sarah Prineas, Cressida Cowell, Phillipa Gregory , Maeve Binchy. I could go on!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Not knowing what the day will bring and the little snippets for the book I'm currently writing that pop into my head.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, pottering in the garden or reading a good book.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read all the reviews and to get a flavour of the story, listen to personal recommendations or just browse until I find one I think I'll enjoy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a ghost story written when I was about eight years old.
What is your writing process?
I generally know the beginning and end and let the characters take me along the way. They surprise me sometimes and the story takes an entirely different route. However, with my 2nd book in a series, I am going to trial formulating a more formal plot plan and synopsis first and see how that pans out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Two that made the most impact on me were The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton and a beautifully illustrated compendium of fairy tales. I loved Blyton's zany characters, such as the Saucepan Man and Mrs Washalot. The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen about a princess who rescues her eleven brothers from a spell cast by an evil queen stayed with me for many years, and I still think about her. Another by Hans Christian Anderson had me in tears and I still think about the poor child in The Little Match Girl.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Africa. Three different countries in fact, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. With great weather, I spent a lot of time outdoors, quite often in trees. This led to an interest in nature and wildlife and this is reflected in my stories.
Do you recommend books to other people?
Definitely, and I appreciate it when my family and friends recommend books to me.
Describe your desk
My desk is a built-in in the smallest room in the house, so it's compact. There are dictionaries, notebooks, a lot of pens, papers and visual aids, such as dragons ornaments (dragons often feature in my books). I try to keep it tidy, but because it's small it does tend to become a bit cluttered at times.
Published 2018-03-31.
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Books by This Author

Jack in the Wallows
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,030. Language: British English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
Jack and his cousin Katie are snatched by a grumpy leprechaun and whisked off to the kingdom of Kindling on a mission to save it from invaders called Gangrals. They meet extraordinary creatures; some friendly, some hostile. As the kingdom’s last hope, they must fight the invaders and outwit a traitor with a deep-seated grudge against the queen.