Interview with Shannon Brodie

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I guess I just think about the possibilities of a new day. You know? When I wake up in the mornings, I question what I am going to do, and I won't know until I get up and do something. Sure there is the everyday routine, but there are always unplanned and unexpected events that I look forward to, even if I don't necessarily think about them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I generally spend my time reading, watching movies or drawing when I'm not writing. There is something about creativity and letting the mind flow and wander that I just can't resist. I look into everything, my writing, my drawing, the material I'm reading and the movies I watch all have something more to look at than pictures or words. I'm just creative and everything I do somehow ends up being even more creative than it was intended to be, it all turns into a project of mine. Sports have never been fun to me, and I can't imagine playing them anyway. So I do little things.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
For the most part, I look for a genre that I am interested in, and the first few that pop up, I look into. If I don't get into it then I just try a different one.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
YEAH! It was really stupid, because I was only a fifth grader... But it was creative enough. A little, six year old girl got stranded on an island with her pet rabit and had to learn to survive on her own... it was pointless and dumb, but I couldn't care less.
What is your writing process?
I honestly just think of a storyline and begin to write. There are so many edits I make to the original storyline, and by the end there is barely any trace of the main storyline, just a better story in general.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was when I was really young. It was a childrens book, Goodnight Moon. My mother read it to me every night, and eventually, I learned to read and that was the first one I wanted to do on my own. I guess there wasn't a huge impact it had on me, but it was enjoyable. It was a great feeling, knowing that I had successfully read my favorite book by myself...
How do you approach cover design?
When I design a cover, I think about the story and the key tangable parts within. Then I try and put them together in the most interesting and creative way possible. They end up looking pretty good for the most part, but there are the occasional bad eggs...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oooh... that one is tough. I definitely have to say that The Princess Academy, and The Tale of Despereaux are the ones I know for sure. They are really easy to read, but are both very well written and great stories. I read them both long ago, but I love them so much! I enjoy The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Claire, I like all three, so i suppose that makes up my five. Anything Casssandra Claire writes is amazing; she is my favorite author and it is going to take a lot to change that.
What do you read for pleasure?
The less realistic a book, the better. I don't like memoirs or true stories, because they can happen to anyone. I love books that require a wild imagination to create.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm not too sure, I don't really have one that I like too horribly much. I just go with it.
Describe your desk
My Desk? It's a mess. There are papers strewn about the computer with every inch covered in different ideas. Pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pens, markers, highlighters, and books cover any flat surface. I also have a fish in his bowl next to the computer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Small town, Lolo, Montana leaves a lot of room to write. Nothing happens in Lolo, by living in such a boring town, I was inspired to create an even more exciting life for myself, a life better than reality.
When did you first start writing?
Fifth grade. I have not once, ever, AT ALL finished one of my stories. I have notebooks full of story beginnings flooding my room, spilling out of my closet, and i have no motivation to finish any of them right now.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think that my imagination is what makes it fun. I can create so many different scenarios in my head and then I am forced to choose one. Also, everyone else's imaginations makes it fun as well. When I think about anyone reading my story and creating the scene and characars as their own, I just feel like writing more, to feed their imagination and my own.
What do your fans mean to you?
I think that having fans is so nice. They mean the world to me, and in all honesty, they are my inspiration and my real reason to write. I don't know where I would be or what I would be doing if I hadn't had their support from the beginning.
Published 2013-10-19.
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