Interview with Shane C Curran

What's the story behind your latest book?
I've just released a short story, about 7000 words or so. It's a fairly simple story about a guy that has a car accident and afterward he feels like he can see into the future. He can't see the future all the time, but in short flashes of a few minutes. He strikes upon the idea of using this to gamble - if you can see the result, every bet is a sure thing right? Problem is that he can't control the timing of his visions.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was quite young. The first time I wrote a story for fun, I would have been maybe 9 or 10 years old.

As I grew older and started working, I found that I had less time for writing and made a conscious effort to leave it alone. You could say that when I became a man, I put aside childish things aside, but I wouldn't say that because I don't like biblical references.

Now that I have completely given up on being an adult, I am writing again.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne Australia. On the "poor but happy" cliche, I only rated 50%.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well I'm not sure that I am, I've only published one short story.

I've always written, mainly for my own entertainment. Other people seem to find it entertaining too, so here I am.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A friend of mine is an inexpert but enthusiastic golfer. He plays every week. He told me that each week he plays 90 or so strokes (I told you he was inexpert). On about 30 of those strokes he will curse the game and swear never to pick up a golf club again. On about 60 of those strokes he will grunt and soldier on. But there is always one stroke. There will be one stroke that connects perfectly and makes that wonderful PING! sound that tells you you have hit the sweet spot. One stroke that goes exactly as you intended. That stroke is what keeps him coming back.

As a writer, occasionally I write something that makes me say wow. I read it later and can't quite believe that I wrote it, it's that good. Sadly, this happens rarely, but it happens. It's the greatest joy of writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
At present my only fan is a nearly-three-year-old princess. She means everything to me.
What are you working on next?
The very next thing I plan to release (Q3 2016 most likely) is a small collection of shortish stories. The stories are largely written, so it's just a bit of a clean up and then get it online.

I'm about halfway through a detective novel set in Japan. I expect that'll be released early 2017. It follows an explosion in a suburban building. An investigation gets underway and our hero finds himself in hot water very quickly as it seems that there are influential people involved in the explosion and they would rather that our hero not solve the crime as thoroughly as he would like.

I am also a decent way into a more literary story of a retired government employee who meets a young foreigner. They find they are both having difficulty with the same shady characters and set about relieving their difficulties.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King is my guilty pleasure.

There, I've admitted it.

King, along with John Grisham have escorted me through more airports than I care to remember. Both have a wonderful style that captivates you from the very first word. I wish I could define precisely what it is they are doing to achieve that, but it remains elusive.

I love the way that Clive James plays with words. Douglas Adams too. Spike Milligan too. Maybe I just like to watch while people juggle words? I am very fond of Kazuo Ishiguro, although I am a little disappointed with his most recent effort. There are more of course, but that'll do for now.

Ooops, I should have mentioned Cormac McCarthy.

And John Irving of course!

And David Guterson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Less a matter of inspiration and more a matter of an almost-but-not-quite-three-year-old saying "Daddy! Daddy! I woke up by myself!"
What is your writing process?
I generally have a vague idea of a scene or situation and then just start writing. Once I've made a start, then I'll think about a more complete storyline and whether I am writing a short story or a novel.

I tend to work on multiple chapters too. In my current novel I have about 5 chapters written and in final draft. There are about another 5 that are in first draft and about another 8 or 9 that are in a sketch state. I'll dip in here or there depending on what I've been thinking about.
Describe your desk
It's white!

OK, it currently has several books and magazines stacked in precarious piles. At the top of the book pile is "The Unpublished Spike Milligan Box 18" There is a camera, a calendar a couple of hard drives and my computer. There is a sort of in-tray and there are several coffee stains.
Published 2016-05-25.
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Books by This Author

Spider Dunstan's Teeth
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,510. Language: Australian English. Published: September 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Stolen cars, illicit drugs, George Michael, alcohol, turquoise trousers, a yellowing set of false teeth and a black AMT handgun all feature in this romp through Melbourne's western suburbs in the early 1980s. Join Micky - a small time grafter, Leroy - a gentle giant, Spider Dustan and Wendy-the-hot-chick as they strike luck, both good and bad and occasionally strike each other.
Double Time
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,320. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
What if you knew in advance? On a lonely road, a single car accident leaves a young man with memory loss and strange side affects - he feels as though he is seeing future events, but only in short intervals. Seeing the future is one thing, but what would you do with that ability? Even if it were true?