Interview with Shanlynn Walker

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time with my family. I have been married for over 10 years to my husband, and he is my best friend. I also have a teenage son and daughter, and we all know what it's like having teenagers around. My daughter is very into debate, so she's like having an argumentative teenager who is also really good at arguing, which is every parent's nightmare. But, it's great, I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm also quite the animal lover, so I spend a lot of time with my dogs as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Since I have become a published author myself, I get a lot of requests for book reviews, etc., from other indie authors. I seldom have to go out and find a book to read anymore, they just get emailed to me and I get to read them and leave a review, which I don't mind since it is helping other indie authors get some exposure. I have found reviews are the hardest part of being an author, they are really hard to get! I like to do my part to help as many others as I can, but I always remember to give an honest opinion. Undeserved flattery doesn't help us hone our craft, even if it is what we would like to hear.
What is your writing process?
I don't really follow a process. I probably should, because I know I get so many ideas in my mind and then I want to incorporate them all into my story! Even when I sit down and try to do a loose outline it only lasts for maybe a chapter or two. Then I'll have another idea and I will throw the outline out and just start writing what I want to again. Perhaps one day I will learn to be more organized.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was younger I read a little of everything. I love Stephen King books. In fact, I remember reading 'Pet Cemetery' when I was maybe twelve years old and I absolutely loved it! It made me want to be a writer when I grew up, but life happens, and I left that dream behind a long time ago. I was a single mother for a lot of years and I worked two jobs and went to night school to try and better our lives. It's only been in the past few years I have been fortunate enough to start writing and revisit my childhood dream.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a guy I met on fiverr.com who does my covers for me. He's great, his name is Nung, and he goes by moonmachine. I usually come up with the idea, then he brings it to life.
Published 2016-07-01.
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Books by This Author

Into the Myste (Dragons of Daegonlot, Book Two)
Series: Dragons of Daegonlot. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,760. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Taking up where the first book ends, Dax, Drakthira, Trakon and Sylas enter the Myste to continue their quest and find a way to destroy the Dragon Orb created by Jessa Dragonheart. Once within its boundaries, Trakon is targeted by one of the powerful creatures that live in the abyss and is led astray while Daxon comes face to face with his true origins and the purpose for his existence.
Dragon Orb (Dragons of Daegonlot, Book One)
Series: Dragons of Daegonlot. Price: Free! Words: 24,990. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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Daegonlot: a floating island separated from the mainland of Darkenfel, and home to the last of the dragonriders. They have settled in the city of Goldenspine and allowed the rest of the world to forget them.