Interview with Shannon Diaz

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I can't say that I have a favorite book, but I do have a favorite genre. Fantasy, whether high fantasy, or a simple touch of whimsy tend to be what I reach for when I want to take some quiet time for myself, and relax.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy stories of various sorts. It's nice to escape into another world now, and then.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My smartphone. It's always on me, and I don't have to fight my kids for it.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I know what's where, though anyone else would have trouble finding anything.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Between West Virginia, and central Ohio. Going between a rural area, and urban area helped give me an appreciation for the views around me, and the details I would find describing such scenery in stories.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in elementary school. I started with poetry, and discovered I enjoyed writing stories as the years went on. I would often be found writing stories instead of taking notes in class.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I write because I enjoy it. I wanted to share what I had created, however I prefer to have some control over how much others would be expected to pay to enjoy my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a world. You can alter your current reality into something new, or go in a completely different direction and have something surreal.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to Captured Hearts, Captured Minds.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. I want to show them that no matter what, there's always something that you can find to motivate you even if it is going from one day to the next. Those small steps end up creating years you never would have expected.
Published 2016-06-10.
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Books by This Author

Captured Hearts
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 63,310. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
When an honorable navy captain is tasked with finding a fabled isle, he does not expect to find out a member of his own crew is far more than she appears, or that she is protected by pagan gods that he thought to be false his entire life. His desires, and her passion. Can they survive the onslaught of darkness to come?