Interview with Shannon Harris

What are you working on next?
I am currently working on magazine articles for grieving mothers as well as my second book on self-preservation.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that my children need to be inspired. Knowing that I still have important work to do and stories to tell. Knowing that I am a work in progress myself and I have much to learn.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Loving the crap out of my family, ha! I would be lying if I said I wasn't addicted to Pinterest, reading and wine tasting.
What is your writing process?
Write drunk, edit sober.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love a good autobiography!
Describe your desk
My desk is somewhere between a coffee mug, stuffed animals and a two year old in underpants.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I still live in the same tiny town of Ceres, California where my family grew up. We are right smack in the middle of this beautiful state, surrounded by orchards, mountains and fields. There is a stark contrast in seasons here which seems to be reflected in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I still have a callous on my right ring finger from writing so much as a kid. I have been writing as long as I can remember!
What's the story behind your latest book?
In a nutshell, I was sick of the stereotypes about grief being perpetuated in most of the literature I was reading. I wanted to create something that didn't exist on the shelves and really connect with other like-minded bereaved parents.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is one of the few ways I have to express myself clearly from the heart. I get a sense of joy in writing with intention and purpose, with the hopes to contribute in a positive way to our world.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had an absolute meltdown at my 9-5. After 20 years of job-hopping I decided to stop worrying about the paycheck and start worrying about my contribution to the world. Lots of soul searching and lots of wine led me here today.
Published 2014-05-09.
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Books by This Author

Breaking the Rules of Grief, A Bereaved Mother's Journey
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,230. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Death, Grief, Bereavement
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"Breaking the Rules of Grief, A Bereaved Mother's Journey" offers alternative ideas for grieving the loss of a child by challenging social norms and traditional expressions of grief. A raw, honest and unfiltered look at a young mother's un-approach to grief.