Interview with Shannon Massey

Describe your desk
Whatever surface my laptop is on haha Right now it is my lap, in the dark, as I try to comfort my oldest and get him back to sleep.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I learned how to string words together on paper :laugh: I recently found one I wrote when I was about 5. My dog Snickers grew unicorn wings and we flew to an island with blue dinosaurs. I began taking my writing seriously in high school. I published my first poem at 16 and first short story at 17.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is actually in the book ;)

I have a character named Maura that I introduced in the short story Huntress in my latest anthology Words From This Woman: A Fantasy Anthology. I fell in love with the character and she got her own novel. It explores the psychological impact of being thrust into a role she’s unprepared for.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am querying novels to traditionally publish as well. However, I like the freedom of self-publishing and being an indie author. You can write something, edit it, and immediately put it in the hands of your audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
All of it. I know there should be a more specific answer but I love every aspect of writing. Except killing characters I’ve fallen in love with. There have been numerous times I’ve made myself cry because I came to a point in a story where I knew I had to end a character and I wasn’t ready to.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a few favorites. Poe, Bronte, Atwood. I’m currently trying to expand my horizons. I’m reading Any Man: A Novel by Amber Tamblyn to prepare for opening for her on the Denver leg of her current book tour. I’m also reading Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan, the Netflix series by the same name is phenomenal. They did a great job adapting the series and bringing the characters to life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. I have two amazing boys and they’re the reason I do a lot of what I do. I know that may seem hokey but I’m a mom so I can say hokey things.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Chasing my kids around and creating worlds with them. We do a lot of imaginative play and then incorporate those worlds into stories we write together. I love to scuba dive and rock climb. I’m also a filmmaker so often times if I’m not writing the scripts I’m on set helping to bring them to life.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I stumble on just about everything I read. Whether it’s combing through twitter, or just randomly clicking on links. I love to explore and find new things.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was in kindergarten and it was about my dog growing unicorn wings. I’m not sure if it was my first but it was probably close to the first.
What is your writing process?
People sometimes hate my answer to this. I just sit and write. I don’t filter myself I just let the words flow out until I have enough to form a story. Then I’ll go back through and edit. Once I’ve done my editing pass I’ll have my beta readers and editor take a turn. I am currently sitting at my favorite brewery answering these questions and working on my next novel.
Published 2018-07-11.
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Books by This Author

Words From This Woman: A Fantasy Anthology
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,800. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Words From This Woman is a collection of five stories that fall under the fantasy umbrella. The stories have one thing in common, strong queer women. They’re ready to fight and die for those they care about, and even those they don’t.
Things We Didn’t Ask For
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,100. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
This is a collection of six stories with the theme of "Things women worry about/things that women would be terrified by." From being forced to play house with a psychopath to being chased by zombies these stories run the gamut. I hope they horrify the reader as much as they horrified me as the writer. Please see the introduction/long description for a brief synopsis/CW for each piece.