Interview with Shauna Scheets

Where did you grow up?
All over the U.S.; my dad was an Air Force pilot.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing as soon as I learned how to write. It might seem tautologous, but it's true. I've had stories and worlds in my head trying to get out since I could hold a pen.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is always a difficult question to answer, because I feel like it would be too easy for me to give away something. Especially since I know what is going to happen in the rest of the series.

Suffice it to say that the Caillte Cycle is dedicated to exploring the human condition, in a YA, with a cross-over to adult, fantasy. Basically, I tried to write it so it would be enjoyable and appropriate for both audiences. From the feedback I have had (from both readers of the fantasy genre and readers of other genres), it is well-written and a well-crafted fantasy world, that allows for the emergence and exploration of its characters. I have found that fiction can hold as much truth as non-fiction, sometimes more. That is why we continue to tell stories. As humans, whether we see it or not, we love to learn. That is how, as individuals and a mass, we have survived. If you want to know more about how and what happens, read the book(s). I love it when the reader finds something that I didn't know was there. That's why I wrote them!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to share stories with more than just the people I meet in my life. Also, I know several other individuals that have had success in this arena, and they like/love my work.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love those that were also linguists, historians and philosophers. I grew up studying Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Plato, Socrates, J.R.R. Tolkien, the Brothers Grimm, and J.K. Rowling, to name a few.
How do you approach cover design?
I love creating my own templates, and doing any supplemental artwork myself. Art, in all media (from pencil, to watercolor, to oils, to clay, to digital and software-based), is something that provides another form of expression for me. It is a way of getting closer to the story that is asking to be born. As Plato would say, it is a way of getting closer to the "form".
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use any Android-based tablet, and install free e-readers.
Describe your desk
Messy, if you look at the scraps of paper around. Clean, if you look at the places where I have tidied recently. I guess you could say it is in constant flux.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean promise. Not only am I grateful for each and every one that considers themselves a fan, but I also see it as a sign and a commitment to thought.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the next book in the Caillte Cycle, after I have my baby, of course.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to watch ice hockey (used to play when I was younger). I also love to create all forms of artwork and to garden.

My most recent obsession (other than writing) has been studying on permaculture and the inter-connectivity of plant systems to their environment. I like to create botanicals (lotions, salves and the like). Did I mention I'm a bit of a nerd?

I also like to do yoga and meditate, in those free moments.
Published 2013-09-11.
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Books by This Author

Series: The Caillte Cycle, -1. Price: Free! Words: 47,740. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Can one woman’s bitterness change the regime of an entire world? Magick, love, hate, bitterness, loss, power and hope clash in Sanctification, Book -1 of the Caillte Cycle, and change the land of Caillte forever.
Mirrored Worlds
Price: Free! Words: 7,720. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A world of aliens, nixats, wizards and inventions that he can't quite figure out surround Rin. In this sci-fi/fantasy short story, watch Rin as he unravels the mysteries of a mirror that shows a fantasy world that he can't fathom, or reconcile with his fast-paced, hi-tech world.
Interstellar Flight 56
Price: Free! Words: 4,680. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Interstellar Flight 56 is about a young mechanic who is trying to become a fighter pilot in the intergalactic Kronos Fleet. After her most recent rejection, she finds herself volunteering for an inter-system flight through disputed territory that changes her life forever.
Folio 4: Stars of a Type
Series: The Steampunk Serials. Price: Free! Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
In this folio, the space-time machine, METIS, carries us off to Delaware where we meet astronomer Annie Jump Cannon. Join Vivian and Elliot St. Clair as they unravel more 19th century mysteries, and encounter new and intriguing aspects of space and time travel.
Folio 1: Watched Time
Series: The Steampunk Serials. Price: Free! Words: 7,040. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Vivian St. Clair and her twin brother Elliot must traverse 19th century London to help an obscure inventor, in a slew of unbelievable adventures as they discover the innermost secrets of their world.
Folio 3: Ready, Set, Capture
Series: The Steampunk Serials. Price: Free! Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Your smartphone, your digital camera, your friend and their professional DSLR – ever wonder how it all started? Follow Vivian and Elliot as they travel back in time in their Victorian space-time machine to meet one of the fathers of photography: Mr. Fox-Talbot. England and its mysteries await you in this next folio of the Steampunk Serials.
Folio 2: Gunpowder and Lights
Series: The Steampunk Serials. Price: Free! Words: 7,000. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Elliot and Vivian race to fulfill their wonderous apprenticeship to Professor van Muren, and take the space-time machine, METIS, to a new continent in order to aid Martha Coston. Despite the few troubles this new apprenticeship causes at home, it still offers the twins an incredible new insight into the new science and technology developing in the world all around them.
Lost Time
Series: The Caillte Cycle, -2. Price: Free! Words: 35,530. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Michaeyala and Sister Morana failed her. Irzo forgot her. Prison. That's where she had ended up. It may be hard to see, and the bitterness may be too great at times, but there is life after prison. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. She may never be able to get back those years she lost to that place. But she got out. She continued. It was even rather adventurous.
Storyline from a Dream
Price: Free! Words: 650. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Read this very short fantasy to learn how an advanced civilization can reach an abrupt demise.
Series: The Caillte Cycle, -3. Price: Free! Words: 43,830. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Ascha meets the new girl, Michaeyala. She finds that she must be friends with her new roommate, while juggling the pressures and intrigue of their magick school. She also must navigate the difficulties in store for her as she discovers new aspects about herself. In this prequel to The Tower of Boran, learn how the seeds are planted for the world of the Sanctum to rise.
The Caillte Saíocht Supplemental Compendium
Series: The Caillte Cycle, Supplement. Price: Free! Words: 3,760. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Are you reading The Tower of Boran, or any of the books in The Caillte Cycle, but finding certain aspects a little hard-to-follow, or just want to delve deeper into the world of Caillte? Well, not to worry, that’s what this book is for. If you are unsure how to pronounce a name, or you just want more information on a specific subject unique to the world, look here first.
The Tower of Boran
Series: The Caillte Cycle, 1. Price: Free! Words: 45,380. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
The Tower of Boran is an exciting tale that deals with the choices one young girl must make, and how they will come to change the face of her world, Caillte, forever. Follow Seraetia as she learns who her friends are, the true depths of strength and magick within her, and what her world really looks like, in a race against daunting odds.