Interview with Shawn O'Toole

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I ponder many things and have much to say. I like to articulate my own thoughts, feelings and fancies into fun stories.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has provided an accommodating means of sharing my work and finding the inspiring works of others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Realizing and improving my notions and fancies into something fun, documented and possibly enduring. I love a good story and enjoy writing the ones I already yearn for.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. No story is good enough to be meaningful without people who appreciate it.
What are you working on next?
I am refining and publishing works I have already written. I always have a new horror story just before Halloween as part of a "Halloween Challenge" among friends.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, T.K. Wade and Donald White.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Making every day meaningful, somehow. Nothing matters unless we care enough to make it relevant. I care.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing and creating table-top games (mostly role-playing games), drawing pictures, going for walks, riding my bike or simply socializing with family and friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse, people suggest titles or I simply happen upon them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, but it was only a scene. I was in sixth grade and wrote about a man fleeing from Nazis. I was inspired by a short story about a German officer in World War Two who helped Norwegians protect a bell or something from being taken away by the occupation.
What is your writing process?
I seek and devour every source of possible inspiration for some vague idea already forming in my mind. I then start sketching scenes and scenarios. If the spark becomes a flame, I then start from the beginning and connect the sketch scenes I liked. When I have completed a rough draft, I finalize the names of characters, places and things and delete or consolidate disparate aspects into something coherent and consistent. I then repeatedly reread the story and sections thereof. I meticulously edit and try to trim as much off as possible: I always strive for eloquence and more of less. My endeavor is never finished until I either discontinue the effort as a dead end or am thoroughly pleased.
Published 2013-09-20.
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Books by This Author

Fairuza Blue
Price: Free! Words: 11,180. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(2.00 from 1 review)
A science officer uncovers a secret in the ruins of an ancient civilization. Her expedition suffers the terrible consequences.
Lost Expeditions
Price: Free! Words: 7,540. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
(3.00 from 1 review)
Sexy women in skimpy uniforms explore uncharted worlds... only to find what horrors lurk.
Vain Glory
Price: Free! Words: 20,180. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Adventure » Action
An alien spy discovers a plot to convert the sages of the galaxy to the cult of the Living Darkness. Thwarting the plot becomes a desperate fight for survival.
The Adventurous Feminine Mystique
Price: Free! Words: 2,980. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » General reference » Questions & answers
The best stories are the interplay of the best characters. Discover the secrets that shape adventure fiction's most memorable female personas.
The Yississ War
Series: The Army of Four, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 27,570. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Horror » Undead
“…a modern masterpiece.” -- Jason Kehe, Wired A demon living in rotting flesh commands an army of zombies and shapeless monsters. A mortal man and an army of clone women fight to stop them.
Nefarious Good
Price: Free! Words: 11,310. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Warriors are restless in a time of supposed peace. The alien swordsman Nefarious Good seeks adventure and fortune on a frontier world. He finds more than he bargained for.
Eldritchville
Price: Free! Words: 19,220. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
John Elderberry was just trying to take his daughter's friend home... only to find himself lost in the storm of a town that should not be.
Sir Thaydrin the High Elf
Price: Free! Words: 10,500. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
A girl on the run avoids the beaten path only to happen upon a warrior from another world. He is tall, swift and strong. He speaks divine wisdom yet he is wild and frightening. He is not human.
Lady of the Eye and Ear
Series: Agents of the Eye and Ear, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 11,850. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Ministry of the Eye and Ear wages a war of espionage and assassination that the elves of the Blessed Court may live in peace. When the rival Uncanny Court threatens the balance of power, a questing agent is called to action. She must assassinate the dark elf ambassador to the City of Peace, but discreetly.
Companions of the Eye and Ear
Series: Agents of the Eye and Ear, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 11,380. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Aylith and Twaylee are elves of the Blessed Court. As questing agents in its Ministry of the Eye and Ear, they venture into the perilous lands of orcs, ogres, goblins and dark elves.
Soldiers of the Eye and Ear
Series: Agents of the Eye and Ear, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 11,860. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The sprite Twaylee was a scout in the Royal Army of the elfin Blessed Court. She became a questing agent in its Ministry of the Eye and Ear. As Dame Aylith's companion, she serves and protects the People of Peace.
The Oracle's Dilemma
Price: Free! Words: 10,440. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A gentle sibyl is on a quest to make peace with the invaders of her exotic world. Things go wrong and her bodyguard is provoked to bloody violence. Their escape becomes a desperate fight for survival.
Wizard of Penumbra
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,310. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00 from 1 review)
An alien necromancer and a legion of clone women venture to a perilous world. Patrols go missing. Sentries are found dead. Researchers are swallowed whole. Curiosity wanders into lurking horrors. Forbidden answers to grim questions await. Survival of the fittest is the only universal law.
Herald of the Great Shadow
Series: The Army of Four, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,730. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The wars are over. What is left of the invading Virgin Army remains on Telluria but as a welcomed guest. The Virgin Soldiers are surprised when met by the emissary of their fallen master. He endorses the peace. Unfortunately, he also commands that the Daughter of the Great Shadow be recovered and revived.
Region Zero
Series: The Army of Four, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,260. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Exploring the unknown can be dangerous. Finding the unexpected can prove fatal. Adam and natives of Telluria join Concubine researchers on an expedition to the mysterious Lonely Forest.
Daughter of the Great Shadow
Series: The Army of Four, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,130. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
Mistress Umbra is half human and half... something else. She commands demons, monsters and golems. When her father is vanquished by a mortal man, she seeks that man, to destroy him utterly.
Concubines and Obelisks
Series: The Army of Four, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,610. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
An army of clone women invade the serene planet of Telluria! Their purpose is to feed the living energy thereof to their inhuman master, the Great Shadow, Devourer of Worlds. Only the Army of Four can stop them.
Tranquility Abode
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,170. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
Science fiction, action-adventure and violent erotica: "Tranquility Abode." A battalion of clone women storm and capture a convent of alien, hermaphrodite nuns. The three Guardians of the convent fight back.
Mortal Hobby
Price: Free! Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
(3.50 from 6 reviews)
"Mortal Hobby" by Shawn O'Toole is the tale of a man who stalks and murders beautiful young women. The predator is ruthless, patient and calculating. He dominates his prey before slaying them. Reality is unpredictable, however, and can be the undoing of even the best laid plans.