Interview with Shawn Oetzel

Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Brooks, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, George R.R. Martin, Stephen King, Tess Gerritsen...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I m a big sports fan. I love to read and spend countless hours with my nose buried in a book. I am also a big dog lover and volunteer what time I can to rescue groups.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I Actually do not read many ebooks. I am a bit old-fashioned in that I still prefer actual books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely. I was in 2nd grade and wrote a Halloween story centered around an alien race of peanuts who lived on the planet Venus.
What is your writing process?
I tend to write in the evenings. I write everything out by hand on legal pads with my zebra ink pen and then transfer it to computer doing some light editing as I go.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do not own one.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Central Illinois in small town America. The places I have lived and people I grew up with were middle class and blue collar. These ideals have influenced more than anything especially with the characters I create as they are reflections of various people I have encountered over the years.
When did you first start writing?
I have always dabbled but began writing seriously about 8-years ago.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a passion for books. I feel I have some stories to tell and hopefully will be able to entertain others along the way.
Published 2014-02-14.
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Books by This Author

Faith and a Hammer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
After watching a close friend killed on his first Dwarven patrol, Hubbel Anvilstriker begins to question the faith his people put in their God.
Scrunchies from Hell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,630. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
"Scrunchies from Hell" is a story in the vein of Mr. Stephen King's early short stories in that it weaves a tale of what happens when even the most mundane of objects becomes corrupted by evil.