Interview with Shirley E. Watson

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been great. Anything that has happened for me has been through Smashwords and I have learned a lot also.
What do you read for pleasure?
I've read all of Agatha Christie and wish there were more! Love cozy mysteries - the British ones remind me of home, but the American ones are great, too. The historical cozies are a favorite. So many great writers today, and especially women writers..
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Still working on that one! I need reviews!
When did you first start writing?
The first thing I remember writing was a poem about little men dancing on my bed. At that time I was seven years old and very bored with a long illness that required bed rest. My poor mother had to entertain me and did a lot of reading. I must have decided to write something of my own.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, mostly during WWII. I don't know how this influences my writing but I'm sure it does. The last time I returned (the only time) was so long ago that I'm sure everything is very different there now. My memories include the blackout curtains, air raids, strict food rationing, and the sight of squadrons of planes passing overhead. Not what the average American would envision of Ireland, and yet, Ireland it was.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I liked the freedom to control what I would put out there and hopefully people will like it.
Published 2017-03-14.
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Books by This Author

Champagne and Cyanide
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,220. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
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Heart of Crystal
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,210. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Zee and Lucinda undertake a journey together that will test their strength and courage.
Heart of Skydean
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,040. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Silver Dawn has to marry Lord Hazard to save her kingdom, a place of beauty where winged horses live.
30 Days to Death
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,410. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Zach was working quietly at his job in the University library when a beautiful woman appeared and asked him to help her find a killer. Zach could never refuse to help a beauty in distress. That was his first mistake.
The Adventures of Zachary the Emperor and Prince Nathan
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,810. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Zachary the Emperor is a small boy who lives on the Planet Eensy. Together with his cousin, Prince Nathan, who lives on Earth, they travel through the galaxy to encounter strange creatures and solve problems.
Pumpkin Pie and Other Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,920. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A collection of sixteen short stories including,"A Job for Christmas," "Snowfall", "The Road Home" and others.
Dead Close-Up
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,860. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Edie Malone is sure making a video of a Haunted House tour is an easy job, but she never dreamed a real horror would appear and almost send her to the afterlife.
Deep Blue Murder
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,470. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Edie Malone thinks her latest assignment of making a video record of a wedding on a cruise ship will be a nice vacation for her. But the Grim Reaper was apparently also one of the wedding guests.
Point and Shoot
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,170. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Edie Malone didn't bargain for murder as part of her video shooting assignment