Interview with Shannon O'Connor

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an avid thrift store shopper/hunter. I'm always on the lookout for a big find!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a second compilation of Sit and Deliver musings, and a comedy screenplay inspired by the words, "We're taking the heifers".
Who are your favorite authors?
Tennessee Williams, Somerset Maugham, Stephen Leacock, Mark Twain, Anton Chekhov and David Sedaris.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing was when I was in Grade 3. It was a story about a German Shepherd named King. I killed him off, and he came back to me via dog reincarnation.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read that I remember having an impact on me was called " Walter the Lazy Mouse." I was traumatised! This mouse was constantly caught up in his own thoughts and as a result was often late returning home from school. One day, after one of his imaginative exploits, he returns home to find his whole family has moved away. My aunt gave me this book and I think she was trying to tell me something, and it worked. I put tracking devices on all my family members and continued to dream my little dreams in peace.
How do you approach cover design?
It starts with a strong image related to content, and then I hire someone else to do the work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. A Separate Peace; Phineas was my first literary crush.
2. Rats, Lice and other Infestations; I couldn't believe how engrossed I was in this gross subject. It proved to me anything can be made interesting, if presented well.
3. The Glass Menagerie; proved to me anything can be made to appear beautiful, if beautifully written. Even stagnation.
4. Angela's Ashes; one of the most difficult things to do is write about your own life without sounding like a victim. This book is the epitome of courageous writing.
5. Naked; I have never laughed so hard reading a book as I did this one.
What do you read for pleasure?
Spiritual writers such as Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, and Richard Bach, and the internet.
Describe your desk
It looks a lot like a bed.
Published 2016-02-23.
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