Interview with Shane DeMink

Who are your favorite authors?
Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman at the moment. I like high fantasy with magick and dragons.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Finishing my movie and working on the webseries. Most of the writing I do takes place in between things or later in the evening.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working out, working on an indy movie, a webseries, or a number of video shorts on YouTube.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually find them based on authors I recognize or genres that I enjoy reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep. It was in fifth grade, about a fuzzy little creature that was about the size of a cotton ball.
What is your writing process?
I start writing whatever 'scenes' come to mind, then start working out from the there. The first draft is usually fairly bare bones. The could descriptive stuff and structure come in the later drafts ans re-writes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the 'first', but I do remember some of the earlier ones I'd read. I believe it was a Paddington book. I didn't really get 'impacted' by a book until I read the novelization of Star Wars: A New Hope. It was a birthday present from my Mom. I read the hell out of that book. In fact, I still have it, duct taped spine and all. I think it showed me that nothing was impossible.
How do you approach cover design?
I go one of two ways. Depict one of the most exciting scenes or images from the story and put that on the cover, as a teaser trailer of sorts, or keep it simple and use a solid black cover with a few bold colors. The former is a nod to my movie making side. The latter is a nod toward the types of covers that are likely to catch my attention.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
#5: Rebel without a crew
Robert Rodriguez is inspirational with his telling of his origins as a movie maker. I highly recommend it to anybody interested in making movies of any kind.

#4: Norse Mythology
Not any one specific book, most re-tell the same stories anyway, so any of them fit here. I liked that the Norse Gods seemed so much more approachable than some of the other Pantheons. One could expect to drink with Odin or Thor, should paths ever cross.

#3: Anything with "Calvin and Hobbes" in the title.
Bill Watterson did an amazing job capturing the level of imagination that we all had at one time. I can't count the number of times I've lost an entire day looking back through his works.

#2: Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends trilogies.
It's kind of cheating, but the six books are connected in such a way that your really do need to read them all to appreciate the full story. These books nod to the writer's inspiration by Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, but include a great deal more magick, action, and dragons that are as smart as they are deadly. They also have much in common, thematically, with the Original Star Wars trilogy.

#1: The Original Star Wars trilogy.
Again, it's three books that tell one epic story. A fairy tale set amongst the back drop of the stars. It showed that science fiction and fantasy could be successfully merged. And with that, anything is possible.
What do you read for pleasure?
Depends on the mood I'm in.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm into the Kindle right now. I've been a fan of since they first started, and the Kindle has given me no reason to stop being one now.
Published 2015-01-26.
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Books by This Author

At the Fandango
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A simple missing person's case, a vampire, a nightclub, and detective with a stake in the outcome. Well, a stake in something, anyway.
Hunter's Moon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,510. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
An unexpected complication arises on the moon's first colony, making the residents wonder if some legends regarding the moon might be rooted in fact.
The Coming of Brighid
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,220. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
It is the Time of Renewal, of Winter changing into Spring. For the Na'Sal that means the time of the Harvest, bringing in the little ones so that their lives can be renewed. They better enjoy it, while it lasts.
A Meeting of Minds
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Inside a research vessel on the edge of space, shadows move, walls shift, and the crew discovers there are more serious things to worry about than bonus checks.
Cheerleaders of the Apocalypse
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,110. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Lita had gotten very good at hiding who she was, so good she almost forgot others might have something to hide as well. Now she's found herself in the middle of a high school crush gone very, very, wrong and a squad of cheerleaders who are anything but what they seem.