Interview with A. R. Shaw

What are you working on next?
I'm working on the next book in the series to Graham's Resolution.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family of course but also my characters beg me to hurry up with my morning routine to write their next adventure.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I utilize the search ensigns quite a bit. I also go off of recommendations from fans and friends.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have an idea of what I want and I have a great cover designer. Her name is Keri Knutson of AlchemyBookCovers.com She totally gets me and what I'm after. The woman can read my mind I think.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm old fashioned so...
1) Farmer Boy by Ingalls Wilder
2) Pride & Prejudice by Austen
3) Deep Winter by Sherry
4) The Stand by King
5) Little Women by Alcott
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An iPad, I have all the apps but I'm most familiar with the Kindle. I tend to highlight typos as I go along, it's a bad habit.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Whew! I'm still working on it. Book Daily has done a little successful email marketing for me but it's mostly been word of mouth. Twitter is easy to do so I utilize that often. I have a website but I just don't have enough time in the day to keep up with a blog.
Describe your desk
The kitchen table currently. We are between moves and I long for my own office coming soon.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in south Texas and I think that upbringing was essential in the humor and stamina that leeks itself into my characters.
When did you first start writing?
I've written on the side for as long as I can remember, but I tend to throw myself at my job 100% so I gave it up mostly while raising my children. Now I have the time to devote to it again and it's all consuming.
Published 2013-12-17.
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