Interview with Shawn Berry

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as an IT professional, and in my spare time I enjoy walking getting outside on nature trails, exercising, reading, listening to music, watching sci-fi, horror and monster flicks, writing iPhone apps, and playing XBox. I am a big fan of Star Wars, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, so I often try to stay involved in the news and culture of these influences.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading horror stories, classic stories, motivational books, and IT related programming books.
Describe your desk
My home desk has various Star Wars relics on it ( a light saber, a few action figures, pictures of characters) as well as artwork of classic horror icons like Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Jason, etc. and several computer related items.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My current book is a collection of short horror stories. There are various tales of vampires, witches, evil clowns and other dark tales.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My wife and I had worked on a Horror/Halloween based magazine called Chiller 31 and I contributed various interviews, short stories and reviews to the projects. I have also been writing a novel that spans various eras for quite some time. Being an indie author allows me the creativity to explore different ideas and styles of writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many, but some of my favorites are Stephen King, Joe Hill, J. R. R. Tolkien, Brian Lumley, George R. R. Martin, Charlotte Brontë, Oscar Wilde, Stephen Chbosky and Poppy Z. Brite.
What are you working on next?
I am working on short story ideas for a follow up to Haunts and Chills, as well as continuing to work on an unrelated novel.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am a very self motivated person and I try to view each day as a gift, so I concentrate on trying to bring enthusiasm for whatever I am trying to accomplish that day.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is always different. Sometimes I create characters and sometimes it is just a first person experience, whatever works for the story I am trying to tell. When writing a longer piece of work, I think it helps to do a flow chart of characters and scenes so that interactions and the plot end up making sense in the end.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is to be able to bring an obscure idea to a reality. This is the defining characteristic that separates the "one day/ some day" thinking into actually taking action.
Published 2017-04-17.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Haunts and Chills
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,220. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of twelve dark chilling short stories, both originals and from the vaults of Chiller 31 Magazine. Take a journey to discover tales of a witch, vampires, the zombie apocalypse, a would-be thief, a dating ghost, disturbing tweets, and the dark side of humanity.