Interview with Paul Shepherd

When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2010. I stated on a story after meeting a "writer" on the bus that "didn't have time to write." I saw her just about everyday and tried to motivate her. With the idea of writing buzzing around my head, I came up with a great story idea. Armed with absolutely no writing experience, I started on this great story. After writing on a new laptop for 20 minutes a day for about a year, I realized two things. One, it was a lot of work. Two, what if I suck and I'm spending all this effort for nothing. Oh, there was one more thing I realized; My story was stuck in my one hundred dollar computer with no way of getting it out. I'd have to retype the whole thing on another computer I didn't have.
I ended up getting a tablet but before I retype the whole story, I decided to write a short story and get some honest feedback on-line. Mr. Evil the Seduction of Jezebel was born. It started out a short story that I ran with. I was just having too much fun to stop! And the writing bug took hold on me and I don't think it's ever going to let go.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is HOLLYWOOD Rehab. I don't really remember the moment of inspiration. Maybe my fascination with a particular starlet at the time. It could be anyone of a number of them. Let's face it. If they didn't appeal, they wouldn't be starlets. I'm sure one was sent to rehab and I had this idea that what if it was all a hoaxes for publicity. I don't want to give to much away but I play with that idea in the book. It will have you guessing all the way through, what is real?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the idea of being an indie author for the total creative freedom of it. I also like the idea of being self reliant and working at my own pace. I really enjoy creating the covers too.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sometimes when I'm editing, I think, how did I come up with this stuff. It seams beyond me. And of course when someone reads the finished product and gets excited about what I wrote, it's great!
What do your fans mean to you?
They say that criticism makes you a better writer, and it does, but the fans are what make me want to write. If it wasn't for them, there would be no point.
Who are your favorite authors?
Believe it or not, I really haven't read too much fiction. I love Dan Brown books and I loved Harry Potter. They're fast reads that's hard to put down. It's what I strive for.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an outdoor person. I like hiking around the neighborhood, or mountain biking the local trails. Of course I enjoy meeting new people and people watching, now I have an excuse. A good night would include dinner and a movie with the wife.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have a ton of author "friends" on facebook and self promotion is the norm. If something looks good from someone that is interesting, I'll check out what they're selling. It's cool to read from someone you kinda know. I don't tell them ahead of time, just in case it sucks! Or should I say, not for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I finished is Mr. Evil, the Seduction of Jezebel. But I wrote half a book and it's still stuck in a computer. One day I'll retype it onto my new laptop. I haven't read it in a long time. I wonder what I'll think.
What is your writing process?
I try to write everyday, even when I'm not in the mode. Usually once I read the last paragraph or page, I'm ready to go. I like to have a beer to calm my mind and if I get blocked, I drink more. If that doesn't work, I drink more.(you asked) At some point I'll just write down something stupid with the idea that I can always comeback and redo it. More times than not, I just leave it.
Published 2013-12-31.
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