Interview with Pol McShane

What is your latest book?
I have just published the second installment of my YA series, Serpenteens-The Nests of Good and Evil.
What do you read for pleasure?
Yes, I read for pleasure as often as I can.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like the Kindle app on my iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I would have to say that Twitter had been the most successful marketing technique for me. I have a good following, and it's a great way to let everyone know of upcoming books and new releases.
Describe your desk
My desk is a large, two-monitor desk that my husband and I built ourselves. I do wood burnings as a hobby and spent three weeks burning a cliff and water scene onto it.
Other than that, I usually keep my desk neat (OCD), however, while I am working on a book, the sticky notes begin to increase. and for a while, it's a bit chaotic.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first short story when I was ten years old. I still have it in a notebook. When I look back, I guess writing was always a part of me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the second installment of my Serpenteens series (YA).
It's called Serpenteens-The Nests of Good and Evil, and it continues the story of five teenage demigods that have the ability to transform into different types of snakes and manipulate the weather. They travel around trying to help the planet, while battling the snake goddess Renenutet and her brood, who are trying to save the planet by wiping out the humans that are destroying it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
At first, my decision to become an indie author was simply because I had stories I wanted to get out there and going through the regular channels of finding a publisher was daunting.
But as time went on, and technology became a helpful tool, I realized that I didn't t need a big publishing house to get my books out there.
Once that realization came to light, it was a whole new ball game. I was in control and I worked making myself successful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is simply the ability to create whatever world I want, and to make any type of character (like like a group of kids who have a snake god for a father and can control weather).
When one writes, the possibilities are endless.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans to me mean that I've done something right. These are people who have read my books, enjoy them, and keep coming back for more. The fans are part of my support system.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the 3rd installment of the Serpenteens series.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Dean Koontz, Colleen Houck, and Stephenie Meyer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The promise of what exciting thing will happen next.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I enjoy reading or doing a wood burning. I also fine total pleasure I simply spending time with my husband and our golden retriever, even if that time is sitting around in front of the TV.
What is your writing process?
My writing process usually begins with having an idea for a book that I can't get out of my head. Then I write notes on how everything would work, do an outline, and begin any research that needs to be done.
Published 2014-01-07.
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