Interview with Shaun Hume

What do you read for pleasure?
Terry Pratchett. It’s always good to laugh out loud and have your mind blown into the next room while reading the same page of the same book. Terry does this often for me, and it’s an endless pleasure.
Describe your desk
Wherever the sun is, a good view and a fresh breeze.
When did you first start writing?
At the age of six I wrote my first story, entitled ‘The Stagecoach Robbery’. I drew some little drawings of bandits in masks, shooting up an old fashioned stagecoach and stealing a load of loot in big bags marked with dollar signs. I even made the cover - in moss green paper. I’ve been making stories ever since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, to tell the truth, I was a severe Harry Potter addict. It was standing as the absolute first person in line at my local bookstore on a sunny morning in 2005 (I was in Australia at the time, so midnight in the UK was actually quite a convenient time to be waiting outside a book shop to be honest) to buy ‘The Order of the Phoenix’ when the soul sagging realisation that the story would, in the not too distant future, come to an end. The day after I had rapidly devoured book five of JK’s saga I began planning and writing my own crass attempt at such a literary universe – the Ewan Pendle series …
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Necessity. No other reason really. I resisted it for a long time, sending out manuscripts in hardcopy to agents and publishers. But after a fair few rejections, I thought ‘why not?’ What did I have to lose?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I’ll let you know when I’m successful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To be there. In the world I create. To see it so clearly it’s better than a movie on a screen. To live the story like it were my own in real life. To know each and every little nuance of every aspect of the world I create. being able to drop myself in a scene and know what a character would say, how they would feel, even what expression they are about to make on their face.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that if I really wanted to, i could stay there an hour or two longer.
What are you working on next?
Ah, toughest of tough questions. If ‘Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith’ starts to sell better, then the next thing will be BOOK TWO of that universe ...
What is the hardest thing about writing a book?
Finishing it. Anyone can start - it takes dedication to finish.
Published 2017-04-03.
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Books by This Author

Ewan Pendle Sequel
Series: Ewan Pendle. Pre-release—available October 31, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
Book Two of the EWAN PENDLE series, following Ewan, Enid and Mathilde as they dive headlong into their second year at Firedrake Lyceum.