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

Edge of Reality
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 14,290. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Stanley Rue, a self admitted psychiatric patient, tries to convince others within his new hospital home to help protect his as yet unborn daughter when she is 11 years old. Doctor Vivian Eldridge, a newly qualified psychiatrist, tries to come to terms with her new life, and her new patient, a man in his mid
Ewan Pendle and the Castle of Nightmares
Series: Ewan Pendle, Book 2. Pre-release—available October 31, 2018. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: Commonwealth English. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
"Like nothing you’ve ever read!" - Independent Review When Ewan Pendle began his second training year at Firedrake Lyceum, he thought it might at least be easier than the first. Now that he knew he was a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who alone can see the real creatures which inhabit the earth, he hoped things would go a little downhill from here … How wrong he was.
A Monkey Made Me Do It - PART ONE: "Why Do Stars Taste Of Marmalade?"
Price: Free! Words: 5,110. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Harold is a monkey. A white-coated titi, or Callicebus pallescens, to be precise. A six-foot-four-inches tall, immortal, time traveling monkey who wears handcrafted Italian business suits if we are REALLY being finicky about it! In any case, this story is about myself and said monkey, Harold, who just so happens to be my dearest and most legendary friend in the whole entire universe ...
The Emerald Dragonfly - A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
"It felt wonderfully British, and the writing was magical and full of such zest of imaginative description. Delightful!" - Goodreads Review "Utterly charming and adorable!" - Amazon Reviewer
My Uncle the Spy: Part Two - On the Run
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,830. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
"Delightful and intriguing! Can't wait to find out more!" - Goodreads Review "... rather Lemony-Snicket-like ..." - Amazon Reviewer
My Uncle the Spy: Part One - Mysterious Meetings
Price: Free! Words: 7,160. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
"Delightful and intriguing! Can't wait to find out more!" - Goodreads Review
Tightrope Walker
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,260. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
"Breathtaking flourishes of whimsy and emotive imagination from page to page!" - Independent reviewer "With catchy names, quirky but relatable characters and a plot that was truly interesting, I was very into this book!" - Read With Me
Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith
Series: Ewan Pendle, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 139,230. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
" ... Hume does a MAGNIFICENT job of building a completely different world ... " - Fire and Rain Books "It was a GREAT read!" - Amazon Reviewer "Ewan Pendle is a wonderful epic fantasy that’s perfect for Harry Potter withdrawals!" - AUTHOR Kayla Krantz "When’s the next one out???" - Amazon Reviewer "This is a DAMN good book!" - Amazon Reviewer "Get lost in a world like no other ..." - goodreads
The Girl in the Blue Shoes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,770. Language: British English. Published: October 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Literature » Literary
"Masterful and mesmerising writing. Poetry through prose!" - AvalinahsBooks A former Oxford college professor returns to his old home town for a pleasant day out, only to twice cross paths with a strange girl in identical circumstances. When a third meeting occurs he pursues her, and is swept into a mystery of alternate worlds and walking human copies.