Interview with shawn walker

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting my message out. There are a lot of things in this world that I disagree with, and my writing is a blunt stake to the heart. I enjoy evoking feelings and passion whether it be happiness or anger and sadness. My goal is really to make people think and to make this world less apathetic and more empathetic.
Who are your favorite authors?
I do have authors I Respect, however, I'm not really that influenced by them. I love John Green and J.K. Rowling, but my influences are really lyricists. Johnny Rotten and Kurt Cobain have an obvious influence on my writing. I like how they challenge what people think and that's what I want to do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Depends. I have a wonderful girlfriend, who I've dated since high school. We've been together for 7 years so I'm proud to say just hang with her. I also quite enjoy listening to music (particularly punk rock) and video games. I also compulsively read everything I see, which makes me the perfect handy man to read the instructions!
What is your writing process?
It's a pure spontaneity, anarchistic mess of a way: I don't pre-write or make an analysis of how my book is going to be. I like letting my writing flow and pour my finger tips where even I can't predict what all is going to happen. I always go in to it with a set idea or two and let it go from there. Too many people say you need to pre write. I say ludicrous! Don't tell people what they need to do because, "to each his own" you know?
What do you read for pleasure?
Porn, lots of interesting tid bits there! Hahaha, I kid, but seriously what I do love to read are musician biography. John Lydon's book "Anger is an Energy: My life Uncensored" is perhaps not only one of the greatest musical lives ever lived, but one of the most enlightened figures of the past 40 years.
What prompted you to write "No One is Invincible"?
Cancer. I'm so very, VERY sick of everyone I know coming down with this epidemic and this book was my cathartic verbal attack at it. I 2015 was a bad year for me, everyone I knew was diagnosed, people/animals were dying left and right, and I'm still here suffering through watching all this take place. I lost my dad in 2000 to cancer, which all 2015 was an unfortunate reminder. I hope this book raises awareness and sales millions, so I can donate in the fight against cancer because I'm beyond angry and haggard of this epidemic picking a seemingly daily fight with me.
What's the story about?
“No One is Invincible” is about a 16 year boy named John, who runs away from a domestic violence filled home and finds himself alone on the streets… That is, until he finds solace in a charismatic, 6 year old, little girl (nick)named Candy, who, having faced a similar plight, recently ran away from the local orphanage. He eventually finds himself taking on the big brother role to her. Together they face extreme hunger, horrid winter weather, and apathy and inhumanity amongst the people. Starving and at deaths door, their saving grace happens when they run into a local beat up building called “Mom’s Coffee Shop.” Inside they meet a mysterious old woman who everybody just calls “Mom.” Nobody knows her real name, but her calm demeanor and sweet personality welcomes them in and tries to feed or take care of them when she can. She’s expecting a business inspector soon, so even her supply of help is limited. The three misfit friends seem to take the world by storm, until a painful epidemic known as cancer quickly becomes the focal point of our story to one of the beloved characters…
What is the introduction of this book about/like?
In the prologue, John is sitting down writing what is to be this story based off of real events that happened to him. You get the idea that his plight was full of hardships, but he overcame them admirably. He's obviously intelligent, but learned wisdom as he evolved with the story.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm grateful for every avenue of publicity. Smashwords helps indie authors, which like indie artists in music, have to work harder to achieve success. I think that with Smashwords giving indie authors publicity is truly a beautiful thing because great art can be major or indie.
What encourages you to write?
My endeavors in my day to day plight. It's based entirely off of worldly experiences that I translate to pen and paper as a way of venting. I have lots of strong opinions and feelings and I am thankful that God gave me an artistic avenue to be the ultimate reprieve, otherwise I'd probably killed myself long ago. I've learned that regardless my hardships, life is beautiful and shouldn't be taken lightly. In a minute your loved one could be gone. I will never take for granted the love I do have. Suicide is NOT an option.
What is something readers take away from your book?
Empathy. I know cancer is an evil epidemic that affects all of us. If you don't have cancer, then you likely know someone who has or someone who died to cancer's cold, clammy hands. I just can't tolerate death well. I'm not properly equipped to, and yet it happens all too frequently around me. I want people to know that I've been in their shoes and that I'm so sorry. That I have compassion for this issue and will do anything to raise awareness and kill cancer. It's kill or be killed and I want to impale cancer with a javelin to the heart.
Published 2016-09-22.
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