Interview with Shawn Raiford

What's the story behind your latest book?
It's story about a big sister, a contract killer, trying to save her little brother by any means necessary.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's simple; I get to work for myself and I can write from anywhere I want. All I need are: coffee, a pen, index cards, and a notebook.(or a laptop!) I clock in and out when I want.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The outlining process is cool but the everyday fleshing out characters and scenes is the best part of writing.
What are you working on next?
My next book will be, "Agony", a horror story or "Unforgiven", next book in the Ungoverned series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Here's a short list in no specific order: S. Andrew Swann, Jo Nesbo, Cormac McCarthy, Larry Brooks, John Barnes, Robert J. Sawyer, J.A. Konrath, Blake Crouch, Vince Flynn, Robert Ludlum, James P. Hogan, L. Neil Smith, Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Charlie Stross, Don Pendleton, Michael Connelly, John Connolly, S.M. Stirling, Robert Heinlein, Issac Assimov, Ken MacLeod, Jeff Abbott, plus a dozen more I can't remember at the moment.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My keyboard and a cup of coffee..
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try to read as much as I can but the damn TV and tacos get in the way.
What is your writing process?
Hand written notes on indes card and notebooks. Then go to computer to create an outline. Then I flesh out scenes. Revise. Edit. Revise. Edit. Give it to beta reader. Edit. There is a quote I like: "Writing is rewriting!"
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Call of the Wild" by Jack London. I was thirteen when I read it. It was the first time I "went somewhere" without a TV or a movie theater or physically leaving the room. It was such an amazing experience.
What do you read for pleasure?
Thriller/Horror/Suspense/PoliticalThriller/ScienceFiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
At the moment I only have a Kindle but I want them all!
Published 2014-01-13.
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