Interview with Shelly Goodman Wright

What do you read for pleasure?
I've always enjoyed a good YA book. Right now, I'm really enjoying the dystopian novels, like The Hunger Games, The Giver, The Maze Runner, etc. However, I am a HUGE Stephen King fan from way back.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My husband got me one of the first Kindle readers and I STILL use it. My teen daughters keeps trying to get me to switch it up for the Amazon Fire, but there is something about the black and white I like better. Honestly, I'll take physical book over electronic any day. :-)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I do have a marketing manager, however, social media has allowed me to connect with readers on a whole other level. As a writer who thrives off critiques, I love getting my fans involved in that process.
Describe your desk
I'm a home schooling mom of three, so my desk is usually filled with school stuff. Most of my writing is done on a couple of laptops. I keep my work in progress on a flash drive so it's easy to save and plug into another device. My latest flash drive is red and connects to a lanyard I can hang around my neck. It's so cute.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little desert town, just thirty miles north east of Los Angels, Ca. With my mom a Jehovah's Witness and my dad an alcoholic atheist, I spent most of my young life reading. I loved the way the stories transported me into other worlds and gave me the comfort I desperately needed. My love for writing spawned from that, but it wouldn't be until years later that I finally wrote my first novel.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poems around the age of ten.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest project is actually working on the last book in the TWISTED ROOTS saga. I don't want to give any spoilers away. :-) However, my next project will be a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) revision. The Road to Nowhere, I wrote a few years ago, but shelved because I wanted to finish the previous trilogy. It's funny, because it's very dystopian and I wrote it before Hunger Games, before Maze Runner, etc. Guess I should have pitched that one first. :-)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Since I'm a traditional published author as well, it's good to have many projects out there. Publisher only do so much for an unknown author. My goal is exposure and if you like my voice, you'll seek out my other publications. Unfortunately with traditional publishing, they set the prices and giveaways. Here, I can set prices and giveaways.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
My very first short story was published in an anthology called "Steampunk Tales". They used Smashwords and the authors did pretty well, even for .02 per download. But even more than that, it's helping build that fan base. :-)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing keeps me sane. When I'm overly cranky or upset, all I need is a few hours with my characters and I'm better. But my greatest joy is meeting my readers and discussing the characters they fell in love with (or hated). Nothing beats the feeling that my writing did for them what the authors did for me in my youth--give them a world they didn't want to leave.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my readers! They lift me up and encourage me to continue. Let's face it, putting your work out there is like throwing a baby deer to a pack of wolves.
What are you working on next?
Oops, I answered this question. In addition to The Road to Nowhere, I also have another novel shelved called InHabitation.
A Christian, apocalypse happening in the present. The premise is the rapture has happened. Society has fallen under a dictatorship and those fighting the system are outcasts. The heroin, Kari, tries to turn to her lost love, (David) for help, but he's been woven into this new government and places a bounty on her heard. Her mission is to gather the outcasts to fight for freedom, even if that means killing David.

Just a rough outline. Still needs lots of tweaking and editing. :-)
Published 2015-04-08.
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No Rooms
You set the price! Words: 4,060. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Kari worries about the amount of work required to fix up the decaying decor, but what she really should be worried about are the house guests.
NANA's QUEST
You set the price! Words: 6,870. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
(4.50)
Just before Nana finishes the story, she falls asleep. A swoosh of air, a wicked cackle, and the book is gone. Nate and Stacey have to find the book, or else they'll be stuck in the classic fairy tale, forever.