Interview with Shane Lou

What's the story behind your latest book?
"Nonsense for Nothing" is a compilation of essays I've written for my humor blog, I'm slightly obsessed with pop culture -- especially '90s pop culture -- so you'll find a lot of satirical essays that reference celebrities, TV shows and movies.

The book also shares my observations on the world around me. How do I feel about people who wear glasses, or online dating, or hand sanitizers? I will tell you -- with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

"Nonsense for Nothing" is intended as a light read for those who want to be entertained. I can only hope I achieved that goal.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to share my perspective with the world...and attempt to entertain readers along the way. There's no greater feeling in the world than making someone smile with your words. That's what I was aiming for with "Nonsense for Nothing," and that's why I was so anxious to share it through Smashwords.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I can't stress enough how important a role Smashwords has played in publishing my book and disseminating it to as wide an audience as possible. I've had the good fortune to have my book downloaded thousands of times through Apple and Barnes & Noble. (It helps that the book is free.) This is something I could not have achieved on my own.
What are you working on next?
I'm constantly blogging. If you enjoy what you read in "Nonsense for Nothing," you can find more of my essays at I never run out of topics to put my unique spin on.

I'm also active on Twitter. My handle is @myemptythoughts.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's a creative outlet for me. It's another way I can reach out to someone and share my thoughts, no matter how pointless, goofy or absurd they may be. Writing gives me joy. It's what I love to do.
What is your writing process?
Great question. A lot of my essays are composed in my head, if that makes sense. I come up with an idea and try to visualize how to express it in a creative way. Sometimes that can take a few minutes; sometimes that can take weeks. I won't publish an essay until I'm completely satisfied with it and know that it was the best I could do at that moment. I want to be able to look back at it months later and say, "Not too shabby."

I feel I can do that with "Nonsense for Nothing." I'm very proud the book turned out the way it did.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a wide variety of genres, but since I published a humor book, I'll simply say that I really enjoy the works of Jerry Seinfeld and George Carlin. Tina Fey's "Bossypants" is a new favorite of mine.
What do your fans mean to you?
Do I have fans? I hope so!
Published 2013-09-01.
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