Interview with Shona Anderson

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not sure I remember the very first story I read but I know the first author that I loved. I was very lucky and Robert Munsch was my nursery school teacher before he became an author. He would tell us stories everyday and I remember falling in love with story telling. He would come alive as he embodied his stories and it was captivating. I'm so lucky that I can now create worlds and characters of my own and that I get to weave my own stories.
How do you approach cover design?
I generally have a picture of the story I'm writing in my head and that becomes the cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love teen books. I loved the Twilight series, the Hunger Games series and the series by Scott Westerfield Uglies, Pretties and Specials.
What do you read for pleasure?
Being a busy mom of twins reading is a luxury that I rarely get to do but when I can read I'm obsesses with Malcolm Gladwell.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm old school...I love books. Nothing beats the feel of a book in your hands and the papers turning beneath your fingers.
Describe your desk
I crave an organized desk. I can't have papers or piles of any sort on it. The only thing that I have out is pictures of my family...otherwise I keep it bare.
When did you first start writing?
I think I've written my entire life. I can remember starting book after book but never having the confidence to finish them. Meeting my writing partner has been key for me. When I get lost in the story and don't know what to do next he can jump in and kick start things again.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting to know my characters. They become so real to me that when I'm done a book I miss them terribly.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm so humbled that people would choose to spend their precious time on something that I have created. It is a privilege to be a writer and people reading my work is icing on the cake.
What are you working on next?
I'm about the focus on the third book in my solo series called FREE. I can't wait to reacquaint myself with my characters again and to find out our their story ends.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That's kids :)
Published 2015-12-26.
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