Interview with Shannon Tripp

Who are your favorite authors?
That's a hard question to answer because there are so many of them. I guess I'd start with Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffery, and Piers Anthony. Then I'd have to include my first favorite: Walter Farley and one of the newest I'd discovered about a year ago: Nicky Charles. Outside of the fantasy genre, My favorites are G.A. McKevett (Mystery) and Jayne Castle (Romance).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Work, work and more work. It's a life long dream to be able to support myself with my writing but until then I hold down at least 40 hours at the local department store. Other than that, during the summer and fall I visit the Saturday Market and the movie theater. Lots of inspiration to be found there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I actually think about it bit more than I used to. I was in third grade and we were doing a book project to entertain the younger kids. My story was called "Smokey the Cow Horse." Complete with drawing. Yes, I was horse crazy back then. Probably why I started reading Mercedes Lackey.
Describe your desk
Desk? What desk? I write on the coffee table. Mostly. Sometimes I just lay on the couch and prop the laptop against my knees.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a process. I'm a visual author. I write what I see in my mind.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reader of choice is the Nook from Barnes and Noble. Are good as the kindle fire is, I got the Nook because I could put a word processor on it. Always writing and the Nook travels easier then my laptop. Besides, Barnes and Noble is my favorite book store.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Random Factor mostly. I have a few Authors that I routinely check for new products, but then I go surfing. There are a great many pages on facebook that feature new and upcoming authors. As much fun as it is to surf through facebook, Smashwords is my biggest ebook provider for interesting (and quite a few free) ebooks.
What do you read for pleasure?
Just about anything I can get my hands on. I tend to stick with either fantasy or romance genres with the occasional foray into mystery.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really just wanted to share my stories. My friends said that they were good but I got tired of e-mailing everyone. Signing up and publishing my first on Smashwords.com was a great day. It made my top ten.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing in itself is the greatest joy for me. Seeing the words flow onto the page and knowing that no mater how bad the first draft was, I still got a story out of my head and made room for new characters.
Published 2014-11-07.
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Books by This Author

Seryn's Tail
Series: Imperial Sun Saga. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,800. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Seryn thought he'd landed the job of his life until an ambush landed him in the wrong place at the wrong time. A serious case of mistaken identity that lands him in water up to his neck, literally. Right before turning him into a wolf. And the indignity doesn't stop there. Now he's taking lessons from a cat while trying to stay out of trouble. How hard can that be? Now the Goddesses' are laughing.
Halcyon's Wolf
Series: Imperial Sun Saga. Price: Free! Words: 31,090. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Twenty years ago Seryn was in the wrong place at the wrong time and much has changed. But somethings never do. When Alec decides to run away, Seryn's not about to discourage him. Instead he tags along. Now it's his responsibility to keep Alec safe. Easy right? How far can an eleven year old get? He just forgot one thing. The goddesses are watching and they can't resist a challenge.
Halcyon's Guardian
Series: Imperial Sun Saga. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,880. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Caleb is haunted by a past he can’t outrun. Nine years after being accused of murder, he’s still running for his life. Mysteriously drawn to a hut at the edge of nowhere he finds the one thing he needed: the key to his future and freedom, though it’s in a form he never expected. Now's his chance to get it all back. There's just one catch. The gods are watching and they can't resist a challenge.
Tangled Fury
Series: Fury Girl Chronicles, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 17,220. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Saturdays are not a day of rest for the self-proclaimed number one Fury from hell. Demons and Furies have been disappearing for centuries and no one can figure out what is going on. The only link was the last assignment any of them received. Now Jasmine is assigned to the case. Is it because she’s the best or because she’s dispensable? What’s a Fury to do when all the luck is against her?
Games Dragons Play
Series: Guardian Dragon, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,650. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The trouble with Flywackets! Jacob and Trevor are back! But this time things are not going as they expected. Jacob wakes up one morning to discover that a flying menace called Flywackets have overrun the cavern. And he's sure Trevor is to blame. What's a dragon to do when everyone in the caverns suddenly desire an illusion over reality?
Rapunzel's Legacy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,880. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
My name is Marcus and this is the worst time of my life. First my Uncle tries to get rid of me by tossing me into a pit. Then I wake up in a tower with a madman at the bottom claiming I'm his bride... Wait...what? Bride? Where's my dragon when I really need him? All I want is to go home. Is that really too much to ask for?
Fury's Rescue
Series: Fury Girl Chronicles, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 12,120. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Jasmine is back in the third book in the Fury Girl Chronicles and this adventure is testing her to the bottom of her furry soul. This time Jeff's in trouble and Jasmine isn't sure if it would be more fun to go rescue him or watch him twist. What's stopping her from doing both? A huge mistake, a haunting and an indecisive demon stand in her way, so what's a Furry, uhm, Fury to do?
Murphy's Fury
Series: Fury Girl Chronicles, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 11,110. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(2.00 from 1 review)
Jasmine is back on the prowl but this time she's going to need all the help she can get. Because of a childish prank, she's managed to anger the demon of mischief, Murphy. Now a messed up assignment, a return of the fur, and poodle children stand between her and success. What's a Fury to do?
Dragon's Prize
Series: Guardian Dragon, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,260. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Being a dragon means being one of the powerful, so why would one want to be just a guard? That's what Jacob wants to know. That is until he hears the magic word: Treasure. Lust filling his heart at the thought of adding to his hoard, Jacob decides that guarding may not be such a bad thing. Too bad he doesn't know quite what he's agreed to guard.
Hell's Fury
Series: Fury Girl Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 8,940. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Being a Fury is more than just a job for Jasmine and this time the job's harder than expected. She's stuck in a cat suit and competing against another demon for the same soul. To top it off, the soul's owner is the reason Daddy Dearest is mad at her. Now she has to choose between revenge or completing her assignment. What's a Fury to do?