Interview with Alison Shaw

When did you first start writing?
When I could hold a pen! The sound of my childhood was my Dad's typewriter - a manual, it was so long ago! He bought me my own little portable typewriter. I have played at writing all my life but wrote my first completed novel only a couple of years ago.
Describe your desk
I write on either an iPad whilst lying in bed or on my iMac which is on my dining table. I also travel a lot so some of my writing was done on my iPad in unusual places such as on a train going across Romania, a Thai beach, or many an airport.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
All my life I have dreamed up people and scenarios and it is such a joy to get these down on paper and share them with others.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I posted my stories on Booksie and BooksieSilk and really enjoyed having readers, so I published my completed novels on Smashwords. However, I am reluctant to charge for them because I have read some terrible self published novels and I don't think writers should be charging money for something that is not properly edited, has mistakes and is not very good! I there is a big difference between a professional writer who has refined their craft over many years and someone who bashes out stories from their dining room table for the fun of it. I don't really like the way self publishing has blurred these lines and I'm worried it's going to drag down standards. Deep breath. So that's why I give my books away for free. I would not presume to compete with the professional writers out there.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Pride and Prejudice.
I first read it when I was 13 and have reread it countless times since. It is the blueprint for all romances that followed, and clever too.
2. Catch 22
An amazing novel that never dates. Super clever and always relevant.
3. Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving
I was blown away by this novel when I was young. I'm not sure i would like it so much now. i'll have to reread it and see.
4. Brother of the More Famous Jack, Barbara Trapido
Again, a novel that bowled me over when I was young. It's about clever, beautiful bohemians and is terribly romantic. it transported me to a lifestyle I could only dream of at the time!
5. We Need to Talk About Kevin
Chilling stuff.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the UK but I have lived overseas for many years, so I am now influenced by many English speaking countries; US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. I do have a problem deciding where to set stories because i am no longer rooted in the British way of life. For this reason, historical fiction is easier!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle or iPad. I miss reading actual books but they don't make sense any more for practical reasons (lack of storage space and expensive shipping)
Published 2013-09-25.
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