Interview with Shannon Lawrence

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, of course, and the drive to accomplish more, to strive toward my dreams.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a mom and wife, working the day job. I like to take long walks and hikes. I love photography, as well as writing, so that's something I dabble in. And then there's all the work that goes along with writing, but isn't actually writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often, I discover ebooks because someone has posted them on Facebook or on a blog.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I remember the first story that ignited a spark. It was in fifth grade, an elementary school in Columbia, MD called Talbot Elementary. The teacher handed out images from magazines and had us choose one. Then we wrote. It was the first time I wrote to a prompt, and it was such glorious fun that I still enjoy doing it.
What is your writing process?
I used to have a stringent writing process, but now it's opening up the document and writing. Most often, when working on short stories, I sit in the living room and write on my laptop. For novels, I tend to work in my office. When I remember, I rub some rosemary mint lotion into my hands. I format the document to standard manuscript format before I start, so I'm not wrestling with all of that later.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My parents read to me regularly, and my godmother taught me to read well before I started kindergarten, but I don't remember the first books I read. I do remember reading The Secret Garden after it was gifted to me by my godmother, and what fascinating places she lived in that book, from the confusion of the opening in India to the moors in England. I remember discovering The Hobbit when a student teacher read it to us daily, from beginning to end, and how much I loved it then. My parents bought me the paperback set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which I have to this day, worn as it is.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read pretty much everything for pleasure, though mostly horror, urban fantasy, and mystery. But anything that sounds good, I'll read.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have one of the original Kindles. I fear the day it dies, because I have a migraine condition, and the fact that it's not backlit makes it possible for me to read it any time. Backlit e-reading devices trigger worse migraines, so they're right out.
Describe your desk
My desk is L-shaped, with part of it reserved for my day job. The other part has my Mac desktop with Scrivener on it. I have horror movie posters that I switch out occasionally, and three shelves of Funko Pop villains/monsters, which I reward myself with each time I sell a short story. Plus all the other fun horror items strewn about the surface.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm not sure what the greatest joy is, but there are so many small joys. A new idea, finishing a story, selling a story, publishing something new. It's a roller coaster, for sure, but one I enjoy.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many. Some of them are Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Kelley Armstrong, Craig Johnson, and Stephen Graham Jones.
Published 2018-02-17.
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Books by This Author

Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,450. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of horror short stories, from the psychological to the monstrous. Whether your biggest fear is your fellow man or the monsters that lurk in the darkness, there's a fright for everyone in this collection.