I'm honored to be the featured MRW Author of the Month for March!
Here's my interview:
What's your writing story (i.e. How did you start writing, etc.)?
I began journaling at around thirteen, incorporating photos and scrapbooks to tell stories. In my teens I worked for the school newspaper and thought of pursuing a career in journalism. The more facts I reported, I caught myself thinking, “That’s a cool story, but it’d be so much more dramatic if [THIS] happened!” That should have been my first clue that fiction was in my future, but I didn’t pursue writing until much later. After I’d put myself through college for a degree in English, I began tinkering on my first full-length novel. Three full manuscripts, four short stories and a novella later, I’m in the process of getting published for the first time.
Do you have a writing routine?
I work full-time, but I strive to get at least one hour of writing in each evening. So it’s dinner, an hour of straight writing and then bedtime. Days off and weekends are sometimes full of errands and laundry, but there is a solid three to four hours a day dedicated to some form of writing, whether it be editing or first draft. When I get a long weekend or vacation, I really put in the time each day. Those are the moments I feel like a full-fledged author. :0)
What's the best research trip you've ever taken?
My first novel is set at a horse rescue and I spent a lot of time at a great facility in western Maryland. I learned so much about horses and their care. They all have such personalities, it was like summer camp. Except the mares and I never snuck out in the middle of the night to toilet paper the gelding field.
Maybe next year.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the second in the Walker series. In my first book, THE FIRE WALKERS, we meet Kelly and Aidan, two people who reignite the fire in their lives. In the sequel, we walk earth with Ben, the hard working hero you meet in TFW. Industrious, patient and loving, he has eyes for only one girl…
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I'm a intermediate nature photographer and scrapbooker. Something about the combination of story and pictures just soothes my soul. I do also love taking long walks at the lake and on the paths near my home. I like to get outside everyday, no matter the weather.
What's the last great book you read?
WHEN CALLS THE HEART by Janette Oke.
It can be deemed one of the first inspirational novels. I like how it has a touch of spirituality, but doesn’t overdo it. Based in the Canadian frontier, the reader can relate to the heroine’s struggle to adapt in a rural environment, and the love interest is a brave, noble Mountie, making it a great mixture of adventure and romance. I’ve always held a fascination with the Wild West, and the author writes the scenery so well that you want to see it for yourself.
Banff National Park, here I come!
Shelley N. Greene