Tuesday’s chat with Shannon Donnelly!

Hey everybody! Give a warm welcome to our latest guest, Shannon Donnelly!
1.      Who  was your first author crush and why? There are actually three—In junior high school, I was a total Ray Bradbury fan and my first story was actually something very much in his style (it would have fit wtihin The Martian Chronicles). My first fan letter was to Dorothy Gilman–I even sent her an oil painting I’d done because I so adored her book, The Tightrope Walker. And I utterly treasure my mother’s complete works of Georgette Heyer in the hardback editions that were put out in the early sixties—she’s someone I’d want to have over to dinner. They’re one of my prize possessions that came with me to New Mexico.
2.     What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?  That’s a hard question since I’ve been writing stories forever. But my first love were horses—I knew I was going to be a riding instructor from any early age, and that’s just what I did. But it’s an even harder way to make money with horses than with writing. So I looked around for what else I liked to do, and writing seemed the obvious answer. It was just there. For me, however, it was an even longer path to publication and it’s only with ebooks that I’ve started to earn my living with my craft. This is one reason I feel like I can teach others in workshops—if there’s a mistake around, I’ve made it. I’m a writer and a story teller, but I’m not a natural.
3.     What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)? I prefer to think of it as my writing ‘ritual.’ I want something hot to drink—tea or coffee. I’ll start off with a little editing of the work I’ve done the day before, or if I’m doing outlining, that’s handwritten into a notebook—you think differently away from the keyboard. And I like to play the same song over and over on the headphones until it’s background noise. As to using real life in books, I don’t tell folks if I’m doing that. And by the time the characters are done with things it becomes their story anyway.
4.     Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…The writer turns to the priest, jerks a thumb at the clown and says, “That’s funny.”
5.      Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:  Chocolate, Talk, Beach, Cowboy (he comes with a horse), Wine, Dogs, eBooks (they’re handy, easier to read, and save trees), Plot to start then let it go and Fly by the Seat, Batman (gadgets, brains and money—what more do you need in a guy), Invisibility, Prius (I’ve owned two—love ‘em), Break the Rules (or bend ‘em, but only if you have the talent and craft to get away with it), TV, Aren’t they about the same (supernatural beings?), Fall, Messy (life and love are both messy processes), Genie (I have a djin in my “Burn Baby Burn” Urban Fantasy series that I’m working on), Tell Jokes, Home Cooking (I love to cook!).
Chocolate                    or         flowers
Talk                       or         Text
Mountains                   or         Beach
Cowboy                         or         Marine
Wine                                 or         Beer
Cats                             or         Dogs
Ebooks               or         Paperbacks
Pantser                                    or         Plotter
Batman               or         Superman
Ability to fly               or         Power to be invisible
Prius                                  or         Hemmie
Follow the rules          or         Break the rules
TV                           or         Movies
NY                              or         LA
Vampires                     or         Angels
Fall                         or         Spring
Neat                            or         Messy
Werewolf                    or         Genie
Tell jokes                    or         Pull pranks
Home cooked meals    or         Go out to a restaurant

One thought on “Tuesday’s chat with Shannon Donnelly!

  1. Yay Shannon! I think it's an interesting comment that it's harder to make money with horses than with writing. Wouldn't have thought that … but it's great you're following both passions!!


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