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