Author interview with Courtney Shepard

 

Another week, another interview. This week I’m speaking to Courtney Shepard. She’s a new author who has a tenacious streak. She’s also quite fond of English wizards.

 

Here is her bio:

 

I was born in Vancouver, B.C. and have lived here most of my life. I’m a mom to a cheeky four-year-old son who is everything to me and makes me laugh everyday.

 

Though I initially studied journalism in college, it was English literature that I really enjoyed. For a while I only read the classics, but when my sister, who went to school in England, gave me a book about a young wizard I was hooked immediately. Reading Harry Potter opened the floodgates for me, and I and started reading everything else.

 

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

  1. When did you first realise that you wanted to become a writer?

That’s hard to determine. I think that I always wanted to be a writer, but I never thought it would be possible, or that I could do it, so I ignored it for a long time. I remember when I was in Grade 4, I wrote a story for composition class about a pocket sized unicorn I could take to school with me. It was silly, but in the story I would take her out at recess and she would grow to full size and give rides to all my friends around the playground. So it was probably Grade 4 when I first thought of being a writer.

  1. What novels/works have you released and what are you working on now?

I released my debut novel Unbalanced last June. It is the first instalment of the Unbalanced Series following four sisters with elemental powers. Unbalanced is Asha’s story, and her element is fire. I am working on the second book right now. Unbent is Mere’s story, and her element is water.

  1. I’m a new author. Tell me how to achieve my goal?

I’m also a new author, and for me I believe it took courage, resilience, and determination.

It takes guts to first try and write a book, guts to submit it to agents and publishers, and guts to keep going despite rejection. The process of writing may be a solitary one, but once you put your project out there you are open to rejection and that takes courage.

Resilience is necessary during the publishing process. Finding a publisher can be very difficult, and sometimes an agent or publisher won’t even respond to your submission. Keep going.

Determination is needed for sure because writing a book takes time and hard work. If you want it, you have to make it happen. I wrote Unbalanced while working a full time job. I didn’t have eight hours a day to make my dream come true, but I worked hard to write bits and pieces. My advice to you is to write whenever you can. I only wish I had started earlier.

  1. Is there anyone who has influenced your writing?

No one author in particular, but all of them too. Every author of every book I’ve ever read has influenced me.

  1. What makes you sit down and want to share your stories?

I love powerful women and really enjoy reading about them. I wanted to create characters with amazing powers who use them to fight against impossible situations because it is the kind of story I wanted to read. I write what I love to read, strong women kicking butt.

  1. If you could be a character from one of your favourite novels, who would it be, and why?

I know it’s probably cliche, but I would be Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She was my first strong woman literary idol. She’s witty, sassy, and strong. I’m also a fan of Arya, from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, because she’s strong in the face of those devious Lannisters, and she gets to kick butt.

 

Thank you Courtney. Great answers that give us a real insight into what makes you tick.

Click on Courtney’s links below:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00ZOMPMPC/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Courtney+Shepard&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Courtney+Shepard&sort=relevancerank

 

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Author interview with Lanie Jacobs

 

Another author interview, and what better way than to ask a few questions to my mate Lanie Jacobs. Her book Amaranthine is out there on the virtual shelves and has been greatly received. I won’t tell you too much about it. You’ll need to check it out. The book is very much like Lanie. Feisty, funny, and full of mischief.

 

Interview:

  1. When did you first realise that you wanted to become a writer?

I’m not sure there was an exact moment when I decided to become a writer. I’ve always been a reader, pretty avid most of the time, but I would get so involved if the book didn’t go my way and it would just ruin the book for me. So one day I was reading a really popular series, screaming at the book in my mind, and as I was going to sleep that night I decided…I’m going to write a book.

 

  1. What novels/works have you released and what are you working on now?

My debut novel “Amaranthine” is out now, which, is a bit of teenage angst, love, betrayal, and of course a little bit of drama from the main characters (Khalida) past. The book is fast paced and hopefully keeps people biting their nails. I worked hard on the plot and story lines to make it difficult for people to figure out…I really dislike being able to figure out a book before I read it. At this exact moment I am working on a new series called the Lost Souls series. “Empty Souls” is the first installment to the new series. As I write I will alternate between my two series until I start a new adventure. I might write a mundane human love story, who knows with me.

 

  1. I’m a new author. Tell me how to achieve my goal?

I think that when someone writes we each have our own way going about doing things. Some are more organized, some have a organized mess. I think the best piece of advice I can give you are as follows:

1) Always carry around a note pad and pen. Write down all your thoughts.

2) Always move forward writing, there is a ton of changes you can make and you will always want to change something, so don’t. Write all the way through and then go back and make the changes you want. If you don’t do that you will always get stuck on the changes.

 

  1. Is there anyone who has influenced your writing?

I don’t think anyone has influenced my writing, I feel like I have a writing style all of my own. I get chastised by some for being different, but that is how it goes and I’m proud of my style and will continue to move forward.

 

  1. What makes you sit down and want to share your stories?

I love having world that is completely made up in your head. You can literally make up anything in this world. Along with that and great story line…It leaves it unbearable not to share. When you can see the world you are making up so vividly, you have no choice but to put words to it for all to read.

 

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been married to my husband for almost three years now and between the two of us we have six children. One boy and five girls, the oldest two being twins. I have my old girl Maddie, who is a twelve year old lab and my funny face Great Dane Sallie Mae who is just a mess but I adore with all my heart. I stay pretty busy between the family and my dogs and when I get a chance I sit down and write on my upcoming release…..

 

Thanks Lanie

You can follow her at the following sites:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7211319.Lanie_Jacobs

https://twitter.com/laniejacobs80?lang=en

 

Check back soon to see another interview…..