EXCLUSIVE! 50 Q&A Part 2 with Author B. A. Shields

Over the years I have had many questions about many different things, from, How did you come up with that, to how do you get published? I thought is would be fun to do a HUGE Q&A! 50 questions, and 50 (maybe) answers. This Exclusive! will have to be broke down into five individual posts, or it will be too long! So, here is part 2, the next 10 questions!

11. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

Don't feel, or don't express? I personally know people who keep their emotions to themselves, and are some of the most passionate people ever, once you get to know them. I think we all feel emotions, the question would be whether or not you are in touch with them. I guess if you weren't you could write technical manuals or something? I wouldn't suggest anything with dialog or relationships though.

12. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Mick McArt is a friend. He has helped me more than he probably knows. He has been an inspiration with his creativity, as well as his drive and ingenuity. He always seems to be on the right track to somewhere, and I like that.

13. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

Pandemic Dawn is a series, and I don't think you could read them alone. It's just too big of a story to pick up any single book ignoring the others. However, my next novel is a stand alone. I do have plans for a couple or prequel books, and a spin off of Pandemic Dawn. These will be stand alone books though they take place in the same realm.

14. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Write more, and sooner, and do not get discouraged, regardless of what others may think.

15. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I learned the art of re-writing. Not just sentences, but paragraphs, pages, and in some cases entire chapters. When I first started writing Losing Dani Strumm, I finished the first three chapters, and it was good, but the story was not the story I wanted to tell. I deleted the three chapters and started from scratch. I'm glad I did.

16. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Hiring local photographers and models for books covers.

17. What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?

None that I can think of. I either like an author, or not.

18. What did you do with your first advance?

I have yet to receive an "advance" for anything. I am still self-published.

19. What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

When I was young and my grandfather would tell me stories. I knew then, I wanted to tell people stories.

20. What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?

I don't really read magazines. If I find time to read it's usually invested into a novel.

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