EXCLUSIVE! Q&A Part 3 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 3, the next 10 questions!



21. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

I believe it is Pandemic Dawn Book IV: Before the Sun Sets, for a lot of reasons, but there's always hope people will give it a try.



22. How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?

I write how I would want to read. In some stories I allow the readers to discover and understand things through characters who are new to the story like they are.



23. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

The Wolverine, I believe there is no need to explain this one.



24. What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?

Live has given me plenty of material, and those characters are still their own, though they may be based on others. The more you write them, the more they evolve into something completely different than their base.



25. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have never counted, but at least a dozen.



26. What does literary success look like to you?

Books that people love.



27. What’s the best way to market your books?

I think it depends on what you want out of your books and the experience. I know authors who sell more books than I do, but they travel all over and do shows and signings, I'd rather be home with my family.



28. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? I usually write what I know, so research takes place for a few weeks before hand, then during the writing process, here and there.




29. Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

Not really, but I do find it peaceful and relaxing, even when writing action sequences.



30. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

I consult my wife in those matters, I don't pretend to understand how women think. I usually pose a situation to her, explain the character's personality and back ground, and takes what she says to heart.


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