EXCLUSIVE! Q&A Part 4 with Author B. A. Shields



31. How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?

Define part-time/full-time. When I'm writing a novel I write full time, but I still have other jobs, so it's technically part time work.


32. How many hours a day do you write?

At least 1, at most 3-4


33. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)

Teenager, and some young adult.



34. What did you edit out of this book?”

Just the errors and nonsensical things...nothing important.



35. Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series. I came to realize science fiction can meld with fantasy almost seamlessly when written properly.



36. What are the ethics of writing about historical figures?

I would assume accuracy. I have never written about historical figures.



37. How do you select the names of your characters?

Sometimes I actually write about them first. I write their backgrounds and descriptions and once in a while their names just come to me. Other times it is more difficult. With over 100 characters in the Pandemic Dawn Series, I must admit I have used a random name generator a couple of times when I was desperately blank.



38. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

I do many things. I am a collector, antique dealer, full time pastor for nearly 18 years, and I have hobbies in engineering and robotics, so there is plenty I could do.



39. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do read them, and to be honest, I have only had 1 bad review, and one that was not my favorite, but very descriptive and accurate from his point of view. The bad review I just scoffed at, not because I have only received 1, but because the reader was angry because I did not get two characters involved in a relationship like she wanted, and she was quite mean about it. Reminded me of Stephen King's misery.



40. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

All the time. In fact, i am constantly writing things in all of my novels, some of which are for me alone, but it would be exciting if others were discovered.

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