I recently just finished her book Minutes Before Sunset and she agreed to do a quick little interview so you guys could get to know her. I thought of 11 questions that I thought were pretty interesting and I hope you guys do too!
P.S. See my review for Minutes Before Sunset here.
Author Interview – Shannon A. Thompson
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a 22-year-old author, poet, and blogger. I grew up on the road since my family constantly moved, but I was inspired by all the people and experiences I had. I began writing very young, but I started taking it seriously when I was 11. My mother – who also loved writing – died very suddenly, and I knew right then and there that I wanted to pursue my dreams of becoming an author. My first novel was published five years later when I turned 16. I currently have three novels on the market, one of which is award-winning, and my next one is expected to release July 17, 2014. I also have a short story and poems published. But my ultimate goal is to help other writers and readers reach their dreams.
2. How do you get your ideas?
Most of my novels have started off as a dream at one point, but I am constantly inspired by the world around me. I could spend all day flipping through travel magazines, just daydreaming.
3. Who or what inspires you?
The world inspires me, but I think people inspire me the most. I am always taking notes when I hear a good one-liner or notice a particular quirk that someone has. When I was in college, I was originally a psychology major, so you could say that I study people.
4. Did you always want to be an author? What did you want to be when you were younger?
At one point, I wanted to be Shania Twain. Safe to say my kindergarten teacher wasn’t sure how to explain to me that I couldn’t be another person. Ironically, I spend my days pretending to be other people (my characters.)
5. How long did it take you to publish your first book?
I can’t remember the exact dates that I began writing November Snow, but I know that I finished the final draft on December 04, 2006, and it was published in July of 2007. But I would estimate the entire project took four years.
6. What is your least favourite part of the writing/publishing process?
Learning to tune out judgement was very difficult for me, especially when it came from fellow writers or loved ones. But – eventually – I had to remind myself that I am following my dream, and I am in charge of that decision, no matter how many people discourage it.
7. How do you pick character names for your books?
Babynames.com! I could be on that website for DAYS. I love searching through the meanings, origins, and lists.
8. What do you consider your best accomplishment?
That’s such a difficult question! In terms of my writing career, I think my biggest accomplishment was beginning my website – ShannonAThompson.com. It allows me to connect with writers and readers that I can help, and it also was the stepping stone to my publishing contract.
9. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Plenty! I have used Barbies before to practice stories. (http://shannonathompson.com/2014/04/19/writing-with-barbie/) I’ve worn weird hats because they help me concentrate, and I often jump around my room as different character in what I call my “Writing Method Acting” (http://shannonathompson.com/2013/08/09/writing-tips-method-acting/)
10. What literary character is most like you?
I can’t really answer that question because I believe in being yourself and never comparing yourself to others. So I’ll be my own character, and I will see where my story takes me. :]
11. Any recent books that you really enjoyed?
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson is probably my most recent favorite read.