Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full–time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I’ve lived in Parker, Colorado for almost five years. Before that, I live in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin for twenty-four years and grew up in Winona, Minnesota.
I’ve been blessed with being a stay-at-home mom since my youngest son was born so that has been my primary job for fifteen years. I used to quilt and do just about every kind of craft you can think of. Funny, as writing became a bigger and bigger part of my life, my need to create other things diminished. I still enjoy decorating/home improvement projects, baking, and gardening (although the deer around my house eat everything that isn’t in a pot on my deck) and of course I read whenever possible.
1. How did you get started writing?
It started after the first Star Wars movie – episode IV, not I. I fell in love with the characters and the world and the adventure. I couldn’t wait for the next movie, so I wrote my own mini-episodes, writing myself and my cousin into the script, of course. I always wondered why I didn’t write SciFi…
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I love puzzles, always have. Writing in general is like putting together a puzzle, I just have to make the pieces first. The mystery genre is like taking this puzzle challenge to a whole other level. It’s almost as much fun for me to figure out why the murder/crime happened while writing as it is to figure out the who dunit while reading another author’s work. And, you can’t beat the research – which herbs are the deadliest, how exactly do you slice the carotid artery… I sure hope I haven’t ended up on a government watch list!
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Revision. That’s when the story really comes together for me. If I don’t blast through the first draft as fast as possible, it will take me months to finish it. Writing fast means turning off my internal editor and results in a first draft that is u-g-l-y! I do know the story by the end of that draft, though, so then I get to go through it again, take out the bits that shouldn’t be there, and include more that should.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
I’ve thought about that recently. It would have to be something creative or my soul would shrivel. That’s dramatic, I know, but true! I keep thinking about running a little bed and breakfast somewhere. Since I enjoy decorating and gardening and baking, I can see myself doing that. My B&B would be closed to the public twice a year so I could hold week-long writer retreats.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
Interesting question. I honestly think it depends. I believe that everyone has a story, and I like finding out what it is. I’ve written from both the female and male POV and always find myself wondering if I’m doing it right.
Villains can be – should be! – awful and digging into their stories can get really dark, but the saying goes, the villain is the hero of his/her own story. Write from the dark side can be exciting and cathartic, and as long as you don’t let the evil take residence too deeply or permanently, writing them can be great fun.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I don’t read as much as I’d like – too busy writing – but I do love to read. I spent many years immersed in the Young Adult world because that’s what I was writing. That was great, but YA has run its course for me creatively. I’ve switched to reading (and writing) in the mystery/thriller genre and absolutely love it. Every now and then, when my brain needs a reset, I love a good weepy romance!
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
I would be sitting near the window of my office which overlooked a lake. I love my writing lifestyle so I wouldn’t change that. I love having the freedom to set my own work schedule.
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
Purple! It’s a strong, confident color without being overpowering. It’s like a grown-up version of pink – which used to be my go-to color because my sons wouldn’t steal my stuff if it was pink!
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I’m not sure when it will release. I’m just starting a new mystery series. The working title is Whispering Pines. It’s a story about a young woman named Jayne O’Shea who goes to this odd little town, where only misfits fit in, to pack up her deceased grandmother’s house and get it ready to sell. Unfortunately, she keeps tripping over dead bodies!
While I’d love to see it out by the end of the year, I don’t know if that will happen. Early in 2017 for sure.
Be sure to come back to read more about Shawn and ONE OF HER OWN on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
Links to Shawn’s website, blog, books, etc.
Website – www.Shawn-McGuire.com
Email – Shawn@Shawn-McGuire.com
Newsletter – http://eepurl.com/bEuxc5
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/shawnmcguire1/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Shawn_McGuire
Instagram – https://instagram.com/shawn.mcguire1/
Young Adult series – The Wish Makers
STICKS AND STONES – http://amzn.to/1VALY6h
BREAK MY BONES – http://amzn.to/1QXLTSB
NEVER HURT ME – http://amzn.to/2b5ZMFn
HAD A GREAT FALL – http://amzn.to/2b60gLw
BACK TOGETHER AGAIN – http://amzn.to/2bK32TP
Mystery novella series
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OUT OF HER LEAGUE – http://amzn.to/1ZayHQr
Thank you, Shawn, for sharing your story with us. Don’t miss the chance to read these books!