Author Echo Shea

Aviary Photo_130922403570269860What inspired you to write your first book? First book written or first book published? The first book I ever wrote was so long ago I don’t quite remember what the inspiration was, except a will to write. The first story I ever published was the Portals’ cover done up by Roane.

How much real life do you put into or influences your books? Not a lot. I use some names that are familiar—like the Potomac or Anacostia, but in general, I try to build a separate world parallel to this one. It’s sort of the same, but not quite. That’s what I love about writing fiction—the freedom.

What is the hardest part of writing for you? Oh, there are so many hard parts. Between first thought to published work, it’s a roller coaster of emotions. If I had to choose one, I’d say writer’s block. A lot of people think that means staring at a blank page and not writing. What it really means is writing page after page of not-right words and then deleting them every day or so. It gets really annoying really fast and tests your commitment to how you see things in your story.

What are your current projects? I’m currently working on the full length novel for my guardian troll, Gladys, and the sequel to my short story series “A Tinfoil Hat of My Own.”

How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)? I don’t know. Sometimes I just slowly let it percolate and it comes to fruition and I just think—yes! That’s it! Other times I know halfway through writing it. I just want the title to fit the book in some way.

What is your favorite genre to write? Right now it’s urban fantasy. I love the grittiness, the fast pace, the general fun of it.

Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to handing it over to your publisher? This generally depends on length of the book, as well as just how ready the story is to be written. Short stories can take a couple weeks to months, and a novel can take at least over a year, so far. This is my first to get this far, so let’s see how it goes. J

Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone? I work alone, but I do have a couple people I capture on occasion and pour out a mess of a plot line to. I then release them back into the wild. J

Do your travel to research for your book(s)? I would sort of like to do this, but in general, I keep my characters a little closer to home and travel through books.

Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)? Always. It can be anything from a new definition to actually growing and facing your fears—mostly that you’ll never complete anything as a writer. J

Have you ever had an idea for a book but never written it and what is it? Lots and lots. To pick one—I wouldn’t know how. It’s usually a scene that sticks in my mind more than a plot.

When writing, do you have a process? Yes. But in chair, hands on keyboard, and a whole lot of mental kicking and screaming in between.

Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement? Write. Write about nothing. Write about everything. It just has to be the best you can do right now.

How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favorite? I’ve written five books. They’ve all been a favorite in a different way. “Entrance of Lost Souls” in the Portals anthology was my first published story and it made me feel real. “Manor of Sweet Souls: Gladys Celebrates” made me fall in love with a character. “If This Be Madness” helped me prove to myself I could write something halfway romantic. “Light a Candle for the Beast” was my very first paid standalone. Mine, all and completely mine. “A Tinfoil Hat of My Own” was my very first self-published work, and has opened up a completely new way of doing things for me. Makes me feel stronger and more independent.

Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing? Lots of reasons. Self-publishing done right is scary and expensive. When you’ve spent so much time trying to convince people you’re a writer, it’s hard to think—“Now, I have to get them to buy it.” Being picked up by a publisher is like—confirmation. You are a real writer, your work is worth something, they believe in you. When you’re new and you have a publisher as exceptional as Roane is—it helps so much. They provided the cover, the editing, and some marketing. They gave me the tools to help build myself.

Where do your ideas come from? Details. I love writing about water splashing up against the rocks, or leaves of autumn cartwheeling across the ground, and then I go from there.

How many books do you currently have published? Five. Light a Candle for the Beast Manor of Sweet Souls Gladys Celebrates A Tinfoil Hat of My Own Portals—my story in this anthology is “Entrance of Lost Souls.” Spooktacular Seductions—my story in this anthology is “If This Be Madness.”

Are you working on anything right now? I’m currently working on a novel length piece for my favoritest sword wielding troll, Gladys, and a sequel to my short story series, “A Tinfoil Hat of My Own.”

Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why? Yes. Gladys. I don’t know what it is, I just love this character. I love her so much.

Do you have anything you would like to say to your current readers or to those that haven’t yet read your work(s)? To my current readers—thank you so much for taking the time to rea my works. To pick up one of my books and give my voice a chance. For those who haven’t read my works, yet—if you love trolls, hags, witches, and werewolves…if you are willing to trust me…well, maybe you ca be one of my readers too!

Share one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you. Hmm…I’m an introvert bordering on recluse.

Doggy style, cow girl or missionary? Well, obviously cow girl-ing it doggy style with a missionary. Pfftt. As if you even had to ask.

What secret sinful pleasure do you keep hidden in your cupboards? Umm, that stuff doesn’t last long. I think we have some pea nut M&M’s on top of the microwave though. Poor things. Might as well be singing the shark song from Jaws. Those things just aren’t going to last.

Are you a wine or beer kinda gal? Hmm. Beer. Actually, I’m way more of a Pepsi girl.

If you could go anywhere at all on your next vacation where would you go? I honestly don’t know. If I take out my irrational fears, maybe—Aruba. Or the Bahamas. Somewhere around there when it’s not hurricane season.

If you could choose any hot famous guy to take with you who would it be and why? Scott Eastwood? Do I really need a reason why?

Thong, Bikinis, Granny Panties, or Boy shorts? I’m sorry. Have you seen London or France? Then no, you may not see my underpants. J Hah, um, bikinis and boy shorts.

Are you a dress up in heels or a jeans and flats woman? You need a yoga pants and low heels option if you’re going to catch this wild filly. J

Homebody or Party all the time girl? Homebodies, I am your queen!

Tall, Dark and Deadly or Smart and Sexy or Athletic and Funny? Damn it, why’d you have to put the athletic with the funny? He better not make me try to jog.

Significant other or Tearing up the town free and clear? Significant other…one day. Right now, I’m tearing up the town.

Favorite social network and why? Facebook. Love the people and enjoy the network.

What was your “dream” job as a child? To have long hair, long nails, and type. Livin’ the dream, baby! J

What was the worst job you ever had while working towards being a published author? Helper. The hours are no fun and it’s both strenuous and boring. Though, to be fair, I’ve always been working towards writing.

What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career? Hush. That’s not an option. I could be sweeping floors for a living, but don’t ever take away my dreams of writing.

Introduce us to the main characters: Gladys, our main girl. The story is from her perspective. She’s a guardian troll. Barrett, our main squeeze. He’s a hobgoblin that wants to help change fae society.

Kyo, Gladys’s dog and main protector.

Vanessa, Gladys’s best friend/scary witch. What three words would you use to describe this story? Troll fights back. J


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