Interview & Giveaway: R.E. Sheahan

Today I have an interview with R.E. Sheahan to share with you!  Don't forget to go to the bottom of the post and enter the giveaway!

What inspired you to become an author?

I am a reader. I love books. All kinds of books. I love movies, old and new. I would think after finishing a book or a watching a movie, “What if the hero hadn’t saved the girl, but she had saved him? What if the bad guy was actually good, deep down inside, and he’d saved everyone? What if this all took place on another world, or in the past, or the future?” The ‘what ifs’ began to invade my dreams, pop into my head while working, and just plain made a pest of themselves. So I started to write them down now and then. I called it a ‘creative release’, and it worked, for a while. Until a character from a far away world and another time demanded more of my attention. Four years ago the writing of Storm of Arranon began. I now have the fourth book in the series in outline form and a line-up of other stories waiting their turn.

When you're not writing, what do you like to do?

I Read! 
I enjoy movie and game night with friends and family.
I used to show horses when I was a kid and am starting to ride again. It’s that balance of mind and body, connecting, and communicating with your horse.
Then there’s Zumba, dance exercise. I have been called a Zumba junkie!
I belong to an Improv group. I was told by some of the greats, James Scott Bell and Robert Dugoni, that acting is part of writing. I agree!

What is the writing process like for you? (Do you plot? Listen to music while writing? etc...)

First, I have never written from an outline.
I see the characters and what is happening with them like a movie in my mind as I’m writing. I can slow the action, rewind, fast-forward, or freeze frame. If I don’t like where the story is going, I back-up from the last point I was happy and take things another direction. Same with dialog.
Music is great and often helps me when I’m feeling a little stuck. Kelly Clarkson and Adele have saved me from many locked doors. But I don’t listen while I write. I do like to have TV, or some background noise though.

If you were on a deserted island, and you could only take 4 books, what books would you bring?

Dean Koontz- Fear Nothing and Seize the Night, the Christopher Snow Novels, just because I get so into the story.
Sue Grafton- Q is for Quarry, of the Kinsey Milhone series. I love Kinsey’s attitude!
Stephen King- IT, for those dark and stormy nights.

What is one thing the world should know about you?

I’m really quite shy. Getting my books and stories out there for the world to see and read is difficult. They are my soul, my heart, a bit of myself. But I believe in my stories, so I took the next step and published!

Thanks for stopping by and answering questions for us, R.E. 

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