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Author Interview: Shaun Curtis

1. What inspired you to become a writer?

To be honest, I was bored one winter and needed something to do. I have always loved a good story and love movies, have a huge imagination, and figured I might as well try to use that imagination for something constructive. That is how I came to love writing.

2. What's your favourite book of all time? Enders Game, by Orson Scott Card

3. What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Never give up! If you put your mind to it you can do it. Always remember, you can please some of the people some of the time, but never all the people all the time. In other words, write the way you want to write and what you love to write about and it will be an accomplishment. 4. What is the most frustrating thing about being an author? Time. Never enough of it. As yet I have not made my millions in the literary world. That being said, have to work a regular job and then find time to write and spend time with the wife and kids is alway a challenge.

5. What's your favourite movie? The Alien series. 6. What's better, dogs or cats? Cats, One of the only animals I know that can look you right in the face and you know that it is telling you, in its own way to “F**k off” and mean it. The whole while it is purring and wanting treats.

7. If money was no object, how would you spend your life? Traveling the world and showing my children all that there is to see. Even if parts of the world are poor and needy. Instill in my kids that there are people from all walks of life and if you see someone in need, try to help.

8. Do you draw from personal experiences when you write? Maybe from a little road rage that turn into writing as I develop my character. If I were a real Vigilante I would probably be doing this interview from behind bars. 9. What is more important? Strong characters or a strong storyline? A good combination of both I believe. You can have a great character, but if it is a crappy story, who cares? Same goes with a good story but bad character. I like to play out my story in my head as I go along, If it bores me, I erase it and try something new.

10. What advice would you give to first time writers when submitting their work to publishers or literary agents?  Take your time and try to make sure that their Ideas align with yours, or at least as close as possible.

Find out more about Shaun Curtis and his title Diary of a Vigilante by clicking here.


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