Monday, March 13, 2017

Meet The Author: Rohvannyn Shaw

1. What is your favorite genre? Who is your favorite author?
Science fiction is probably my favorite, though I love history and sometimes enjoy high fantasy.  I like Tom Clancy, Robert Heinlein, and am having a brief love affair with Arthur Conan Doyle.

2. What stories did you grow up reading and falling in love with?
I read a lot of animal stories, and I loved the Redwall series.  I also really enjoyed light sci fi novels.  I was also a huge fan of ElfQuest and Dragonriders of Pern.

3. Tell me about your writing space. Is it organized or a little chaotic?
I have two main writing spaces.  One is my desk at work, which can't help but be organized, and the other is at my computer at home.  That's a lot more organized than it once was.  It's a simple L shaped desk with various necessary things nearby.  Ereader, pens, various cables, dice, that kind of thing.  My cat hangs out on my desk a lot.

4. I see that you are a talented artist. What is your favorite medium? Do you have a favorite art piece?
First of all, thank you!  I have really grown to love manga pens.  I also enjoy watercolors, art markers, and acrylics.  It's hard to say what my favorite art piece is because I tend to like different aspects of a lot of them.

5. Tell me about your latest book. Did you have any challenges?
With my latest book, the biggest challenge was making sure I didn't miss anything!  It's a book about self publishing on an extremely tight budget, so there was a lot to cover.

6. What is the best advice you have received as an author? The worst?
The best?  Never give up, and always try to improve what you do by welcoming feedback.  The worst?  You won't amount to anything unless you get a publishing contract with a "real" publisher.

7. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I want to have several more books out, including at least one complete series.  I also want my blog to reach more people, and help more indie authors.  I'd like to have my editing business take off by then as well.

8. Tell me about your writing habits. Do you schedule time to write each day or do you only write when inspiration hits?
I've had to learn to write when I can, not so much when inspiration hits.  If I'm inspired, I'll try harder to make time to write, but if I have time, I try to write a little at the very least so as not to waste the time.

9. What do you see as the biggest challenge for indie writers?
That's easy - becoming well known.  Our challenge is that we all start out as little fish in a very big pond and it's hard to stand out.

10. What are you currently working on?
I'm finishing my dark comedy horror novel and preparing to start on my military sci fi series!

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