Shawna Lynn – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Lessons from an Evil Mind (Fantasy Horror)

Terror can move people, virtually helpless, into doing what seems to be the impossible. A woman is held captive by an evil man; she is held against her will, abused and beaten to submission, and almost devoid of all hope. That is, until luck turns her way and she escapes, stumbling into the arms of a stranger who saves her and takes her to safety. After her escape, her captor goes to new lengths to try and get her back. He is angry and out for revenge; returning and forcing his way back into her life, wreaking havoc as he does so.

Tell us something about yourself.

Shawna Stewart, born in California is the youngest of nine children. At 14 she met the love of her life, later marrying him at 18. Together they now have three wonderful children. Suffering from an illness at age 29 she lost her memory and became chronically ill. Determined not to let it overtake her life she returned back to school where she is presently working towards her bachelors in literature and Psychology.

What inspired you to write this book?

The inspiration for this book came to me in a dream or should I say nightmare. One morning when I awoke I could not get this image out of my mind of a woman. This women in my dream was captured inside a dungeon, but yet still had the hopes and dreams of escaping. With that lasting image in my mind, I began writing the story of how she got there, why she was there and what happened next.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I have always loved to write poems and children’ stories (so I was told) I actually had lost my memory when I was 29 so I had no idea I wrote. One day my son (now 25) asked me why I never wrote anymore. Now I thought he was crazy, as far as I knew I had never wrote anything. After he explained that when he was younger I would write all the time, I began thinking? Could I write? What would I write? Would I even know how to start. Then I had the dream of the woman, picked up the computer and began writing.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

The hardest part to me is never wanting to stop. Some times I find myself working 0-12 hours a day writing.

How do you do research for your books?

I use the internet if I have to do any researching.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I learned that once you think you are done with your novel, you truly are not. You need to go over it again and again until it is perfect.

What are you reading now?

I hate to say I have not had a chance to read anything new.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I love any kind of book really, except the gooshy romance ones. My favorite writers are King and Koontz. I love the suspense in their stories

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I am currently working on the second book of the series of “Lessons from an evil mind” This story will show more intensity then the first and someone from the first book will die.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

To be patient and take criticism as a learning tool.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I am doing everything possible, from interviews to book signings.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?