Interview with Andrea Shannon author of "More Than Words: A Life Journey In Poems"
1.Your name: Andrea Shannon
2.Short Bio: I am a wife, mother of two and grandmother of three. I’m a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. I serve as the minister of music at my church and have been singing there since age 6. I’ve always had a love for poetry and finally decided to jump into it with both feet.
3.When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in high school, mostly as therapy for myself. I attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, miles away from my family, friends and everything that was familiar to me.
4.What inspired you to write your first book?
About three years ago, I was doing some “purging” at my house. I came across a notebook containing all the poems I wrote in high school and college. I shared them with a friend, and he encouraged me to start writing again. I started posting poetry on sites like Triond and Wikinut and they were well-received. Soon I had written enough for a book and thought, why not?
5. Did it take a long time to get your first book published?
It took roughly 8 months, mostly because of me. I read and re-read each poem, determining what, if anything should be changed.
6.What made you decide to self-publish?
I wanted my story told my way. I thought self-publishing was the best way to do that.
7. How do you market your work?
Most of it has been word of mouth, but I also promote my work on Facebook, Twitter, Triond, Wikinut, Bukisa and recently through Project Monocle.
8. What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My latest (and only book thus far) is called More Than Words: A Life Journey In Poems. The poems in this book are based on personal life experiences and observations. I would say the pages contained in it are ripped right from the book of my life.
9. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It took me roughly one year to compile the poems for my first book.
10. What genre would you place your books into?
11. Where do you get your book plot ideas from?
12. Do you have writing routine?
I write in spurts as the inspiration hits me! LOL!
13. Have you ever suffered from a "writer's block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
I have suffered from writer’s block. It usually occurs when personal life situations become overwhelming and dealing with them causes me to lose focus on everything else. Through prayer and meditation, I am able to let go of worrying about things which I cannot control, and the creative juices get flowing again.
14. Are there any specific authors whose writing styles or subject matter inspired your book?
Growing up, I read a lot of works by Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni. I suppose they played a role in me deciding to write in a more free-flowing style, if you will.
15. What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading My Soul Cries Out by Sherri L. Lewis. I am a huge fan of what I call faith-based, sista-girlfriend fiction.
16. Are there any New Authors you are interested in for us to watch out for?
None at the moment.... Me, perhaps? Lol!
17. What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
Write what you know, and write from the heart.
18. Do you have another project in the works? If so, what is it?
I am compiling more poems for what I hope will be a new book coming out late 2012 or early 2013. At the request of a friend, I think it will be called “A New Beginning”. We’ll see.
19. How can people get in touch with you?
a) Your blog details? I’m not a blogger per se, but the bulk of my work appears at www.Triond.com/users/ashan1614
c) Your Twitter details? http://twitter.com/ashanpoetry
d) Your book trailer? http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-000178190/More-Than-Words.aspx
Thank you so much & good luck with all your books.
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