Good evening, readers. As noted earlier, I reviewed Bill Leviathan's Set Me Alight, giving it three out of five stars. As part of a new series I would like to continue, I've begun conducting semi-serious, a little silly, interviews to give you, the reader, more insight into these little known authors.
"Tell the world about yourself."
I'm a twenty something kid who thinks a little too highly of himself, trying to see if there's any room for me in the crowded world of fiction writing. I write what makes me happy, and pray it won't cause to much pain to anyone willing to read it.
"What is your motivation for writing?"
I've always enjoyed writing, but my major and school and my job (IT) doesn't allow for much creativity when I get the chance to write. I use writing a lot as a way to keep me sane. I've had secret blogs and other such things that contained my random babbling. Set Me Alight was my first attempt at a longer form of fiction. I decided to self publish on a whim to see if there is anyone out there who wants to read this stuff, or if I should just keep it to myself in the future.
"What inspired you to write Set Me Alight (real life experiences)?"
I had a friend who was bumming around from place to place, taking whatever job he could to stay afloat. Eventually he made it out west in the Rockies. I started joking around with him that he needs to pull his life together and become a hardened forest fire fighter or something. I then wrote a quick outline of a b-action movie starring my friend as a Snake Plissken wannabe uncovering some government conspiracy. It involved a wolf companion and slapping the president off the roof of the Freedom Tower and other nonsense.
Fast forward a few months, I'm visiting family over the holidays, bored out of my mind, and begin reworking that outline into a less nonsensical story. What I ended up with was Set Me Alight.
"Detail your daily writing process from pen to page (or process from coffee to pen to page)."
I work long shifts that leave me dead tired every work day, but leave me with nice long weekends. I do almost all of my writing on the weekdays I have off, when there's no one around to bother me. I spend the day writing here and there, taking breaks to watch a show or movie or something. While writing Set Me Alight, I made it through six seasons of The Next Generation and every John Carpenter movie on Netflix. Fun times.
"If your book was magically transformed into a dessert, what dessert would it be and what dish is it best served with?"
To fit the main character of Pete, probably a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, half melted, in the middle of a large white plate. Kind of sad and pathetic to look at, and it doesn't appear to be leaving any mark on the world.
Served with a can of beans and a large dose of hot sauce. Good survival food that will leave you full of gas and acid reflux.
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"When you aren't writing, what are a couple of books you might read?"
I just finished reading "Master and Commander" in the Aubrey/Maturing series. I wouldn't say I'm a big Adventure or Historical Fiction genre reader, but I did really enjoy this one. After that I started "A Brief History of Nearly Everything".
My favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Phillip K. Dick, and Jim Thompson. I love rereading their work, or just selective parts of their work. Thompson's books influenced Set Me Alight somewhat, though I am not nearly as gifted as him at creating a truly insane and twisted character.
"What details, if any, are you able to provide for your next novel?"
I'm (slowly) working my way through a story about a lonely, bitter, pseudo-intellectual, and extremely paranoid type character who's hearing a voice in his head saying someone is following him and that he needs to do crazy things like jump out of windows and blow up cars. May not be the most original story, but I'm having a lot of fun writing it so far.
This concludes the first edition of my "Meet the Author" series. Please continue to tune in to meet indie authors all over the world.
Thomas William Shaw is an author and stage actor from Birmingham, AL. He lives with his wife, Lauren, their children, and their cats in a quiet place. Occasionally he will post about it.