Shawn takes us deep inside the exciting and dangerous world of fire fighters. Welcome, Shawn. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
Completing my third emergency suspense thriller with Falls Like Lightning has brought a real sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Bethany House has been fantastic to work with. Presently, I have new book proposals cooking in the oven with my agent and look prayerfully forward to what the future holds.
Tell us a little about your family.
I'm married with three children. We love spending time outdoors— hiking, going to the beach, surfing, camping and skiing in the winter.
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I think I may have less tolerance for writing that appears lazier —i.e. an overabundance of adverbs, consistently telling not showing, poor story flow/structure— than I did before writing professionally. But even then I tried to make it a point to read great writers. I like to pick up books that are not only entertaining, but also by authors who challenge me to be better at what I do.
What are you working on right now?
I'm in the first writing phases for one of the proposals currently with my agent.
What outside interests do you have?
We just got back from camping on the
. Yesterday we spent the day at the beach at Pacific Coast Lake Tahoe and this weekend are visiting an ancient Egyptian exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
So far I've stayed very local with places I know first hand. Falls Like Lighting is the first of my three books that takes place largely outside of
Reno, but it is still set in the Desolation Wilderness west of . South Lake Tahoe
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Assuming I could speak Hebrew or Greek, then I'd love to share a meal with Peter the apostle.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
How early the ARC's go out (advanced reader copies). For Through the Fire the ARC's were printed off the line edit —still pretty early in the editing phase— and I probably put another hundred hours worth of editing into the final novel before it officially went to press.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
The value of ingesting large portions of His Word on a consistent basis. Too often I neglect to set aside time to read the Bible. But when I do, I feel much closer to Him and things I've read before become alive and active.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
1) Trust you heart. Write from the gut.
2) Expect and be open for trusted criticism. Set your mind to be in it for the long haul, through all the revisions it will need.
3) Read great writers and read tried and true books on the craft.
4) Bonus- Attend a writing conference(s).
Tell us about the featured book?
Falls Like Lightning
never expected to see pilot Elle Westmore again. In fact, reuniting makes him realize what a mistake he made all those years ago. But before he has a chance to try to make amends, he's called to lead a new crew in to battle against a massive fire in the Kent Sierra Nevada.
And then things go very wrong, very quickly.
A suspicious engine explosion forces the crew to parachute early while Elle must attempt a crash landing. Silas reaches the ground safely, but in beginning a desperate race to reach the downed plane, he soon realizes he has more to fear than just a raging forest fire.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Read that and more online here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/55895980/Falls-Like-Lightning
How can readers find you on the Internet?
THROUGH THE FIRE is available for free download on Kindle or Nook for a limited time.
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