Erotica Author Shawna Hunter
Q: Tell us a little about why you decided to become an author:
A: I don’t think I did. I decided to seek out publication but I’ve been writing ever since I learned how. It was just a natural thing for me. My way of expressing myself.
Q: How do you overcome writer’s block?
A: I go out and live. Writing comes from experiences so you need to go out and have them.
Q: Who has been the biggest influence for you as a writer and why?
A: My mom (I know, odd for my genre). She always encouraged my hobby of writing short stories. I’d do it for fun and then she’d read them, mark where I needed improvements and have me rewrite them. At the time I though it was a game.
Q: Do you have a favorite author and if so, who?
A: Not really. I like every work by certain authors but I focus on the work, not the name behind it.
Q: What is a usual writing day like for you?
A: Wine, nudity and sitting in my computer chair until my legs hurt.
Q: How has your experiences differed from your expectations prior to becoming a published author?
A: I didn’t expect the industry to be so fickle. People who LOVE your work one day will hate it the next and there seems to be no rhyme or reason for it.
Q: What has been the hardest thing for you to overcome as an author?
A: My argumentative nature. When someone doesn’t like or understand my work I’m tempted to talk it out and debate. That puts people off as they think I’m trying to silence opinions when really I just LOVE to discuss my work. So I’ve had to learn to be a quiet author and not my own loudest fangirl.
Q: Do you have any regrets as an author?
A: Not doing it sooner? I mean I’m only 30 but I could have been doing this since I was 10. I don’t make much money and I’m not well known (yet) but I truly enjoy what I do and I there aren’t enough years in one life to do what one loves.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
A: Working out, hiking, playing with my dogs and thinking about my next story.
Q: If you could go back and give yourself just one piece of advice in regards to writing, what would it be?
A: Don’t waste your life thinking about doing it. Just do it. You may fail but you’ll regret not trying far more than you’ll regret not succeeding.
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