Shawn D. Brink Interview

Shawn D. Brink was born in Clovis New Mexico, but has lived in eastern Nebraska since he was five. He holds an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Wayne State College and a graduate degree in Management from Bellevue University.

What inspired you to write?
Everything.

Did the inspiration to write come to you suddenly, or had you been thinking about it some time?
I have had the inspiration to write since I was old enough to hold a pencil.

How did you tell your story? In other words, did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
It depends. I have used outlines, especially for character profiles so that I stay true to the character's personality throughout the manuscript. But as far as story outlines, I keep that in my head for the most part.

Did you receive any encouragement from family and friends, or did you work on your book alone?
My family and friends are very supportive.

What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
Editing. In order to make my works shine, I edit, re-edit, and repeat the editing process over and over and over. That part can grow tedious over time. Still, although difficult, I still find it enjoyable especially when the end product hits the bookstore shelves.

What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
When a fan tells me how much they enjoyed my books and/or post a favorable review, well, that really makes my day.

Did you experience any personal transformation after the book was published?
Yes. Prior to being published, I was a writer. But after I became published, I was transformed into an author. At that point the game intensified. Before, I simply wrote. But after publication, you continue to write while doing all the things that entail promotion of your book (doing marketing campaigns, book tours, book signing events, conventions, etc.)

What’s something that gets in the way of your creativity?
Time. There's never enough of it.

What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
I have developed a hard candy coating with a soft center. Positive feedback as well as positive criticism is allowed into that center, but negative criticism bounces off that hard shell. I just can't let haters affect me.

Have you received any awards for your books?
I have not as of yet, but also have not taken the time to enter my books into any awards competitions. One of my short stories (The Nightmare Tree) placed in a horror story contest sponsored by Writers’ Journal magazine.

Are you working on any new books at the moment?
I am submitting to agents, two books currently – one is a YA thriller and the other is a supernatural thriller. I am also working on the rough draft for what will become a dark fantasy/horror novel.

Do you have any author appearances coming up and/or are you doing any books giveaways or contests?
I do appearances/events to promote my books. Please go to my website www.shawnbrinkauthor.wordpress.com and view the “Upcoming Events” tab for details.

Where did you grow up and what is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
I was born in Clovis New Mexico, but consider Norfolk Nebraska to be my hometown as that was where I lived from age 5 through about 20.

Favorite childhood memory? - I have many, but one of my favorites was when my dad used to sit and read to me (I was probably about five at the time). He was partial to books by C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy, for example)

Do you have a favorite quote?
John 3:16

What is your favorite show on TV?
I watch so little TV these days. I can't say I have a favorite.

Favorite movie?
No particular favorite. In general, I like movies that have a surprise ending. The Sixth Sense comes to mind as one fitting that mold.

Favorite book?
The Bible

Who would you want to meet if you could? Dead or alive.
Jesus Christ (By the way, he fits into the 'alive' category and I will definitely meet him someday.)