From Shayne’s Blog I started writing for myself a couple of years back. As a reader, I often felt something was missing in the books I read. It’s only natural to feel that way, I think. We are unique after all, and so is our taste, and that’s the beauty of it.
I initially wrote for my own entertainment and to provide myself with an efficient form of escapism. Nothing unusual, so far.
The first story came to me a few years back, and then another one and another one, and by the time I actually began to give them life, they filled my head, so I was bound to write them and share them with other people, hoping that they’ll fulfill tastes similar to mine. Read more
An Interview with Shayne Ford
How long did it take you to start writing in earnest once you knew that was what you wanted to do?
It only took a few months. However, it took longer than that to reach the point where I knew that writing full time was unavoidable. The ideas were piling up, and my excuses were running thin.
Are you self published? Did you launch into self-publishing or did you try the traditional route first?
I am self-published, and I never thought about going the traditional route. I’m the product of the current era, I guess, one in which people have the opportunity to put their ideas and creativity in a book and make it available to the consumer. We owe this amazing opportunity to the people, who read books voraciously no matter which route they come. I never think of myself as an indie, although, that’s what I am. In my mind, I’m an author, someone who likes to connect with readers and cater to their taste.
What was the most difficult part of the journey?
The first big hurdle was to go from wanting to create a book to the actual writing. This is where most aspiring authors stumble. I was lucky enough to get hooked once I got started, and I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.
The other thing was that, once I had fully dedicated myself to writing novels, things have started to change and crumble in my life. There were sacrifices I had to make and losses along the way. I guess that’s part of life, especially when it comes to endings and beginning. Overall, it’s been one of the most difficult times of my life, and writing through that was a bit of a challenge.
Do you want to do a stand alone or series?
Right now, my focus is on series, but I don’t exclude the possibility of a standalone in the future. I prefer series because they give me the opportunity to deepen a story, create and add more layers to a fictional world.
Do you jump right in to write once you get an idea, or do you plan and outline?
I jump right in. I don’t plan much because I like to let the characters narrate the story for me. But I always know the opening scene and the ending. That’s essential to me. This way, I don’t get lost. I know where I’m going.
Where do you write? Do you have any rituals or necessities when you write? Is noise a hindrance?
Small desk, and a chair in a corner, near the window, blinds closed. No rituals. I wake up and plop myself in front of the computer with a big mug of coffee. I’m pretty intense when it comes to working, and I average ten or twelve hours a day of writing. Sometimes more. I’m a nocturnal person, so I go well into the morning hours.
I rarely go to sleep before three or four in the morning. Coffee is a must (in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon). A bowl of fruit is a nice plus. Noise is a hindrance, but I have to deal with it. If I had my way I’d live in a small house in the woods, or a cottage near the ocean, somewhere close to the beach. If all possible, deserted.
Do you write more than one piece at a time? What’s in the works now?
Yes, I sometimes do, but only to give my mind a break from the main project. As a rule, I focus on a certain story until completion. Right now, I’m writing the second set/story of the Night of the Kings Series, namely Lex’s Books.
What encourages you to write? Discourages? What do you do to motive yourself through the rough times?
Writing is like breathing to me. Right now, I can’t do without it, but what gives me a great motivation to write is hearing back from readers, being able to strike a chord with my stories. There is nothing more fulfilling than receiving positive feedback, hearing back from people who tell me how much they enjoyed the books, a series, a character or the story. Asking me to write more. Talking about the characters as if they’re real people.Telling me that the story has touched their heart, and they felt deeply for the heroes. There’s nothing more satisfying than that.
The business part of selling books is a bit discouraging.
The system in place right now sells books the same way it sells hammers. The problem is that, while any hammer can (arguably) do the job, books are unique, and come in different flavors, even within the same genre or category. I think many good books never gain visibility and fail to reach their readers.
Hopefully, things will change in the future, and the human factor will play a bigger role in curating books.
I’m sure your experiences must compel you to write! Readers want to hear whatever you have to say about that!
Yes. That’s a given. My life is woven in my books. There’s no doubt about it. It’s easier to write a book with your heart than with your mind. I always like to say my books are loosely based on my life. The bad things happened. The good things? I wish they did.
Shayne Ford writes New Adult Steamy Romance featuring hot-blooded men and adventurous women. The male cast includes Rock Stars, Billionaires, Bad Boys, Alphas with a heart, and the sweet, strong man you may find next door. The stories are emotional and deliciously hot, sometimes unconventional, and occasionally a bit dark.
NIGHTS OF THE KINGS SERIES
(A Bad Boy Billionaire Romance)
JAMES, A Bad Boy Billionaire Romance (Night of the Kings Series #1)
DARK JAMES, A Bad Boy Billionaire (Night of the Kings Series #2) April 29th
TAMING JAMES, A Bad Boy Billionaire (Night of the Kings Series #3) May 4th
WILD HEART SERIES
(A Menage MMF Romance)
An unconventional steamy affair between two best friends and the woman they love. A story about love, friendship and freedom between three people who do their best to live courageously.
JAGGER (WILD HEART Series #1)
LOVING JAGGER (WILD HEART Series #2)
LOVING BRAXTON (WILD HEART Series #3)
WILD NIGHTS (WILD HEART Series #4)
FINDING HOME (WILD HEART Series #5)
(A Rock Star Romance)
LAYLA and RIVER’S Story
(Two books, written from her point of view and the companion books, Steel Series #3 and #4, written from his point of view)
RIVER STEEL (STEEL Series #1)
LOVING RIVER (STEEL Series #2)
RIVER (STEEL Series #3)
RIVER’S HEART (STEEL Series #4)
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