Here’s what Spotlight is about; it’s an interview that promotes you! It will feature questions that are formatted to your needs. Questions will be focused on your work, upcoming work and some personal [but not intrusive] questions for your fans to get to know you more!
Today features Shannon Noelle Long
Tell us about yourself
There’s so much I could tell you, but I’ll stick with this: I live a very straight-laced life for someone with tattoos, piercings and blue hair.
Share with us some of your interests
Writing and reading, photography, collage making, crocheting, making things, changing the world, growing things, parenting, baking, storms of all kinds, Russell Brand, big rigs, stories, culture and people.
What makes you the person you are?
My past and my strength of will.
About your writing;
When did you start writing?
I don’t remember when, but I was little. My great aunt used to babysit me, and when she was busy doing something else, like cooking, she’d give me a noun, and I’d write a whole story about it. Early writing prompts. 🙂
What inspires you to write?
The little things. The way veins look, the curl of smoke, a cough, a picture, a phrase, a song. But, my main inspiration for writing is to change the world in the best way I can, creating things.
How has writing changed you as a person?
It has taught me that everyone has a story, which makes it ten times easier to be compassionate and nonjudgmental. It’s also given me purpose, hope, and ambition.
Adding some fun;
If you spend the rest of your life in a novel or novel series, what novel would it be and why?
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, I think. Because it’s all magical. Or in the Dangerous Angels house (by Francesca Lia Block).
Share a couple of your favorite things and or things you like?
When my step-kids smile. My laptop, or a brandy new one. It’s almost as good as a brand new notebook and pen (school supply addict). Cats. Books. Yarn. Red peppers and bleu cheese. Banana chips. Coffee.
What couldn’t you live without?
Insulin. Most else I’ll figure out.
In the literary world who do you think is a misunderstood character and why?
I’m going to tweak this a bit: Marilyn Manson is a writer, and his entire personality and entity is an artistic piece he’s created. I think MM is the most misunderstood that I can think of at this moment.
Have you read anything that made you think differently about writing?
Francesca Lia Block’s series, “Dangerous Angels.” Changed my entire perspective, and was the first glimpse of what I wanted to be able to do, as a writer, to a reader.
Is there a character that annoys you in the literary world? Or even one of your own?
An archetype I despise is a clueless, hapless, vapid victim.
What do you look for in a publishing company as they will end up representing your work?
How do you stay confident in yourself especially by putting yourself out there in the internet world?
I’m lucky in that I haven’t met any haters yet, but I’m the sort of girl that gets nasty looks at the grocery store, ha. I smile. Let it roll off. There are six billion people in the world, some are bound to disagree with me, but some are bound to agree, too.
How do you handle rejection? What advice can you offer to moving past it?
It’s a business. They aren’t saying anything personal about you or your literary baby, and usually, they will offer you a way to improve or praise the parts they appreciated. But it’s a business they are running, and they must make good business decisions. Don’t take it personally. Just move on to another company. Someone is looking for you.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Charles Bukowski said it best: “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
Featuring your work and or upcoming work;
Tell us about your book [s]
In July an anthology called “Other Voices” will be available for download and print copies, which are urban fantasy/horror short stories hosted by Jordan and Aubrey Diamant of the Diamant brothers. I also have a completed manuscript that I’ve been putting through the publishing process, called “Second Coming” which is a character driven novella. And lastly, I have one work-in-progress with no name yet, and another that’s on hold.
Who is your favorite character and why? [If you can share without spoiling your work]
My favorite finished character so far is Lola Plum.
What character do you hope readers understand?
Jesus Hollywood, because I don’t know if I did him accurately enough.
Do you have a favorite part of your own book (s) ?
Um, all of it? Ha ha. I always like the ending for several different reasons. I really, really (like in a sadistic sort of manner) enjoy leaving people desperately wanting more.
Choosing a character or even yourself, can you give us a sample playlist of music that would follow said person?
That would be like trying to recite 12 different people’s Ipod libraries. Not possible off the cuff.
Have you had trouble writing about any of your characters?
Sometimes. Usually every character will give me a little silent treatment every now and then. I’m only now figuring out how to get over it when they do that.
What would you like readers to get from your book (s) ?
That everyone has a story. Even your mother is more than just your mother. And my current WIP has a huge statement to the world, but I’ll leave that up for debate for right now.
In your book (s) what had been the hardest challenge you’ve faced so far?
Finishing them. I was strictly a poetry and flash-fiction kind of person until a couple years ago.
How is this world a better place because of your books?
I think we should wait and see.
If you could meet any of your own characters, who would (they / it) be?
The hot ones, lol.
If you had to write a scene for a character of your choice that would put them in an awkward situation how would it go?
I like to put my characters in awkward situations. It happens a lot.
What do you to for marketing?
Talk to people, post, write, share, look around at other authors, join book blogs and pages, go to bookstores, make friends with bookstore owners. Talk with other writers. Talk with other business people, because this is a business.
Promote your books in a sentence or less 🙂
Other Voices: Things aren’t always what they seem.
Second Coming: “We are all stories in the end,” or so they say, so I give you three stories.
What are you working on now?
Currently I am writing a full-length novel about a pilgrimage across the United States.
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