Exclusive Interview with

Connie Shelton

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When did you start writing?

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What makes writing your passion?

I’d say that books have always been my passion, especially fiction that engages the imagination. Once I began the journey of writing, storytelling became my way of life. I’ve been doing it so long now (more than 35 years), I can’t imagine a future time when I won’t write.

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How long have you been writing?

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

Even though it was 1994, I still remember the day the delivery truck arrived with my first Charlie Parker mystery and I ripped into the box of books. It was very much like holding your newborn baby, something I worked a long time to produce and was so excited to actually meet “in person.”

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

I really don’t believe in writer’s block. I’ve been stumped for ideas at times (every writer is). I’ve needed to use some of the brainstorming techniques I’ve developed over the years; sometimes a three-mile walk helps me work it out. But I’ve never simply quit in the middle and felt that I couldn’t come up with a solution to a writing dilemma.

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

Park your rear in the chair and write something. Anything. Bad writing can be fixed, but a blank page does you no good. If writing is truly important to you, then don’t give up.

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

I think many of my books include bits of myself and of people I’ve encountered in real life. Same with events. I don’t think I’ve ever written a novel that was 100% based on real events, but little snippets of real things do, of course, work their way into stories.

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

I sometimes think Charlie Parker was me at 30, and Samantha Sweet was me at 50. But neither of them is entirely me. Charlie is younger, braver, and prettier. Sam has a lot of my personality, but then she’s got the magical artifact that came into her life, and she was only mildly freaked out by that. I probably would have gone over the edge with some of the things she has encountered.

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

Well, since a person rarely chooses a book without seeing the cover first, they’ll never experience the story without having been attracted by the cover. So yes.

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?