Exclusive Interview with

Tori Shaw

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When did you start writing?

I have always enjoyed writing but I never saw myself as an author. Several people asked me if I planned on writing a book so eventually, I decided to. So, I officially became an author in May of 2019.

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What makes writing your passion?

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How long have you been writing?

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

When my book released I was filled with excitement and shock. It just didn't feel "real!" Sometimes I'm still surprised by the fact that I have a published book! I am grateful God allowed me the opportunity to share my story in this way.

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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?

I've noticed that Amazon does not publish all the reviews submitted about my book. An entire month has gone by without a review being published but several people have told me they reviewed the book. With these Amazon reviews being so important for authors, it is incredibly frustrating that they will not submit the reviews people have taken the time to write.

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

When I have a hard time getting my thoughts to come together on paper, I usually take a break for a couple of days and try not to think about the book at all. Then, when I sit back down to write, the words just flow.

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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?

When the path feels difficult, my faith keeps me going. I know God has allowed this opportunity for me to share my story for His glory and the good of others. I remind myself that nothing is impossible with God.

For new authors, I would say, "Just go for it!" You'll probably never feel ready or confident in your ability to write a book but that doesn't mean you don't have a story to tell.

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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?

Yes, I do read all of my reviews. So far, I haven't received any negative reviews.

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

The feeling of a good review is hard to describe. Reading a positive comment about my book encourages me, increases my confidence, and allows me to see the value in my writing.

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

My book, I Had A Secret For Seventeen Years, is the story of my life. It is a non-fiction account of my life centered around the abortion I had at 17. Every thing in this book happened to me.

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

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

The cover of my book is an actual photo of me at the former abortion clinic where I had my abortion 21 years ago. I am hiding under the counter where the employees pieced back together the "products of conception." This photo was taken by Angela Forker of the After the Abortion Photography Series. I believe this cover goes perfectly with my story. It grabs the reader and gives them a peek into my past.

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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?

I absolutely love connecting with readers. It blesses my heart to know who has taken the time to read my story and to hear the way it has touched their lives.

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

Thrilled. Excited. Proud. Honored.

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

My favorite author is Francine Rivers. She tells beautiful, attention-grabbing stories that are intertwined with truths from the Bible. Her Christian novels are my favorite books to read.

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?