Author Shakyra Dunn, tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
Hi there! I’m a writer by day (and honestly by blood), stocker by night. As a writer, I made this my dream because I have always wanted to inspire someone else to follow their dreams. As a child, my original goal was medicine, but writing was a talent I had always possessed. As a teenager, I looked back at my old works from around age seven and decided to try again. Plain to say, my mother wasn’t happy when I decided that I wanted to be a writer. But after convincing her, I took the plunge into this messy and amazing field. Through that strive and goal, I feel that no matter what stands before you, you shouldn’t abandon your dreams at any cost. It makes it all worthwhile.
How did you go about getting published?
Well, after completing my novel, I did some research on traditional versus self-publishing. I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to try out the traditional method after seeing the process and how extensive it was, so I chose to self-publish. But now I’d love to also try traditional!
I understand that one! So, What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I begin my process with characters above anything else. They tend to scream at my brain, aching to tell the story that has yet to be shaped. I take great passion in making sure that they are understood as accurately as possible. From those characters, their world shapes, the place where they were created, and where they want to make their journey’s end. And in between all of that comes the plot. Simple, complex, the range matters not, as long as it is something born. Do I have a set schedule on how it all happens? Not exactly, I’m the type to go with the flow more than anything! But it tends to be in the middle of the day when I’m fully awake after work.
Being awake always helps. 😉 What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
When I’m not writing, I tend to be playing video games, or working. I’m a massive fan of RPG’s, and I’m hyped for some of my favorites like Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Persona and the Tales series having games releasing soon! As for pets, I have two adorable cats.
What’s your all time favorite animal? It can be mythical.
Hm… I’d have to go with dogs for non-mythical, and definitely dragons for mythical aspects.
Hehe, dragons, my people. Actually, I couldn’t choose just one real or mythical creature, so you’re doing better than me! Now, do you have a favorite myth?
I’m a fan of the story “The Buried Moon.” It is the story of a girl that is blessed by the moon spirit and saves others that are being haunted by shadows, but is killed in the process, and the moon burns out in hindsight. The villagers that she has saved soon seek out the source of the moon’s disappearance and find the girl being reborn anew.
That is a fascinating myth. So, any advice for authors about book covers?
Try to work in your field as much as possible! Your cover has to be both presentable AND professional. Which is why my cover is getting an update very soon!
Sound advice. Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Put yourself out there as much as possible, because even if you make few sales, you connect with other authors, which is highly important, but experienced authors can provide you with more than you’d expect.
So, I know about The One Left Behind: Magic from your blurb:
Frayle searches through time for a way to save his best friend. After witnessing Relek Paladere’s murder, the rogue Frayle is thrust twenty years into the past and meets Nova Avery, a Time-Jumper. She wanders the thin lines of fragmented memories and sends Frayle through the windows of the Phantasm. Together, they seek to save his friend, and unearth the mystery of the Guardians heading his world and the origin of one known only as the Creator.
But, what’s your next book project?
My current project is a story being written for NaNoWriMo, and it is entitled “FML (Final Meaning to Life): The Final Lesson. I’ll even provide the synopsis!
Apprentice Arcana Leilana Erovina has the chance to rise to power when she is granted a final test to gain the title she has craved for the last five years. She is assigned to travel about the land of Adrylis and learn one spell from every magical being.
However, there’s a catch–she is not to learn from the ancestors of wizardry before her. Instead, she is assigned to learn something more from people that she encounters on this pilgrimage: humbleness, passion, understanding, laughter, friendship and love.
All magic certainly does come with a price, doesn’t it?
That’s very intriguing! I wish I could have done NaNoWriMo this year, but it just wasn’t in the cards with editing and college. So, what are you reading now?
Right now, I’m starting up on the final book in my friend Adelle Yeung’s series “The Cycle of the Six Moons,” called “The Last Winter Moon.”
Well, we’re just about out of time, but before you go, do you have any links for readers so they find you?
Awesome! Thank you for coming! 🙂