Updated: Oct 10, 2021
"My desire in writing isn't to make the next literary classic or to become a household name, but to create a story that resonates with one reader."
- L.T. Shaw
Q & A with author L.T. Shaw
WTB: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
L.T. Shaw: I want each novel, whether they be a one off or a series to stand on its own feet. It’s important to me to try to create a collection of books that expand across the genres and to make each book feel unique to itself.
WTB: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
L.T. Shaw: During my first novel, in my early twenties, I used to put so much value and stake into the possibility of what my book could become. When I was ultimately humbled by the lack of purchases and reviews, it made me reevaluate what’s important: The actual writing process. From the research to the first draft to the editing and beta reading, I appreciate the journey more than the destination.
WTB: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
L.T. Shaw: I would pick a Phoenix. Like writing a book, you start off with a work in progress, slowly developing your characters and maneuvering through the obstacles of writing. At some point, you arrive at a fully realized novel and it’s time to send it off, but soon, a new idea emerges in its place. Like how a Phoenix bursts into flames when they grow and are born anew from the ashes. It is also the logo for my website.
WTB: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
L.T. Shaw: I have one particular secret that exists in nearly every book that I’ve written and in others that I plan on writing in the near future. It’s simple and easy to miss, but if you’re watching closely, you just may find it.
WTB: If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
L.T. Shaw: Persevere harder in my passion for storytelling. Ignore the outside forces that told me that writing isn’t a stable career or that it’s “One in Million Chance” that someone will read it.
Connect with author L.T. Shaw
Twitter - LT_Shawwriter