Inside the literary mind of Bobbie Shafer
March 5, 2017
I believe a writer just can’t write enough.
Bobbie Shafer is from Troup, Texas. She is married, has five children, and four grandchildren. She raises goats, chickens, while rescuing dogs, cats, and any number of stray animals.
Bobbie has has written more than four hundred short stories, two historical/adventure/romance, a young/adult/middle-grade fantasy, a children’s book, and stories in three anthologies published. She also has four more books being released in the next few months. Bobbie assists at Dancing With Bear Publishing, is a member of Malachite Quills Publishing Authors and Caliburn Books and White Bird Publications, belongs to East Texas Writers Guild and is a member of The Writing Warriors Critique Group.
Bobbie’s books, Book I, Loves Golden Dream, Book II, The Legacy of Eagle Creek, Book III, Miracle at Sycamore Creek are part of Secrets of Eagle Creek Series. Santa’s Magical Trip, One Red Rose and The Latke Hound are available from Amazon.com, dancingwithbearpublishing.com and can be purchased as ebooks
Mark of the Dragonfly, Dance of the Scorpion, and Quest of Sorcerer’s Staff published by Malachite Quills Publishing is available on amazonkindle, amazon.com. House on Blackbird Lane and Mystery of Mountain Meadow is published by White Bird Publications.
She can be found on www.BobbieShafer.com, Facebook, Twitter, LinkIn, Amazon Auhors, Malachite Quills Publishing, East Texas Writer’s Guild, and World Wide Who’s Who.
Today, I am interviewing Bobbie Shafer. A reviewer wrote of Love’s Golden Dream: This is a great story of cat and mouse. Rebellion, remorse, and repentance all intertwine in this fast moving story of lies and deceit.
Question: Tell me about your newest book and what was the inspiration behind your writing it?
Bobbie: I’m starting a new dystopia series that has been buzzing in my head for ages. Each night before dozing off, the characters, sub-characters, and plot circled in my head until I knew I’d get no sleep until I started writing the story…it worked, sort of.
Question: Why and when did you decide to become a writer?
Bobbie: I’ve always loved literature and reading, but never imagined that my love of writing would lead to becoming a published author.
Question: What book has been the greatest influence on you and your writing and why? Bobbie: Actually, the Harry Potter series first inspired me to submit several of the stories I had written and when I read and watched the biography of the struggle J. K. Rowling getting her series published, I realized I had nothing to lose.
Question: Where do you find ideas for your books?
Bobbie: I’m sincerely not sure. In analyzing that question, I can’t help thinking that perhaps, ideas I’ve had, documentaries I’ve watched, stories I’ve read, and characters I’ve known and met are imbedded deeply in some secret file in my brain and one or all surfaces now and then and demand to be noticed.
Question: Where do you find ideas for your characters?
Bobbie: Almost all of the secondary characters are drawn from family members and the protagonist and villain are people I’ve known or would like to know.
Question: How would you describe your writing style?
Bobbie: Descriptive and easy reading are the style I try to follow. I love to picture each scene in detail and hate to struggle through a confusing story where I have to look up ninety percent of the words used. I also try to keep the story and characters visible throughout the story so the reader doesn’t have to keep checking back to reacquaint him/herself of what importance that character has in the storyline.
Question: What do you consider the most difficult part of writing a book?
Bobbie: Ending it is so difficult for me as I want each story to leave the reader glad they spent the time with the characters in the book and are satisfied with how it ended…also I want them to want to read more of my work.
Question: What are your current projects?
Bobbie: I constantly submit short stories to magazines as they are the bread and butter of my writing and give my mind exercise and experience. The new series weaves in and out of my short story creations and often inspires scenes and twists in the plot. I believe a writer just can’t write enough.
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