Books and Margaritas took the time to interview Author, Shelby White who is the Author of The Ouija Board & The Highland Curse with a third book in the series soon to follow. The Buy links to these books will be at the end of this interview but for now enjoy!
Books & Margaritas: Tell me a bit about yourself.
Shelby White: I am an author at Anchor Group Publishing, writing YA and teen novels for readers. When I’m not writing or working on projects I absolutely love TV, film and theatre. They are a passion of mine as well as writing. I love spending time around other creative outlets as much as possible to keep me always thinking and analyzing. The art of storytelling can be done in so many ways and to see things unfold and truly appreciate the art around each book or show produced is always amazing to experience. In turn I love to write novels that I hope leave readers feeling interested, are thought provoking and interwoven with real character that make us feel something. I over the last couple of years written the Paranormal Adventure Series, which currently has 2 books, The Ouija Board (book 1) and The Highland Curse (book 2) and a third on the way soon. Both are available in ebook and paperback at all major retailers.
Books & Margaritas: When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
Shelby White: When I was a teenager and started writing really consistently, I absolutely loved the idea of becoming an author and the more I wrote, the more I think I realized it was always a dream of mine. When I was writing my first novel, I felt like the ultimate goal was always to publish it and I’m very happy and thankful I was able to. It was a labor of love and passion for writing that brought me to this career and I feel like each and every day I write it’s a choice to continue that adventure.
Books & Margaritas: What gave you the idea for The Ouija Board and it’s sequel The Highland Curse?
Shelby White: Growing up, I actually had heard a few stories here and there of spooky things happening around Ouija boards, and specifically from my mom who had a scary encounter playing with one a kid for fun. That story really resonated with me and those types of interesting encounters, playing with the idea of fake versus reality and do they really work. Then one day when I had a lot of free time on a flight back from the East Coast, inspiration struck and I began writing what would become The Ouija Board. I love the idea of taking something that has kind of become obsolete and not used or seen as frequently, especially from younger generations and bringing an exciting new story to it. When I reached the end of The Ouija Board, I still felt like there was more story to write, that it couldn’t be over this easily which is when I began plotting and outlining the continuation of the series into The Highland Curse. There I felt like I could really dig deeper into the characters and the world I had began creating around them. By introducing new villains and characters that we had slightly touched on allows us to find out more of the story arc as to why these things are occurring.
Books & Margaritas: What did you do to celebrate the publication of your first book The Ouija Board?
Shelby White: I celebrated by having an online launch party introducing it and getting to talk to readers who were excited to read it and then with my family and friends going out to dinner.
Books & Margaritas: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors out there?
Shelby White: I think the best piece of advice I could give anyone is to keep writing. Never feel like you can’t accomplish your dreams of becoming an author or do anything in life. Know that anything is possible, with hard work and dedication. The first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be written. You have to start somewhere!
Books & Margaritas: Do you have any music that you listen to when you are writing?
Shelby White: It’s funny, I actually have talked to other authors of course and know so many listen to music when they write, but I actually can’t do it! I love music and it’s rare during my day when I’m busy doing other things or I’m in my car where I’m not listening to it, but when I write if I listen to music I can’t concentrate. Instead of tuning it out I just want to sing to it! The best atmosphere for me that I love to write in is somewhere like a coffee shop. There’s background noise, like people talking, or working with the espresso machine, but it’s nothing I have to concentrate on. That background noise helps me to focus on what I’m writing and I can tune everything else out.
Books & Margaritas: What do you do when you get writers block?
Shelby White: I’ve done a lot of things over the years when at times writers block hits and I don’t know where to take the story next, but I think what I’ve learned most importantly is what not to do, and that’s to stop writing. I sometimes will take a break and try and get out or away from my computer or notebook, but I never stop completely. That time away I use to brainstorm and think back over the story I’ve written so far to see if anything clicks. If that doesn’t work, taking a break for a day or two sometimes helps clear things up and start fresh. I’ll blog on my website or work on other writing projects in between. I find that those times away or short breaks usually provide the most inspiration where something will come to me. Then I get right back to it!
Books & Margaritas: What is your “Go-To” Snack food to eat when you are writing?
Shelby White: Honey Mustard Pretzels
Books & Margaritas: Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions for Books & Margaritas.
Shelby White: Anytime, I’m always happy to contribute to the Books & Margaritas Community!
The Ouija Board & The Highland Curse
(Grab them both now on Amazon for only .99 cents)