Shawna C. Jones lives in the US, when she's not traveling the world. She lives with her husband, and "inner demon" quite peacefully now. She is continuing her mission of helping others, and encouraging young people to travel and follow their dreams.
1. At any given time do you work on only one story at a time and maybe plot out the next one or are there many ideas racing around your head?
I write long hand first, and as I’m writing other ideas may creep in. I make a note of it, but continue with the story I’m on. I rewrite long hand and make revisions. By the time I get to the computer to type it out, it flows fairly well. But that doesn’t mean I won’t make minor changes. Sometimes another word sounds better, or I feel it needs to be rewritten.
2. Is there a genre you haven't written in but would like to? Or wish you could write in?
Murder mysteries. I love them. Perhaps I could have had John (in the book) mysteriously killed off. But wait! I don’t think I would have looked for the killer too closely. Bad example.
3. Do you add an element of romantic suspense in your stories?
I only add romance, if there is one. Since my book was based on my life with romance there, it became a part of the story.
4. Say you have unlimited funds: What kind of writing office/cottage would you create for yourself?
My office would look like a crystal clear pyramid placed on a cliff overlooking nature. There would be lots of pillows, but also cushioned benches to lounge on. I would have my notebook and write while looking at the outdoors. And if writer’s block showed up, I would place a pillow or chair underneath the apex of the pyramid, and meditate until I received some insight or answers.
5. If you could turn your novel into a TV show, which novel or series would you do? Where would it be set? Network TV (ABC, NBC, CBS), Cable (AMC, BBC, Lifetime) or Premium Cable (HBO, Showtime, Starz)?
“Twist of Fate” would easily translate to a movie. Since I’m not a fan of commercials, a premium cable would be the ideal setting. I like all of them, especially HBO and Showtime.
6. Finally, tell us about your latest release!
The book “Twist of Fate” is about my travels in Europe, and it’s about a starseed’s journey. A person’s search for their Real Home. A place of belonging. And there were parts of Europe where that fit that sense of belonging as well, but nothing compares to a starseed’s home. In fact I dedicated my book to starseeds.
The book details the journey I went on, but condensed ones, thanks to my editor. I fictionalized the character’s looks, nationalities, and names for legal reasons. I changed my childhood location.
There are many themes in the book such as: psychic predictions, fate, karma, soul mates, past lives/reincarnation, and starseeds. I feel I have to come up with my own genre such as soul intimacy with cosmic knowledge. Perhaps I need to have a contest for this new genre, right?
Thank you for the interviewing me. Any time, Shawna!
Just a reminder that during the course of the Virtual Book Tour, Twist of Fate will be available for only $0.99.
Shawna will be awarding the winner's choice of:
1) a $50.00 Amazon Gift certificate.
2) a half hour psychic reading of your choice of readers. (up to $60.00)
3) a $50.00 Starbucks gift card.
Shawna grew up with a secret that she couldn't share with anyone. She thought of it as her "inner demon" and it shaped her life. When she became an adult, it sent her on a quest to try to find her Real Home. In Paris, she fell in love with a fellow traveler who changed her life, for better or worse. Their relationship was full of discovery and of lessons learned.
How could she come to terms with her "inner demon"? Can we change our fate or karma? Does love really conquer all?
This book is based on a true story of an independent woman's search for her true self and the meaning of life, and how she found answers in unexpected places
I meditated in my Paris apartment the day before leaving for London.
Hurricane John had picked me up and tossed me around high in the air, and then pounded me on the sand. Like my aunt’s tea cup, I broke into pieces and lay at the bottom of the ocean. I wished sharks would eat me, but none came. But there was a gentle manatee that floated by and pushed all of my pieces together with her nose. Slowly, I became whole again. I found a shield and an arrow lying on the ocean floor, and quickly picked them up. I climbed on top of the manatee, and she easily carried me to the surface. I walked out of the water with my treasures and lay in the warm sun letting it heal my wounds. I closed my eyes for a time.
When I opened them an eagle was hovering above me, staring at me. I realized its message of freedom and strength, and soaring to new heights. I would be happy with or without John. I really did not need him. I never did. A connection to the divine was at hand and I needed to prepare. Change would be coming, and I welcomed it with open arms.
London. Home again. I felt like I could breathe once more. My new life had begun and I waited for the stirrings of new growth to move me onward and upward. No more going backwards ever again, I swore to myself.
I moved in with Trina. We became friends when I worked in London. A successful lawyer with room to spare for a lost American gal. But not for long, I hoped.