Studio Carry On Harry [ Interviews with Author ] Book Talks with Author Reuben Shupp. Occasion being his New Book Release “’A Collection of Short Stories or Tales‘” . Today in this interview session he is about to introduce her book to us and shares his experience as an author. He is also going to share his writing process and will share some tips for new authors .
About You and Your background ?
I am a Navy Veteran of the Persian Gulf War. In the Navy, I was given the opportunity to view many parts of the world many us never get to see. In Spring of 1974, I went to France for six months because my father was in charge of a foreign exchange program in Bourges, France. When I returned to the United States, I did not know English; thus, I struggled in school for several years. I have been writing short stories since November 2020.
How much does your life influences your story telling and the characters that you bring to life ?
I started our writing a memoir of my childhood experiences for my kids to read when I am gone. These memories are the premise for my short stories.
Title Of Your New Release
A Collection of Short Stories or Tales
What is the central theme of book ?
survival and self discovery
Where did the idea came from ? How much did you tweak it ? Your Initial planning and analysis of final stuff ?
Most of the ideas came from childhood memories. While others festered in my imagination through books I have read. I revise my stories about 8 times before submitting. There have been times when a struggle with a single sentence. It may be because I am a perfectionist. I create a plan for my short stories long before I write them down. I follow many of Hemmingway’s advice. The most important one is to write the story with a pencil and paper before typing up the rough draft. I have found this is great advice because there are fewer mistakes when I am in the editing stage of my wtiting.
How much are you playing in the book as one of your characters ? Do you ever hide behind shades of your characters ?
It may be weird, but I act out each scene. In addition, I am each character. I often ask myself, “How would the character act or say in this particular scene?”
what is difficult to write Goodness Of Character / Evil Intentions. What do you enjoy most out of developing them ?
In two of my stories, I have evil characters. There is nothing good about them. They have evil intentions. Nothing can persuade them to do otherwise.
Do you structure the flow of story in beginning itself or you improvise ? In your idea what is good to have before you hit a road block ?
I start with the title of the story and write the ending. That is the beginning of my planning. I plan my entire story before I begin writing. Each day I write one scene. That’s it. It could be 100 words or 500 words. That is my rule. In addition, I take a break on the weekends. This way I do not get writers block.
How many books have you written and how different is new book ? Difference is in which specific area ?
I have written one book. It is a collection of short stories. The main genres are: survival, adventure, thriller/mystery, and portal fantasy. I am currently working on a collection of horror stories for kids (8-12).
Which Character do you like most and why . Any real life inspiration ? Do you ever wish to meet this character in real life ?
In “A Boy’s search for Midnight, Billy is actually me during the 70’s. I changed some of the details and what happened in the story. For example, I went exploring in the woods and slid down the bank. I couldn’t get back up. I had to find another way home.
Why will you recommend this book to readers ?
My readers have said that they loved my allusion techniques. It really kept them guessing until the end. I am really happy to hear this because this was something I worked hard to achieve.
How do you deal with Negative Feedbacks ? How do you stay balanced with Positive Feed back ?
When I receive feedback, I use it as a tool to improve my writing and create a much better reading experience.
Have you already started working on next book ? What is on your mind for it ?
I am currently working on a collection of short stories for kids. As of July 27th., I have edited/revised it 3 times.
Any good tips you would like to share for new aspiring authors apart from saying just start the book ?
Read in the genre you are planning to write. I highly recommend reading the writing advice from famous authors. In my opinion, Hemmingway and Elmore Leonard have the best writing tips. If you watch it on youtube, the videos are short and to the point.
How did you hear about CarryOnHarry ? Any message for Studio ? Any Suggestion that we can make it better ?
I received a link on messenger. I think these questions are amazing! I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my book and my ideas.
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