Shoshana Sumrall Frerking
Author of "A Highly Technickel Memoir"
1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write?
The most productive time is early morning, although since I go to my day job at that time, I usually have to make do with writing at night before bed. Once I get going, though, the time of day tends to mean less!
2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?
I almost always begin with pen and paper. After a while, I transfer it to computer. Then I print it out so I can look it over, make notes, and write a few more pages on paper. Then it starts all over again.
3: What do you draw inspiration from?
A lot of it comes from listening to music. I feel compelled to transfer the emotions evoked by a particular song to a scene on paper. I also take a lot from conversations going on around me, and little things that happen throughout the day that take on larger meanings.
4: Do you set goals for yourself when you sit down to write such as word count?
I used to set the goal of ten pages. Lately, I've let work and life get in the way, and feel lucky to squeeze in a page or two here and there. I need to find that discipline again.
5: Are you a published or a self published author and how do you come up with your cover art?
My first book was a POD book several years ago, and the company I used came up with the art. Since then, my publications have been little ones in literary journals. However, I designed the cover for my current novel, "A Highly Technickel Memoir." I went for simplicity, using a single monarch butterfly, as this creature features significantly in the story.
6: What drives you to choose the career of being a writer?
Simply put, I've always needed an outlet for the worlds that exist inside my head. Offering them to my readers gives them more room to breathe. My present career, however, consists of technical, rather than fiction writing. I love my current job, but hope someday to make that transition to full-time author.
7: Do you own an ebook reading device?
I have a basic black and white Nook, and also KindlePC on my computer.
8: Who are some of your favorite authors and What are you reading now?
Stephen King has always been a major influence on my writing, because of his compelling and realistic characters. I also love some of the classic writing by such authors as Flannery O'Conner, Carson McCullers, and Harper Lee. I'm new to e-publishing, but have already met some wonderful writers online. I just finished reading "Not What She Seems" by Victorine E. Lieske, and am now on to "Shattered Dreams" by Laura Landon.
9: What do you think of book trailers and do you have any plans to have any?
I haven't seen any trailers yet, so I can't answer for sure. It sounds like a great idea, though.
10: How did you come up with the title of your latest book?
The title "A Highly Technickel Memoir" comes from my protagonist, Corey Russell. She possesses an elite education, is very stubborn and inquisitive, but is most of all a big smartass.
11: What are you working on now that you can talk about?
One of the reasons I published the current book is that now I have to finish the sequel. I was over 100 pages in when I realized I needed to start over. So… wish me luck!