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1. Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. Determination and persistence, which I consider good traits. I was determined to finish my book no matter what. After I self-published it, a friend said, “I knew you would do it.”
2. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? I wrote about my own life, and wanted a memoir. However my editor made me take out some of the travel stories to get to the meat of the story. Plus I changed my home location, and left out several people. The other journey showed up while I was writing, and now I don’t know what the genre really is. It’s a mix of romance, new age, inspiration, and even a little paranormal. What’s that called again?
3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I’m a bit of both. I started out as a pantser, but as the book got more complicated, someone suggested outlining it, and that helped.
4. Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? Yes, I included several fears in my book: traveling alone, hitchhiking, encountering a past life, and a ghost. Just to name a few.
5. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? These two tours have dealt me with deadlines galore. I’m not a procrastinator, and I like to work on things until they’re done, so I already had several topics done. It’s one of those things, you just have to do it. I don’t stop until it’s done, in anything I do.
6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? I leave with Connor, either in the Canary Islands or in Miami. That would be divine intervention for me, and I would have had a different book. It might have been a disaster for John, but who knows?
7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. My favorite place to write is usually on the sofa with my pen and paper. I eat healthy, so if I have to pick something, I’d say popcorn.
8. Writing inspirations? I’ve gotten some inspirations from real life, dreams, music, and meditations. Sometimes they seem to come out of nowhere.
9. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? One of my favorite authors is Shirley MacLaine. My question would be: “Who was the mystery person, who suggested you should try walking the Camino in Spain?”
10. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. I travel by myself, and about two years ago I headed to India. My husband was okay with it, but several friends thought it might be dangerous. It wasn’t really. And to think I’m to going to Egypt this year.
Twist of Fate
by Shawna C. Jones
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 wonder if those two are talking about us,” I thought out loud. “Oh well, I guess there’s nothing I can do about it.”
“You are going to visit me in Austria after the Canary Islands, right? Why are you going there?”
“For some sun before hitting colder weather and snow. Hopefully I’ll have a tan next time you see me.”
“I’m going to miss you. I need you to promise you’ll meet me in Austria.”
“I promise. I swear. But I don’t know how long I’ll be in the Islands, and then there’s the journey to Austria. Could be several weeks.”
He held me tight and whispered, “Just come back to me. That’s all I want. Or I’ll have to try to find you. And don’t think I can’t.” He kissed me again.
“You have my word.” I looked up at the windows to see Lyn and Mike out on their respective balconies, watching us.
“Don’t you two have better things to do?” I shouted up at them.
“No. You two are too much fun to watch,” Mike shouted back. Lyn just laughed.
John and I kissed each other goodnight. And that was the night my dream came back to haunt me.
As I jumped from the plane with my parachute in place, I felt excitement and fear at the same time. I was falling quickly towards the earth. It was exhilarating and I felt so free. Then the parachute opened, and I slowly descended to a grassy spot. Then I quickly looked up to see another skydiver falling fast. Too fast. The chute wasn’t opening. I stood in horror as I watched him fall and hit the ground, dead. I screamed. People rushed over to console me. The skydiver was my husband.
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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.