Tuesday, October 8, 2013

St. George Book Festival Author Interview with Shane D. Williams

Shane D. Williams wrote his first poem when he was in second grade. He has been writing ever since. His early years consisted mostly of writing goofy song parodies for his friends, playing lots of sports and flirting with girls. Shane was often considered the “class clown” and drove most of his teachers crazy. His quick wit was not always well received by others, especially big, muscular fellows with no sense of humor.
While attending college, Shane worked in a warehouse and later in a window factory. Although he excelled at crashing forklifts and cutting his fingers on glass, he pursued a different path and eventually graduated with a degree in graphic design and promptly got a job making very little money. He honed his skills and eventually took the big leap and started his own business, Brio Print and Design, which he has run successfully for over 10 years.
Throughout it all, writing has been Shane’s true passion. For over eight years now he has focused his attention on writing humorous poetry for kids and adults. He enjoys visiting schools, where he gets the opportunity to perform in assemblies and teach writing workshops. His goal is to get kids excited about reading and writing and he does it by making them laugh. His poems are used in classrooms around the world in a variety of ways. His website, shanedwilliams.com is one of the most visited “poetry for kids” websites and has been featured in the Boston Globe.
Shane has written two books so far, “The Endless Achoo” and “All Mixed Up, A Motley Horde of Funny Poems”, both of which have garnered rave reviews from children and adults alike. He plans to continue writing funny poems, visiting schools and making people laugh as he pursues more and more opportunities to do what he loves most… write.
Shane currently lives in beautiful Southern Utah where he is involved in local writing and poetry groups. He enjoys stand-up comedy, peanut butter, riding roller coasters, rooting for the Utah Utes and spending time with his wife and 3 children…. Oh, and laughing… because laughing is fun!

What are three words that describe you?
Unique, Humorous, Creative

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Hhhmmmm…. I’m more of a middle of the day kind of guy, plus it’s the best time for a nap…

What is your favorite food?
Peanut Butter

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I would like to travel the world and ride all the greatest roller coasters!

Do you listen to music while writing?
Not usually, but sometimes some instrumental music helps the creative juices flow.  However, when I’m not writing, chances are I’m listening to music. 

What's your favorite book or who is your favorite writer?
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.  I love it because it is simple and brilliant at the same time.  If you haven’t read it lately, pick it up and reconnect with your inner child.  And if you don’t like it, we can’t be friends.

Can you tell us a bit about your latest manuscript?
I’m just writing and compiling poems- nothing beyond that at the moment.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
I have learned of the importance of having an editor.  It’s not always easy to have someone else critique your work, but it has helped me grow immeasurably as a writer.  Also, I have learned that success does not come overnight.  It takes a lot of patience, determination and hard work.

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
A little bit of planning with a whole lot of flow.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story? 
Well… The Gorillagator bit me once, but other than that, they’ve been a well-behaved bunch.

Is there anything you would do differently?
I’d be thinner!

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
Dr. Seuss & Shel Silverstein

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Depends… is it a seaworthy craft?

List of previous books if any:
• The Endless Achoo!
• All Mixed Up, a Motley Horde of Funny Poems

Any websites/places we can find you on the web?

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