What does your writing process look like?
To the outside viewer, it probably looks like a disaster. Ha! There is madness to my method, and I don’t think I’ve followed the same format for more than two books. I seem to do better when I write linearly.
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Do you write naked?
For the most part, I write in my office. I have a particular keyboard I have to use to really make any progress. It’s out of stock, but I have a spare just like it. I do jot down bits and pieces on my phone as I think of them when I am out and about. I’ve also been known to write smut while on a treadmill.
What book do you wish you could have written?
Dexter. I had an idea YEARS ago to write about a serial killer, and was advised by a publishing friend that it was a really bad idea. I could never get readers to sympathize with such a character, and it could be devastating to my career. I loved the TV show – very well written – though the books leave something to be desired. I could have done it better. LOL
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
EL James, definitely. CD Reiss (Queen of Metaphor) and JA Huss I feel are mentors to me in the whole process. Outside of genre, Stephen King’s marvelous character development and Douglass Adams for his humor and incredible use of narrative.
If you could be a character in any novel you've ever read, who would you be and why?
Sherlock Holmes. I’d love to be able to think like he does.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Taking the leap to become a full-time writer. It hasn’t been easy, and quitting a very steady, high-paying corporate job wasn’t a light decision, but I’m very glad I did it!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully doing the same thing I am now, but with fewer kids in the house. LOL
Were you already a great writer? Have you always like to write?
Definitely not. I’ve tried to be very open about taking advice from others. They haven’t all steered me in the right direction, but they’ve all helped improve my writing in some way or another. I’m still looking for ways to improve all the time. I have always enjoyed writing.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Tough skin. You’re going to need it.
What was your first job?
I believe my first paying job that didn’t come from my parents’ pocket was running carbonite spotlights for the local university. My first “real” job out of college was running the children’s program in a domestic violence shelter.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I definitely read reviews. I have to be in the right mood to look over the bad ones, but I always read them. If I don’t, I might miss an opportunity to learn from them. If they are just “this wasn’t for me” or something else bereft of ideas I can use to improve, I just glance over them and move on. I don’t write for everyone, and there will always be those who just don’t care for my work. I recently found a fabulous resource in a reviewer who didn’t like one of my books. Her ideas were spot on, and I shared a lot of them. She since helped me with her thoughts and ideas on other works.
What's your next project?
Irrevocable, the last of the Evan Arden series, comes out May 26th. After that, I’m currently working on a novel called Caged. It’s about a cage fighter and his life struggles with relationships and addiction.
You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?
Savage, of course!
If you could have been told one thing that you weren't told when you were a teenager, what would you like to have heard?
You can’t be yourself until you figure out who you are. You are going to fuck up. Live up to it, make what restitution you can, and move on.
I’m still trying to figure that out. I want one, but I don’t know what to get or where to put it!
Name one thing that's impossible to do for everyone present here.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning, tea later in the day.
What's the one thing, you can't live without?
Companionship from those important in my life.
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
An astronaut. I even went to space camp. While I was there, I met shuttle pilot Michael Smith. He was piloting the Challenger when it exploded. That kinda squashed that idea for me.
What's your favorite Christmas memory?
Finding a Fisher Price castle under the tree. I think I was about five years old.
What takes you out of your comfort zone?
People who come up to me and tell me they love my books, but then think they’re bothering me and won’t stick around to just chat. That makes me uncomfortable. I’m just a normal person, and I like meeting other people, so sit down and have a conversation with me! J
What specific thing have you done that impressed yourself.
I recently did a Tough Mudder competition. It’s a 10+ mile race through a bunch of British military-style obstacles. Over walls, under barbed wire, through electric wires (ouch!). I had wanted to do a mud run for a while, but didn’t think I was prepared for Tough Mudder, which is basically the top of the line mud run. It was exhausting, but I was very proud of myself for making it all the way through!
What is your favorite dessert?
Crème Brule or chocolate éclairs
What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
Arms and shoulders.
If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?
Books and costumes. I’m a big costumer, and some of those outfits take up a lot of space! I’m a little fearful of becoming one of those “clean house” episodes, so I actually like having limited storage. It makes me evalua
See we are soul sisters, I'm November 13! Do you scream on roller coasters? Do you lift up your hands?
Definitely a hands in the air person. I hate the harnesses that don’t let you do this well. I do scream in exhilaration. Back before all the safety standards, I used the ride The Beast at Kings Island in the front seat, standing up with my hands in the air. You can’t do that anymore. J
Oh, not me! I can't even open my eye! I need to go with you so, maybe I would at least open my eyes. Most frequent song played?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Mumford and Sons lately. Love Dustbowl Dance and Little Lion Man.
Would you rather see a movie at the theater or at home on DVD? Why?
DVD so I can drink something while I watch. If I drink in the theatre, I’ll end up having to rush out to pee.
I'm right there with you on that one, I love the pause button! So, tell me where wouldn't you be caught dead where?
In a slaughterhouse.
If I did that, then everyone would know! LOL! I’m a sharing kind of person. I try not to do anything in my life that would require me to keep a secret about myself (though yours are safe with me).
If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be?
Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Albin Johnson (founder of the 501st Legion), and Douglass Adams (RIP). Adams because I want to know all the answers to the unfinished Salmon of Doubt novel.
Three things I think will become obsolete in 10 years:
US mail aside from packages.
Fax machines (close already)
When people look at me, they would never guess that I:
Hate taking showers. Once I get in there, I don’t want to leave (brrrr!), but I hate making myself get into the shower every day.
My favorite unusual food combination is:
Mushrooms and pineapple on my pizza
What childish things do you still do as adult?
I love to color. My daughter and I work on those design coloring books while watching television. I hate it when the crayons get all dull.
What is something you have that is of sentimental value?
A stuffed rabbit from my childhood. “Hunny Bunny” doesn’t come out much, but I did have my mom fix her up a few years ago when she started falling apart.
Can you comfortably eat in a restaurant by yourself? Go to movie?
No, not at all! I consider those activities to be social ones, and wouldn’t spend the money on them without company.
What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without?
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Hang out in the men’s locker room at the gym.
You and me both! So, what makes you unique?
My ability to see things from another person’s point of view. I don’t have to agree with what they do or say, but I like to understand the motivations of others. I think this helps me as a writer a lot.
Currently, it’s the paperback layout of Irrevocable.
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Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves offroading in her jeep, and soccer in any and all forms - especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.