Indie Author Spotlight

Introducing Shauna E. Black

I am happy no announce this month’s Indie Spotlight:

Shauna E. Black smiles a lot. But her appearance can be deceiving. Like the legendary sirens of old, she enjoys luring innocent readers into the stories she creates and trapping them there. As a child, Shauna’s parents recognized her persuasive tendencies and moved her from the coast of Panama to the landlocked safety of Utah to protect innocent sailors. But she found other ways to beguile the unwary. Her home is sprinkled with enchanted wind chimes, spontaneous singing, and the enticing smells of fresh baked bread and cookies.

By far her most cherished ploy lies in her passion for writing. From the time she first plotted at a tender age to ensnare the public, she has relentlessly sought for opportunities to improve her nefarious skills. Readers should beware of entering her fantastical worlds, lest they lose all touch with reality and find themselves waiting under lampposts for fauns and talking beavers to appear. You have been warned.

It is rumored that Shauna keeps four young house elves to do her bidding and has domesticated a dragon by feeding him ice cream. She declares war on the mundane, living a charmed life camouflaged in the high desert of the American Southwest.

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From Shauna: “I published my first novel after a run-in with cancer. I’ve always loved mash-ups, and this is a Western/Fantasy for middle grade. After that, I wrote a serialized YA fantasy in 4 parts. I designed it as more of an exercise to teach myself the entire process of writing and publishing books a little more quickly than I could do with writing full-length novels. My latest undertaking is a dystopian I wrote to market that’s beginning to enjoy some critical acclaim. I took a convoluted road to becoming an author: I worked at a TV studio all through college and got a degree in Film. I’ve also been an interventionist teacher, and I currently work as my CPA husband’s office manager during tax season. Then, of course, raising my 4 daughters has always been my highest priority. But after my family, writing is my passion. It’s the thing I come back to, time and again–no matter how few copies I sell or how awful I feel I am at it. I just can’t find the joy anyplace else that writing brings me.”

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Writer, mother, coder, nerd. I have more than ten years of experience in software and web development. And I have a series of middle-grade fantasy books that I self-published. I am passionate about self-publishing and believe that anyone can do it. Elegantly Self Published is my blog dedicated to sharing my knowledge so that you can do just that.

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