To help us understand author Shea Norwood, I asked him five simple questions and I hope that his answers lead you to better understand him and why he writes. But first lets read a little bit about his novel Vanished from Dust-
About the Book:
Book Title: Vanished from Dust by Shea Norwood
(Book 1 in the Vanished from Dust series)
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Published: October 16th, 2013
Published by Createspace
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1mVJSre Barnes & Nobles: http://bit.ly/1o0HuEq
A CHILL RUNS THROUGH HIS SKIN AS THE PHANTOM APPEARS.
HE SEES THEM EVERYWHERE . . .
Eric Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn’t think so. He wishes everyone in Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that’s not going to happen since the whole town thinks he’s crazy. Why didn’t he keep his mouth shut?
No one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett, moves to town.
Eric reluctantly reveals his secret. Is it a curse or a gift? He isn’t certain, but with Kyle by his side he finds the courage to seek the truth. They soon realize that something sinister is descending on the residents of Dust.
Is it caused by Eric’s phantoms or is it something else? Is it connected to the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople over sixty years ago? One thing is certain—only Eric and Kyle can save them.
They set out on a heart-pounding adventure and find themselves transported to a disturbed and deserted version of their small southern town. They quickly discover that this new world has mysteries of its own to uncover. What they find could prove more than they bargained for, and it only leads to more questions. Eric and Kyle must face a horrifying fact—they may never get out alive.
“We’re gonna die here,” Kyle muttered.
“I don’t believe that,” Eric said. “And neither do you.”
Will they survive their encounter with these dark and mysterious beings? Will they find a way back home? Or will they be lost forever?
The Vanished from Dust series is perfect for anyone who craves a hair-raising thriller packed with mystery and suspense. This paranormal story for young adults can be compared to Stand by Me, mixed with Odd Thomas, and a twist of The Dark Tower.
with Shea Norwood:
1) You recently rekindled your passion for writing and released Vanished from Dust after it sat for ten years gathering "Dust". Why did you neglect it for so long and what was it that made you pick it up again?
Great question, I lost interest in the plot at the time and got swept away with life so it was eventually forgotten. It was rediscovered again after sorting through some old boxes, and after reading a few pages I remembered my love of writing. Of course, it needed a lot of work but there was some good stuff in the old manuscript.
2) In Vanished from Dust, the story follows a boy in the 7th grade. Is the book written for that age group?
No, it’s written for people of all ages that love a good paranormal mystery. In fact, the majority of its recent reviews have been adult readers. Although Eric is in the seventh grade on the first few pages, the remainder of the story takes place during his eighth grade year.
3) Are you working on other stories?
Yes, I’m working on the sequel titled The Illusion of Home, as well as two separate novels in the New Adult and Adult genres.
4) You wrote that you were inspired by Stephen King's novels. Any in particular? And any other books from other authors that have inspirited you?
I really like his Dark Tower series and I’m crossing my fingers it will be made into a movie or television series someday!
I credit most of my inspiration to Stephen King, and it wasn’t until discovering one of his books that I realized I wanted to be an author. I’ve also been influenced by some of the greats such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, and Jules Verne. But, it is Mr. King’s literary voice that really resonates with me.
5) Can you share a particular writing habit of yours? Example: Do you listen to music while you write OR have to have the blinds drawn etc....
I need complete silence to fully immerse myself in the fictional worlds I create, so I often wear safety earmuffs to stamp out the ambient noise.
Thank you Mr. Norwood and best of luck to you...