Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Az Publishing Author Feature #8: Kerry O'Shaughnessey

Kerry O'Shaughnessey
Rhiannon's V


When did you first realize you wanted to write?
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write/feel compelled to write.  It wasn’t a realization for me.  It was always just a part of who I am. 

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your book(s)?  
I can actually let go and see a body of work as “finished”.  I was also pleasantly surprised that my Rhiannon stories were so accessible to so many varied people. 

What do you think makes a compelling story? 
That’s a more difficult question to answer.  There are so many different reasons to read.   For a story to be compelling to me, it has to fulfill two factors:  I have to be able to relate and I have to learn something new/see something in a new way.

Where did you get the idea for your story?
Oddly enough, when I was in therapy in high school.  My therapist worked with a lot of children who had gone through ridiculously difficult events/situations.  My own emotional pain and suburban drama didn’t really begin to touch that.  I guess I wanted a way to look at mental illness; to learn about it in a manner that wasn’t clinical and pedantic.  I wanted my audience to be able to feel it instead of read about it.

What is the hardest part of writing?
Editing.  It is so difficult to ever see a manuscript as “done”.

If you could have one wish, what would it be?
To feel safe and secure.  To worry less.  To have more faith and less fear.

What are you working on next?
Poetry and a second novella on Rhiannon titled Rhiannon’s T’s. 

What author(s) have had an impact on your writing?
I believe strongly in studying both canonized and non-canonized literature.  I know a lot of authors have had an impact on me over time.  Chris Crutcher sticks out for his ability to weave many important and various subjects together in a real way.  Wally Lamb has an extreme talent for cloaking information in a narrative and compelling form as well as writing convincingly from a foreign perspective.  However,  Francesca Lia Block’s work has by far affected me the most.  Her language and perspective transports me to a place that is real and beautiful (even if it is sometimes painful).  The blend of real and metaphorical magic has the ability to transport and touch me at the same time.  I remember reading Rose and the Beast during a government class at Michigan State when I was supposed to be listening to a lecture and I remember feeling kind of stupid because I couldn’t stop the tears from spilling over and falling.

2 comments:

Az Publishing Services, LLC said...

Say "Hello" Kerry. Rhiannon's V is not out yet, but will be by end of this month.

We will be giving a PDF book when it is done.

Have fun Kerry.

Patti Hultstrand
Publisher/CEO
Az Publishing Services, LLC

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