Joyce Shaughnessy lives in Midland, Texas with her husband, Dennis.
They have two married daughters and four beautiful granddaughters, ages 4 through 16. They own a large collection of WWII books, and Joyce used many as a reference, even adding to them during the research of her books.
She has recently become a writer of short stories which will be published in anthologies and a novella.
Interview with Joyce Shaughnessy
|Author Joyce Shaughnessy|
Joyce Shaughnessy: I have written and published three historical fiction novels in a series. The third is The Unsurrendered, which came out in February, 2013. The first two are A Healing Place, published in 2010 and Blessed Are the Merciful in 2011. I have since written three short stories which will be published later this year in anthologies. They were a complete release for me because they required no research. One is horror and the other two are humorous. I have also participated in a Round Robin YA time travel book, just published, Some Day, Some Time, Some Where. It’s difficult giving up complete control of the finished piece, but I love writing, so how could I say no to the opportunity?
Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
Without question, my favorite writer is Nelson DeMille. He combines mystery with compassion and humor. A close second is Herman Wouk. I love Up Country by DeMille and Wouk’s War and Remembrance. I think Wouk and DeMille have both influenced my writing. I admire Wouk for his determination to portray historical facts with interest and empathy through fictional characters. DeMille is obviously determined, no matter what, to portray his characters with compassion. I hope he writes to an old age. I would hate to think that I couldn’t read another new book of his. I think that the reader can see whether the writer is dedicated to and loves his/her craft. I confess to loving James Patterson for pure escape, although I haven’t read anything in the last year except for research or for my blog. When I have a breather, I intend to sit down and read Up Country for the fourth time.
"Once I had published my first book, I knew I was hooked and would never stop trying."
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I know that I’ve wanted to write for years, but I never had the confidence in myself to try it. Once I had published my first book, I knew I was hooked and would never stop trying. I like to think I grow after each writing project. I heard an interview with Herman Wouk who is in his late eighties and is still writing and publishing. I hope to be doing the same.
Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?