Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Echo Shea is an Urban Fantasy writer. Known for fast-paced and sometimes chilling prose, she hunkers down at her desk with characters that not only enchant, but excite her. There’s something so freeing about writing beyond what seems possible.
Who says there’s not something more hiding in these Maryland woods?
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
About eight years ago. I started writing quietly in the way a lot of writers do, and I just fell in love.
How do you find inspiration?
A quiet place with a pretty view can fill the inspirational well. I also like listening to music and reading—music can better help get a handle on certain feelings your characters have, and reading makes you want to put your own daydreams to the page.
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
I think writing twenty minutes a day is key for me. The hardest part is claiming the time for your work—there are so many other demands that crowd your mind and try to demand attention, but once you’ve give twenty minutes to your work, it sort opens the door to more time—and then an hour’s gone by and you’re still going.
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
All kinds. Obviously Urban Fantasy holds a special place in my heart, but if a book has a good, solid voice that draws me in, then genre is meaningless. I have too many favorite authors to count, but a standout to me right now is Faith Hunter.
What are you currently working on?
Um, a little bit of everything? I’m currently working on the first big debut for my Gladys series, and book two of another big work. There are also a few short stories calling my name.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Why must I always choose in these situations? Um, I think having telekinesis sounds like a lot of fun. I’d love that.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind of music?
Sometimes. The type of music varies when I do—something with a good thumping beat for a fight scene, something soft and pretty put on repeat for an emotional scene, and just a really well-loved song to spend the hour with me. I love music, so the radio can sometimes be distracting.
Who is your favorite villain?
I don’t have anyone specific in mind, but I do have a type. I like my villains to live in the areas of gray with my main characters, only they edge a little closer to the dark side than can be agreed with. I like them to do bad things, but to always have that something that makes them almost redeemable. I think it really involves me when I can hate someone even as I wonder what’s going to happen with them next.
If you had to pick between receiving a million dollars today, or $1000 a month for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Again, can’t I have both? Let’s see I guess I’d want the million dollars—see you on a beach somewhere!
If you could take anyone out for coffee, dead, alive, or fictional, who would it be?
Choosing between dead and fictional is really hard—some of my favorite characters sort of state upfront that they’re not that friendly. And really, could they have a cup of coffee without one of their enemies crashing through the coffee shop? Maybe Thomas Edison. I think he’d get a kick out of seeing the world the way it is.