“I am a huge advocate of feedback and self improvement.” —S. J. FlynnTweet
What is your name, where are you from and what are your hobbies?
My name is Shelby and I am from a small town in Nebraska, and enjoy reading, watercolor painting, and Hiking.
How did growing up as a writer looked like for you?
I started writing poetry when I was 7 years old after my mother passed, while being raised by my grandmother. I can not honestly say that I knew what poetry was when I started writing it, but I loved seeing my ideas on paper and creating images with my words for others to read.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It definitely energizes me and is a exercise I use for my mental health and clarity.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Yes, S. J. Flynn is my Pseudonym.
How did publishing your first book (If you have any) change your process of writing?
It has inspired me to do more, and create an even better collection for my next book in the series.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
I owe them a ton of gratitude for the experiences they gave, and the lessons I have learnt from them.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Absolutely! I am a huge advocate of feedback and self improvement. I celebrate the good reviews, and do everything I can to learn from the bad ones.
What inspires you to write?
Many things, my inspiration comes from people I encounter, music, movies, and thoughts I have while driving.
How do you expect your book (If you have any) to connect with your readers?
My goal ultimately is to touch my readers minds and hearts by showing them that they are not alone it their struggles with various conflicts in life, such as self-esteem, heartbreak, and mental health.
What was your hardest scene to write in one of your books (If you have any)?
The writing thankfully was not difficult for me, but publishing and sharing such personal trials and tribulations was truly a courageous leap for me as you never know if you will touch your audience in the intended manner.
Why should I purchase your book (If you have any)?
I feel that my work is original, honest, emotional, and relatable paired with illustrations that really make the reader think about what I am saying within my poetry. I believe that reading any book that opens up your mind and heart is worth reading.
Do you want each of the book you write (If you have any) to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I am writing a series of illustrated poetry collections that describe a journey through life, full of challenges, powerful emotions, triumphs, and self exploration that asks the reader to look within themselves and know they are not alone, and that they are enough.
What do you believe are the common traps for aspiring writers?
Knowing where to begin, and where to go once you have started. I personally took my time doing research on all of my options for publishing and decided to start with self publishing to get my work out to my readers as soon as I could, but there are so many options!
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
To keep writing, and to continue to build my creativity in every facet I possibly could.