Here’s my official bio: Shauna Glenn lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and four kids—three girls and a boy. She is not great at anything but good at several things, like cooking, sewing and power shopping. She has a vast knowledge of things that a regular person might find completely useless and a waste of time, like any and all things related to celebrities and the birthdays of people she went to school with twenty years ago. Her passion is designer handbags and Mexican food, and her favorite alcohol treat is a tall glass of Pinot Grigio. In her opinion, writing is cheaper than therapy, but she has decided that all proceeds from her book sales will go directly into a “future therapy” fund for her children.
Jen: Tell us about Heaping Spoonful and where it’s available.
Shauna: It’s available on Amazon, most online bookstores and Barnes and Noble. It’s the story of Claire, a recently widowed mother of two and her struggle to move on after her husband’s death. I know it sounds like a bummer, but it’s funny too. I couldn’t write a book that was a total downer the whole way through. I’d be a raging alcoholic.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Shauna: I was always a good writer in high school. My English teachers made comments about how well I was able to tell a story in a unique way. In college I majored in English but didn’t graduate (I had one year left!—but that’s another story) and went to work for my family business. After 10 plus years of that and feeling miserable and unfulfilled, I thought the only thing that would make me happy was to write short stories. Those short stories turned into my first book, Relative Insanity (which hasn’t been published yet). My book, Heaping Spoonful, was published in July 2008. I’m STILL doing book signings. It’s been an awesome experience.
Jen: How does your family feel about your career?
Shauna: My husband is very supportive and my kids think it’s cool that their mother is an author. Even my two teenagers brag about me—which, if you know anything about teenagers is kind of unbelievable. Most nights I sleep with one eye open.
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Shauna: Funny. Raw. Believable
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Shauna: I try and start writing after dropping off the kids at school. That gives me about five hours to devote to either working on the book, updating my website, posting on other sites I write for…or screwing around on Twitter.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest?
Shauna: The most challenging is staying focused enough to get the words down. I’m easily distracted by the phone ringing and the allure of the Internet—which I swear calls out my name. The easiest is the character development. I love bringing out the different characteristics in the characters—making them real. I love each one of them for different reasons. They’re people I’d love to know in real life.
Jen: What’s the most rewarding aspect?
Shauna: Finishing a book! It’s like the most fulfilling, euphoric, slightly orgasmic feeling ever.
Jen: How do you pick the character’s names?
Shauna: I’ve used the names of favorite uncles, heroes I’ve known, women I grew up loving…sometimes a name just fits the character’s description.
Jen: If Heaping Spoonful was made into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the main characters?
Shauna: This is easy. From the beginning I pictured Diane Lane as Claire. Ben would be Aaron Eckhart; Greg Kinnear is Henry; Drew Barrymore is Lucy.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
Shauna: That the dialogue/relationships between the characters is totally believable. It’s interesting because that’s exactly what I’m hoping to achieve.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Shauna: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb is my most favorite book. And anything by Jane Austen. Right now I’m reading The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Jen: What’s next for you?
Shauna: I’m writing another novel. The working title is Nobody Here But Us Clowns. I think it’s my best work yet. I should be finished by the end of 2010.
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Shauna: Yes. Will you please buy my book? Please?
Jen: Readers, Shauna is giving away a signed copy of Heaping Spoonful to one random commenter. To enter the contest, you first need to leave a question or comment for Shauna. Then to finish your entry, you need to leave your email address in your comment or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The contest will end on Tuesday, January 19.