Indie Author Sunday: Shawn Scuefield

Updated: Sep 1

It's Indie Author Sunday! Every other Sunday, we're posting an interview with a different indie author along with posts about them on all our social media accounts. This week it's Shawn Scuefield, the author Short Days, Long Nights.

WW: Tell us about your experience with Indie publishing?

SS: It's certainly been a learning experience. First of all, understanding all of the options available today pursuing the non-traditional publishing route, weighing the pros and cons of each, in addition to learning about the different aspects of the publishing process itself. There's more to writing than just getting the story down on paper. I also learned a lot about the editing process and just how important that is to putting out the best possible version of your work.

WW: Tell us about your book.

SS: My book is titled Short Days, Long Nights. It's a collection of six short stories involving ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. While each tale is a stand-alone story, and each has it's own main character/s, the over-arcing theme is that the actions and beliefs of these characters in the given circumstances have consequences, not only for themselves, but for those around them as well. The stories touch on aspects of human nature that are prevalent today in our society, and while the consequences are fictional, the behaviors are very real.

WW: What made you want to write in the genre of your book?

SS: While I definitely wouldn't limit myself to writing in one genre, the impetus behind this collection of stories without a doubt, was The Twilight Zone. I grew up loving the show and still watch it to this day. I've always been enamored with what Rod Serling was able to do in thirty minutes (most episodes), creating varied and complex characters, introducing the scenario they fell into and taking us on that ride. I look to take readers on their own journey in short story form with a host of interesting characters and the scenarios that befall them.