Friday, 23 February 2018

Author Interview - Pol McShane

I'm back today with an author interview with Pol McShane. Pol is the author of the Genie in Bottle series. Now, just hearing that title piques my curiosity. Does it not intrigue you just the same? I was excited to find out more about the books and about the author himself. It is great to have him here on my blog!

If you were in an elevator with your favorite writer and had to tell about yourself in 60 seconds, what would you say?


It would be Dean Koontz in the elevator with me. I suppose I would have to let him know that I am a fellow writer, and knowing how he feels about golden retrievers, I would have to start talking about ours, and golden retriever talk would probably last for the rest of the ride.

What is your currently published/to be published work? What inspired you to write it?

I have just released the third installment of my Genie in a Bottle series, The Third Wish. The books follow a girl named Madison Reed after she has released a genie from a bottle who has been imprisoned for 2,000 years. The first three books focus on each wish; The First Wish, The Second Wish, and The Third Wish. This series will be a four book series in all.

I was inspired to write this genie series one morning when I was driving home from the store and the song Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera came on. As I was listening to the words, I thought it would make a fun story. That thought opened the flood gates, and by the time I got home, I knew the concept for the entire series.



How do you develop your characters in your stories?

The development of characters for my books depends on the stories. I have another YA series called Serpenteens. The series follows five teenage siblings who are demigods, and they have the ability to transform themselves into different types of snakes. When in snake form, they have the ability to control different aspects of weather, and they travel around battling horrific storms that have been plaguing the planet.

The development of those characters depended entirely on everything they are in their demigod half.

I have written several adult suspense/horror novels, also, one that includes a werewolf series. The character in that is remorseful about what he is and the guilt he feels over what he has done and that shapes his character.

Apart from writing, what are some other things you are into?

Other than writing, I have a love for wood burning. I do mostly animals, but love to create art pieces. Although, each one takes several weeks to complete, and with writing, I haven't found time for that lately.

How do you balance your writing with your daily life?
I am still working part-time aside from writing, so I have my mornings and some afternoons to set aside a few hours to write. I try to make sure to write at least a little each day.



If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you be instead?

I would be an actor.

Any future works coming this way? What are you working on nowadays?

I am currently working on the final draft of the last Genie book, After the Wishes. Once that is complete, I will begin work on a book called Mirage.

What are some good ways to reach you to let you know your work is appreciated?

My website has a contact button with my email address, and I love to hear from readers who have questions about certain books, or just want to talk about certain characters.

Of course, reviews on Amazon show appreciation in my favorite way as they help with a book's success.

What advice would you leave for those who want to become writers?

Just write what you feel. That's one of the magical things about writing, the imagination is endless and you can make anything happen, from releasing a genie from a bottle to teenagers controlling hurricanes.

And don't quit!

Lastly, how about a laugh? Leave us with a favorite joke!
Unfortunately, my favorite joke is one that my father told me long ago, but is not appropriate to write down here.

I hope you enjoyed the interview! I, for one, am really excited about this series. There have been many books on mythical creatures recently, but I must say, I have rarely seen one on genies. If you want to get to know more about Pol, go to www.polmcshane.com.

Until next time!



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