Author Interview: Francis J. Shaw

Francis J. ShawQuestion #1: What made you want to become an author?
Unlike many who discovered a passion for reading and/or writing stories at an early age, my childhood was devoid of both. I remember my teachers contacting my parents because they were concerned I wasn’t reading enough. I struggled with English, but entering adulthood I discovered biographies. Looking back, it made sense as I had a passion for history and find people fascinating. Nothing happened for years, but it was my experience as a missionary that put a pen in my hand. The stories I heard. Of hardship and sorrow, but also of hope and triumph, called out to me. I didn’t discover writing – it discovered me.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I write about spirituality, philosophy, and well-being. My non-fiction presents thought-provoking insights into the mystical journey of life and his fictional writing bring together a unique blend of history and spiritual storytelling in the style of parables, where I encourage readers to find their truths hidden in plain sight.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
I have been writing seriously for the last 4 years. I have focused on blogs to build up readership and I have just published my first non-fiction book. A completed fiction work will be published in the next few months.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I originally pursued the traditionally publishing route for a fiction work. Although I wasn’t successful it was a learning experience which I found helpful. I am now focused on self-publishing as it’s something I have control over and the timelines to publication are so much faster. Self-publishing takes responsibility to produce our best work and I have immersed myself in learning best practices.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
There is much advice and many resources to consider, but above all, follow your intuition and the voice that speaks to you from within.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I have a regular job and a family, so writing fits around these. I do not judge what I can accomplish each day and delays often produce the right ideas, with the right voice, at the right time.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope readers will feel encouraged. Problems can be overcome; fears driven away. Each of us has something to accomplish on our journey here and our mission is to pursue it with passion and hope. Find your power question. The one that keeps getting you out of bed and out seeking in the world every day. Let it be your guide. Mine is, ‘what I supposed to learn?’

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
We spend much of our lives feeling stuck and overwhelmed. We worry, self-judge, and need assurance that despite our differences and problems, we are more alike than different. Our shared experiences and connections give us the opportunity to grow and I hope my readers will find new perspectives in my stories. As the blurb for my book says…

Read any good stories lately? I am sure you have. They sent you on a journey—perhaps to another place, a different time…somewhere you have never been before. Tales, yarns, legends and fables fill our human history, and stories are as powerful today as they have always been. Have you ever wondered why you can’t resist going? It’s time to find out…

Breadcrumbs invites you to further adventures. Traveling across time, along crooked paths, wooded trails, and on mountain tops, you will discover:

  • Why stories are critical to well-being and the hidden mystery you are searching to uncover
  • How to interpret the twists and turns of life and find the meaning that makes all the difference
  • How to identify the breadcrumbs that reveal the most important story of them all


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