Book: The Spell
Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.
Hello, I’m C.V. Shaw, author of The Spell…my debut fiction fantasy novel. I LOVE to make up stories. I’m always making a story in my head. I also write poetry and short stories. I love the world of magic and still get excited to watch Mary Poppins. I was born and reside in the United States. I have two grown children, and by daytime I am a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a Quantum Energy Medicine practitioner. I also teach Mindscape. A course that teaches you how to use the full potential of your mind. Like I said, I love magic!
Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘The Spell’ book?
One of the bigger challenges was writing the one scene at the beginning that would make it all come together at the end without giving too much away.
Also I believe all writing comes from a subconscious aspect of ourselves that needs healing and we symbolize it creatively through our imagination, so naturally, some unhealed parts of me were triggered at a few different points throughout the story.
And lastly, finishing the story, gave me a sense of grief because it was over.
Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Edgar Allen Poe, Guy de Maupassant and Alison Weir. As per books, too many books to mention, but Snow White and the Huntsman, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman all books by Alison Weir.
Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?
As childish as this may sound, it’s the truth…Disney World. I’m very lucky because it is only 4 hours by car from where I live. It truly is a magical place. My inner-child is unleashed. The park never ceases to amaze me and the energy of fairy tales is so alive. I love it there!
Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?
I’m sure there is…but I just dove in head first and the timeline and organization aspect figured itself out as I went along. I always say I feel it wrote itself and I was just a channel.
Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘The Spell’ book?
Exactly 7 months. (Now, the editing…well that’s a whole other animal).
Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘The Spell’ book to buy?
Barnes & Noble, Target.com, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop, Walmart, Google Books
Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘The Spell’?
The cover took a few tries. My designs were too one-dimensional. I wanted to combine the elements of the story and also elicit the mood.I wanted the person to feel as if they time- traveled there by just looking at the cover of the book. Thank God my cover designer and illustrator (there’s a map) Karen Taylor @artbykarentaylor took over and it was like she waved a wand and poof there it was. She’s beyond amazing.
As per the title, well I felt like the actual “spell” held such a presence in the book, that it demanded to be the title.
Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
If I feel it starts to get boring for me, then I know it will be boring for the reader too. When you get around the middle, it is common the story can take a dip…so I inserted a back story that had excitement in it.
Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?
There are secrets, but I would be giving away too much away if I gave them up…just gonna have to read to find out.
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