Congratulations Shayne. Tell us…
What challenges you most in writing a short story? Do you have any tip/s for writing a short story?
The challenge is squeezing everything in so it doesn’t look like it’s squashed. I guess the tip is to think ‘small’. You can’t afford to plonk in a heap of back story, so you have to write economically and efficiently. You have to remain in the present as much as possible in order to bring your characters to life and together in the moment.
Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your story?
I’ve looked at it so many times I’m a bit over it. I still like the start because although it’s in the past (yikes, backstory!) it is evocative and terrifying:
The ocean was in a fury the day Jake Pearson died.
Although an elite big-wave surfer, he was no match for the might of a massive break that engulfed him and his board, holding him under until all the fight was gone and his lungs filled like water bombs.
What was the inspiration for your story?
I love the ocean. I find big wave surfing fascinating. Growing up, I was a wanna-be surfer chick who dreamt of making out with a surfer boy (never happened – and when it almost did I was well into my wanna-be rock chick phase and rejected the offer). I visited Bali in 2010 and went to Uluwatu, which has a reputation as a surfing paradise. I tried to imagine what it was like in the ‘70s, before greedy developers got their hands on it. The photo I took there inspired me.
What are you working on now and goals for the future?
I’m working on a story I started more than two years ago. I’m thinking of too many other story ideas, including one for a book for ‘tweens. My goal is to finish my current wip before I turn 100.
How can people find out more about you/your writing? Do you have a website or blog?
I have an ocean swimming blog, which might not interest anyone but it is often funny and charming. I also have a writing blog I intend to use more as I intend to write more often… than not. My swimming blog is www.swimwrite.blogspot.com and my writing blog is www.shaynesands.wordpress.com
Will we be able to catch up with you in person at the RWA Conference in August?
Yes. As usual, it was a last-minute decision but it’s locked in. I can’t wait to catch up with the wonderful people I last saw in Sydney in 2010 and to forge new friendships.
Would you like to order the anthology for yourself, as a special gift or a Christmas (yes I said Christmas) stocking filler?
Orders are now open and we are taking pre-release orders until the end of June, so plenty of time. Use the order form on our RWA website.NOTE: Pre-release ordering means you are ordering and paying but the anthology will not be available until August (launched at the national conference).