Why she reads bad reviews. Interview with @ScribeShelly #interview

Shelly M. Burrows
Author of 
Dark Harvest

Interview # 2 (of 2)

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

We actually have a dream cast trailer for Blood Moon. For Bentley Britt, I'd love to see Laura Vandervoort play her. Mike Hardy would be portrayed by Taylor Kitsch.

The Vampire Coven Cronus would be portrayed by the talented Bill Nighy For Maximus, James Purifoy, Bellamy would be Emily Didonato, Sigalit would be played by Deepika Padukone and for Kael, the beautiful Karen Gillan.

The wolf pack would be Rachel Weisz for Saoirse, a young Sean Connery for Conri Olcan and lastly Jason Mamoa for our twins, Ramses and Panteon.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Do not let anyone get you down. Just keep on writing because the more you do it, the better you'll get. I look back over my work from years ago and I can see how I've grown. The same goes for any writer, it's a learning process and we are our own worst critics.

Do you have any advice on how to deal with bad reviews?

Bad reviews are just as important as good ones. I will read them and see if they have merit or if they're just personal opinion. If it's a critique about writing style, grammar, flow etc., I will take that and learn from it. It's important to read the bad reviews, they can help you become a better writer.

Your elderly character escapes from the retirement home where his or her children have placed him or her.

Alice was finally able to escape the clutches of the attendants at her nursing home. She was tired of staring at the same four walls, she wanted some adventure in her life again. She was getting older, but she wasn't dead, yet!

She walked down the sidewalk aided by her wooden cane that her great grandson gave her for Christmas. The birds were chirping and the sun felt warm on her wrinkled skin. She paused when she heard the sounds of laughter coming from a nearby park, so she slowly made her way in that direction.

Kids were laughing, playing and squealing like kids do when they're having fun. Alice sat on a bench and watched them, remembering what it was like to be young again. She closed her eyes for the briefest of moments wishing she could live life once again. She imagined what she would do different and what she would do the same. When Alice opened her eyes, to her astonishment, she was eighteen again! How could this happen? Surely she was dreaming? Right?

She stood up and immediately noted that she didn't feel the aches from arthritis. She was truly amazed. She left the park and decided to enjoy this gift, even if she didn't know how long it would last.