Shannon Felton On The 5 Things You Need to Know to Become a Great Author

Kristin Marquet
Authority Magazine
Published in
5 min readOct 19, 2022

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Never say no to the muse. Granted, sometimes it comes at the worst times, but try to get yourself to a piece of paper as quickly as possible. Those moments of inspiration are what every writer chases. Stay with it as long as you can, even if the dishes aren’t done and the phone is ringing.

As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Shannon Felton. Shannon Felton currently lives in Buckeye, Arizona with her family and pets. She is the author of THE PRISONERS OF STEWARTVILLE and short fiction. When not writing she spends her time losing at chess, binging TV shows, and annoying her cats.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path?

Thank you for having me!

Telling stories has always been a part of who I am. My mom used to say that I talked just to hear myself talk and she wasn’t entirely wrong. In class my creative writing assignments were always much longer than what the teacher had asked for. As I grew up, writing professionally began to feel like an impossible dream, but I could never look at a blank piece of paper without itching to grab a pen. I can’t imagine not ever writing, not feeling that urge to put words to paper.

Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?

I’m just starting out in my professional career but the most interesting thing that’s occurred so far would probably be the first tweet from my first fan. Carol in Minnesota had read PRISONERS and loved it. Not my mom, husband, or friends but a real, actual person. Well, you know what I mean!

What was the biggest challenge you faced in your journey to becoming an author? How did you overcome it? Can you share a story about that that other aspiring writers can learn from?

It’s not original, but my biggest challenge was the fear of failure. Of not being good enough. Truth was, I’d…

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Kristin Marquet
Authority Magazine

Publicist and author based in New York City. Founder and Creative Director of FemFounder.co and Marquet-Media.com.