CEA Writers without Boundaries, the debut volume for the general fiction anthology from Celenic Earth Publications has been released, and along with that comes stories to exciting, scare and thrill you.
Seven writers and myself from the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) group in the Western Cape Region have been hard at work putting stories together for you to enjoy.
For the next few days, I’ll be revealing the short interviews that I had with the writers of each story to give more insight into not only their story but the writers themselves.
First up is the man who came up with the concept, and pulled a variety of different writers together – Shaun M Jooste who also wrote, Maze for the Dying.
Q: What made you want to do an Anthology?
Shaun: I’ve always wanted to write with other writers. Being a publisher now, I have the opportunity to gain exposure for other writers.
Q: How exciting/strenuous was the process of wrangling writers, who are notoriously slow movers, to get involved?
Shaun: It was more exciting than strenuous. Im pretty easy when it comes to deadlines and I found that when you all share a passion for writing it is easy to work together.
Q: What was the process like of putting together?
Shaun: Since I have my own templates that I have set up for ebook and paperback, pretty easy. It is just a case of copy and paste into my formats, and then setting up the distribution agreements. If I have structure in my workflow, it becomes a piece of cake. The only issue is finding the time, which becomes tough with a family of two kids and a day job.
Question: Turning attention to your story, “Maze for the Dying”, what did you enjoy about writing it?
Shaun: Developing the suspense and thrill at each turn.
Q: How did the inspiration for your story come about?
Shaun: The original Resident Evil game and movie.
Q: What do you want people to take away from it? If there is anything you want to get across?
Shaun: That nothing is ever as it seems.
Q: What was the most challenging aspect of the process?
Shaun: Developing a thrilling story with suspense that makes sense and drives fear.
Q: Lastly, how proud are you of the finished product?
Shaun: Absolutely on top of the world. I think all writers pulled their weight and above on this one and we all have a reason to be proud.