"Ten year old Shawn Trenell is having a difficult time with understanding exactly what the phrase every adult keeps uttering to him, "Act Your Age" means. Aren't ten year olds supposed to have fun and joke around all of the time? Why was everyone on his case all of a sudden? Read more to experience a typical day in Shawn's shoes. Along with the adventure, discover the lesson he learns about growing up and what his mom realizes about having patience."
Let's get to know the mastermind and creator of "ACT YOUR AGE SHAWN TRENELL!"
Q:If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A:I would tell my younger self to take risks in their writing. Read more genres and overall...read more! Great readers make great writers and I feel that by exposing myself earlier to more great works it would have strengthened my writing more and exposed me to more creative works.
Q:How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
A:I think that publishing my first book has made me more confident to not doubt myself as a writer and to take those writing risks that I sometimes doubted or didn't consider because I want to "play it safe." The response has been great and I was nervous about how my work would be received.
Q:What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
A:The best money I spent as a writer would be the money invested to fund a quality illustrator and formatter as well as towards my recent first book launch. I had a vision for how I wanted everything to be and it exceeded my expectations. I am pleased with the bar that has been set for my very first book.
Q:What does literary success look like to you?
A:Literary success looks like one being able to capture their voice and essence through their writing and not have to mimic someone else's style/voice and being able to share this style with others in hopes of inspiring someone else that identifies with the writing or is moved by the writing itself.
Q:How do you select the names of your characters?
A:My character names are diverse and representative of various cultural backgrounds.
Q:What is your favorite childhood book?
A:My favorite childhood books were the Addy books from the "American Girl" series and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.
Q:What does "Representation" mean to you?
A:Representation not only refers to race and culture to me, but age, ability, learning style, occupation, gender and more. Any and everyone in the world should be blessed with the privilege of being able to pick up a book and identify with it, but this is unfortunately not the current reality.
Q:Where can our readers find your book(s)?