I would like to welcome Shauna Nosler to Love of Books! She is the author of The Caretakers, and has been nice enough to let me interview her.
Shauna Nosler was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in and around Oregon’s Willamette Valley and just like one of the main characters in The Caretakers, she knows first hand what it’s like to spend carefree summers in and out of friends back doors, swimming holes and relatively minor mischief. Shauna studied economics, although admittedly she only signed up for the major because there was a cute guy in her ECON201 class, at the University of Oregon where she toiled with short story writing on the woes and wonders of sorority life. Eventually, she moved cross country with her husband where she began freelancing for regionally based magazines and newspapers. They now live in Indianapolis with their three children and chocolate lab, Norm (yes, from Cheers- Cliff lives down the street). The Caretakers is her first published novel.
Where you can find Shauna and her lovely book:
What inspired you to write The Caretakers?
I spent a number of summers playing around the Calapooia river and that carefree attitude was part of what I wanted to convey in the book. That and I’ve always found the concept of due process and abortion intriguing. Throughout my life my views, thoughts, opinions have varied on the issue depending on the different circumstances I was in. I’ve never had an abortion and I’m thankful that I’ve never been put in a situation where I actually had to make that decision. I think, that sometimes people on both sides are too quick to say what they would do in that situation … I really believe it’s just too difficult to pronounce that you would do this or that if you found yourself facing an unwanted pregnancy … everyone’s circumstances are different … and the right choice for one woman is not always going to be the right choice for another. If that makes any sense??
What was the hardest part about writing the book?
Deciding how to inform the reader about the 14th amendment – because I didn’t want to offend anyone. And deleting parts. It’s hard to actually get rid of writing that you like but when you realize it just doesn’t fit … well then for the integrity of the story line you have to delete it.
Which character from your book would you most like to have dinner with, and why?
Caroline. Because she is a mixture of myself at that age and my daughter who is twelve. Then again, Mabel’s a pretty good cook so she’d be good to have dinner with too.
Do you have any current/future projects?
Marketing … I sort of hired myself to be my own publicist and it’s a lot of work! Working on my blog posts – I love to write opinion based bits about all sorts of things; and I only want them to take the reader 3-5 minutes to read them … someday I’d love to have a syndicated column. And I’m in the process of editing, deleting, reviewing my second book The Rubythroats.
What book(s)/author(s) have influenced you?
I can’t really say that I was influenced by any particular books or authors … my high school English teacher told me once that I had a gift to tell a story that people would want to read. She was definitely an inspiration.
Do you listen to music when you write?
Sometimes I hook my earphones up to my computer and have to listen to classical music to block out other thoughts. It has to be music without words or it’s too easy to get distracted and sing along.
Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?
Nothing except the obvious that I hope they read The Caretakers and I hope they like it and suggest it all their friends …And I want them to know that I am approachable … if they have a comment or question about the story they are welcome to ask me. Always.