My Interview With Fellow Georgia Author – Shane Etter

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Today’s interview is with Shane Etter, author of the Dwellers Series and resident of Georgia by way of Jackson, Mississippi. While we’ve only talked a few times, he’s a man who enjoys life and lives it to the fullest — and has the start to a great series of novels.  Here’s what his Amazon Bio has to say about him~~~

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Shane Etter’s first novel, Bottom Dwellers, is an award winning supernatural thriller.

He’s a native son of Mississippi and is proud of the great literary heritage of his home state. Some of the finest 20th Century authors, like William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, John Grisham and others have called it home. Although Shane is primarily a self-taught writer he has taken a number of writing workshops and classes by such noted authors as two time Pulitzer Nominee Jedwin Smith, Mary Helen Stefaniak, and Kaylie Jones, daughter of the great James Jones.
Shane makes his home in north Georgia, where he is currently working on the next Patrick Dylan and Trudy Price adventure and where he lives with his standard poodle Pearl. He collects books and wine and enjoys working out in his spare time.

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Now that you know a little more about Shane, let’s really take a look into the man’s psyche. Yep, it’s interview time !!!!!

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Hello, Shane. Thanks for dropping by. Make yourself comfortable and relax. Here’s my first question for you – Your books seem to be a hybrid of Sci-Fi, Adventure, and the Preternatural. What made you start your writing career in those genres?

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Thanks for having me and that’s a good observation, John. To this point I have called my stories supernatural thrillers. My first influence was Stephen King. I’ve always liked how he played in different genres–sci-fi, paranormal, straight thrillers, etc. I figured if I were going to emulate someone why not emulate the best. Me laughing out loud. New faves now include F. Paul Wilson and John Connolly and they do the same thing. I learn so much from reading these wonderful writers.

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When buying a book, the cover catches your eye and the synopsis captures your imagination. What else determines the choices you make in purchasing / reading a novel?

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That’s it John, the cover and the synopsis. Jut like on a good bottle of wine, it has to pass the label test, a pretty label, then the description has to intrigue me.

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(After a short aside to sample some of the fine wines from my cellar, we continued with the conversation at hand) From your Facebook page, fine dining appears to be a delicious facet of your life. Tell us about your favorite meal and your go-to-restaurant?

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I love good food and fine wine. My favorite meal is anything my fiancee cooks. Dee, is Filipina and Filipina women are known worldwide for their cooking and she’s the best. If I had to pick a restaurant I’d say Kyma, a Greek restaurant on Piedmont in Buckhead.

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Do you have a WIP and, if so, what’s the theme and how far are you into the process?

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My 3rd book in the Dwellers series, Trail Dwellers, will be out on 7-31 and I’m 90% done with my WIP, my first standalone novel, called A Brain In Third Person, which is a psychological thriller about a serial killer in Atlanta and Savannah, GA.

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I would never write a scene that involves a _____________?

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I would never write anything about children being hurt or hurting animals, particularly dogs. Other than those, anything goes. In fact I’m pushing the envelope pretty well with my newest work.

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If you were gifted with $30,000 in spending money — where would you travel to and why?

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$30,000? Hmmm. Rome, Italy to see the coliseum. I love history. And since Dee and I are planning to retire to the Philippines, we’d probably go there as well.

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You’re from Mississippi, live in Georgia, and you’re a New York Jets football fan. Please tell us why?

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I’ve been a Jets fan for 47 of my 60 years and for a number of years went to 3 or 4 Jets games a year and was fortunate to meet and get to know many former Jets greats like Wayne Chrebet,Curtis Martin, Keyshawn Johnson and others.

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Last Question — You meet someone who’s about to write their first novel. What tip/s would you give them?

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Read, read, read. Like Stephen King said, “if you don’t have time to read you don’t have time to write and you certainly don’t have the tools.”

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Thank you for a great talk, Shane. I’m looking forward to your new novel and I wish you the best of successes with it.

Now, read on and take a gander at his first two books, check them out, and add one, or both, to your collection today.

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BOTTOM DWELLERS   Image

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SYNOPSIS — After suffering a stroke, forty-eight year old, karate black belt Patrick Dylan is scuba diving in Lake Lanier for exercise and therapy.  He encounters green skinned mutant people with gills who have been living there for more than fifty years, since the lake was created. While diving, Patrick also meets beautiful Park Ranger Trudy Price who soon becomes his fiancée. Just as with all people, there are good and bad among the bottom dwellers of Lake Lanier. Patrick battles with the bad and is surprised by the good. Thinking that they have left subterranean life in the deep waters of the lake, Patrick and Trudy get married and head to New York City for their honeymoon. When they are visiting the Cloisters Museum, a curator is found murdered. They are thrust into the investigation and discover another subterranean culture: The Mole People of underground Manhattan, denizens of the abandoned subway and train tunnels. Patrick and Trudy are once again coping with good and evil among a different kind of bottom dweller.

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BUY LINK —  http://www.amazon.com/Bottom-Dwellers-Shane-Etter/dp/1612960235/ref=la_B004XCDY1I_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403978706&sr=1-1

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RANDOM REVIEW

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BOTTOM DWELLERS is an Imaginative murder-mystery with the focus on good and evil By J. Weaver on September 2, 2012

Format: Paperback

An entire township is flooded and becomes the waterbed of the newly formed Lake Sidney Lanier. Running 200 feet deep the giant lake hides many secrets. Forty-eight-year-old stroke survivor, Patrick Dylan, makes regular scuba dives in the lake as a form of his exercise regime.It’s by the lakeside he meets Park Ranger, Trudy Price. Regular dives bring new shocking surprises as Patrick explores the depths of the lake reveal a hidden society. Is the green-scaled community, talking with him telepathically, real or a depth-induced hallucination? Then he encounters the Mole People, another subterranean society, this time existing beneath Manhattan Island. BOTTOM DWELLERS is an imaginative murder-mystery with the focus on good and evil. An excellent original page turner. Author Shane Etter shows us he can plot an interesting and thought provoking story and should be around for a long time! A MUST read!    John Weaver  Books-and-Authors.net.
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Image   MIND DWELLERS
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SYNOPSIS — Upon returning from their honeymoon in New York City, Trudy Dylan is loaned from her job as a park ranger with the U.S. Park Service at Lake Lanier to the state of Georgia Department of Natural Resources to work at the site of a nuclear laboratory ruins. Her husband, Patrick, begins his retirement as an adventurer. After battling the Bottom Dwellers of Lake Lanier, Trudy hopes for a more peaceful job in the forest. However, mutant tree people mess with her plans. Patrick and Trudy, with the help of Patrick’s cousin, bottom dweller Duncan Dylan, confront the evil tree people and encounter a worldwide conspiracy to take earth back from humans. Their struggles find them once again in the abandoned subway tunnels underneath Manhattan where their ultimate battle ensues…
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BUY LINK —  http://www.amazon.com/Mind-Dwellers-Shane-Etter/dp/1612961894/ref=la_B004XCDY1I_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403978706&sr=1-2
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RANDOM REVIEW
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Well thought out thriller! By Fulltime Reader on May 18, 2013

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Mind Dwellers is a well thought out, intelligent, supernatural thriller with likable heroes and evil creatures. Etter creates something that makes the unbelievable believable. The ending prepares you for the next one in the series and only makes you wonder where he will take us next.
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