Getting personal with Shawn Chesser

To fans of zombie books this guy hardly needs an introduction. Shawn Chesser is June’s winner of Zombie Book of the Month Club. His series of Zombie books will take you on a hell of a ride. Shawn is a family man and loves his kids with all his heart. He is also very smart and funny. It has been a pleasure to get to know him better.  If you don’t know him yet please make sure you get to know him. Buy his books, read them and please remember to leave a review. Please welcome Shawn Chesser to Roadie Notes………

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I had to have been in grade school. It was probably a story featuring Star Wars characters or Marvel superheroes.

2. How many books have you written?
As of right now I’ve written and published twelve full length novels. Most average over 100k words. My latest, ABYSS, came in at 130k.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
Politics or religion.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m weeks away from turning forty-nine. My aching knees and receding hairline are the only things constantly reminding me of my age.

I’ve been happily married for nearly twenty-four years.

We have two kids: Raven is thirteen and Cade is ten.

I’ve been writing full-time since 2011.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

That’d have to be Trudge. I wrote it as a lark on my iPhone while Cade played with other kids at the indoor gym. It rains a lot here in Portland. Though it’s far from my best work (It’s pretty bare bones, to be honest) I’m proud of the fact it was my first real accomplishment after getting sober in 2006.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

My mother and stepfather were both voracious readers. That’s where I learned to love to read. The writing came later and acted as a sort of therapeutic thing that I now love to do. George Romero is responsible for my love of the genre in which I currently write.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
Maureen and I both love to go to the mountain. She skis and I snowboard. I’m a huge aviation nut. I really dig air shows and comic cons.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I usually go see a movie by myself. As soon as possible after that I take the family out to a nice dinner.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I write in my office with some classic rock playing in the background.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I would have stayed in college and really learned the nuts and bolts of it all. I still throw commas around like daggers. My editor will testify to that.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
My dream is for people to keep enjoying the fruits of my crazy imagination. Everything else is gravy.

12. Where do you live?
Portland, Oregon. Real close to downtown and equidistant (seventy or so miles) to Mount Hood and the Oregon Coast.

13. Pets?

Two goldfish. Kylo Ren and Rey. Cade named them after Star Wars The Force Awakens characters.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Being my own boss.

15. What is coming next for you?

I’m writing a serial story called PEACEMAKER for nationally distributed SKILLSET magazine. I’d like to write a thriller novel along the same lines but with different characters.

You can connect with Shawn Chesser here: 

Facebook Page: Shawn Chesser

Facebook Author Page:

Amazon Author Page:

Twitter handle: @sdchess

My webpage

Instagram:  shawn_chesser_author

Some of Shawn Chesser’s books 


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