THE ENCOURAGEMENT LETTERS
WILLIAM CROMWELL, at age eleven, knows what it is like living with new changes. In 1865, Manchester, England, a new textile factory moves into town, and after a tragedy befalls him and his mum, they struggle to survive. With so many things going on in his young life, he wants to be the encouragement that his father was to him. As everything changes, along with terrible hardships, just maybe the hope he gives to the growing town will find its way to Will. This fictional novel will inspire young readers as Shanna Spence walks them through a story confronting the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in England. During the nineteenth century, the Industrial Revolution impacted communities across the island. Lessons of kindness towards others and about respect for our fellow man are front and center in this story. Caring and sharing play a role as we see a young boy also dealing with balancing a normal childhood and a reality of child labor during the Industrial Revolution.
What inspired you to write your first book? Where did you get the ideas for it?
My inspiration came from a local author 4 years ago. I knew that I wanted to tell stories at a young age and I thought about writing a book but was too scared until I met Cyndi Lord, and she told me I could do it. My idea came from a dream I had January 2010, it so happened that I was the 11-year-old boy in my book.
Who are your favorite authors? What books have most influenced your life? Why?
My favorite authors are John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allen Poe and John Grisham for a more recent author. The most influential book for me was The Grapes of Wrath.It gave me some insight on real poverty during a time when there wasn’t help available and people relied on each other during those times.
Is there a message in your novel you want your readers to grasp?
The message is very simple: Treat each other with kindness and encourage people no matter what the situation. Look for the good in the things that happen in life instead of focusing on the bad stuff.
Are there any verses or quotes that you find inspiring? If so, why?
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. I love this verse for today due to so much hate and violence, we have forgotten how to love.
Care to share a bit of your current work-in-progress with us?
My next book is also a historical fiction. I had another dream January 2018 and I was a Caddo Indian girl at the beginning of the dream set in 1810.
What do you do in the ‘real world’ when you’re not writing? What do your friends and family think of you being an author?
I am an RN. I work in the recovery room of Christus Good Shepherd Ambulatory Center. My friends and family are very proud of me for conquering my fears and making my stories a reality. They can’t wait to see what I am up to next.
Tell us a little about yourself, perhaps something not many people know?
Most people don’t know how funny I can be, my family does of course, but I make light of everything and can seem to make people laugh. I secretly have thought that maybe I can be a stand-up comedian for my next career!
Are you a planner or a pantser when it comes to writing? (Planner – outline; Pantser – sit down and write)
I am a bit of both. I do make an outline just to jot down some thoughts, but I do not always follow it as I get caught up when writing.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? If there was anything in your publishing experience that you would change, what would it be and why?
I would tell aspiring authors to go for your dreams and ignore your fears or they will hold you back. For publishing I had a great experience for this first time, I had a lot of learning moments but I had Susan Reeder holding my hand the whole way!
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I always want input on my writing. I always think there is room for improvement in anything that you do.
About: SHANNA SPENCE
Twitter: @AuthorSSpence https://twitter.com/AuthorSSpence
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Shanna-Spence/e/B077NH77V1/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Shanna Spence is a wife, mother and registered nurse of over 20 years. She has written poetry since the age of 13, and always dreamed of writing books. Raised in a small East Texas town, she pursued a career of nursing in Dallas, Texas, but eventually went back to East Texas to settle down and raise a family.
Now after several years, she found the time to fulfill her dream of writing stories that will hopefully bring out the imagination in others as well as inspiration. She is currently living in Longview, Texas.