Part Five: Interview with Sheila McDougall

Last month Quarter Castle Publishing sat down with Sheila McDougall and talked with her about her upcoming release City of Light and Shadow. This is the final group of questions.

QCP: Are there any authors (living or dead) that you would name as influences? If so who are they?

Sheila McDougall: Were I writing literary fiction, my influences might be the late Nova Scotia writer, Ernest Buckler, as well as Margaret Laurence and short-story writer, Alice Munro.McDougall, Sheila - City of Light and Shadow FRONT

I have a fascination with abnormal psychology and in popular fiction like reading stories of the dark side of human nature. I enjoy the work of southern Gothic writer, Flannery O’Connor, and Shirley Jackson, especially her short story, The Lottery. Stephen King also has an admirable knack for inserting popular culture into his tales, making them even more real and terrifying.

QCP: Do you have any advice for other writers that might help them finish writing their first book?

Sheila McDougall: I strongly recommend finding supportive writer friends as I did. Writers are often self-critical foot draggers who benefit from a cheering section and even occasionally a figurative boot in the pants to keep them on track.

DON’T FORGET to enter the Goodreads Giveaway for your chance to win a signed copy of City of Light and Shadow.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this intimate glimpse into the story behind City of Light and Shadow with Sheila McDougall. Look for the contemporary thriller in paperback (in both standard and OpenDyslexic font) and eBook later this month.

If you’ve missed the earlier interview posts you can read them here: Part I, Part II, Part III. and Part IV.

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