New Author Spotlight #6: Juniper Shaw
Welcome to the New Author Spotlight series! Each week, I’ll shine the spotlight on a brand new author. They’ll tell you a bit about themselves and their books, and I’ll share the links where you can find out more about them. You never know – you might find a new favourite!
This week’s guest is Juniper Shaw, author of adventure/humour short story Fat Girl Hiking. Over to you, Juniper!
Fat Girl Hiking by Juniper Shaw
‘I might have the neurosis of a writer, the body of a Buddha and the fitness of an asthmatic elephant but I have the soul of an adventurer.’
When 24 year old, English girl Piper agrees to go on a 6-day mountain hike in the middle of summer in South Africa she forgets to take one thing into consideration: she’s fat. Fat and unfit.
Join her journey as you read this brutally honest account of the ups, downs, and hilarity of being a fat girl hiking.
Genre: Adventure, Humour
Publication Date: 11th May 2017
A Bit About Juniper & Her Book
Have you always wanted to be an author, or did you just fall into it?
I have always wanted to be a writer, as a child/teen I was constantly writing. I had these dreams, the same ones we all have, to be a rich and famous writer, actually that’s not quite right. I have never been bothered about being famous or rich. I just wanted to be able to write, I wanted that to be my job. I imagined myself living in a small cottage by the sea, with a dog, just writing. But when you grown up reality comes and sneezes goop all over your rosy fantasy’s. Suddenly I had to do adult things like get a job and pay for car insurance. I hate adult stuff, it’s so boring! It chews up your time and your focus.
What was your inspiration behind your book?
The inspiration was my life. I am fat and I have been hiking. I wanted to write a book which was real, were the heroine isn’t a stunning slim 30 year old, with endless legs and nice hair. I feel like writing Piper helped me to understand myself.
Do you have a particular writing spot, or do you write anywhere?
Where we are living at the moment there is a balcony with a sea view. I like to sit up there and write. I often get distracted by the view, and I keep thinking I see whales or sharks. (I never actually do – it’s just writers imagination) There’s something about it which makes me happy.
What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
I think the hardest part is actually writing. When I sit down to write I get so easily distracted. The internet! Oh boy it’s a killer; youtube, instagram, amazon, they are like time sponges, they just suck up all the time! I think part of me always thought it didn’t matter if I didn’t write because I wasn’t that good anyway. You can get into your own head, thinking ‘what’s the point no one is going to like it. I don’t have any training, any experience, any anything, who on this entire planet will enjoy something I write.’ But in the end I have written. I have loved the whole experience of it, it’s an accomplishment, I had started to doubt I would have. I am proud of myself.
A Note From the Author
I am writing a blog, its about lots of every day topics. Its aim is to be lighthearted and to make you smile. Please come and have a read. I hope it will keep you interested and smiling.
I have also started work on the second book in the Fat Girl series so please keep an eye out for it. I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. I love connecting with readers, I’m so new to this and have so much to learn, so please get in touch.
You can buy a copy of Jennifer’s book on Amazon.
Thanks to Christine for taking part in the series, and thanks to you for reading! There will be a New Author Spotlight post every Wednesday. Click here to read the previous post in the series. 🙂