Intimate Conversation with Shaun M. Mathis

Intimate Conversation with Shaun M. Mathis

Shaun M. Mathis  is an Connecticut born writer who's goal is to never write in the same genre twice.  Shaun has been writing since the age of 12 but professionally since the age of 24 and is publishing his second book, SameInnocence.

Shaun now resides in Atlanta with his soon to be 2 year old
daughter, Jordyn-Symone Mathis. Shaun writes because he knows the magnitude of words and how well they mesh with creativity and imagination.

BPM:  What makes you powerful as a person and a writer?  What makes me powerful as a person is my relentlessness not to follow to the "norms"  of society. I walk to the beat of my own drum and I think so outside the box that is intrigues and scares people. What makes me powerful as a writer is my ability to push the envelope and keep a reader guessing and drawing
conclusions during the entire book.

BPM:  Who are your mentors? Where do you find your inspiration? I have no mentors but my inspiration comes from my mother. She worked hard so I would have the opportunities to flourish and now that I have them I am inspired everyday to take advantage. My other inspiration is my aunt Kiesha who is the youngest of 4 girls but was undoubtably the strongest.

BPM:  Finish this sentence- My writing offers the following legacy to future readers...My writing offers the following legacy to future readers...that will make future readers understand that storytelling is an art form, an art form that when done correctly without any restriants is more beautiful than anything else in the world.

BPM:  Introduce us to your book and the main characters. The main characters are Maurice Monroe, a gifted track star from North Carolina who has everything he needs in life and the other main character is Sharice Hill, a troubled young woman from Santa Monica California with a dark secret.

Same Innocence by Shaun M. Mathis 
Maurice Monroe is a gifted track star from Fayetteville North Carolina raised with a strong  family background that has his goal set on running in the Olympics. Maurice wants to wait until  marriage to loose his virginity but his choice is clashing with Lauren, his sexually charged girlfriend.
Sharice Wilson is also a gifted track star from California who’s running from her home life and a  
dark family secret, which has turned her off from men and sex. Sharice uses the track to escape her  
home life...When the two meet for the first time at the Penn Relays, two things happen. Sharice is  
attracted to a guy for the first time...and Maurice becomes love struck.  

Eventually, the two embark on a meaningful relationship that is headed in one direction, marriage.
Until Sharice finds out disturbing news surrounding her childhood, which sends her in a violent rage.
But that is only the beginning.

Unbeknown to Maurice, his family has a secret of it's own. The secret is so massive that it has the  
potential to destroy the house that love has built. The lovebirds have more in common than  music, sexual beliefs and Olympic dreams as the energy fueling their love is coming from a source no  one would believe. Will their love survive? Or will the price of love cost Maurice and Sharice their  lives? Will love conquer all? Find out....  

BPM:  Who were your favorites? Are your characters from the portrayal of real people? My favorite character is Sharice because she is written from the portrayal of my friend Brooke. They both have a violent side when they are pushed to that level but deep down all they both want is to be loved the
right way.

BPM:  What specific situation or revelation prompted you to write your book?The song "No One" by Alicia Keys made me cry the very first time I heard it because it was so beautiful. After I listened to it, I wondered if I could write something so beautiful yet tragic, will it make complete
strangers (especially men) cry.

BPM:  Who do you want to reach with your book and the message within?Everyone because Same Innocence  is a love story and love has no limits, love is selfish and everyone has gone through a point where they questioned love or their love for someone based on specific circumstances.

BPM:  How will reading your book shape the readers lives? It will shape the lives of readers because readers will realize that everything on the surface is not what it seems as well as witnessing what it takes to love another person when the whole world is against you or in your face. It may teach people that the minor things standing in the way of his or her happiness may not be all that serious and if it is, then maybe he or she will understand that it is worth fighting for.

BPM:  What are some of the specific issues, needs or problems addressed in this book? Specific issues or problems addressed in the book are faith and religion issues, dysfunctional family issues, abandonment issues, rape, triumph, issues with love, suicidal issues, the want to love and be loved
and the list continues.

BPM:  Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book? I want readers to gain inspiration and the idea that true love does exist despite potential or evident road blocks. I want readers to gain a sense of self worth, determination and drive within themselves.

BPM:  What do you think makes your book different from others on the same subject? Same Innocence does not focus on one subject but multiple subjects that are mixed to form the beautiful struggle that the story is. My book is not written for a specific gender or racial background, it is totally universal.

BPM:  Share with us your latest news, awards or upcoming book releases.  iTunes has picked up Same Innocence as an audio book and will be a
downloadable app for the new iPad and iPhones. I have also recently moved
to Atlanta and we are working on an independent film for Same Innocence.

BPM:   How can our readers reach you online? Shaun M. Mathis  or search Author Shaun Mathis on facebook. More of my writing can be found on

 Aapri Books & Shaun M Mathis This Hurts  and  Same Innocence


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