Shona Kinsella is creating Fiction
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$5
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Hi, I'm Shona Kinsella and I'm a writer. My debut novel, Ashael Rising, is being published by Unbound and is expected out Spring 2017.

In 2014, I took a career break from my day job to care for my children. I decided to turn my hand to writing while I had a little time and very soon I was lost. I love writing. Whatever happens now, I will continue to write for as long as I possibly can. I had expected a very long slog before ever seeing my work in print but my story is quite unusual; the first draft of my first novel was accepted for publication by Unbound.

A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to volunteer to leave my day job for good. Pregnant with our third child and about to have my first novel published, I took that opportunity. I am incredibly fortunate that I was able to do so. At the moment, I'm writing full time, while also looking after my children full time.

I would love to be able to spend more time writing and doing other associated things like attending writers conferences etc. but the majority of my day is spent caring for my children with writing squeezed into little odd corners of time or the evenings, after my husband has come home from work.

I'm currently working on the sequel to Ashael Rising but I also love short-form fiction. I love the different skills and stories involved and I have ideas bouncing all over the inside of my skull. I have been sharing some flash fiction on my blog for free but with very limited writing time, I really need to focus on work that will bring some pay.

Receiving some income from Patreon will allow me to continue to spend time on short form fiction as well as helping to free up some of my time, allowing me to be more productive.

Patronage of the arts is not a new concept - Charles Dickens would carry his work in progress around pubs in London and read sections out to the customers. If they liked it and wanted to read more, they paid him, allowing him the time to continue writing the stories. Can you imagine the depth of works that we would have lost without those patrons?

While I don't compare my own work to that of Charles Dickens, I do think patronage is a great model. It creates a link between the patron, the artist and art. It gives you control over art, something you don't have when we are all beholden to big publishers whose main concern is their bottom line.

If you have enjoyed my work and want to read more of it, then your patronage will be hugely appreciated. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Rewards
Flash Friday
$1 or more per month 1 patron
My undying gratitude and access to my patron-only posts as well as a public thank you on my blog each month. A digital copy of the two flash fiction pieces from my blog each month, along with notes about my inspiration and process for each one. Stories will be curated and made available once a month in PDF, MOBI or EPUB.

Flash Plus
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
For just an extra dollar a month, you also get access to draft chapters of upcoming works and/or deleted scenes from previous works, once a month.
Flash Four
$5 or more per month 1 patron
A digital copy of four flash fiction pieces, two from the blog and two extras each month, along with notes about my inspiration and process for each piece.
Video bonus
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to all of the above, get a 30 minute subscribers-only video each month where I will answer questions posted here or sent to me through Twitter or Facebook.

Chap twice for yes
$15 or more per month 0 of 100 patrons
In addition to all of the above, get a chapbook twice a year with a selection of the flash fiction pieces. Signed and sent out in January and July.
Pen pals
$20 or more per month 0 of 100 patrons
Get all of the previous rewards but with four chapbooks a year, signed and sent in January, April, July and October. Also receive a personal note from me, in the post, once a month.
Goals
$5 of $100 per month
With $100 a month, I could keep a car on the road, freeing up a considerable amount of writing time. Currently, I spend around 3 hours a day just walking my kids to their various activities. I could write around 2000 words in that time.
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Hi, I'm Shona Kinsella and I'm a writer. My debut novel, Ashael Rising, is being published by Unbound and is expected out Spring 2017.

In 2014, I took a career break from my day job to care for my children. I decided to turn my hand to writing while I had a little time and very soon I was lost. I love writing. Whatever happens now, I will continue to write for as long as I possibly can. I had expected a very long slog before ever seeing my work in print but my story is quite unusual; the first draft of my first novel was accepted for publication by Unbound.

A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to volunteer to leave my day job for good. Pregnant with our third child and about to have my first novel published, I took that opportunity. I am incredibly fortunate that I was able to do so. At the moment, I'm writing full time, while also looking after my children full time.

I would love to be able to spend more time writing and doing other associated things like attending writers conferences etc. but the majority of my day is spent caring for my children with writing squeezed into little odd corners of time or the evenings, after my husband has come home from work.

I'm currently working on the sequel to Ashael Rising but I also love short-form fiction. I love the different skills and stories involved and I have ideas bouncing all over the inside of my skull. I have been sharing some flash fiction on my blog for free but with very limited writing time, I really need to focus on work that will bring some pay.

Receiving some income from Patreon will allow me to continue to spend time on short form fiction as well as helping to free up some of my time, allowing me to be more productive.

Patronage of the arts is not a new concept - Charles Dickens would carry his work in progress around pubs in London and read sections out to the customers. If they liked it and wanted to read more, they paid him, allowing him the time to continue writing the stories. Can you imagine the depth of works that we would have lost without those patrons?

While I don't compare my own work to that of Charles Dickens, I do think patronage is a great model. It creates a link between the patron, the artist and art. It gives you control over art, something you don't have when we are all beholden to big publishers whose main concern is their bottom line.

If you have enjoyed my work and want to read more of it, then your patronage will be hugely appreciated. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Recent posts by Shona Kinsella

Rewards
Flash Friday
$1 or more per month 1 patron
My undying gratitude and access to my patron-only posts as well as a public thank you on my blog each month. A digital copy of the two flash fiction pieces from my blog each month, along with notes about my inspiration and process for each one. Stories will be curated and made available once a month in PDF, MOBI or EPUB.

Flash Plus
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
For just an extra dollar a month, you also get access to draft chapters of upcoming works and/or deleted scenes from previous works, once a month.
Flash Four
$5 or more per month 1 patron
A digital copy of four flash fiction pieces, two from the blog and two extras each month, along with notes about my inspiration and process for each piece.
Video bonus
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to all of the above, get a 30 minute subscribers-only video each month where I will answer questions posted here or sent to me through Twitter or Facebook.

Chap twice for yes
$15 or more per month 0 of 100 patrons
In addition to all of the above, get a chapbook twice a year with a selection of the flash fiction pieces. Signed and sent out in January and July.
Pen pals
$20 or more per month 0 of 100 patrons
Get all of the previous rewards but with four chapbooks a year, signed and sent in January, April, July and October. Also receive a personal note from me, in the post, once a month.