News #2: Interview with The Book Bag

Over the weekend I participated in a highly enjoyable interview with The Book Bag, which you can find by following this link:¬†Link to Book Bag Inteview. The first question (‘When you close your eyes and imagine your readers, what do you see?’) was really difficult to answer! I had a great time discussing my debut novel and my writing process in general. The Book Bag have also published a review of ‘A Reverie of Brothers’, which raises lots of interesting points!

Happy reading!

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About R. D. Shanks

R. D. Shanks is an author, book reviewer, and English teacher from Ayrshire, Scotland. She graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, with a 1st in Literature in 2013. She has an eclectic taste in fiction, and her favourite authors include Mervyn Peake, Dianne Wynne Jones, Mo Yan, and Sarah Waters.

Her debut novel, ‘A Reverie of Brothers’, was published in December 2014. Her first children’s book, ‘Merlin and Guinevere: A Happenstance Meeting’ was also published in 2015.

Both are available on Amazon: Buy A Reverie of Brothers Buy Merlin and Guinevere: A Happenstance Meeting


This image is an accurate summation of her daily life.


The Princess

These mirrors reflected back the features of the girl slouched on a stool before them. She was pale in the sickly way that was fashionable in the city, slender, and her hair, albeit lank, was long enough to sit on. It swaddled her like a light, blonde cloak. There was naught amiss in any singular component of her appearance, other than the skin being a touch too white, the lips bloodless. These minor, natural flaws did not explain why hers was but the deceptive beauty of the poisoned apple. It was not merely that she was shallow, a creature of simple malice: within her tiny skull a storm raged, hectic, vicious and vengeful. The depths of her character were murky and she herself, had she made the attempt, would struggle to rationalise her behaviour. In morals she was well-versed, for they had been imparted to her through fables as a young child, yet she could find no trace of villainy in her own actions. In her skewed world-view she was set apart.

A Reverie of Brothers by R. D. Shanks