Profile: Con Shalevski

Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Con and I have been writing since high school back in 1984. This is the first book I have published and I’m so excited to keep doing so.

I’m also a professional wrestler and have been since 1996. I have done some stage acting and I’ve been an extra in many shows, including Neighbours and Rush.

I’m passionate about books and everything that comes with it, but writing sits there on top.

What draws you to writing?
Creating a story and characters would have to be the most interesting part of writing. It all needs to be put in a way where readers can follow and understand.

My ideas over the years have proven to be just that, and now I have the opportunity to bring them to life in a book.

So tell us about your book?
The idea for The Full Moon Murders originally came from a play I had written in school for drama class. Before the play could be performed, the drama teacher decided to change schools and nothing ever generated after that.

I sat on this script for over thirty-five years and now we have this book with the same characters and storyline as the play.

Two detectives team up with an American student whose friend ends up being one of the victims. Annie fears for her life so she gets close to one of the detectives and tries to help out where she can. A chase around Victoria and NSW finds them all in harm’s way. The twist at the end will leave everyone with their mouth open.

Where did the idea come from?
I am infatuated with serial killers and murder. I try to recreate events on what they could possibly be thinking. I try to put myself in their shoes.

Crime/Thriller is the only genre I want to write – well, at least for now.

What’s the story you’re trying to tell?
Murder is not cut straight murder. See what I did there? There are so many ways to kill a person and I will demonstrate that in the books I will write.

And what do you hope your readers draw from your writing?
A new found love and passion for murder mysteries. I have fresh and unique stories that I want to share with all the readers.

What’s your writing process?
I create the idea for the next book while I’m writing the one before. I have a little writing pad that I carry with me everywhere I go. I write down ideas as they pop in my head. I then work out a rough finish to work with and start my story from there.

Tell us one thing about your book, or your writing process, that nobody else knows.
Each chapter gets written there and there on the spot. The ideas flow while I write.

If I’m blank for a period – longer than five minutes – I close the lap-top and try again the next day.

I have multiple stories floating in my head and I need to sort through them for the one I need then.

What are you working on next?
My next book I’m releasing is called The Invitation.

It’s three stories about an event that is attached to The Invitation and what could go wrong at this event.

Is there suspense? Sure. Is it a thrilling, nail biting story? You bet.

Is there murder? One-hundred percent.

When readers talk about you as an author, what do you hope they’re saying?
A fresh and new look in serial killing. More psychotic, more deranged, a lot more unpredictable. I want to show everyone my talented, dangerous and warped mind in storytelling.

Any advice for other writers?
Never stop thinking, never stop writing. Life is a story and we all want to hear a new one.

Follow your dreams and ideas until you have what you’re searching for.

Where can we get your book?
My book, The Full Moon Murders is currently sold online at Amazon, Booktopia and Book Depository. The Book Barn in Belgrave has copies and The Patch General Store sells copies too.

Or, if you want a signed copy, please private message me on messenger and I’ll be more than happy to personally sign it and mail it out to you.

Find me on my Instagram account: conshalevski_theauthor

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