Please welcome today’s Featured Author Sherry Soule to Mother/Gamer/Writer. On this EPIC Friday, we have an awesome interview with Sherry and a chance for you to get your name mentioned in the next installment of the epic SPELLBOUND series!
Welcome Sherry to Mother/Gamer/Writer. For those readers who are not familiar with you or your work can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live with my two children and one very spoiled black cat in the San Francisco Bay Area. I mostly write urban fantasy, which includes elements of gripping mystery, soaring passion, and thrilling suspense for teens and adults.
And I have a morbid fascination with haunted houses, I adore cats, and I love to watch scary movies with my son. When I’m not writing thrilling new tales, I spend my time reading, playing video games, and browsing through bookstores.
My dream of becoming an author started in elementary school and continued through high school, where I spent most of my time reading in class instead of studying…
Do you have a particular writing style? Any odd writing habits?
I don’t really have a writing process. And I don’t really keep notes. But I try to write every day, and usually only keep notes when I have to stop or I think of something that I need to jot down to work on later.
Whom would you consider your favorite authors, or where do you draw inspiration?
Anne Rice had a big influence on my early writing. Not sure, there is any one thing that inspires me to write. I do it because it is my favorite creative outlet. I draw inspiration from everything around me.
What books are currently on your bookshelf?
Ha! Too many to count. I have about four floor-to-ceiling bookshelves crammed with books in my home. Plus, a ton of eBooks on my Kindle. I love discovering new authors to read and enjoy.
Without giving too much away, can you tell us what were your favorite scenes, chapters, or characters to write?
I love Shiloh, the main character in my YA series: Spellbound. Basically, the premise of the series involves an adolescent girl with magical powers, who is chosen by an ancient prophecy to defeat paranormals in the cursed town of Fallen Oaks. She accomplishes this with the assistance of her friends, like a modern-day Buffy.
With paranormal being a prominent genre in today’s market, how did you strive to make your novels stand out among the crowd? Do any of your paranormal beings have any unique abilities that you can share?
The Spellbound series features a town with deep, dark secrets and filled with residents, who all have something to hide. Each storyline is divided into two parts, almost like serialized novels.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I have self-published several books on the writing process, which writers at any stage in their career can find here: http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Soule/e/B00596ANCA
Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to your fans, or to people who are considering reading your novel?
After reading numerous reviews and comments on the two originally published Spellbound novels from readers on places like goodreads and book review blogs, I decided to give the series a major overhaul.
The one thing that most of the remarks and statements had in common was the lack of romance. Basically, readers wanted more “Trent” and now I am happy to comply!
Initially, the budding romance between Shiloh and Trent was more of a subplot. One of the first editors that I worked with on the series, Rochelle French advised me to strengthen the romantic elements, but at the time I didn’t think it was necessary. Now I wish I had listened. She was right, because it does have a lot of relevance to the overall storyline, which I realized as I started working on future books for the series. It needed to become more prominent in order for the series ARC to grow.
So after discussing it with my publisher, we decided to divide each book into two parts. Hence, each novel will now become two separate books instead of one. The new editions will contain additional scenes filled with some really hot, sizzling character chemistry between the two stubborn love interests. And there will also be these really cool bonus scenes at the end of some of the books from other character’s point-of-view—including Trent.
Think of these new editions as the “director’s cut” of a movie, which usually includes deleted scenes, and the film has often been enhanced.
This or That:
Tea or Coffee?
Reading or Writing?
Walking Dead, True Blood or Game of Thrones?
Those are like three of my favorite shows! A girl can’t pick just one. 😀
Books or Movies?
I am a huge moviegoer as well as a voracious reader. But it depends on my mood.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions; it has been my pleasure having you on Mother/Gamer/Writer!
Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:
Official Blog: http://www.sherrysoule.blogspot.com/
Official Spellbound Series Universe: http://thespellboundseries.blogspot.com/
Twitter @WriterSherry: http://twitter.com/writersherry
Deadly Witchcraft. Ghostly Threats. Doomed Romance.
They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Fallen Oaks. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.
When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms.
Finally, Shiloh’s met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent is immersed in the cunning deception that surrounds the mysterious Craven Manor. So much so that he may lose sight of what is truly important to him. And she can’t decide whether she wants to shake him or kiss him. Yet neither one of them can deny the immediate, passionate connection growing between them.
But underlying everything is the fear that Trent may be the next victim on a supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him…
With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.
Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.
Winner will be contacted via email. Your eBook will be delivered via email to download to your e-Reader. (If you’re unsure how to, let Sherry know. She’ll help you.)