Sherban Young splits his time between Maryland and Maine, and has often been called the next P. G. Wodehouse, or at the very least the current Sherban Young. He is the author of numerous witty mystery novels, including two detective series: one starring Enescu Fleet, well-aged man of the world; the second featuring Warren Kingsley, bodyguard not-so extraordinaire.
What inspires you to write?
Life isn’t always what you hope or expect it will be. I enjoy creating a little world I can live in and so can my readers. (I guess that sounds a little antisocial.) I write mysteries because I love problem solving. I love a puzzle and the process of discovering the solution to a puzzle. In real life, things aren’t usually that neat and tidy.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to start with a very rough idea of the story. Then I write a scene or two. Finally I go back and map out the whole story. I don’t always stick to everything I’ve mapped out, but this gives me some direction and helps me not to get off path too much.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes. Of course. It would be rude to ignore them. I’ve discovered that the characters are in charge of the story; that’s why I don’t like to be rigid with my story ideas. My characters are just going to make me change them anyway.
What advice would you give other writers?
Persistence is really the only thing that matters.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve worked with publishers of various sizes, and I now run my own press, which is very small. I decided to go that route because I like to be in charge and have very firm ideas about how I like things done. Working with a press or going independent both have their advantages, but these days you can surround yourself with so many great people – illustrators, editors, proofreaders, PR experts – that you really can do it yourself without doing it ALL yourself, if that makes sense.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s very much in flux right now, but in a good way. I think a lot of positive things can come out of the shifts in the industry.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print