About Sheri Chapman:
Sheri Chapman is a spiritual being who loves life and laughing, but you couldn’t tell it by her stories. She writes historical romance, dark suspense, supernatural, and shape shifter. She captivates her readers by twisting fantasy and reality together. Once hooked, there’s no escape.
What inspires you to write?
Many things inspire me to write. I can be walking in the woods and pass a headstone, and suddenly, a new story is born. I can be talking with another person, and the conversation can give me ideas. I never know when or where I'll be when I'm blind sided. Story prompts can often inspire.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
To name a few, Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling,
The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis,
A Wrinkle in Time books – Madeleine L'Engle,
The Earth's Children books – Jean M. Auel,
Nora Roberts – I love her romance trilogies and her “In Death” series (aka J.D. Robb),
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss – historical romance, Sandra Brown – suspense and romance, Mark Greaney – The Gray Man, Brandon Sanderson – The Reckoner series, Neal Shusterman – The Scythe series, and Peter V. Brett – The Warded Man series. Of course, there are many, many more.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am mostly a seat of the pants writer. Typically, an idea is born, and I just sit down and write. The story basically writes itself. I may have a tentative ending, but most of the meat writes itself. My newest story was a short one written for an anthology. I had many people say they couldn't wait to see what I did with it. In essence, it was a 15,000 outline that is now 70,000 words. My editor helped me a lot.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't talk to them, but I live in their world. I've found myself in their world when I'm doing other things. When this happens, I can't wait to get back to a computer to write it down before it the new ideas fly away. Sometimes my characters surprise me with what they do or how they develop.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't give up. There is always a place for an author. Trient Press is accepting new authors, and it's a relatively small company with the potential to grow to large proportions. Self publishing is another avenue. Just don't give up. When one door closes, many more open.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have been with smaller companies before, but now I'm with Trient Press. They are small but growing – newly opened doors for a traditional house. Check them out!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With COVID and quarantines, I think reading and television will grow. Radio also, but I think there is a bright future for authors and publishing houses alike.
What genres do you write?: historical romance, dark suspense, supernatural, and shape shifter.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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