Award-winning author, Sherry Soule currently lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She writes thrilling tales of romance and suspense, often mingled with a dash of the mystical and a splash of trendy fashion. Her published novels do not include any graphic sex, explicit violence, or excessive profanity, so that all of her novels can be read and enjoyed by both teens and adults.
Sherry’s debut novel, “Beautifully Broken” was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the 2011 Wizard and Witch/Sorcery category by The Romance Reviews (TRR). Her adult PNR novel, “Immortal Eclipse” is a *TOP PICK* by Night Owl Romance Reviews.
What inspires you to write?
It is the best job in the world! I love going to work in my PJs or sweat pants every day. I love that I don’t have to commute to an outside day job. I love that I can take a break whenever I feel like it. I love being creative and productive. In other words, I love my job. I feel so blessed and grateful to get to be a writer and do what I love.
Tell us about your writing process.
First off, I use Microsoft Word to create my stories and I should mention that I also use some writing software. For me it takes about four to six months to finish a decent draft.
Once I finish a second draft, I find at least two beta readers that I can convince to read my drivel. With their feedback, I revise. If I get writer’s block or can’t think of a clever way to describe something. I read online poetry. Once I’m full of pretty prose and ideas, I revise again. I’ll continually do this until I have a third draft.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I listen while “they” tell me their stories.
What advice would you give other writers?
Hire a book cover designer and at least one freelance editor. (Do not be naïve—book covers sell books. Well, that and good writing.)
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Once I gave up the idea of a book deal with a New York publishing house and finding an über agent that loved my work, I decided to look into indie publishers. Not a lot of luck there either. Then I read about Amanda Hocking’s success story on her blog. I was impressed and awed. She had taken a chance, so I decided to self-publish one of my early novels. Why not? I talked it over with my mom—who agreed. I had nothing to lose. And since I was out of a job, I had time to promote my work.
Then some of my family members announced that they wanted to start an online publishing company. And guess what? I was the first to sign with them. Sure, they’re small. But everyone has to start somewhere. So, they didn’t mind when I wanted to hire my own cover artist.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Indie presses and self-publishing is going to radically change the industry forever. No longer will the “Big Five” be in control of the market. And now that Amazon is offering both traditional publishing revenues and self-pub services, the world of books will never be the same.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
paranormal romance, young adult, adult, urban fantast, fantasy, science fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print