About Shilah Ferr:
I grew up in northern New Jersey with my brother and sister. We share treasured memories of high school, the Jersey shore, and skiing with cousins, all of which became a part of April’s Heart! I went to college in Washington DC and became a teacher. I now live in Virginia Beach, Virginia with my husband of thirty years. Our two boys are in their twenties making their own way in the world.
What inspires you to write?
I always wondered if I had a book in me. In 1977 I kept a diary for the whole year. I kept scrapbooks for every school year after that almost through college. Pouring through these materials after unearthing them from my attic inspired me to write. I had the idea that I would roll my experiences with several boyfriends back in the day into one life long relationship.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I love romance, especially erotic romance, so E.L James is a favorite. I also love the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I recently finished The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah before that.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an avid “power walker”. As I walk I think and think about what should happen next, and where the story is going. I get inspired by the music playing through my earbuds and make note of phrases and ideas that I think are romantic or sexy. When I get home I write down notes before I forget, and hope to incorporate everything somewhere in the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I want to connect with what the characters are FEELING. Through my words I try to portray the emotion and angst by describing thoughts, facial expressions, even hand gestures. April’s thoughts are often unanswered questions. I love that part.
What advice would you give other writers?
Authenticity is paramount. Be brave knowing that no book is everyone’s cup of tea. I had to keep reminding myself that some people are going to find my story objectionable or offensive and that’s ok.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wrote one or two queries before I realized that was a dead end. I chose KDP because it is free.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think traditional publishers may have to rethink their accessibility. Even famous people publish on KDP.
What genres do you write?: Romance, Erotic Romance, Mature Content
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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