Thanks for taking the time to visit Manic Readers, Sherri.
Did you always want to write?
No. I never considered writing growing up. It wasn’t until my publisher approached me after reading some of my online stories that I considered being a writer.
Is there anything you need to get those creative juices flowing?
It depends. Sometimes, I can just sit down and write. Other times, I need to have some music playing in the background. For Red Zone, I listened to a lot of country music.
I read that before you can write, you have to get to know your characters. Is this a long process?
How does it work exactly? Have you ever had a character come to you that you knew immediately?
It depends on the characters, but I’ve never had a main character that I’ve known everything about immediately. Most of my characters tend to reveal themselves in layers. Getting to know them involves a lot of talking through their motivations. Rebecca was a perfect example of this. She was so closed off, and controlled. When I started talking things out (and yes, I mean talking to myself out loud about my story and characters) her childhood began to shape itself in my mind. It happens that way with most of my characters.
I love romance. There is something about seeing a couple fall in love and get their happily ever after that draws me in every time.
Will you stick with contemporaries or would you like to write a futuristic or historical romance?
For now, I plan to stick with contemporary romance. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever write anything else. If I get a story idea for a historical or a paranormal, I’ll write it. So far, that hasn’t been the case, and I have story ideas in my notebook to last me for several years at this point.
Can you tell us a bit about your series featuring the Daniels brothers? Behind Closed Doors and RED ZONE. Do they need to be read in order? Why a series with brothers?
This series centers around four brothers, Chris (Behind Closed Doors), Gage (Red Zone), and Paul and Trent who’s books will be coming in the future. One of the things I love about these brothers is that although they are all strong, family oriented men, they are all very different. Getting to know each one of them has been a fun process. They don’t need to be read in order, although, I know when reading books, I always try to go in order so I don’t miss the little things. For example, if you read Red Zone first, Chris and Elizabeth are already together, but the reader doesn’t know their story. In some ways, I think that takes away from any added elements they contribute to future stories in the series if you don’t know what the characters went through to get where they are.
Why the suspense element vs straight contemporary romance?
Suspense adds an element of danger and drama to the story. I like to use that to not only propel the story itself, but also the relationship between the characters. Plus, it’s always fun to write action scenes.
Does writing the erotica/bdsm satisfy a creative urge that the romantic suspense doesn’t’?
Writing BDSM is certainly different than writing romantic suspense. I’m not sure you’d say it satisfies an urge the other doesn’t. It’s just different. When I’m writing romantic suspense, I have to concentrate on balancing the romance and the mystery elements. In my BDSM stories, I’m focusing on getting the BDSM right. I do a lot more research and talking to experts with my BDSM stories than I do with my romantic suspense novels.
Is there another genre you’d like to try writing?
Not really. I think no matter what I write now, or in the future, will fall into the romance genre.
Do you have a favorite book or genre to read?
Romance. I write the types of stories I like to read.
I tend to prefer romantic comedies, however, I also like a good drama or action movie every now and then.
Have you read anything lately that you’d highly recommend?
I don’t get to read as much as I used to, but the book that I enjoyed most last year was Scored by Lily Harlem. It’s about a sports reporter covering a soccer tournament. I don’t think I got anything accomplished in the two days I spent reading it. I also enjoyed Maid for Love by Marie Force. It’s the first in a series, and I’ve added the others to my TBR list.
Do you have a WIP you can tell us about?
At the moment, I am in the middle of edits for the third book in my Finding Anna series, Truth, which will be out this summer. If you or your readers haven’t read it, it is a series that has to be read in order since each book picks up from where the last one left off. I’ve also begun writing book four in that series. I’m hoping Finding Anna book four, the last book in Stephan and Brianna’s tale, will be out winter 2013/spring of 2014.
Thanks again for taking the time to visit Manic Readers, Sherri. I’ve enjoyed it.
After a case ended badly for Rebecca Carson, she’s losing her mind sitting around her apartment waiting on her superiors to allow her to return to work. Since she was a teenager, the only thing she’d ever wanted was to join the FBI. Now that dream was in danger.
Gage Daniels has made a pretty good life for himself. A nice house. A career he loves. As a professional football player, he’s used to getting almost everything he’d ever want with just the snap of his fingers. This includes women. A well-timed smile is usually all it takes to attract the opposite sex, especially in Nashville.
When a stalker threatens Gage, the team owner calls an old friend, Rebecca’s ex-partner Travis Hansen, to help protect his star quarterback and find the person responsible. Hansen offers Rebecca the job, and she jumps at the chance. It’s work, and it will get her out of her apartment. How bad can it be?
Posing as Gage’s girlfriend, however, isn’t as easy as it seems. The man is relentless. Rebecca must work to protect Gage while staving off his advances. She’s there to do a job, nothing more. The last thing she wants is to be another notch on a hotshot athlete’s belt.
As the stalker continues to up the ante, Rebecca finds it harder and harder to keep her distance from Nashville’s star quarterback. He isn’t what she expected in one of the city’s most notorious playboys. Now all she has to do is keep him safe until they can find his stalker, and hope she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.
Sherri is giving away an ecopy of RED ZONE to one (1) lucky commenter who answers, ” do y’all prefer straight romance or do you like a bit of danger thrown in? ” Giveaway ends @ 12am est 2-18-13 with the winner announced shortly thereafter.
My review of Red Zone for those who may be interested.
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Sherri is the author of four novels: Hidden Threat,Slave (Finding Anna Book 1), Need (Finding Anna Book 2), Behind Closed Doors (A Daniels Brothers’ Novel), Red Zone (A Daniels Brothers’ Novel), and a short story, A Christmas Proposal. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three cats. Her mother fostered her love for books at a young age by reading to her as a child. Stories have been floating around in her head for as long as she can remember; however, she didn’t start writing them down until she turned thirty. It has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found helping her husband in his woodworking shop.