Interview with the One and Only Sheri Williams

Today, y’all, I would like to introduce you to one of the greatest people I know. Her name is Sheri Williams and you may remember I told you she was my book and project manager for The Devil Within. Well, she’s also an awesome writer, and I wanted you all to learn a bit more about her!

So here she is:

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First off, Sheri, tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

Hey there, I’m Sheri. A yankee living in the South. A wife, a mom, a nerd and a writer.  I am overly obsessed with BBC tv, the color blue, all things Alice in Wonderland. I live with my DH, two daughters, two cats and a tiny doxie who thinks she’s a doberman. All in a tiny house with only one bathroom. I write because it keeps me sane. (sometimes.)

What have you written?

Oh many things. I’ve written one solo and one collaborative effort Pick Your Path to Romance stories for SilkWords. I wrote one novel, Mad Magic, and a few shorts that have been published in Anthologies for my writing group The Writing Wenches.

What are you working on right now?

Um…you want one, or all? I have, in the pipeline a gothic horror, a contemp romance short, a paranormal short, another PYPtR for SilkWords, a serial for my new Booktrope Imprint Forsaken, and a Mid Grade Fantasy for the Booktrope Imprint UPDrift & UPRush.

Do you stick to one genre or do you write ideas as they come to you?

I am a genre ho. I can’t stick to one.

What’s your favorite genre to write?

A year ago I would have said romance, right now it’s fantasy. Fantasy horror, high fantasy, fantasy kids. I love it all.

How long have you been writing?

On and off all my life. But I just allowed myself to take it seriously last year.

What draws you to writing?

It just speaks to me. The voices in my head need to go somewhere, right?

How often do you write?

I try to write every day, but life gets in the way sometimes.

Do you draw from your own experiences when you write, or do you rely only on your imagination?

It’s really a mixture of both. Though you will find a Doctor Who reference in most everything I write. Cause I’m a geek that way.

What’s your writing environment like? Do you listen to music when you write?

I wear headphones and listen to Amazon Prime music. I generally write in the evenings on the couch while my DH plays Call of Duty 🙂

What books have you published?

Mad Magic: The Untold Story of the Mad Hatter

A Crisis of Love – SilkWorlds

Gingerbread Dreams – SilkWords

Unwrapping Love:A Writing Wenches Anthology

What are your favorite books?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Bet Me

The Alchemist

What authors inspire you?

Neil Gaiman

Alice Hoffman

What’s your favorite music?

Oh that I can’t pick. I love it all. It changes from mood to day, and everything in between.

Tell me a funny story about you I can’t find elsewhere.

I once got so drunk in a bowling alley that I totally flung myself down the lane.

Links

Website: http://www.thesheriwilliams.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Williams.Sheri.Author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorSheri

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/AuthorSheri/

Amazon Author Page:  www.amazon.com/author/williamssheri

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9836632.Sheri_Williams

Thank you for chatting with me today, Sheri! Now everyone make sure to check out this amazing lady’s work!

The Coffee Tastes Good

Yesterday, I marked one of my goals off the list for the year: Attend a Writer’s Conference.

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Photo Credit Goes to Sheri Williams

So far my goal list for the year looks like this:

  • Publish a Book done on January 31st
  • Attend a Writer’s Conference done on February 28th
  • Query an Agent done on January 18th (I think that’s the right date)
  • Publish a Second Book by May In the process with “The Devil Within.” 

2015 has been a great year for my writing, because I made it so. I dreamed it, but more importantly I started living the dream.  Right now, I’m struggling to look at edits on my book and swallow my pride. I’m struggling to make necessary changes so my book can become the best book it can be. Stay tuned, because in the next few days I’m going to show you the photo of where the idea for my book came from!

At the Mid-Winter Writers Conference yesterday, I traveled down the road with a friend, writing companion, and my project manager: Sheri Williams.Sheri is just like she is on the big ole world wide web: funny, easy to talk to, and inspiring. She’s one of the most giving people I’ve ever met, without that little word expectation stuck to her.

I think my favorite workshop was done by Ashley Kitchens, “Say It So They See It.” She used poems by Carl Sandburg and e e cummings (reminded me of my days in Mr. Franek’s class) as examples. She started out showing us a sentence, “The Coffee Tastes Good,” and as she went through the poems we changed it.  Interestingly enough, “painted ladies” are apparently better known as prostitutes than whores (and only Sheri will get that!). By the end the phrase, “Coffee Tastes Good,” had changed dramatically showing us how the coffee tasted instead of telling us. My coffee phrase: Poured in the cup, it calls me to my day. That’s how I feel about coffee, it keeps me going at 4:30 AM. Oh and all that delicious, rich, titillating stuff too.

I also enjoyed Ellen Maze’s workshop, “Plot and Characterization: Bringing Fiction to Life.” She had the best sense of humor. She had a list characterization questions that should be answered on your character, at least your main character, before you start writing. I already do this, to a certain extent, but not as deeply as she does. I’ll use her outline in my next book and see if it helps my characters seem more three-dimensional.

Overall, I thought it was a great conference. I met some amazingly talented people. And we know, thanks to Kathryn Lang that it’s all about relationships. Because really it is. To be a writer, you need to have people supporting you, social media contacts, and people who are willing to spread the word for you. You need people to bounce ideas off of, to say, “Does this fall flat? I was trying to convey this, did you understand the picture I was trying to paint, the feeling, the emotion that came with it?”

You need someone to say the phrase, “The Coffee Tastes Good,” doesn’t convey meaning. What are you trying to say? Conferences are great for that, giving you a whole new way to think about your writing, and giving you a community who can help you in your journey, one who specifically knows what you’re going through.