Today, I announce with pride and interview with the fierce, outspoken and wise, Sherry Terry!
Sherry lives on Red Bull and sarcasm in a small town in Texas with her hermaphroditic cat named, Hermy.
As a single mother, she put herself through college and worked as a Radiologic Technologist for almost twenty years before she gave it all up to be a bum. In her Champagne wishes and caviar dreams, she spends all of her time writing the next greatest romance novel to hit the market. Her blog is dedicated to helping aspiring writers with how-to articles and awesome research links.
Me: Thanks so much for letting me pick your brain! What can you tell us about your writing process, and the way you brainstorm romance story ideas.
Sherry: I usually get a flash of a scene. Most of the time it’s a sex scene in a particular setting. One flash was of a bound man riding in a wooden cage pulled by horses. When that happens, I write it down as soon as possible. The character won’t get out of my head, and before long, they have a history and a goal. I find my ideas for the plot, the era, the conflicts, and the setting with my research. Then I open a blank document and go for it.
Me: I start with sex too! I’m usually too shy to admit it. Love it. How do you write? Old-school like with a typewriter? Or with a computer, dictate or longhand?
Sherry: Thank God for computers and spell check. I got a free computer with a major purchase about twenty years ago. If not for that, I would not be a writer. I am a horrible speller, and that always held me back from thinking I could be an author. Now I write on a laptop, sitting in my comfy recliner with my feet up.
Me: Spellcheck is a lifesaver! What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
Sherry: The main advantages of self-publishing are the author keeps all of the money on sales, minus a small fee from Amazon or where ever they sell them, and there is no waiting for the publishing house to release it. The disadvantage of self-publishing is a lot of crap is out there, stinking it up for the ones who want to publish excellent work.
Me: Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Sherry: My gut says that no ones hard work should be free, but I need to do some research and see if doing a free promotional increases sales on subsequent work.
Me: Which writers inspire you?
Sherry: I credit my desire to tell good stories to Kathleen Woodiwiss and Victoria Alexander. I am inspired by a writer I met in an online workshop called Critique Circle, named Barbara Elsborg. Her stories are amazing.
Thank you so much, Sherry! Pleasure chatting with you!
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