Interview with the fierce Sherry Terry

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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Interview with the Hysterical Julia Ward

I am so pleased to introduce to you, the kind, warm and FUNNY Julia Ward.

She is a Pacific Northwest native. During childhood she delighted in running with the family’s pack of dogs through the neighboring forest, pretending so many adventures. More stories filled her head over the years with only a few making it to paper. Now, with kids grown with kids of their own, she looks forward to sharing her stories with others and hopes they’ll bring a little fun or love into someone’s life.

A variety of disparate jobs during her years has given her some interesting experiences and knowledge leading to the formation of some quirky characters.

Currently, her primary genre leans toward the romantic side but she also has works in progress that wander into the sci-fi as well as the paranormal realms.

Julia looks forward to getting to know her readers and hopes they enjoy her work.

You can find a little more about her at About.Me/JuliaWardAuthor

And some of her rambles (and perhaps a snippet or two) at halffastwriter.wordpress.com

Okay straight on to the questions! What is the hardest thing about writing for you?

Julia: The seat of my chair. It’s really hard. Hahaha Seriously, the most difficult part of writing for me is sitting my butt in the seat and focusing on a story. Once I get started writing though it just flows and time passes without me noticing.

Ha!  Yes, it’s the same with going to the gym. Getting there is the hardest part. For your books, once you finish them, do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Julia: (laughs) We’re not supposed to but let’s be honest, we all judge books by their covers. The problem with trying to come up with a cover that will attract readers is that you might come up with a cover that doesn’t fit your story. Probably a good idea to look at what’s selling in your genre at a given moment and if there’s a trend, find a way to use that to your advantage, BUT remember that this is your book also. It needs to reflect your style. You’ll attract the right people. (Reminding myself of this too as this is the kind of thing I over-think.) ;)

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Julia: Oooo Best question. I’ve gotten some really weird comments on things, but they say any PR is better than no PR so I try to take it all with a salt lick.

Some people are going to love you because you happened to give a character the same name as their favorite aunt. Other people are going to hate you because a character has the same name as that jerk that screwed them out of whatever in college. Some will despise that you use the word “screwed” in your interview. Others will love you for it. Plus, there’s always personal taste. The story might be great but a person will give it a bad review because it was too long or short, too romantic, not romantic enough, too this or that. My plan is to focus on thoughtful reviews rather than knee-jerk reactions and improve my skill where I can. My plan is to ignore the rest (after a small breakdown because we are our craft). ;)

So… after all those stressful reviews, how do you relax?

Julia: Usually playing some game on my phone or computer, or reading a book in the tub.

Bath tub. I miss that beautiful place. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Julia: Write every day. Just write. It doesn’t have to be good, in fact don’t worry if it’s absolute crap. A good photographer will take a thousand pictures before they get The One. Musicians have scraps of paper with little bits of music on it looking for just the right progression. Writers have crap all over the place. And if you want to start with FanFic, then do. It’s a great way to get writing practice and you already know the characters.

Thanks Julia! So much fun chatting with you. Always a blast!

Thank you for your time, Immy. This was fun!