Friday’s Featured Author: Sheri Queen
I’m so pleased to have Sheri Queen (Fellow Hotel Paranormal author) on my blog today. I’m so excited to be a part of this series and so proud of the work Sheri and the rest of the authors have done (and are doing). I hope that all of you have been reading and enjoying these books!
Before I get to the interview, let me tell you a little bit about Sheri.
Sheri Queen received her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York—an area she loves to depict as a backdrop for her stories—and enjoys traveling to new places where she is constantly discovering inspirations for her writing. In particular, she loves visiting graveyards.
Tell us about your latest release?
Bounty Huntress is a paranormal romance set in the Hudson River Valley area of New York, in and around Sleepy Hollow. It centers on a young woman, Janda Gray, who has spent her life living on the fringes of her community because she’s a Lykoi–half werecat and half wolf.
She makes her living as a bounty hunter. It’s not the easiest life, and she’d like nothing more than to create a new existence far from the wolf pack she grew up in. She thinks her luck is finally turning around when she obtains a lucrative contract to capture a werepanther accused of killing the woman he was supposed to marry.
But nothing is simple. Janda must go through an interdimensional portal to get to the Hotel Paranormal where her target is holding up. Once there, she finds herself siding with her target, and quickly falling in love with him.
Now she must risk everything to help him—including the love they share.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
Both. I start out with the best of intentions by plotting, but find myself diverging down the pantser path as the story unfolds.
What was the most difficult part of the publishing process for you?
The technical issues of formatting for the various platforms, and dealing with trying to update material when I find a typo that MUST be corrected or the world will come to an end.
How about the most fun?
Connecting with other authors about their publishing experiences. It’s such a good feeling to know you aren’t walking this path alone. The outpouring of support has been amazing.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book, which isn’t Bounty Huntress, came from an article in an 1881 newspaper that got me thinking about how I could make it into a modern era story. That story was my thesis novel for my MFA program, and it’s sitting not so quietly on my to-be-published shelf. It really wants off that shelf but it has to wait its turn. Bounty Huntress had to be released first.
Do you have any writing rituals? (Time of day to write, must have beverages? Etc?)
I write whenever and wherever I can. I help raise my toddler grandson, who is exhausting. I generally wait until he goes to sleep to start writing, so I’d say I don’t have a set ritual—just survival.
Who is your go-to author, the one you know you can always count on to deliver a great story?
There are several, so it’s hard to pick one. I’d say the one that inspired me for this particular series I’m writing is Patricia Briggs and her Mercy Thompson books.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to quilt, although it’s been a while since I’ve been able to have that kind of time. I also recently started dabbling in jewelry making. With jewelry, I can do it in short increments, which fits in nicely with my caregiver responsibilities. I also read whenever I can, and find great joy in introducing my grandson to books.
What do you think makes a good story?
A story with characters I can connect with and root for as they struggle to triumph over the obstacles in their life.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I don’t recall any one thing. It changed—a lot. I’ve never been one to live my life as doing one thing. Variety is the spice of life.
What projects are you working on at the present?
The next story in the Sleepy Hollow Hunter series. Bounty Huntress is the lead-in to the series. I’m really enjoying where it’s going.
What do your plans for future projects include?
My thesis novel won’t be able to remain on the shelf too much longer. It’s very antsy and wants its turn, but I’m not ready to juggle two series at the moment, so I may have to padlock it to the shelf a while longer. I’m also polishing a story for an anthology that will be coming out early next year.
What paranormal creature is featured in your book?
A Lykoi. It’s a paranormal creature of my own making. As far as I know there are no other instances of Lykoi creatures being written about in the genre. A Lykoi is a real animal. It’s a cat that has the look of a wolf and behaviors of a dog. It’s been called the werewolf cat. I just made my Lykoi a LOT larger than the real Lykoi. Lol.
How does your main character feel about his trip to the HP?
My character feels out of place and mistrustful of the Hotel. She likes to think she’s in control of her own life and her trip to HP tests her in many ways.
What was your favorite part about writing in this group project?
I love seeing what everyone else is doing with the world. We all have the same Hotel and staff, but it’s how the authors’ version of it comes to life that is fascinating.
THIS OR THAT
• Breakfast or no breakfast? Breakfast
• Eggs or pancakes? Pancakes
• Pork Bacon or Turkey Bacon? Both
• Scrambled or Over Easy Eggs? Scrambled with kale or spinach, and other veggies thrown in.
• White or Wheat Bread? Neither
• Macaroni Salad or Potato Salad? Neither
• Mashed Potatoes or Baked Potatoes? Baked
• Hot Dogs or Hamburgers? Hamburgers
• Cookie Dough or Cookies from Scratch? From scratch
• Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie? Apple
• Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt? Frozen yogurt
• Taco Bell or McDonalds? McDonald’s because that’s where I take my grandson
• Carrabba’s or Olive Garden? Olive garden
• Sweet or Sour? sweet
• Sushi or Smoked Fish? Neither
• Chicken Nuggets or Chicken Fingers? Neither
• French Fries or Salad? Salad
• Pringles or Lays? Neither
• Salt and Vinegar or Sour Cream and Onion? Neither
• Coke or Pepsi? Coke
• Surge Soda or Mellow Yellow? Neither
• Black Coffee or Cream and Sugar? I don’t drink coffee
• Gatorade or Powerade? Neither