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New Adventures Pouring In

schrift 3. red whiteBGI think it is interesting that I have a bunch of new opportunities pouring into  my life. I think the old saying once you close a window a door opens is so true. In fact I think it is a tiny window and a huge door. It is so exciting. I am not as brave as you may think I am, I get very nervous to do things I have never done before but I think at this time in my life it is important to grab on to every new adventure that comes my way. So I am catching each wave and just praying that I don’t fall off.

This week will bring the amazing words of Anne Hosansky and her latest book; Ten Women of Valor. “Ranging from indomitable 35816_406565138320_1875124_nSarah to legendary Queen Esther, they confide frank feelings of faith, ambition, passion and sibling rivalry”  Please join us by going to the site below on  Tuesday,  December 4th! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/12/04/chatting-with-sherri

That same day  I will be doing my first personal appearance for “What is your Life StoIMG_9195ry?” I am excited to be able to teach my class in person instead of over the phone. It will be a new and exciting adventure!

Next week I am going to participate in my first Blog Tour for my book Fantasy Time Inc. I will be doing a special Blog Tour blog on December 5th. This week a friend of mine is doing her Blog Tour entry, here is the link,  http://tracykauffman.blogspot.com

I chatted with Greg Kuhn about his book on weight loss called; “Why Quantum Physicists Don’t Get Fat” it was an interesting and lively chat;  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/11/27/chatting-with-sherri

I thought you would also enjoy a look at the interview I had with him on this blog. It is very interesting addition to the Blogtalk Radio interview;

What was the first book you remember loving? Do you still own it?
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.  I couldn’t put it down in high school; I was compelled by the immigrant’s struggles, the inhumane living conditions, and the horrendous work environment in the meat packing industry.  I still own it, but haven’t read it in a long while.
 What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an effect on your own writing?I enjoy books that explore the mind/body connection – I’m reading Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind by Joe Dispenza right now.  My new book, although in the weight-loss genre, is really a mind/body self-help book.  I also enjoy Deepak Chopra and his books definitely influence my writing; I read things that Dr. Chopra writes about and he motivates me to go do research on topics that I want to write about and include in my books.
 Do you remember what is the first book that touched you deeply?
Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, You’ll See It When You Believe It, during a time of personal crisis and was helped immensely by his guidance.  I read that book twice.
 Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920, 1800’s so forth?
I am especially affected by writers who have sprung up at the end of the 20th Century through today who cover the same topic I do: the new paradigms which quantum physics is giving us.  Our paradigms are the reason we do the things we do and, previously, our paradigms had all been based on the old science of the first scientific revolution.  Because quantum physics is so much more precise and reliable than the old science, the paradigms we create from it offer us an amazing array of new possibilities for successful living.  Losing unwanted weight is but one of those.
 Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner?
My office is adjacent to our bedroom and has a large window overlooking our backyard.  Even though we don’t live in the country, I can sometimes see deer and hawks from that window.  I love to be here and write on my large oak desk.  This is a quiet, private spot, yet not isolated from my family since my wife is often in the next room and my sons are usually just down the hall.
 Do you prefer one genre to another?I prefer non-fiction and self-help in particular.  I’ve been writing self-help with my father, Clifford Kuhn, M.D. (aka The Laugh Doctor) since 1995.  And, to escape, I also enjoy reading zombie novels.  I’m pretty sure those are fictional stories.
 Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do prefer an electronic devises?
A year ago I would’ve told you that a book in my hand is where it’s at.  But I was given an iPad for my birthday and that changed everything.  I love reading on my iPad and, with the Kindle app, I can read just about any format on it.  I love having hundreds of books on that small device; I feel like a walking library.
 Can you tell us about what your working on now?
I’m starting my next book in my Why Quantum Physicists… series.  This one is for teachers.  But I’m also spending a great deal of time with promoting Why Quantum Physicists Don’t Get Fat, which is great fun because I’m so proud of it.  I’ll slowly morph into more writing than promoting, but right now I’m doing a lot of talking about the current book.
Author Greg Kuhn is a professional educator and a futurist, specializing in framing new paradigms for 21st Century living. For the last fifteen years, he has written primarily with his father, Dr. Clifford Kuhn, M.D., about health, wellness, and productivity.Greg Kuhn lives in Louisville, KY with a wonderful wife and four fantastic sons (one by marriage) whom he couldn’t have published this book without; you can read more at http://whyquantumphysicists.wordpress.com/ and http://www.squidoo.com/why-quantum-physicists-dont-get-fat.Here is the Amazon link to my book: http://www.amazon.com/Why-Quantum-Physicists-Dont-ebook/dp/B008I3CURM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1341779750&sr=8-2&keywords=why+quantum+physicists
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Insight into the mind of a reader

This week what I have to talk about is how the image can sometimes overwhelm the word.  Anyone who knows me and listens to my show knows that I adore Harry Potter. Recently I watched an interview with the brilliant J. K. Rowling, (one of my modern writing idols along with Dan Brown:) It inspired me to re-read the Harry Potter Series as a whole. So I picked up the first book, “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone” and began to read it again for the first time in many years. I love it so much but do you know what I noticed? I noticed that my memory of the book is not as sharp as I thought it was. I realized that I replaced parts of the book with the movie. This shocked me, because though I am a very visual person I take pride in being a person with an excellent memory especially for things I love, like the Harry Potter series.  I expected to catch foreshadowing of the books that were to follow but what I didn’t expect was that favorite scenes of the book had been slightly altered by the memory of the movie. Does that shock anyone else? I asked around and I was startled that friends and family that I questioned on this had the same experience.

The people I asked were all readers and huge fans of Harry Potter. Does it not strike you as odd, that the movie should actually change the visual concept in your imagination? I don’t think it is odd that I changed my visual conception of the characters features by the actors in the movie but I do when it comes to plot and who is in a scene. I don’t want to give away the book to people who read my blog who may not (for what ever reason) have not read the Harry Potter books and had only seen the movies. I do challenges those people to pick up the first book and read the chapters and see if you can see what I am referring too. I think it is truly fascinating that seeing an image can wipe out the scenes that you read. What a concept!

 

 

This week I chatted with the fascinating Will Smith I, (Proud Papa of the Oscar nominated actor), and the utterly charming musician Tony Smith who have written a wonderful novel that’s entitled “The Waymor”. “It is a jazz club where you just might get way more than you bargained for!” They talk about the road to their book and how they are on the road to make it into a movie. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/11/20/chatting-with-sherri

For more informations on Will Smith I and Tony Smith and their book The Waymor;

The websites are:  www.thewaymor.com
and for any media reqs; www.reedpiconsulting.com

Coming up on Chatting With Sherri, author Greg Kuhn discusses his new book; “Why Quantum Physicists Don’t Get Fat” and how American’s weight gain is not a result of lack of will power, a lack of desire, nor a lack of resolve. This spiraling weight gain is the result of old, inaccurate science. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/11/27/chatting-with-sherri

 

 

 

 

For this weeks author interview I would like to introduce the lovely and talented, Mitzi Szereto who will give us a bit ins on her writing and how what she loves to read; Welcome Mitzi;

What was the first book you remember loving? Do you still own it?
I can’t remember one book specifically (therefore I must not still own it!), but I will say that I was a voracious reader of Gothic mysteries/romances in my formative years. I couldn’t get enough of them. My mother and I would buy everything that came out and consume them like candy. I think that whole Gothic thing really stuck with me, because it has crept into some of my work, most recently my anthology Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance.

What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an effect on your own writing?
I read all over the sphere and enjoy discovering writers I’ve not heard of and also reading several of a particular writer’s books whose work I already know. For instance, I’ve read a slew of novels by Ruth Rendell, Dean Koontz, T.C. Boyle, Margaret Atwell and Toni Morrison—all of whom are very different from each other. I especially enjoy psychological thrillers and have been reading a lot of mystery and crime novels in the last year as well, though I’m not a fan of the hard-boiled detective type novel. I imagine what I read has had an effect on my work to some level, as I’ve always been a firm believer in the old adage that you need to be a good reader in order to be a good writer. However, any effects on my own writing are likely of a more subtle nature than anything particularly overt.

Do you remember what is the first book that touched you deeply?
There was a book that a female classmate of mine was reading in elementary school—it might have been in fifth grade. I can’t for the life of me recall the title, and no, it was not a book for kids or young adults. It was about a schoolgirl whose parents died and she took over running the household in the role of an adult, looking after her siblings and living mostly off what was grown in their garden. It took place in a rather isolated setting, with the character having as little to do with outsiders as possible. I was quite taken with the novel and how the character was totally self-sufficient and didn’t need to rely on others or feel any need to engage with outsiders. I’m not sure what that says about me, but that whole concept really appealed to me even at the young age I was when I’d read the book. Perhaps I found such a scenario far preferable to being at school!

Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920, 1800’s so forth?
I like to read works from many eras, though I do draw the line at extremely dense styles of writing. I’ve enjoyed a lot of books from the early part of the Twentieth Century, especially Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy. I love being drawn back into another time and learning about the way life was. I’m not a history fan by any means, but you can learn a lot about history and life from fiction. As a general rule, I’m probably more so a reader of contemporary works. I live in the contemporary, and I tend to write in contemporary settings. Having said that, I’m doing more and more work in historical settings, such as my Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts as well as a couple of other novels I have in the works. It’s always good to stretch yourself as a writer rather than doing the exact same thing again and again.

Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner?
I’m usually sitting on the sofa with my laptop in my lap. I hardly ever use a desktop PC anymore except when I need to print something out. It’s more a matter of having things to hand rather than any specific nook or corner. It seems that no matter where I go or where I live, I still end up with the same writing arrangement!

Do you prefer one genre to another?
It’s all down to what I’m in the mood for, really. As I mentioned, psychological thrillers are and always have been a favorite, though I’m not one to turn down a good legal thriller, or, for that matter, a spooky paranormal novel. I also enjoy ethnic fiction, particularly novels by Indian and Middle Eastern writers.

Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do prefer an electronic devices?
Although I’m all for the e-readers such as Kindle and Nook, I tend to read physical books. I spend so much time staring at a computer screen that I just don’t fancy reading books on its equivalent. Having said that, I’m considering buying a Kindle at some point!

Can you tell us about what you’re working on now?
I’ve been very busy promoting my current book Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire, which has cut into my writing time somewhat. However, after I get the Miami Book Fair out of the way, I plan to get cracking on some heavy-duty writing! I’ve got a number of projects in the works at the moment, such as a Gothic-themed anthology entitled Darker Edge of Desire. Writers interested in submitting material can find out more at http://mitziszereto.com/call-for-submissions/. I also have another anthology that I’ll be putting word out on very shortly, which will be skirting the horror genre. In addition, I’m writing a novel that’s a sequel to a classic work of literature and which also has Gothic themes in it. Once that’s finished, I plan to get started with my co-author bear Teddy Tedaloo (https://www.facebook.com/teddytedaloo.fanpage) on the second installment in The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles quirky crime/cozy mystery series, the first—Normal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles)–having been published this past summer. And I’d better not forget that I have another novel I’ve been working on with a fellow author. If we can ever get our writing schedules to coincide, we might actually finish the damned thing!

Mitzi Szereto website: http://mitziszereto.com
Mitzi Szereto on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mitziszereto
Mitzi Szereto Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/mitziszereto.fanpage
Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog: http://mitziszereto.com/blog

Mitzi TV: http://mitziszereto.com/tv

Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire: http://mitziszereto.com/thronesofdesire/

Normal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles): http://mitziszereto.com/normalfornorfolk/
Mitzi Szereto Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/72445.Mitzi_Szereto

Mitzi Szereto Google+ official page: https://plus.google.com/b/105002950509883985630/105002950509883985630/posts

Mitzi Szereto MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/mitzi_szereto

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New Exciting Things Coming My Way …

I have been so busy with my show that I sometimes neglect my own writing so I have now scheduled a day to write. Kind of nuts but I feel the need to write!  So that day I am going to be off-line and just relax. I will write, read and do some yoga. I love to do yoga, and I do it once to twice a week because not only is it good for my body it is good for my soul. So I have been really only been practicing it when I am alone and it is quiet.

 

 

 

This Tuesday I had the lovely B. C. Brown on my show. We had a wonderful time and it was a great show. Then I did something I have never done before. I didn’t hit end show and I kept on talking. We chatted about the show, writing and our common interests. There was nothing wrong with the chat but it was not for the public. Then when I listened to the show to my shock it was all there. Forty Five minutes was my first clue something was very wrong. I listened to it and I went into a panic. Oh My! I worked for 9 hours straight to try to fix the situation without food. I was crying when I went to bed. I let my guest know about my mistake and she was sweet and kind about it and I am very grateful. So then I worked again all day Wednesday to try to fix it. I didn’t do anything else just that.  My life was on hold as I tried to learn to be an audio editor. I got it done and in there did a new broadcast. I listened to it while it played but then when I was done it wasn’t there!!!! Then when I checked my stats they were through the roof!!!!!!!!!! I am not all sure why but people seem to like it. Like it was a dvd with behind the scenes. So I spoke it over with several people and my guest and they all said keep it. So here is the show and a very raw behind the scenes look; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/11/13/chatting-with-sherri

You can check all that is BC Brown at her writing blog;  http://www.bcbrownbooks.blogspot.com/  

or Amazon Author page;  www.amazon.com/author/bcbrown

I am so excited about my chat with the fascinating, Will Smith I, (Proud Papa of the actor), and Tony Smith who have written a wonderful novel that’s entitled “The Waymor”. “It is a  jazz club where you just might get way more than you bargained for!” http://www.amazon.com/WayMor-2nd-Will-Smith-I/dp/1475035993/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353123298&sr=1-1&keywords=the+waymor  They are two very interesting men who have written a really wonderful book and our interview should be just as exciting 🙂   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/11/20/chatting-with-sherri

 

 

 

I am going to have my very first personal appearance for my series, What is your Life Story? It will be here in San Diego at the San Marcos Library. I’d love to do a one on one with everyone, and you can please check out the description and link below to find out more info; Everyone has a life history that is full of drama and comedy. You do too. Most people feel they don’t know how to write it out but they do. It is something every one can learn. All you have to do is take the time and start. I can help you. Over the years I have learned a lot. I know tricks of the trade to help you get over blocks or your own fears. I have been there I know what your hiding. Let’s get started! https://learningannex.com/listings/What-is-your-Life-Story/schedule_time

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Saying Yes to The Adventure

This week, I find myself as a writer drawn back to my short stories. I think I have gone a bit mad with all the work I am doing I started to write a fan fiction story. You have to go where the flow dictates, but I do blame The History Channel and my over active imagination. I am about half way done with it and then I will go back to my books. So Crazy!

I am having such a good time with Chatting with Sherri, but I am a bit overwhelmed too. I produce, schedule, write and host the show. It is a lot more than I thought it would be. Especially the scheduling, I am a one woman production team. My super kitty, Xena was helping me but she got bored yawned and walked to go sit on the back of my couch and look out the window. It’s much more interesting to her. Silly cat, I have never done anything more challenging and rewarding then this. To borrow something from Jeff Probst, I am saying yes to the adventure :).

I had such a fun time being interviewed by fellow writer B. C. Brown http://bcbrownbooks.blogspot.com/2012/08/sherri-rabinowitz.html?zx=ccd7e3efcfefa1f5  that I thought it would be great to have her on my show Chatting with Sherri. This
week, please welcome B. C. Brown to chat about her new book, A Touch Of Madness. She will be talking about her books, short stories and website.  According to one reviewer, “Every time you think you’ve got the plot figured out, the author throws you another curve ball!” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/11/13/chatting-with-sherri .

Please listen to this wonderful interview with character actress Dee Baldus on Chatting With Sherri, she talked about her passions for acting and animals. She also talked about creating her characters in her new movie, Milo and the tv series, Monk! Also Dee chatted about her passion for animals and helping our troops as the founder of the wonderful organization, Paws For Troops! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/11/06/chatting-with-sherri .  You can find out more about at her website; http://www.deebaldus.com/  And more about Paws for Troops at; http://www.pawsfortroops.com/. It is a wonderful cause that I am happy to help in any way.

My guest interview this month is with the talented Rebecca Scarberry who published Messages From Henry in June 2012. It has received many positive reviews and continues to do so. It was written for young adults but adults are finding it very entertaining.

Rebecca was born in southern California. She retired at the age of forty-five as a claims analyst for a HMO in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Rebecca lives on a very secluded non-working farm in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas with her husband and seven cats. She has devoted the last year and a half to her love of writing fiction. She is now expanding a fictional short story, Rag Doll. Rag Doll is a crime adventure.

What was the first book you remember loving? Do you still own it?

The first book I was given as a child and loved was one my oldest sister (eleven years older) gave to me.  It was a Little Golden Book entitled  Prayers for Children. It was published in 1942. No, I don’t have it today. Wish I did, it’s somewhat valuable.

What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an effect on your writing?

I like to read books with a lot of description as to scenery, what the weather is like, scents, and sounds, and forensics. When I read books containing these things, it helps me immensely with my writing.

Do you remember what the first book was that touched you deeply?

Yes, The Adventures of Lassie by Mary Reed. As far back as I can remember, we always had pets in our home. I still love reading stories involving animals.

Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920’s, 1800’s, so forth?

I enjoy reading the most current books. The classics are great, but I’ve found that the independently published authors of today are writing very exciting, unique ebooks. Since I started reading ebooks over one year ago, I now enjoy reading fantasy, horror, and paranormal. I never used to read books like this.

Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner?

Yes, I do have a favorite place where I like to write. In order for me to resist the temptation to check my email or Twitter, I print a copy of my work in progress and sit by the waterfall on my farm to edit. It’s very relaxing and I nearly always have at least three cats by my side.

Do you prefer one genre to another?

The only genre I don’t care for is science fiction and erotica. I say erotica because I haven’t read any that I’ve liked. I’m certain there are good books written in this genre. It’s very popular. I simply haven’t come across the right book yet, I guess. To be more specific in answering your question, no there isn’t one genre I prefer over another.

Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do you prefer an electronic device?

I prefer to curl up in bed with my Kindle Fire.  The one time when I enjoy holding a paperback is when an author, I’ve met online, mails one of their signed paperbacks to me. That’s very special!
Can you tell us about what you’re working on now?

I’ve expanded another one of my short stories, Rag Doll. It’s an adult story about a crime that takes place in a diamond park in Arkansas. This book is turning out to be exciting and spicy. I’ve never written anything like it before. I have been reading ebooks such as Murder in Room 305 by Gary C. King and This Time Forever by Patricia Paris to help me with this story. Those two books are very good and helped immensely.  Rag Doll is now with a professional editor.

Thank you Rebecca for that wonderful interview, here is where you can read some of her stories.

Rebecca’s blog is:  http://scarberryfieldsforever.blogspot.com/

The US link to my published novella is: http://t.co/7PcgmjY
My kitty Xena has been busy at the computer again. She has written another ditty entitled; Xena, The Mighty Rug Mover http://wp.me/p2Ljyb-b via @wordpressdotcom
Don’t forget to check out my one on one classes on, The Learning Annex http://shar.es/GtaJH 
And please check out my novels Fantasy Time Inc. and Murder Inc. at; Amazon’s Sherri Rabinowitz Page http://www.amazon.com/Sherri-Rabinowitz/e/B004YTKO86/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_nu_7dvNqb6606E84 … via @amazon
Till next Time…

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My Latest Odyssey

Have you ever found yourself being lost in an area after you had done all the right things so it wouldn’t happen? Did you ever do all the research and made sure you knew how to get there? Yet  the Travel Gods still seem to conspire against you and you still get lost? Well that happened to me yesterday. A trip that should have taken a couple of hours took all day because we kept getting lost.

“What on earth is Sherri talking about?” your probably saying to yourself, right?  Well let me tell you, I had to go to La Jolla to deliver my books for the San Diego Jewish Book Fair. That sounds like an easy task right? That’s what I thought. I looked the address up on-line to make sure I knew where I was going.  It was my brother’s day off and we took our Mom as a mini-family outing. It turned into a family odyssey. It is funny now, but yesterday we were all pretty upset, in fact I got one hell of a migraine.

I had no idea that there was an uptown and a downtown in La Jolla. I looked it up on Google and it looked really straight forward. It wasn’t. It took us about an hour to get there after going in circles and ending up in Pacific Beach because we overshot the correct street. Yeesh! So we got to the office I met with the lovely wonderful lady in charge and dropped off my books.

Now you might think that it was the end of the journey, right? I dropped off  Murder Inc. and Fantasy Time Inc and all was well with the world. We had a lovely lunch in La Jolla near the ocean and it was a good day…but that wasn’t the end. I am not sure what happened but there was a more traffic then I had ever seen on the exchange at home in L.A. We inched our way home, the half hour ride home took another hour and a half. We were all tired and hungry. So much for a simple trip.

The positive part of all that was I dropped off my books for the book fair; http://www.sdcjc.org/sdjbf/index.aspx and I hope that new people find them and love them. Fingers crossed.

I am also excited because I am expanding my series,  “What is your Life Story?” http://learningannex.com/listings/What-is-your-Life-Story/schedule_time .  I am now not only doing one on one’s.  I will be doing a series of talks at libraries around the state of California. Please keep an eye on my website;http://www.rithebard.com/Events.html to see the times and dates. They will start next month and continue on to next year.

The Lovely Adrienne Wilkinson who gave such a wonderful interview; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/10/09/chatting-with-sherri , will be holding her annual charity  event on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 7-9 pm in Burbank, CA at a location within walking distance from the host hotel for the final official Xena convention. Only 30 tickets are available to this event at a cost of $250 per ticket.  Proceeds from sales of the tickets will benefit a family struggling with overwhelming medical costs. There are still tickets available, please check out her website to find out how to come and help out this important cause;http://www.adriennewilkinson.com/meet/meet.html .

 

 

This week I had the pleasure of chatting with Sam Gilmour about his book, “The Borrowed Kitchen.” We had a great time, before we chatted Sam answered a few questions for me;

What was the first book you remember loving? Do you still own it?

The first book I remember loving was Sam and the Firefly by P.D. Eastman.  I think I was about two or three.  I think it was the first indication to my mother that I would be a troublemaker.  Sam is an owl, trying to cope with Gus, a very naught firefly who likes to play pranks on people.  I loved that firefly.  It’s a bit battered now, but it’s still on the bookshelf.  I read it to my eldest daughter when she was a bit younger and now I’m reading it to the younger one.  I think they’re both as supportive of the naughty firefly as I was.  God help me.

What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an effect on your own writing?

I read a lot of fantasy, crime and (the occasional trashy) paranormal.  I think my fave fantasy and sci-fi authors have the most influence on my writing, though I must tip my hat to John Connolly too.  The man’s a genius.

I’ve also been disappointed by a few writers – particularly as they’ve become more famous and subsequently deified by their publishers.  They cease to be matched up with editors with the balls to stand up to them, and that messes up their work.  Any writer who claims not to need an editor is either a liar or stupid or both.  When I read this kind of work, I pick up more on how not to write.  Very useful.

Do you remember what is the first book that touched you deeply?

There are two books that first struck a nerve with me.  I read them one after the other and I can’t remember which I read first.  Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson and E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web are both seared into my brain.  I still have the original copies given to me and I’ve read them both to my six year-old daughter.  They’ve become favourites for her too.

Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920, 1800’s so forth?

I think the period that affects me, not so much in style, but for ideas is the early 20th century – the R.E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft era.  As for style, that’s a bit more vague.  Some of my favourite books of all time were written between 1940 and now and literary style has changed dramatically during that time.

Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner?

Oh I’d love to be one of these writers who can write anywhere.  Nup.  I can’t.  I like to be at my corner desk at work.  It’s quiet, the lighting’s right and there are few distractions.  I also do a lot of writing at home, but mostly when nobody else is home.  I can’t put two words together when I’ve got screaming kids, kids’ tv or loud conversations going on.  I like to have music in the background, but it’s not essential…  Damn it, Sherri!  See what you’ve done?  Now I’ve got the bloody theme from Yo Gabba Gabba in my head.  Shit.  I’m not going to get anything done now…

Do you prefer one genre to another?

Hmm.  I think it’d be better to put it this way:  I know what I don’t like.  I rarely read biographies.  History bores me to tears, and while I’ll read the odd paranormal romance, historical and modern romance usually make me break out in hives.  Give me crime, action, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal anything – anything with a bit of oomph or escapism that’s not solely dependent on oestrogen.

Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do prefer an electronic devises?

I love the look of paper books.  I love holding them.  Smelling them.  I don’t like reading them, carrying them or storing them.  They’re big, heavy and take up way to much space.  I have a Kindle and it’s great, but I love my iPad and the Kindle and other e-reader apps on it.  I go everywhere with it.  I’d marry it if I wasn’t already hitched (and very happily so) to Super wife.

Can you tell us about what you’re working on now?

I have a few projects going.  No such thing as writer’s block for me.  The main wip is Armies Of Nine, the conclusion to my Adventures of Sarah Coppernick series.  I’m also scribbling away at a few shorts as well as planning another raunchy paranormal ala The Borrowed Kitchen and also a cop V serial killer slasher.

Please listen to Sam’s interview to hear more about this and his other creative endeavors; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/10/30/chatting-with-sherri .

 

 

 

 

And next week please join me for an interview with Character actress Dee Baldus joins us this week to talk about her passions of
acting and animals. She will talk about creating her character in her new movie, Milo. Also Dee will chat about her passion for animals and helping our troops as the founder of the wonderful organization, Paws For Troops!   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/11/06/chatting-with-sherri

Join me on my next adventure next week 🙂

Till next time…

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