We are so excited to be participating in Foster An Author this year! Julia, Ari, and I have each been paired up with three wonderful authors and given the opportunity to get to know them while getting to share with you all their amazing books! All week we will be featuring something about our authors so you can learn more about them and their books. Today I’m going to give you the run down on all there is to know about my author, the wonderful Sheri-Lynn Marean and her Dracones!
About Sheri-Lynn Marean
Living in Western Canada with her husband, kids, dog, cats and chickens, Sheri surprised more than a few people when she decided to write a book. Having grown up riding and working with racehorses, drawing and selling animal artwork, it was a big change. Sheri fell in love with reading at age twelve when she read The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. One day, after nearly tossing an unsatisfying book out the window, she decided to write her own, with characters doing what she wanted them to do. They came to life in her head and Sheri never looked back.
Where you can find Sheri-Lynn
Author FB page:
Amazon Author page: amazon.com/author/sherilynnmarean
Dracones reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1888266421432580/
newsletter sign up:
Q&A with Sheri-Lynn Marean
Q:When did you first realize you wanted to become a Writer/author?
A: I often thought of writing a story of some things that happened in my life for my oldest son, but in 2008, I read a fiction book that really pissed me off, so I decided to write my own stories. I never thought I’d be a writer, never mind a published author, but I’ve always made stories up, from characters in books, or movies or TV shows, I’d just continue on, with what if this or that happened to them. The next thing I knew, I was writing.
Q: Where do you get your ideas for your book?
A: Everywhere! TV, Movies, books, while driving, showering, eating, lol. Sometimes from something someone says, or even feelings another book made me feel, then it’s like, hm…what can I do with that, what if….
Q: What kind of things do you enjoy when not writing?
A: Reading of course. Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Drawing (I haven’t done a lot of in the last 2 yrs, but I recently did up some wolf pictures in Honor of my latest book, Dracones Rogue. I also sell my art on ETSY) Photography, and of course watching my TV shows.
Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
A: I’ve written 6, (Books 1-5, plus a Prequel novella in the Dracones series along with Saberthorn, the first in my Dracones spinoff: Dragonkind – 52 Realms series. It releases Oct 31st, 2017)
It’s hard to pick just one as my favorite, but I think up to this point, Dracones Thaniel has touched my heart the most, though Soroyan, the big bad wolf is coming in a close second, but there is just something about the sweet broken Were-leopard of bk4 …
Q: Do you have any suggestions to help others who have a passion for writing?
A: Don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t do it. Just do it.
Even if you hate plotting or don’t do much, I highly recommend Debra Dixon’s GMC, (Goal, Motivation, Conflict) to make your characters & structure stronger. It is easy to make up a simple chart and use it. Also, KM Weiland’s Structuring your novel. I don’t do much plotting myself, just a GMC chart & a very basic arc, along with a timeline, but KM Weiland’s book has a ton of extra little tips, (hooking your reader, etc)
Make sure you have a hook in your first sentence, paragraph, and all the way through the first chapter to keep your readers reading, wanting to know more.
I spent months in a group called agentqueryconnect.com, and the learning experience was invaluable. So often, I see blurbs that give away too much of the story so that you don’t need to read it, or it just doesn’t hook you. Learn to do your blurb right, there are many resources out there on how.
Make sure you have a handful of decent beta readers. I give mine a questionnaire as well. You don’t know how to find any? Join some author/writing groups on FB, ask other authors whose books are in the same genre as yours to help. A friend and a favorite indie author of mine, Donya Lynne helped me get my first bunch of Beta’s from her own beta’s/readers.
Build a street team, they are invaluable! Get reviews. There are tons of places on FB to find people to review, but make sure it is in your genre.
Hire a good Editor! Be careful, try & get a referral to a few good editors, as some have just slapped the title to their name and sound like they know what they are doing. Get a SAMPLE edit to make sure you can work together. I now have a question I ask any editor I am considering. I ask them to explain Passive/Active writing, and some understand the basic, but not what passive/active writing really is and that there are times that passive voice is fine.
Q: What do you think makes a great story?
A: I like deep characters, not perfect and shiny, but often flawed or broken, or with issues, etc. A good strong storyline, with twists is nice, action and a book that hooks me and won’t let go.
Q: Which Writer/Authors inspire you?
A: Sherrilyn Kenyon is my biggest inspiration, you can’t help but fall in love with her characters and want your own! In fact, a year before I put out my first book, I had a beta reader who hated my male M/C, and while I knew not everyone was going to love my characters, or my books, it still made me take a closer look to see if I could make them any better. I then went back and re-read Sherrilyn’s books again for the 3rd time. I studied what it was that I loved about her characters, then I went to work on mine. I am so grateful to that beta reader for her honesty since I now have readers falling in love with mine as well.
When I first thought about writing, I read Seanan MGuire’s October Day books and that was when I first realized that anything can go. If you think it, you can write it. (Like talking rocks, even if they are slow, lol) So I try to think outside the box as much as possible.
Another inspiration was JR Ward, her characters, their close family even though they aren’t all related, and her multi POV’s are huge in how I write my books. (I love the huge cast and sneak peek into what the next book is going to be about. The same with Donya Lynne and her books, they inspire me as well.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A lot!! LOL
-I’ve started a new book that has nothing to do with my other 2 series and is about The Ferryman of the underworld.
-I’m working on a few of the Dracones books that fall along the timeline at the same time; Zander, Elianna and Toren. I’m not yet sure if they will be full length, or novellas.
-I’m itching to get going on book 2 in my Dragonkind – 52 Realms series.
-I’ve started another Dracones spin off, a Y/A book, not sure if it will be one book or a series.
-I have another book spinning around in my head, wanting to be written.
-My young daughter wanted to read my Dracones but wasn’t old enough, so I released bk 1 & 2 in a CLEAN version for teens/Y/A or any age and am working to get bk3 and then 4 out.
-I also have a Photoshop course I need to work on so I can start doing some of my own covers, along with an Author course. 😊
Q: What genre are your books?
DARK, steamy, Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Q: What drew you to the genre you write?
I love the magical elements, the idea of having powers or abilities, yet other than whatever war they are fighting their personal problems are so human, everyday problems.
Q: Which Actor/Actress would you like to see portraying the lead character from your most recent book? (any book you like)
A: I’d love Jensen Ackles to play Jax, though he might now be a bit to old for my 21 yr old character, so possibly Tyler Hoechlin. I think Poppy Drayton with long wavy back hair as Tierney. Kit Harrington with dark, shaggy blond hair as Sami. Chris Hemsworth would be Zander with shoulder length black hair. Josh Holloway with long silver/blue & blond hair as Kyrian. And Steven Amel with dark brows, dark whiskers, and shoulder length black hair as Soroyan. Dylan Sprayberry with long pale blond hair as Thaniel. (Yes, I love Supernatural, Teen Wolf, Arrow, GOT and so many more of these wonderful fun shows. lol)
Q: Do you write full-time or part-time?
A: Full time as much as possible. My 2 youngest are still at home.
Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?
A: Settling in and writing and not worrying about all the other stuff that I need to do, ie: the formatting, links in the back of the book, updating website, writing NL content, Character Interviews, setting up Promos and Newsletter swaps, FB Parties, Social Media, the next cover, etc. I often find it hard to focus on turning it all off and just writing.
Q: Do you read much, and if so who are your favorite Authors or genres?
A: I don’t read as much as I’d like. I used to read 5-6 books a week, but now I find it hard to make the time, so I only read my absolute favorite authors when their next books come out. (Even then it’s a challenge, as once I start reading, I don’t like to stop and get nothing done, so I have to make sure I have the most pressing stuff done before I start reading those I love.) I presently have 4 books ready to go that I am eager to get too. 😊
I read anything Paranormal Romance/Fantasy, the darker the better.
Again, My fav’s are Sherrilyn Kenyon, both her Dark Hunters and League series. JR Ward, Donya Lynne, Gena Showalter, Nalini Singh, Patricia Briggs, Faith Hunter, Laurell K. Hamilton, Keri Lake, JF Lewis…
Q: How can Readers discover more about you and your work?
My Website: http://www.sheri-lynnmarean.com
Newsletter sign up: http://www.sheri-lynnmarean.com/newsletter/
Amazon Author page: amazon.com/author/sherilynnmarean
I’m on Twitter, instagram & Goodreads, but the best way to contact me is through FB, or email.
Where you can buy Sheri-Lynn’s books
Prequel Novella: Dracones Primalthorn
B&N NOOK: goo.gl/DEu4JV
Google Play: https://goo.gl/sLg597
B&N NOOK: https://goo.gl/mJGX4M
Google Play: goo.gl/PRxcA5
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Google Play: goo.gl/Sai8PG
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B&N Nook: goo.gl/4hNwLQ
B&N NOOK: goo.gl/H8zn55
Google Play: https://goo.gl/NAae61
Saberthorn, A Dragonkind ~ 52 Realms Novel
Releases in the Scorched Boxset Oct 31st.
Sheri-Lynn also has clean versions of books 1&2 appropriate for readers of any age!
Google Play: https://goo.gl/ZkYPGe
B&B NOOK : https://goo.gl/4V5reB