Sheri: Thank you so much for having me here today!
Remedy Maker is about Rhycious, an ex-military Centaur medic whose battle scars are unseen. Moments of high stress bring about hallucinating flashbacks, a condition he continually fights to overcome. When he meets Patience, a beautiful Wood Nymph and the race of the late enemy of his people, he learns about unconditional love and the healing power of a single touch.
Together they must battle human hunters wishing to enslave the mythological beings, rebels taking over the centaur kingdom, and the affection they have for each other in a mythic world filled with prejudice.
Wish I could say a moment of utter brilliance came upon me, and without further hesitation, I had my idea down in rough draft. Not quite the way it happened.
I signed up for an online writing class and the assignment was to put our character in a pitch-dark room and write from his/her point of view. Participants in the class turned in the same old rhetoric: people who were blindfolded, struck with blindness, in a cave, etc. I wanted something different and somehow a centaur in hiding came to me.
And then I asked myself the all important question – what if…?
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Sheri: I do have a routine, but do I stick with it? No.
On paper, it all looks good. After working-out and feeding the livestock, I should have five uninterrupted hours of writing. Well, try telling that to the 1200-pound horse who came up lame, or the 25 head of sheep that broke out of their grazing pasture. Things pop up all the time, and I can only counter and parry in kind.
In a perfect world, where time is always on my side, and English muffins come buttered with honey, I would have all daily marketing complete and emails answered in 15 minutes.
Jen: How do you choose the character’s names?
Sheri: The name Rhycious came to me right after the story idea blossomed in my brain. I played with the spelling until I felt it was right. My heroine’s name took a bit longer but by the time I finished outlining the beginning, her name was firmly entrenched in my mind.
As I started world building and creating minor characters, I thought of reoccurring themes, variations of names, and nationalities with cultural differences. All of these have an intricate part in the writing of Remedy Maker.
“What’s your name?” His voice rumbled deep and comforting.
She pushed her heavy eyelids up and sought his face. Her lips formed the word, but the sound wouldn’t come.
The armband drifted closer when he planted strong arms on either side of her shoulders to lean in close, tilting an ear toward her mouth.
She breathed deeply and caught his scent, and a whole lot more. Masculinity, spicy and rich, filled her head with promises of wicked pleasure. She and her friend Daisy often giggled over these naughty things.
She pushed her name out on the exhale. “Patience.”
If his scowl appeared terrible before, it grew positively black now. Was the guy in a perpetual bad mood, or what?
“You want me to have patience?” His gaze flicked over her length. He took a deep breath, held it, and then let it out between pursed lips. “Look, I don’t know who you are, but you must have family in the area. So, if there’s someone . . . .”
Deep resonations vibrated his tone. Despite his fierce façade, Patience found her caregiver’s voice downright soothing. She shouldn’t have gone down so easily in her latest encounter with the hunters. Fear only played a minute part of her current illnasty. In truth, she hadn’t felt good for months.
Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?
Sheri: My husband inspired me to pick up the pen. If he hadn’t suggested I try my hand at writing, I’d most likely be a frustrated farmer eeking out a garden in my border collie-filled backyard.
Jen: If you could travel in time (either forward or back), where would you go and what 3 things would you take with you?
Sheri: Ooh! Good question! Because I don’t know what the future holds for me, I think I’ll visit the past and not jinx myself. I’d like to see the Garden of Eden before it was corrupted and only goodness thrived in the world. I find it hard to imagine such a place existed at one time. What would it be like where every thought was positive and pure? Before hate and insecurities were born. Where clothing was non-optional.
The three things I’d take with me are:
Digital camera with 128 GB of storage
Jen: What’s next for you?
Sheri: So glad you asked! I’m currently writing two books — Book Two of the Centaur series tentatively named Trolly Yours. The outline is complete and I’m digging in with all ten fingers to finish the book. The story involves a character with a huge ego named Aleksander, introduced in Remedy Maker. He meets the only mythic female in the Boronda Forest who isn’t fazed by his charms and good looks…and the sparks fly!
I also wrote a short story called Portals of OZ for one of my publisher’s anthologies (Love Down Under) and had so much fun, I decided to write additional shorts for two more anthology calls. The stories are based on the mythological characters I created for the Boronda Forest.
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And now it’s contest time. One lucky commenter at Romancing the Book will win one of these gift bags. All you need to do is leave a meaningful comment as well as your email address.
In addition to the goodie bag, if you leave your email address your name will also go into a drawing for the grand prize of a $20 Amazon gift card at the end of Sheri’s book tour. Visit this link to see all the tour stops if you’d like to read more about Sheri, Remedy Maker and well, up your chances at winning.
And last, your comments will also enter Jen into a contest for the tour hosts. The host with the most commenters will receive this gorgeous rhinestone studded, hand decorated book bag crafted by Tina Garcia of Blingitude.com. Come on everyone! Let’s get in the game!
Both contests will end on August 31 and are open internationally. Remember the key is to include your email address… and if you’re worried about spam, please augment your addy by spelling out AT or DOT (it’ll looks something like admin.bookblog AT gmail.com).