Interview & Contest: Sheri Fredricks

Jen: Today we welcome Sheri Fredricks to Romancing the Book as she makes a stop with us during her blog tour.  Sheri, please tell us about Remedy Maker and where the idea came from.

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.

Here’s a scene between Rhycious and Patience:

“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.

“Try again.”

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.”

“Huh?”

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
Wirebound journal
Toilet paper

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.

You can also keep up with me at:

Website |  Blogsite |   Facebook   | Twitter  |  Google+

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).


 






26 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Sheri Fredricks

  1. Desere Steenberg says:

    Thank you for bringing this fabulous sounding author to my attention,the book sounds divine. I like that the characters you are descibing are different from anything else that I have heard of before.

    Thank you for sharing and thank you for a truly stunning contest.

    Desere

    deseresteenberg AT gmail DOT com

    • Hi Desere,
      I’ve been told my story is unlike anything the reader has read before. And truly, I’ve never come across shape-shifting Centaurs and disappearing Wood Nymphs before either. If you have the opportunity to read Remedy Maker, I hope you’ll let me know what you think.

      Thanks for coming by.

  2. Crystal Newman says:

    This sounds like a wonderful contest. Jen really needs that tote bag!!! I can’t wait to read this book. Sounds like one that I would really enjoy.

  3. Great interview! I love that Sheri would take toilet paper with if she traveled in time…always go prepared! 😉 This book sounds divine and I’ve added it to my ever growing wish list 🙂 Thanks for the contest and here’s hoping Jen gets the bag 😉

    Molly(at)reviewsbymolly(dot)com

    • Molly – it was a tie between TP or feminine products. I hope that one day Remedy Maker makes it to the top of your wish list, and you’re able to read the book – AND review it!! That would be a special treat for me.

      Good luck to you and Jen!

  4. June says:

    This sounds like a good, interesting book. I have not read about Centaurs before. Thanks so much for the interview & excerpt.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  5. Mary Preston says:

    I know so little about Centaurs in general. Just fascinating!!

    I enjoyed the interview thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  6. Patti P says:

    This is definately different than anything I’ve been reading lately and that is always a great thing. I love different. Thanks!!!
    It’s going on my wish list right now.

    musicalfrog at comcast.net

  7. Deana says:

    The Centaur and Wood Nymph have peaked my interest. It’s something new and fresh and I very much looking forward to reading Remedy Maker!!
    Thank you for the wonderful interview. I too, would take a digital camera with the most storage and as much battery power that I could into the past. Congrats on you new book.

    Also I love the names!!!

    Deana
    mysticjaguarflower AT gmail DOT com

  8. Linda says:

    Talk about “had me at hello”; Rhycious, an ex-military Centaur medic? Just about everything in that line had me going Ooo!! in delight.

    Most unusual to come across a story with a centaur hero.

    thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

  9. Jessica says:

    The interaction between Rhycious and Patience have definitely peeked my interest (the cover of the book may have also caught my attention – hubba hubba, lol). I’m a fan of fantasy but I usually stay within certain bounds… I can’t remember reading many books involving centaurs and none involving wood nymphs and this seems like the perfect opportunity to change that. The interview was interesting as well. I loved the fact that Sheri thought to take toilet paper with her on her trip back in time. Most people wouldn’t have thought of that. 😉

    XXtangledXX AT gmail DOT com

  10. JoAnne says:

    Interesting premise with the Centaur. Outside my normal interests but definitely whet my appetite to read more.
    Thanks for sharing. Great interview.
    jbcweiss AT sbcglobal DOT net

  11. Ohhh! Love the cover of the book and the story sounds awesome! LOL – I had to laugh at the 3 things that you would take with you – toilet paper ( a very vitally important thing, excellent thinking!!) I would have to have my Kindle Fire and hope and pray that there is electricity! lol

    cafeofdreamsbookreviews@yahoo.com

  12. You had my interest at “ex-military Centaur medic”! Wow!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Laura
    bookcaseLaura (at) gmail (dot) com

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