1. Can you tell our readers a bit about you?
Hi! My name is Sheri Chapman, and I have a busy life! I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was in the fifth grade, but that dream didn’t come to fruition until about six years ago. It just goes to show you that you should never give up on what you want!
I love helping people, so my day job is being a teacher to young women and men with high functioning special needs. I mostly work with students who have mild learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism, or behaviors. I have one more year of working in the public-school system before retirement!
I also raise exotic-colored Pomeranians. I have a licensed kennel and am inspected by Missouri State, USDA, AKC, and my veterinarian. I love all animals, but the Pomeranian holds a special place in my heart. They are like furry babies. I want to share my love of his special dog with the world.
I have four beautiful girls. My baby graduates from high school this year. I have a great relationship with each of them, and they are the treasures in my life. I sometimes bounce writing ideas off them, and they give helpful advice.
2. How do books get published?
Books get published through hard work. Whether it’s self-publishing or using a company, it takes work. There is a lot of edits and promotions you’ll have to do to get your name out there and build up a reputation. I did another interview where I talk a little more in depth about this. If you’re interested, check it out! https://lusterlexicon.com/writer-spectacle/featured-writers-5/#eighth
3. How many books have you written?
I’ve written several. I only have two novels out at this point, a short YA story, and several stories in anthologies, but I have two more young adult shape shifter novels that I want to rework and release as soon as I can. My first attempt at a full novel was dark. It was never published. It was over 400,000 words long!
Here is what is out and what is coming soon:
Wild Passion (Book 1 of the Passion series – historical romance)
Wild Dreams Publishing
Wild Passion is COMING TO THE MOVIE SCREEN!!!
(It will be PG13 and renamed “Captive Heart”)
*filming begins in 2019
Passions of the Heart (Book 2 of the Passion series – NEWLY RELEASED 2019)
Wild Dreams Publishing
“Eyes with No Soul” (YA paranormal suspense, short story) – Wild Dreams Publishing
Tentative BOOKS coming in 2019:
Werewolves Don’t Like Green Beans - (Book 1 of Wolves Unchained) Wild Dreams Publishing
Protectors of the People - (Book 2 of Wolves Unchained) Wild Dreams Publishing
Released Anthologies 2018:
For Melissa: An Anthology: “My Shadow” – Wild Dreams Publishing
Rags to Riches: Cinderella Love Stories (Anthology): “Recovering the Magic” – Hydra Productions
A Wild Dreams Christmas: From Our House to Yours (Anthology): “A Humble Christmas” – Wild Dreams Publishing
Christmas Fairytales 2018 (Anthology): “Shooting for Christmas” – Hydra Productions
Anthologies coming in 2019
Romantic Interludes: Paranormal Romance: “A Little Bermuda Love” – Stained Glass Publishing
Chasing Your Wildest Dreams – “Chief Spirit Bear: Rise to Power – A Passion series story” – Wild Dreams Publishing
Just a Drop: Vampire Anthology: (Untitled at this point) – Wild Dreams Publishing
Reincarnation Anthology: “A Killer, Revisited” – Wild Dreams Publishing
Calendar Themed Anthologies (Volume 1 Fantasy/Paranormal): (Untitled at this point) –
Wild Dreams Publishing
Calendar Themed Anthologies (Volume 3 Horror): “Predatory Evil” – Wild Dreams Publishing
4. Which is your favorite?
Oh, my word! I have to pick? I really enjoyed writing them all. I write in many genres, and there is something about each that I enjoy. I love the Passion series (historical romance), but I also love the Wolves Unchained series (young adult fantasy) that I want to rework (not yet released). I also love Eyes with No Soul. I teach in Ozark, MO, and that is the setting of this short story. It’s about a psychic teen who bumps into a murderer. It’s a suspense, and it was really fun to write. Of my short stories, I plan to make four into novels after they are released from their anthologies: Recovering the Magic, A Little Bermuda Love, A Killer, Revisited, and Predatory Evil.
5. What is the first book that made you cry?
The first traumatic book for me was The Red Pony by John Steinbeck. I loved horses, and I was a sponge, reading all the books I could get my hands on about horses. The Black Stallion series was my favorite. When I began reading The Red Pony, I admired how well it was written. However, when I got to the tragic part, I don’t think I even finished it. (It was a long time ago… lol)
6. What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
John Steinbeck’s writing I hated at first but grew to love (due to the tragic factor that tends to fill his works). It was years after I read The Red Pony that I fell in love with Of Mice and Men and The Pearl. I like happy endings, but I can’t help but to love (and yet, still hate) the mesmerizing stories he unfolds in his works.
7. What does literary success look like to you?
At first, literary success was getting published, but now I want to be a recognized author. I enjoy writing and sharing my works with others who enjoy it, and that is the ultimate success in my eyes. It’s neat to hold a book with my name on the cover – a realized dream come true!
8. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
It depends on the book, but I often research anything that pops in my head that I want to include in a story. With the Passion series, I had to research more than usual. I had to learn bits and pieces of the Lakota language and customs. I am not a history buff, so I had to research what time (year) I wanted my setting to be and what life was like back then. It was fun, but I did have to do a lot of work before the “work”.
9. How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
I’ve always loved horses and “Indians” (Native Americans) as long as I can remember. I’ve also loved romance books, especially historical romance. In addition, I seem to be drawn to the “underdogs” of society. I hate what white man has done to the Native Americans and their culture, so I wanted to highlight their way of life. I wanted to show that these “barbaric” people were very spiritual and cared for so many things. I wanted to tell a romanticized story where the Native man was the hero.
10. Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?
I’m not sure that I met people while I was researching, but M. L. Ruscsak and Wild Dreams Publishing have helped me meet people through the opportunities they offer through the house (making the book into a movie). Facebook also helped me connect with fellow authors. I’ve met a lot of neat people, including the agents of several prospective actors!
11. Where can our readers learn more about you and your book?
To stay up to date with Sheri Chapman, you can follow her at any, or all, of these sites:
Facebook Account (personal): https://www.facebook.com/sheri.branson.3
Facebook Page (author): https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSheriChapman/