Today I welcome Shari Elder to the blog to talk about her new release, Race to Redemption with Evernight Publishing which have downloaded to my Kindle and plan to read on my holiday in Bali!! (by the time you read this I will be in Bali :))
So read on to find out more about Shari's writing journey and process and also a peek inside Race to Redemption.
Hi Shari and welcome to the blog! First congratulations on the release of Race to Redemption! Can you tell the reader a little more about what you write?
I write science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romance with a touch of spice. World building is my passion and I can’t resist a happy ending.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I have always enjoyed writing and it has been a component of all the jobs I’ve ever had. I’ve also experimented with different kinds of writing on the side, but it never got real until I started writing romance. Whatever the form, writing has continuously been a part of my life.
How did you go about getting your first book published? What did that journey look like?
I don’t think my story is anything extraordinary or unusual. After a year of writing, I had two drafts books done. I pitched one at an on-line pitch hosted by one of the writing groups I belonged to it. An editor asked for my story. She rejected it because it was not right for current needs there but there would be a new call coming out several months later. If I did some revisions, she told me she’d be willing to reread it. She did, and my first contract came from that.
Describe your writing environment?
I write in silence (no music, no playlist) usually sitting on the couch with my computer on my knees. I also write on the metro on the way to work.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
A plotter. I write pretty detailed outlines. Although I may pants the individual chapters.
Where do you get your ideas for your stories?
One of my favourite idea sources is mythology. My book, Shifter Trials, is a modern rewrite of the Atalanta myth. Another font is a line, a job, a goal, an idea I want to play with. Race to Redemption started with an interest in writing about a female competitive racer.
What projects are you working on right now?
I am working on two books. I just finished a draft of Unnatural Allies, a story created in the same world as Shifter Trials, my first book with Evernight Publishers. I am about a quarter completed with the Scent of Memory, which is book #2 from the Green Rising series.
What actor/actress would you like to see playing your characters?
For Race to Redemption, Chris Hemsworth for Erik and Anne Hathaway for Elaina.
What genres do you like to read? Who are your favourite authors?
I read all over the place. Romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, literary stuff, some suspense. I don’t have favourite authors, just favourite books. The number one winner is Italo Calvino, “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller.” It is written in an experimental style, but the book is a love story from an author to his readers.
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
Hang out with my kid, read, watch movies and walk the dog.
What does your family think about you writing?
Truthfully, they don’t think about it much. It’s my little hobby.
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned on your writing journey?
How many books are published annually. If I think too hard about that, I would get overwhelmed and stop writing.
Where can we get a hold of your books?
All Romance here
What suggestions would you give for aspiring authors?
1) Grit, grit and grit. Many writers write on and off, don’t finish or don’t submit. Writers who publish are stubborn, tenacious and uncompromisingly persistent with their writing. They stick to it but can also come to completion with their work. In truth, a book is never finished, we as authors just decide to finish them.
2)Make your own rules. It’s really easy to get up in other people’s rules (e.g. word count, writing habits). Good authors find habits that work for them and their lives. I write slowly, and have to sneak my writing into those moments in between the rest of my life. I can’t do 1,000 words a day, but I do write every day for half an hour in the wee hours of the morning before the household wakes up and the sun rises. That’s what works for me.
Where can we find you on social media? Events?
Thanks for having me.
Race to Redemption Blurb
A woman who lost everything.
Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.
A man desperate for redemption.
Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.
A planet at risk.
When the outpost is attached, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.
Be warned: anal sex, bondage, menage sex, gender neutral characters.