Meet the Author… Sherry Leclerc

Meet the Author… Sherry Leclerc

She is an author of speculative fiction. The reason I contacted Sherry, however, was because her book cover had a dragon on it. I love dragons. I’m a big fan of Anne McAffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series and have been a sucker for anything dragon ever since. So, I wanted to know more about Sherry and her books. I found out her second book actually has dragon shifters in it, and she’s planning to write a paranormal romance. Awesome! Here’s her interview.

Sherry Leclerc

Author Sherry Leclerc

Author Biography

Sherry Leclerc is a science fiction and fantasy fanatic who lives in magical realms where swords and sorcery, action and adventure, seers, shifters and sorcerers abound. A teacher and mom by day, and an avid reader and writer by night, Sherry has a B.A. in Language and Literature, and a B.Ed.

What is your favorite childhood book, and why?

My parents had a big book of fairy tales that they would read to my sisters and me at night. Then as we got older I read it again myself—numerous times. I don’t remember what the book was called, but I remember some of the stories. My favorite story from the book was The Ugly Duckling. I was a shy kid, who never felt like I really fit in. I think that’s why the story resonated so strongly with me.

Then, in my teenaged years, I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It started as an Advanced English class requirement, but it soon turned into a passion. It’s what sparked my love for fantasy fiction.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

I don’t really remember a time when I wasn’t writing something, but the first short stories I wrote were a collection of three horror stories to try and scare my friends and family with at Halloween. I even drew some basic illustrations for the cover. They were paranormal stories with ghosts, spirits and poltergeists. They were handwritten on lined paper and stapled together into a booklet.

Who is your favorite author? How much is your work influenced by their work?

I have a few “favorite” authors, but the one who has influenced me the most is J.R.R. Tolkien. I remember having a difficult time getting into The Fellowship of the Ring when I first read it. There was so much back story and detail that the beginning felt slow-paced. Once the real action started in the book, I was glad for all the information that had come before as it made the story that much richer. By the time I finished the book, I was hooked on LOTR and fantasy fiction. I think I’ve read most of what he’s written since then.

Tolkien’s work made me realize that writing fantasy can be difficult and time consuming, but it can also be freeing. With fantasy, you are limited only by the depth of your imagination. The idea of being able to create a world and characters that feel real to the readers, that draw them in and allow them to connect with them, is both my goal and my inspiration in writing speculative fiction.

Have you read anything that has made you feel differently about fiction?

 I have read many books over the years that have shaped and changed how I feel about fiction. Most recently, it was Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoire, part instructional book, it contained a lot of useful information and gave me much food for thought.

If you were deserted on an island, which three people would you want to have with you? Why? 

One fictional character from your book: I would probably choose Maelona from my first book, The Guardians of Eastgate. She is a seer, a warrior and a hunter, and she has some knowledge of healing.

One fictional character from any other book: For a fictional character from another book, it would be a toss up between Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books and Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings. They are both wise and are very powerful wizards.

One famous person who is not a family member or friend: I think I would choose Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He is hard-working, motivating and inspirational. He’s funny and always seems to be smiling. He is also very strong, so he’d be helpful for all the manual labor that would need to be done, like building a treehouse like the one that was on The Swiss Family Robinson.

What are your books about? Can you tell us about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?

I currently have two self-published books available. They are The Guardians of Eastgate and The Dragon Shifters at Southgate, books 1 and 2 of the Seers Series, respectively.

The series is about a race of people, the Seers, who have been getting visions about an evil sorcerer who wants to take over the realm. There are four Seer Champions, each one named a guardian of a certain kingdom and its keystone. They must travel to the kingdom they are responsible for to try and protect that keystone, which is the first line of defense against the dark sorcerer. Along the way, they recruit others to stand with them in protecting the realm.

In book 2, my most recently published book, Seer Champion Talwyn must protect the kingdom of Southgate and its keystone. Along the way, she tries to recruit a group of reclusive Dragon Shifters to help her.

Aside from the entertainment factor, I try to tackle issues I myself feel strongly about in real life. For example, I try to make gender a non-issue in my books to in order to promote gender equality. There is also the idea of accepting others for who they are and seeing the benefit in welcoming differences between people as a way of strengthening the whole.

What genre do you consider your books? Have you considered writing in another genre?

My current two books are epic fantasy with love story sub-plots. I’ve also started a second epic fantasy series. I consider myself a speculative fiction author because I have plans to write a sci-fi book and a paranormal romance. I’ve also considered writing contemporary romance, but if I do that I will likely use a pseudonym.

Do you have any difficulty writing characters of the opposite sex?

I don’t have much difficulty in writing male characters when they are secondary characters, probably because I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy. However, I do have some difficulty when a male is the MC and I have to delve deeper into how they think and what makes them tick. I try to read a lot of novels written by men or with men as the MC to help me in this area.

What motivated you to become an indie author? How did you break into publishing?

A big part of my choice to publish independently is due to desire to have complete creative control over these stories that mean so much to me.

For my first published book, I used an assisted self-publishing service to help me. I had to do a lot of research to find an honest company that has the authors’ interests at heart. I did this because I had no clue about the process. I learned a lot from that experience, and for the second edition of that same book, I took more control, finding and hiring people myself to do the cover, editing and formatting. For the second book, I ran into a couple of speed bumps with people I hired, but in the end I took on more of the work than in the past, only hiring a cover artist and editor and taking care of the rest myself.

I had a huge learning curve, and had to do a lot of reading, online courses and workshops in order to learn the process, but I’ve enjoyed it very much and I plan to keep on learning and publishing.

What do your fans mean to you?

Since I write the kinds of stories I myself would like to read, I consider my fans to be kindred spirits. I started writing and publishing to make a life-long dream of mine come true. Hearing from fans—heck, even having fans—and knowing there are people out there who have read and re-read my work and loved it, means more to me than I would have thought. They are the driving force that motivate me to keep going during moments of self-doubt and times of difficulty. I don’t feel like I need a huge, adoring fan base. I’d be happy to have even just a few people who seem to get me and my work.

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Thank you so much, Sherry, for sharing all this with us. You have been very modest not to mention that your first book, The Guardians of Eastgate, has won a Golden Literary Titan Book Award last year. Only books that have unique writing, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas get these awards, so I take my hat off to you! 

If you want to contact Sherry Leclerc or follow her on social media, you can do so via the following:

Email: sherry@sherryleclerc.com

Website: www.sherryleclerc.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sleclercauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SherryLeclercAuthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sherryleclercauthor/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Leclerc/e/B0787V2JPJ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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Meet the Author… Laura Daleo

Meet the Author... Laura Daleo

I haven’t met Laura Daleo, but I like her already. She loves vampires, furry creatures, and even has been so bold to start her own publishing company! Laura has written four vampire novels. Let’s find out about Laura and her books. 

Laura Daleo

Biography

Laura Daleo was born and raised in San Diego, California, where she majored in Fine Arts at Mesa College. She is best known for her love of animals and shares her home with three humorous Basset Hounds, Stuart, Morgan, and Dexter, her toughest critics. Laura has held positions in several industries, restaurant, telecom, biotech, research, and retail. Throughout Laura’s professional career, she furthered her writing skills by taking courses and by joining writers’ critique groups and Writers Digest. She is now the owner of Story Bound Publishing, a fresh voice in the supernatural realm of ebooks and traditional print, committed to publishing unearhtly tales of aliens, angels, demons, fairies, ghosts, shifters, vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, and all other creatures that go bump in the night. 

What is the biggest surprise you experienced after becoming a writer?

When I started submitting queries for my vampire book, Immortal Kiss, to agents and publishers, the feedback I received was they had no interest in another vampire book. Twilight was big at that time which I would have thought would drive up the need for more vampire books, yet agents and publishers said the opposite. In my opinion vampires will never go out of style. I did find one publisher who was interested and offered me a contract.

Who is your favorite author?

Anne Rice is my favorite author. Her book, The Interview With The Vampire, in my opinion changed how the world perceived the vampire. Her character, Lestat, is one of my favorite vampires of all time. When I’d finished the 4th book in her vampire chronicles, the 5th book wasn’t due out for a year. I couldn’t wait and the anticipation led me to create my own vampire series, Immortal Kiss.

Music or silence?

I like to listen to music to get ideas, but then turn it off once I start to write.

What is your favorite genre and why?

I enjoy dark fantasy and urban fantasy. I love a creature perceived as evil, yet they are given a vulnerable side which makes you care about them.

The Vow by Laura Daleo

Can you give us an interesting fun fact about your book?

I took an Egyptian myth and used a variation of it to create how vampirism began.

Are you working on another book? Can you give us a small teaser?

I’m working on my 5th book, The Soul Collector. It’s my first non-vampire tale. Here is a teaser:

As I lay trapped inside this quiet realm, 
my soul adrift, my body earthbound,
a magical book guards my flight,
though will it keep me safe till morning’s light.

What do your plans for future projects include?

My future projects are two more books in my Immoral Kiss series, The Ten and The Old Ones, and then a standalone book, The Doll.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

My first two books were published by a small press publisher. I felt that I didn’t have the creative freedom with covers, editing, and the time frame it took to publish. Once my contracts were up, I began publishing my own books. I’m very happy I made that decision. My writing has grown so much since then.

Do you do book tours, and if yes, what’s your experience?

Yes, I love book tours. It’s great exposure. You do have to do your research, though. Not all book tour services have a great organizer behind them.

Do you send out a newsletter, and if yes, what’s your experience?

I do send out a newsletter. I do a monthly giveaway for my subscribers and I think that keeps them happy.

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Thanks so much, Laura, for letting us get to know about you, your writing, and your experience in the publishing world. It’s hard to get heard (or rather ‘read’). Good advice about book tours!

You can follow Lauro via the following social media:

email: laura.d.daleo@gmail.com

Website: https://www.lauradaleobooks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraDaleo/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AutLauraDaleo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/author_laura_daleo/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13162897.Laura_Daleo

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Daleo/e/B00WP8F514

All Laura’s books are available on Amazon

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Giveaways!

Giveaways!

It’s been a while, but I have ‘Releasing A Vampire’ now into BookFunnel promos. This means I can offer you these fantastic giveaways again 🙂 . Check them out! When you click on them, it’ll take you to the website.

Another Happy Reader!

I received a message from a happy reader of the vampire paranormal romance novels, the Suckers Trilogy!

Another Happy Reader!

Message from Jolanda

I just received this message on FB from an Australian friend of mine. She read all the three books in the Suckers Trilogy; Living Like A VampireRaising A Vampire, and Killing A Vampire, and loved them!

Made. My. Day!

Have you read the Suckers Trilogy yet? Get yours now on

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Meet the Author… Georgia C Mathers

Read my interview with paranormal, Australian author Georgia Carter Mathers.

Meet the Author... Georgia C Mathers

I met Georgia Carter Mathers on Twitter, and we had some brief email correspondence. I can’t believe we have so much in common! She’s also Australian but writes in US English, writes paranormal romances, spent most of her youth in her room reading… The list goes on :D.

Unfortunately, she didn’t have the time for a proper interview as she’s working on publishing seven books at the moment. I have no idea how she is so organized (the one thing we don’t have in common!). She was very kind to direct me to her website, though, and I found some online interviews with her which gave me plenty of information for ‘the interview.’ Let’s meet my fellow country-woman, Toowoomba-based, Georgia.

Georgia Carter Mathers

Georgia Carter Mathers

Biography

Georgia is a busy writer, editor, mom, and wife. She studies publishing, writing, and everything in between. Altogether, she holds an Associate Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Cross University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New England, and a Graduate Certificate in Publishing at Sydney University. She is the author of The Devil Inside, Trelloran Seduction, and The Vampire’s Covenant.

How did you become an author?

As a teenager, I shut myself in my room and wrote stories, but I couldn’t show anyone. My family thought there was something wrong with me.

I remember one day, my mother kicked me out of the house and told me to go somewhere—anywhere—she told me I couldn’t stay in my room and write anymore. They were worried that I didn’t have any friends.

What genre do you write?

My main genre is romance. My first story from 2016, The Devil Inside, is a short paranormal romance. I published my first full novel, The Trelloran Seduction, in 2017. It is primarily a romantic fantasy story but has dark elements like our own world. My latest novel, The Vampire’s Covenant from 2018, is a pure paranormal romance. 

Why do you write?

I write paranormal romance to chase happiness. There is so much hate and misery in this world, and I want to show that love can conquer all.

Some of my stories talk about issues that feel insurmountable, but my stories always end with a happy ever after. That is the point. No problem is too big.

My stories are written about those who conquer it all, and I hope you find hope and happiness within my books.

What is the definition of paranormal romance to you?

Very simply, paranormal romance includes a romance between one or more paranormal characters. These novels often, but not always, include urban settings and a mystery or quest of some kind.

The romance and mystery plots may occupy equal page time, although this

The Vampire's Covenant

can vary from book to book. The romance can include all heat levels according to the intended audience. One could argue that the variables that exist in paranormal romances are identified through its sub-genres such as bear shifter romances, vampire romances or gods and angels.

Paranormal romance is distinct from urban fantasy. You’ll find that paranormal romances are constantly evolving. Many paranormal characters have multiple powers to shift or to use magic or as a seer for example. So, this represents an exploration of characters and an effort to push at the boundaries of the sub-genre.

Why do you write paranormal romance and not normal romance?

I write paranormal romance because the characters are more fun to write. I like the action and the suspense that comes with it too. I also write it because the characters could be described as monsters in some way. They are a mixture of things that both frighten and protect us. At the same time, these characters are very 

vulnerable and lonely. And I identify with that. I’ve always felt inherently different. This feeling describes a trope that is particularly strong in this sub-genre.

Did you set out to write a novel after 'The Devil Inside'?

Absolutely not. Trelloran Seduction started out as a poem, after a vision I had between being asleep and wakefulness, then became a novella. It took me two years in total for it to become a proper novel. 

What would be your advice for authors wanting to write in this genre?

I would say read widely in the sub-genre as well as outside of it, and find an editor who cares about your work.

I hope you enjoyed reading about Georgia Carter Mathers. She’s got a whole heap planned for 2019, so keep an eye out for her books! They are available on Amazon and her website

You can follow Georgia on FacebookTwitter, YouTube. and Goodreads. Why not join her Goodreads reader review group?

This is Georgia’s 2019 publishing schedule:

Dragon Addictions: Firebreathers, March 2019
Witch Matched, April 2019
The Making of a Goddess: The Miana Prophecy, June 2019
The Making of a Goddess: The Pantheon, August 2019
Dragon Addictions: Fire Investigation Unit, September 2019
Kait & Wes, October 2019
Dragon Addictions: Fire Prevention, December 2019

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Love will find you!

Love will find you!

You can run, but you can’t hide… Love will always find you!

Kate tried to hide. She tried to run. Love still found her when she bumped into the handsome sucker called Caleb. But an apocalypse is not a good time to fall in love…

Read the interview with Jacky Dahlhaus by book blogger Kerry Parson to find out more about Jacky’s writing. Read Living Like A Vampire to find out about Kate’s love adventure.

#Paranormal #Romance #Suspense #Vampires

Does he really love her?

Does he really love her?

Kate is smitten with Caleb, but does he love her?

Kate moves heaven on earth to find Caleb after he mysteriously disappears. When she finally finds him, he sends out mixed messages. Does he love her… or not?

Read about Jacky’s writing in her interview by Colin Garrow (one of her favorite authors). Find out if Caleb truly loves Kate in Living Like A Vampire!

#Paranormal #Romance #Suspense #Vampires

Who do you love?

Who do you love?

Did you go for the sexy stranger or the not-so-sexy good friend? Think about it. Who do you love?

Kate bumped into a sucker when she was running for her life. He was funny, handsome, and… a vampire. Why the hell did she fall for him?

Listen to an interview with Jacky Dahlhaus by Angelina Kalahari about Living Like A Vampire

Read all about how Kate struggles with falling for this mysterious guy in the novel!

#Paranormal #Romance #Suspense #Vampires

Kate wasn’t looking for love…

Kate wasn’t looking for love…

But she found it anyway!

Kate was running for her life. People were being killed, chaos was all around. This was not the time to be looking for love. Yet… love has a habit of popping up at the most inappropriate of times. 

Read more about this suspensful, funny, romantic, paranormal novel here

#Paranormal #Romance #Suspense #Vampires

Back to school

Would you go back to school?

Think about it. If the world was ending, would you go back to school?

 The world is in chaos. People are being chased and killed by vampires. What does Kate do? She goes back to school…

Listen to a podcast interview with Jacky Dahlhaus by Máire Brophy on the Irish Writers Podcast.  Read Living Like A Vampire to find out why Kate goes back to school…

#paranormal #vampire #suspense