1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I believe one should only write what one loves to read. So in this sense, when I started, Romance and I were a perfect fit. There is nothing quite as delicious and satisfying as a love story done right and I don’t think, for me, that will ever change.
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
I have to give kudos to Jane Austin, for having created a romance in Pride and Prejudice that has endured in popularity for two hundred years. Mr. Darcy remains as dreamy a man as he had been two centuries ago, for his integrity, his ability to learn and grow from his own mistakes, and, of course, his unwavering devotion to Lizzy.
Among the living, Laura Kinsale and Judith Ivory remain my gold standard.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future
My latest book is a novel called TEMPTING THE BRIDE, about Helena, a woman who, to avoid a terrible scandal, has to marry Hastings, a man she has despised for a long time for always being an ass to her. Hastings has actually been in love with her half of his life and his ass-y behavior began as a way to make her pay attention and then calcified over the years, much to his dismay, into the only kind of interaction between the two of them.
Just when you think her prejudice and his pride would not let them find any happiness together, she gets a knock to the head and wakes up not knowing him at all. A clean slate. But can Hastings make her fall in love with him before her memories come back?
There is actually a companion novella to this book, called THE BRIDE OF LARKSPEAR, an novella that is more or less how Hastings imagines it would be for them to be married, in order to avoid the same scandal, but without amnesia on her part.
My next book scheduled for publication is not a romance, but a young adult fantasy. I call it a reverse-Harry Potter: young mages attending a muggle school and plotting the overthrow of the dark lord from there. I have always enjoyed action adventure in books and films and so this is another instance of me writing what I love to read.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get
It took me eight years from first opening a document file on my computer to making my first sale to a publishing house. I had no formal training in writing, so I learned by doing and that was how long it took me to reach a point where no only an agent thought my book was sellable, but publishers agreed.
It wasn’t easy, but I was doing what I loved so it certainly wasn’t eight years of suffering either. J
5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the
I think the Ebook revolution, like all other revolutions, will be quite uncomfortable for some parties involved, because revolutions tend to upend the norm and for folks who are used to the norm, suddenly finding themselves in an adapt-or-die environment has to be harrowing.
For me as a creator of content, however, the ability to now market directly to readers opens up all kinds of possibilities. At the beginning of 2012, my literary agent established a self-publishing platform for those of her clients who wish to go that route. I have already self-published two frontlist novellas, one in an anthology with two self-pubbing veterans, and one by myself (that would be the aforementioned THE BRIDE OF LARKSPEAR) and four backlist books that my publisher actually cannot epub overseas, since it holds only the North American rights.
In the future, I think authors will move between traditional publishing houses, e-presses, and self-publishing the way we now move between an oven, a microwave, and a stove in the kitchen, seeing them all as indispensible parts of a complete arsenal for getting our stories into the hands of as many readers as possible.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot
to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to
write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are
I social network almost not at all.
Not that I don’t have a web presence—I have a well maintained website. I also have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, in case readers find it more convenient to contact me on those venues. I enjoy hearing from readers and I always reply—on any platform. But that’s about all I do, replying to readers.
I understand that authors feel the pressure to self-promote and therefore to get maximum mileage out of social media. But in the end, no self-promotion works as well as word-of-mouth.
Or cracking Amazon’s algorithm, if one is more analytically inclined.
(So the next time you don’t see me, maybe I am investigating that algorithm and exploiting it to my advantage. J )
Info about the author:
Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.
English is Sherry’s second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger’s Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.
Sherry’s next book, The Burning Sky, volume one of her young adult fantasy trilogy, will be available fall 2013.
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