What about your novels most reflects who you are as a writer?
There is always a little bit of me in every character. In some cases, it is what I wish I were. In others, what I wish I could get rid of. I’d like to think I’m more like Mairin than Alfred, but I have to admit to myself that I am both of them. I am both the caring, nurturing protector and the self-centered, narcissistic, jerk.
What are you currently working on? (Share any current projects, upcoming releases, etc).
I have an idea rolling around right now for a time travel young adult romance. I’m letting it gel a little before I sit down with it on my writing days this week, but I like the characters and where the story seems to want to go.
I also have several works in progress that have stalled and I work on them as the inspiration hits.
Oh, and there is the beginning of a new series percolating. This would be a long one–thirteen books–and so I’m letting it cook for a bit. I’ve sketched out the first book and the main conflict for each of the other twelve, but we’ll have to see where it all goes.
Now that your first novel is published, do you feel any anxiety, like, the fear that you won’t be able to duplicate the success or meet a deadline or even that the ideas will just dry up?
My friends and family (and therapist) will tell you that I always have this fear. What if that was it? What if there are no more stories to be told? I hate feeling that way, but I wonder if all writers don’t face these thoughts. We are a strange folk, writers. We live in the real world, but we have to be aware of and create from whole cloth our own worlds in which to live as well. Sometimes the doorways to those other worlds seem impossibly far away. Other times it’s the doorway leading home that fades. I think the only way to combat the feelings of “What if that was it?” is to just keep writing. Even if it isn’t great, writing something keeps the hinges oiled on those doors so that they swing more smoothly in the future.
Is there any area or element of this genre you read but will never write about?
I’m not much on zombies. As much as I do write about dead folk (because let’s face it, no matter what else they are, vampires are dead), dead and rotting folk just don’t do it for me. And unless the characters were less like the zombies I think of when I think “zombie,” what kind of character development could I do? Dead, rotting and mostly inarticulate characters simply don’t feel interesting to me.
How do you keep track of plot elements or twists?
I’m an obsessive note taker. The Highland Home series has its own reference book which is seventy or so pages of just what book, what date, what chapter, which characters, and which main plot points took place. I refer to this book whenever I need to refresh myself on when or what happened in which order.
What is the most challenging thing for you about writing a series?
I didn’t originally set out to write a series when I wrote Mourning Sun, but the Muse is a crazy thing. The most challenging thing for me, once I realized that Mourning Sun was only the beginning, was figuring out when and where the end would come. Originally I had planned ten books for the series and had actually written seven of them. However, after reading and looking more closely at the story, I decided to close the saga at six books instead. The last four books felt contrived and forced. It simply made more sense to end at six.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Though I wasn’t aware I meant to leave a message for my readers in these books until I had finished book four, the theme has been a part of the saga from the beginning. The message is simple: All of God’s creatures have free will. Who you are is your choice and is not determined by what you are. No one is inherently evil. It is a choice to be good or evil.
Highland Home, Book 5
By Shari Richardson
I felt a familiar ripple and knew it was too late for me. I saw her, so tiny, so perfect and I knew that I could die content. When Xavier admitted his love for me, I was complete.
Kerry Cote’s story may sound familiar, but it’s not. Sure there are a lot of unmarried, pregnant teenagers in the world, but how many of them know the child they carry is a miracle? How many have a vampire body guard? How many are alone because the mother of us all and the father of all vampires has a jealous daughter who covets the baby’s father? Kerry must survive to bring her child into the world, for if she fails, humanity may not survive.
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Shari Richardson holds a master’s degree in English Education and has spent much of her life teaching students the joy of reading and writing. Her love of writing began when she was in elementary school and has carried through her entire adult life. Shari lives in Pennsylvania with her two Chihuahuas.
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