I got to know Sherry by chance, online. We were both on the verge of publishing our debut novels, and we shared our personal experience with each other. We live in different time-zones, so it wasn’t easy, but we stayed in touch – because that’s what friends do.
It was therefore a given that we would, some day, interview each other. Ladies and gentlemen, meet my friend and fellow author: Sherry Stanfield:
What/who inspired you to start writing? The idea of writing a book had come to mind several times through the years. However, in early 2012, the idea resurfaced due to an actor. Robert Pattinson is my inspiration. One of the main characters is based off him. The book is dedicated to him.
What is your favourite part of your book? When Benjamin, the protagonist, completes his awakening into a revenant, it’s the point of no return. He has to deal with the reality of his situation. That turning point changes everything, including the pace of the book … temptation intensifies—sex, lies and danger. The ultimate test begins.
When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning? Absolutely. Naming your characters are almost like naming your children. They’re always on your mind, and for me, in my heart. The evil characters in my series have names that are very symbolic of their abilities.
Would you ever write a different genre? Certainly, I love writing. I’ve only just begun.
What advice would you give inspiring writers? Never give up … ever. The process of writing a book, whether fiction or otherwise, is a process that many don’t realize. It’s been an extreme learning process for me – writing, editing, rewriting, editing, marketing, publishing, social networking, etc. But if you stay true to your dream, or in my case, inspiration, you will succeed. Determination is the key! Oh, and above all, be willing to laugh at yourself, it’s part of the learning process.
What made you come up with your book titles? I was weary about using the word temptation in my series, as it’s used a lot with other books. But ultimately, it was unavoidable. It’s the essence of my entire series. The title of each book in The Temptation Trilogy is/will be a representation of where the protagonist is along his journey to fulfill his destiny.
Who is your favorite character from your books and why? Benjamin, as his journey through temptation is one in which almost everyone will relate. Though my series is paranormal fiction, his struggle in regards to love and life is very real. Many who have read my book have become emotionally involved in Ben’s destiny. *Laughing,* my friend hasn’t stopped badgering me to finish book 2.
If you could work with any fellow author, who would it be and why? I have worked closely with Natalie Owens, author of An Eternity of Roses. As a beginning author, she has been invaluable to me, as well as her sometimes co-writer Zee Monodee, author of Once upon a Second Chance. I look forward to continuing that relationship.
Who are your top five authors/books? I enjoy any book that creates emotion within. I love paranormal and erotica most. But essentially, I read to escape reality, so if an author can grab me so that I lose myself within their fictional world, I’m a fan. If I fall in love with and/or cry with your character, I’ll read all that you write. There are so many great authors in which to choose. Who can pick just five?
I will be answering the same questions in an interview which will be appearing on Sherry’s blog [http://thetemptationtrilogy.blogspot.com/] in the coming days.
And check out her book trailer. (There’s a hunk with “Click to turn me on” on his chest… genius… you cannot miss it!)