Interviewing Author Sheri Branson Chapman
Q1. Tell me about your self what are your favorite books to read?
A. Hi! My name is Sheri Chapman. I am a complex individual with many simple enjoyments. I’m easily bored, so I have to stay busy. I am the mother of four daughters. The youngest is now eighteen, and the oldest is twenty-four. I’m a teacher in Missouri public schools. It’s my twenty-ninth year in the profession, so one more baby! I own a licensed dog kennel and raise precious exotic-colored Pomeranians to share my enjoyment with the world. I also LOVE to write and read. I wanted to be an author when I was in the fifth grade. I began writing “stories” back then. I love many genres. My favorite series of all time is Harry Potter. I love any well-written tale, but I’m a sucker for romance and suspense. Magical realism has to be my all-time favorite as I fell in love with the Chronicles of Narnia and the Wrinkle in Time trilogies many years ago. The Earth’s Children books are also intriguing.
Q2. when did you decide you were going to write a book?
A. I knew I was going to be an author in the fifth grade. I was obsessed with the Black Stallion books by Walter Farley and began to write horse stories. The first book I wrote after my children were born. It was 400,000 words long! It was about a morbid murderer, and I decided it was too dark for what I wanted to be known for, so after a few feeble attempts to get it published, I went on to other projects. What’s funny is that I never really started off with short stories (except in high school). I went for the big work and slowly worked my way back to short stories.
Q3. How did you come up with the name of your books?
A. Naming my books is the most difficult part for me. I have to think about it after the work is written, and sometimes, I still am not satisfied with the title.
Q4. What are you working on for 2019?
A. BOOKS coming in 2019:
Passions of the Heart (Book 2 of the Passion series – coming soon in 2019)
Wild Dreams Publishing
“Eyes with No Soul” (YA paranormal suspense, short story) – Wild Dreams Publishing
Werewolves Don’t Like Green Beans - (Book 1 of Wolves Unchained) Wild Dreams Publishing
Protectors of the People - (Book 2 of Wolves Unchained) Wild Dreams Publishing
Anthologies coming in 2019
Romantic Interludes: Paranormal Romance: “A Little Bermuda Love” – Stained Glass Publishing
Reincarnation Anthology: “A Killer, Revisited” – Wild Dreams Publishing
Chasing Your Wildest Dreams – “Chief Spirit Bear: Rise to Power – A Passion series story” – Wild Dreams Publishing
Just a Drop: Vampire Anthology: (Untitled at this point) – Wild Dreams Publishing
Calendar Themed Anthologies (Volume 1 Fantasy/Paranormal): (Untitled at this point) –
Wild Dreams Publishing
Calendar Themed Anthologies (Volume 3 Horror): “Predatory Evil” – Wild Dreams Publishing
Q5. How long have you been writing?
A. I started tinkering with stories when I was in fifth grade, but I started seriously writing in my twenties. It was more difficult back then to get published. You had to mail in manuscripts and wait months for replies.
Q6. What advice would you give other authors?
A. Don’t give up on your dreams. Anything worth your passions is worth your time. Just because you get rejected (even time and again), it may be you’re not targeting the right type of company. Do your research, and never give up. (You can even step back for breathers, but COME BACK and try again)
Q7. where can people find you online?
A. To stay up to date with Sheri Chapman, you can follow her at any, or all, of these sites:
Facebook Account (personal): https://www.facebook.com/sheri.branson.3
Facebook Page (author): https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSheriChapman/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07HMHB4BK Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8332075.Sheri_Chapman
Linked-In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheri-chapman-a256276a/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sheri7303
Q7. Do you plan on making more books in the future?
A. I do plan to keep writing! I have an idea for the third book in both series (Passions and Wolves Unchained). I also have many ideas for other stories as well.
Q9. How many books have you written?
A. Five full books (including the unpublished 400,000 word one).
Q10. did you go to college to be a writer?
A. No, I studied to be a teacher. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education (Special Education with an emphasis on Learning Disabilities) from Missouri State University and a second Master’s and a Specialist degree in educational leadership from Lindenwood University. I seriously considered taking my Praxis, a test to let you teach in other subjects. Before I decided to pursue my educational administration degree, I seriously thought about teaching English classes to high school students.
I would like to say thank you to Author Sheri Branson Chapman for allowing me to Interview her.