Welcome Sheri Verlarde to the blog!
Please tell us a bit about yourself: Well in addition to writing romance, fantasy and horror fiction, I am an independent comic creator, an artist and a jewelry maker. When I am not busy creating something, I can be found hanging out with my fiancé and our two dogs, Charlie and Eowyn.
Tell us about Lost Souls: Lost Souls is the second story in the Gods Behaving Badly world where I have brought gods and other myths into the present day. This story deals with a very lonely fallen angel and a mystery woman who could unlock a future of happiness for her.
What inspired you to write this particular story?: The whole idea for this story sparked from a picture I found while looking for angel pictures. Amy, my rock ‘n’ roll fallen angel, just sprang into my mind and demanded I write her story.
Please share a favourite snippet from your book:
Suddenly she felt a warming sensation shooting through her body, something she had never felt before in her long life. She turned to see what had caused it, or she should say who. A beautiful woman with piercing green eyes and waist-length auburn hair stood in the doorway, casual jeans and black T-shirt hugging her body’s generous curves. She was the most alluring creature Amy had ever seen, and she was staring right at her with a look of intensity in her eyes, as if she had been searching for Amy all along and had finally found her. They stared at each other for what seemed like an eternity before the connection was broken, the pale beauty shaking her head and heading towards an empty seat on the other end of the bar and returning Amy’s senses to her.
With the spell suddenly broken, Amy once again could hear Len finishing up his story as if nothing special had just happened. What the hell was that? Was the woman at the other end of the bar some sort of demon? She had to be magical and otherworldly to cause such a reaction. She certainly had otherworldly looks. Even though her hips and breasts were more ample than most angels and the like, she had the body of a goddess that begged to be touched. Amy shook her head. Len had finished, so she ordered them another round of drinks. As soon as her martini arrived she downed it and immediately signaled for another. If only alcohol affected her like it did most humans she would probably be calming down by now and not worrying about the mystery woman. Instead she still felt strange, like something had come alive inside her for the first time. She risked a glance at the red-headed siren down the way. The subtle temptress was sipping a beer, chatting with a bartender on that side of the bar. Suddenly she laughed and her whole face lit up, causing Amy to at once be jealous of the bartender and to want to be next to this woman and be the one making her laugh.
She must have been staring, for Len interrupted her inner turmoil. “She’s a looker, all right. A woman with curves too, not one of those too-skinny Hollywood types. They’re a rarity out here nowadays. If I were younger I might try to fight you for her.” He laughed. “Of course, if she picks you I would be out of the running anyways; you know, that pesky penis and all.”
It was Amy’s turn to laugh. “You know some women like both men and women.”
Len winked knowingly at her. “So I have been told. But I’ve never taken you to be the sharing sort of gal. Now get over there and let one of us live the fantasy tonight. After all, we are rock stars, go act like one!”
Which comes first for you – a character's looks, personality or name?:Usually looks. The picture above was the origin of this whole story in this case. Then personality. Names are always the last and hardest for me.
Any tips for aspiring authors?:Take the time to actually write. Talking about writing is not writing, only sitting down and writing will ever yield a finished piece. There will never be a perfect time to write, you just need to make it part of your life.
Questions for fun:
If you had the power of time travel, is there anything you would go back and change? Why/why not?:I don’t know if I would. I try to learn from everything in my life, good and bad, and I think that is what has made me who I am today. I was going to answer to go back and discover the exact moment my body’s cells started going haywire which led to cancer, but I wouldn’t even go back to stop that. My battle with cancer is what gave me the courage to try writing for a living and I love being an author and would never want to change that.
What super-power would you choose?:I think I would want the ability to heal people from illness and wounds.
If you could have three wishes, what would they be?:I would wish for a cure to all major disease, like cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, etc.. I would make teleportation travel possible so everyone could travel as they wished. And I would not want to have to worry about money ever again, I don’t need to be rich, but not worries would be good.
Coffee, tea or wine?: Tea, used to be coffee but health reasons pushed me to tea, which is also delightful!
What is your favourite book? (aside from one of your own!): Lord of the Rings Trilogy, has been since I was 10 years old.
Favourite genre and why?:Fantasy, I fell in love with that genre when I read Tolkien as a child. I still try to throw in some fantasy or paranormal in most things that I write.
Favourite colour?: Blue and black
Upcoming news and plans for the future?: The third installment of the Gods Behaving Badly series has just been sent to the publisher and will hopefully be out early next year. I am also happy to announce I will have the first book out in my Defenders of the Realm fantasy series early next year as well. I write and publish a lot, best way to keep up is to check my website and blog. On a personal note I am getting married in 2015 and super excited for that day to come!
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us!
Amy is a fallen angel living life on earth as a rock star, embracing her bad behavior and becoming a heavy metal goddess. With the excesses of her new career she almost feels happy. Almost. However something her old friend Aphrodite once promised her is still missing, love.
Jade is a sweet and sexy woman, trying to make a place for herself in this lonely world. Lost in Los Angeles and just looking for a somewhere she belongs. As the holidays approach she only realizes how alone she truly is in the unforgiving city of Lost Souls.
One night these two meet seemingly out of the blue and sparks fly. It is as if something is drawing them towards each other. Now they both are learning what true happiness can feel like, if only some secrets don’t rip them apart before their love even has a chance to bloom.
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