Every other week, this blog will interview the authors in the 10 Minute Novelists Facebook Group. (You can join that group here.)
Today, we’re meeting Sheri Williams! Besides living in Alabama and mothering her two children, Sheri is also is an important part of the administration of 10 Minute Novelists.
1. Tell us about your books.
My first novel, Mad Magic: The Untold Story of the Mad Hatter is a romance/fantasy about The Mad Hatter. It’s all about finding the real you, and standing up for what you want in life. It’s funny and sweet, I think so anyways.
I also have a short in Unwrapping Love: A Writing Wenches Anthology. A book my other writing group put together that is full of sweet and sexy stories about falling in love with the bad boy/girl.
In addition, I also have two stories I put out with Silk Words. Pick-your-path-to-romance stories where he reader gets to choose how the story ends.
2. What is it about writing that compels you?
It sounds trite, but it’s who I am. There has never been a time in my life I haven’t written. It used to be short stories about unicorns and fairies, it then morphed into really bad poetry. I am lucky that what I write now is good, or at least good enough.
3. How do you find time to write around your family’s needs?
It can be tricky. I mostly write when they sleep. But it helps that I have a super supportive family. My husband understands and helps when he is home, and my oldest daughter helps with the youngest if I need to get something done and they are both around. There is a lot of playing in their bedroom when I am on deadline. Then once I finish I make sure to give them extra attention, because it’s important. But they know I’ma writer, and they are proud of it. It’s enough to bring me to tears sometimes.
4. If you could be favorably compared to any author, who would it be?
I would LOVE it if someone compared me to Sarah Addison Allen or Alice Hoffman. They are both writers I admire.
5. How has the group 10 Minute Novelists help you in your writing journey?
The first writing group I was ever a part of. I get tips and support. Information and a network of other people like me. It’s been an insane journey, I’m glad I found them when I did.
6. What has been the most rewarding part of your publishing journey?
Finally finishing something. I have been awful my whole life about starting something but never finishing. But this time, I finished it. I wrote a book. And I published it. I’ve touched a physical copy of the words I wrote. There is no better feeling for a writer.
7. What do you have planned for 2015?
Hopefully I will publish my second novel. I also think there will be a second Writing Wenches Anthology. And….I may be putting out some YA shorts that I’ve been hoarding under a pen name, we shall see though.
8. What advice would you give to writers who think they don’t have the skills nor the time to pursue their dreams?
I would say: DO IT!! You will regret it if you don’t. There are always ways to learn, and there is always time if you really want it. It may take you a year, it may take you ten, but don’t ever give up!