Author Interview: Sherri Mitchell


Q. What inspires you?  
A. Anything having to do with medieval times or made up realms of dragons, kings, and queens inspires me. I listen and watch a lot of documentaries every week, which also trigger different ideas. Sometimes, it’s a name that sounds captivating, or a particular action or weapon. I’ll write down whatever words come to mind, and even draw pictures sometimes. Music-wise, however…the Norse band Wardruna kicks my creative cogs into high gear. Even though the majority of their songs are in another language, the passion in the lead singer’s voice moves you to write, and the beating of the handmade instruments stimulate your mind wild with thousands of images and words that beg to be thrown together. There is nothing better than writing.

Q. Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?
A. Stephen King was my very first inspiration with writing. I read my first book by him when I was 6 (early, I know, but I was never without a book and was a voracious reader of anything I could get my hands on). I wrote a truly terrible ‘horror’ story about werewolves in a graveyard so that I could try and sound as scary as the Horror Master himself, but fell way short. At the age of 6 it was hard to sound remotely frightening with your writings.  I kept thinking that I would be a horror writer like him, but when I started my first book at the age of 15, I quickly found out that I had a knack for fantasy writing. Mr. King is still my inspiration, though, and I strive to constantly improve myself.

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Q. How do you find or make time to write?
A. The truth is, I don’t always have time to write, as I have a pretty packed schedule. Therefore, there are a lot of days where I have to force myself to take a break from everything else and sit down to get some work done. I do my best to write something every single day—at least a paragraph to keep in the habit—and I am very particular about carrying around a notebook or a notepad for any book or plot ideas. I’m also notorious for sitting up in the middle of the night with a word, phrase, or a book idea that simply must be written down, lest I forget it (and I do mean all hours of the night)

Q. What projects are you working on at present?
A. Right now I’m working on the very last book in my ‘Dragon of the Gods’ series: “The Mortal Gods”. It will be the fifth installment of the series and I must say that the whole thing coming to a close is quite bittersweet: on the one hand, I’m thrilled that the series is finally ending and I can concentrate on other works. But on the other hand…I feel such a deep connection with each and every character that it’s very hard to let go of them.

I also started another book late last year which will become the first in a new series: ‘Dark Kingdoms’. The atmosphere is dark and brooding, with war, political intrigue, and haunting mysteries strewn thickly throughout. The main character, Drognik, is a king and a half-giant who cannot remember who or where he is in the opening scene of the book. What if you were to open your eyes to find yourself on a battlefield, covered in blood, with people kneeling before you and you had no inkling as to why you were even there? Who would you recognize as your enemies? It will be a very thrilling series, and the twists and turns I already have plotted out are astoundingly delicious. Hoping to finish the first book sometime late this year.

If possible (time-wise), I also plan on writing a sequel to my paranormal romance, “WolfShyne”, as people have been asking for one.

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Q. What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? 
A. I wish someone would ask me how I develop my characters. My answer would be that each character is unique and never repeated. Each has their own background—an entire history that helps them seem more real. Keep in mind that although you may not give a complete back story to each and every character in your book, that they should always have one in your mind. That character has to be real enough to believe in, and the author is the only person who can make that happen.

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About the Author

Sherri Beth Mitchell was born in Virginia and raised in a small town in Western North Carolina.  She began writing at the ripe age of six, when she discovered she thoroughly enjoyed creating tales.  After being published in several poetic anthologies, she chose to start writing short stories, which slowly became full-length books.