Interview With Lannie Sheridan

Where do you get your inspiration?

I get inspiration from all kinds of things. Sometimes a song or a photo might give me an idea. A conversation with a friend may spark a plot, or even I may even dream the entire scene. Ideas come from all over, but not all of them are good ones. Sometimes I silly idea can lead to an amazing scene or plot twist while what seemed like a wonderful idea might not go anywhere but the trashbin.

Can you tell me a little about each book?

Well as far as finished books, I only have two at the moment. The first book, Shadows of the Past, follows Princess Amirilla of Mercury as she takes her new position on the Intergalactic Court. Amirilla, known as Rilla by her friends and family, has oracle blood, which gives her visions of the future.  My second book, Shadows of the Past, is a sequel to the first. The system is in chaos and nothing seems to be going right…  Can’t really say more without giving spoilers. I’m about halfway through writing the third in this series, When Shadows Fall, which will pick up where book two ends.

Once I finish the Shadow series, I have several other series I plan to work on. Sadly I don’t have titles for them yet, but I know the basic plot of all of them. I have a series about a young hunter searching the land for the magical being that murdered her parents. Another series follows a young witch who learns that imaginary friends are anything but imaginary. I’m still working on the details but I am working on a mystery series that follows an investigative reporter looking for her brother. The last one I have is about a lonely girl who winds up being sent back in time after making an innocent wish on her birthday.

What inspires you to write?

The stories in my head need to be told. When my muses start talking I have to write down their tales. Doesn’t matter if anyone else reads them or likes them, I write the stories for me and my muses.

Tell me about how you got started as a writer.

Not really sure how I actually got started. I don’t remember a time that I didn’t makeup stories for fun. Even before I could write I would make up stories and my mom would write them down for me.

When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?

I published my first book, Shadows of the Past, in December of 2015. The day I received the first printed copy was the happiest day of my life. Words alone can’t describe the emotions I felt seeing my name on the cover.

What advice can you give future authors?

Never give up. Being a writer isn’t always easy and it’s not a fast way to make money. It takes a lot of time and hard work to finish writing and editing a book. Promoting and selling it is even harder. No matter how hard it gets, never stop and never give up.

What was the easiest book for you to write?

Dancing with Shadows was the easiest so far. It practically wrote itself. Only had a few gaps I had to fill in.

What was the hardest?

The hardest is the one I’m currently working on, When Shadows Fall. There are a lot of fight scenes and a huge battle involving a dozen armies that I have to write. I’m not the best at writing fight scenes so this is quite a challenge for me.

What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?

My biggest challenge is finding time to write without being interrupted. Its often hard to get people to understand that just because I’m sitting at my computer with music playing or in the recliner with my laptop and reruns of my favorite tv shows playing, that doesn’t mean I’m not working.

What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?

It depends on the situation. If I’ve got someone who is honestly interested in books then it’s usually pretty easy to sell the books or at least get them to take a business card and possibly follow you later on. People that are looking for a specific kind of book that doesn’t include mine or people that don’t want to read at all, well they’re almost impossible to sell to, but you still have to try and do your best. Sometimes the impossible sale is the most rewarding.

How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?

Hmmm, that’s a hard one….. I’m not really sure how to describe my writing style. I write in the third person because I like knowing what’s going on with all the major players, not just the main character. For me, the dialogue is the easiest thing to write because I actually hear the characters in my head. I’m working on being better with descriptions and details. I don’t think I have set style though. My editor told me after reading what I have of one of my other series that it was like someone else wrote it. My tone and voice change to fit the characters and setting of the story I’m writing. I took that as a huge compliment. I don’t want all my stories to sound the same. If I did that I would be doing my characters a great injustice.

How supportive is your family of your books?

My family is very supportive. My dad bought a dozen copies and gave them to all his friends. My mom insists on being one of the first to read my books once they’re finished.

Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?

I had a few people in college tell me that writing wasn’t worth my time. They thought I should be doing something better with my time. Those same people thought it was fun to get blackout drunk and not remember what actually happened over the weekend. They couldn’t understand why I thought that sitting at home with a good book or a good movie was more fun than a party full of drunks. Needless to say, their opinions mattered little to me and I kept writing.

Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?

I have two editors, who are both dear friends. One reads for story content and the other fixes my spelling and grammar. The only other people do anything directly for my books would be my cover artists. While they don’t work with me or get paid, my biggest help with promotions are my readers. The people that read my books and leave reviews or tell others about my stories help out more than they realized. Word of mouth is the best advertisement a writer could ask for.

How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?

Not sure of the exact number. I probably had close to 30 drafts of book 1 before I was happy with it. For book 2 there were at least 20. I don’t keep track of how many drafts I go through, just how much my book improves with each one.

Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?

Not yet, but its definitely something I want to do.

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

That’s a long list. First ones that come to mind are Diana Gabaldon, J.K. Rowlings, Stephen King, Richard Castle (yes I’m aware these books have ghostwriters but I still love them), and Sir Arthur Conan Doyal.

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?

Well, the one I’m mostly working on at the moment is When Shadows Fall, the final book in my first series. It’ll be a very battle heavy book and I’m certain there will be a few readers that will yell at me for certain parts of the story.

Once that one is complete I plan to work on either the series about the young hunter or the imaginary friend one. I haven’t decided which one just yet. I do know that I will probably jump back and forth between my series and not focus on getting one particular one done first. I did that with my current series and burned myself out on it. I think the writing will be much easier if I just write what comes to me and finish and publish the books as I get them done. Hopefully, it’ll be less stress that way too.

Where can we find you on social media?


Twitter: @LannieSheridan

Instagram: LannieSheridan22


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