This week’s author is Lannie Sheridan. She is an amazing and talented woman. I met her a few years ago at the convention I attend every year. I’ve watched her grow and thrive. It’s been amazing. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here.
Her Books (Click book photos to buy):
Princess Amirilla VI of Mercury, known as Rilla to her friends and family, is the eldest daughter of the royal family. After losing her brother, Amdis, five years previous, it’s now time for her to take her place as a general in the Intergalactic Court. Everything seems to be going according to plan, that is until Rilla starts having strange dreams of the past and visions that she can’t remember clearly. Like her mother, Rilla has what’s known as oracle blood, which gives her visions or premonitions of the future. Add in family troubles and political issues that come with her new role as a general and Rilla has her hands full. With time growing short, can Rilla remember her visions and discover that they’re trying to warn her of before its too late?
The system is in a shambles. Entire planets have fallen to mysterious, swift, and deadly attacks from an unknown enemy. The Empress must attempt to assemble the remaining generals and call them to arms. Meanwhile, Shadow faces events of his past which may cause him to have to take an unspeakable risk to save the galaxy.
About Lannie Sheridan
I’m just a simple girl with stories to be told. I was born and raised in a small town in Virginia and I currently live in sunny Florida. I’ve always loved to write and its the one thing that I like to think I do well. I’d like to one day be a stay at home writer but for now, I have a day job that pays the bills.
Interview With Lannie Sheridan:
Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?
Well, so far I have 2 books published, both are part of the same series. I call it the Shadow series simply because Shadow is a character in it and its part of all the titles; Shadows of the Past, Dancing with Shadows, and When Shadows Fall (which I’m still working on). The series follows the eldest daughter of the Mercury royal family, Rilla, as she deals with politics, family drama, war, and secrets and mysteries from the past. There’s action, humor, and even a little romance. I tried to make my first series something everyone can enjoy.
As for upcoming novels, well obviously I’m working on the last of the Shadow series, When Shadows Fall, which has been delayed due to a huge change in my life, which also made writing easier, well I hope at least. In February I gave birth to a little boy and I’m now a stay at home mom and writer. Writing is a bit hard when he demands all of my attention and tries to help type when at the computer. We’re starting to get into a daily routine of nap times so hoping more work gets done soon. In the meantime another project is in the works. My part is finished for the moment. H Gorlitz Scott of Dragonmun Studios is currently illustrating my children’s book, When Goblins Puppysit. (Image included is from this) I wrote it a few years ago and couldn’t afford to pay for illustrations so it was set aside. But now that I’m doing better financially and also with the arrival of my little one, I wanted to get this done soon. I’m hoping to have it in time for his first birthday, but I know better than rush great artists, especially one who is also a writer and mother herself.
After I finish the Shadow series I have a few other projects I’m working on. There’s the FAEted Path series which I intend to have at least 10 books for. It follows Tara, a young woman hunting dangerous beasts and magical beings while on her quest to avenge her family. Childhood Wishes is a story about what happens to imaginary friends when children grow up. It actually features my own imaginary friends, Jaye and the Goblins who are seen in my children’s book. Then there’s an untitled story of a young woman who travels back in time after making a deal with a being of extraordinary power. Still working on details for that. And finally I have a mystery series planned that follows a young reporter searching for her brother.
What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author?
Hmmm not exactly sure when the exact moment happened. I’ve always lived creating stories even before I could write. I used to make up storirs and draw pictures for my grandfather when I was very small.
What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?
I keep writing. Even if I feel my stories aren’t good enough I know I’ll never get better if I don’t practice so I keep writing. I also remind myself to write the story I want, not what anyone else wants. David Bowie, who I admired greatly, once said “It’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other peoples’ expectations. They produce their worst work when they do that.” he also said, “If you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.” I try my best to remember and follow that advice.
Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing?
It would be easier to list ones that aren’t influenced by real life. Writing is the best way to deal with the stress of real life, so of course I included conversations and scenarios simular to ones I’ve actually dealt with. There’s a tshirt that I want to get so bad. It says, “Be careful what you say around a writer, it may wind up in her next book.” There’s also one about killing you off in a book, but I haven’t actually done that……yet.
Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?
Easiest….. well that would be a list actually, Rilla, Tara, Emi, Sam, Lilly, and Sarah. The main female leads in each story. I based them off of me for the most part. Now don’t get me wrong, they are not the same character. Each has a unique personality and backstory, but I put my self in their shoes and ask myself what would I do if it were me. The hard ones are the boys. They do their own things. I plan the story to go one way and then suddenly as I’m writing its as if they say, “nope, let’s go this way”. That’s why I gave up outlining my stories. But if had to pick, Shadow is the hardest to write, mainly because he’s based on my husband but different enough that he follows a certain path. My husband doesn’t read my drafts anymore because, while Shadow is based on him, he says he does the exact opposite of what he would do. But that’s why these stories are fiction.
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