Apologies for being a bit missing in action this week – have had a few website issues, technology definitely hates me lol! Anyway, we seem to be running again at least, so please excuse any minor blips while the site gets tweaked a bit. Still, moving on, it’s October, time for dark nights and scary stories – and I have the fab Sheri Velarde dropping by to chat about her new zombie-themed romance, Our Last Salvation. Scary and steamy, what more can you ask for? 🙂
So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself (bio).
I live in New Mexico, US, with my husband and my two dogs Eowyn and Charlie. In addition to being an author I also make jewelry, paint, and craft. However I am happiest when I am either curled up with my dogs reading a book or snuggling with the hubby and watching a movie.
I have been writing professionally for a little over five years. People often ask why I write, the answer is simple, my mind won’t let me not write. I always have stories in my head and I have to get them out or go crazy. Writing is my therapy and I can’t imagine my life without it.
People can keep up with my writing and other shenanigans on my website: sherivelarde.weebly.com.
Ooh, another multi-talented person 🙂 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?
When I was little I loved to read. I think the idea of telling stories, especially paranormal stories, was after I fell in love with Bunnicula. I started making up my own stories then. I probably started actually writing stories when I was in fourth or fifth grade.
I seem to have missed out on Bunnicula, I’ve heard a few people mention it but don’t think it made it over the pond 🙁 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?
Well I am not a get straight out of bed and start writing writer. My husband works late and we sleep in, mornings are dedicated to errands and household stuff. I do my freelance work after my husband leaves and then sit down to work on my writing after a late lunch. I work then until a late dinner. After dinner I usually try to do some edits and then start writing again until my husband gets home from work. I just feel more creative at night. I also always have either music or a tv show that I know well. I live in an apartment complex and I need noise that I like to block out the noise I don’t want. Other than that, I try to write every day. That’s the most important ritual.
I’m a night owl as well, always annoying when EDJ makes me have to get up early *sighs* Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.
I primarily write a lot of paranormal romance, though I have been moving into horror and mystery a tiny bit as well. Mostly I like things that go bump in the night, in more ways than one 😉
Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?
I would say Anne Rice and Stephen King. I know I am dating myself, but I grew up on both of them. Anne Rice in particular combined the paranormal and romance in a way that I can only wish I could.
What five things could you never do without?
My husband, my dogs, books, art and pasta! Lol
Lol, yup to the pasta! Tell us a bit about your new release.
Kol’s living her dream. Her gorgeous neighbor, Nick, promised to make her life brighter yet, until something from her past threatens the entire world.
Kol is trying to outrun her troubled past and start anew. She is finally living the life she always wanted in NYC, where she has met the man of her dreams, Nick. Just when her future is looking bright, an infection takes hold of the country, sending her and Nick on a race for their lives. Now Kol must face the pain she wanted to leave behind forever, in order for anyone to have a future.
Ooh, definitely sounds interesting. Where did your inspiration for it come from?
Seriously? It was while I was visiting a friend in NYC. We were on the roof of his building when some military helicopters flew over in formation. He wondered aloud what that was all about. I of course said zombie apocalypse. Seems reasonable to me. Lol That was the beginning of an idea. On a said note, we later found out it was Prince Harry being flown somewhere.
Hehe, not quite as dramatic, but yeah that would probably have been my first thought as well. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?
I loved writing my heroine. She is fragile from past issues, but also one of the strongest characters I have ever written. Kol faces things that would make most people break, but she keeps going and going. She never loses all of her hope. I love that about her.
What was the hardest part about writing it?
For me love scenes are always the hardest to write. This one was no different. I always say that this book is going to have closed door love scenes, but that never happens. My characters are just too darn frisky.
Lol, I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking about… 😉 Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)
It’s a tough one, but I am going to go with Nick. Most heroes in romance are uber alpha male (and I do like that and write that) but Nick is the softer, caring and supportive hero that makes our heroine a stronger and happier woman. That can be pretty sexy too.
Aww, and yup, very sexy! Why should we run out and buy it right now?
It’s a short and super sexy read that will be sure to heat up your weekend! Running from zombies has never been so hot!
Well, I know I’m convinced 😉 If you want to get your hands on a copy of Our Last Salvation the link is here:
Amazon – http://amzn.to/2cqXyxH
Have a great weekend. Take care x