Jenny: Hi, Sheri. Why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us a little about you.
Sheri: Hi Jenny and thank you for having me here. I’m Sheri Lewis Wohl and I live in NE Washington State where there are lots of pine trees, mountains, lakes and rivers. Unlike Seattle, we’re the dry side of the state! I share my home with one husband, two very large dogs and one little calico cat. I’ve worked for the federal government for the last 18 years and in my “spare” time write primarily paranormal romance.
Jenny: What inspired you to write your first romance?
Sheri: It was just love of the genre. There’s something hopeful about romances that you don’t see in other genres. It’s no matter how bad or frightening things might get in a romance, it always has a happy ending. Life might not always turn out that way in reality, but when reading a romance, our hearts are filled with hope.
Jenny: What’s currently on your iPod/mp3 player/cd player?
Sheri: I actually have an audio book right now. Danielle Steel’s Dating Game.
Jenny: Describe a typical (or non-typical) writing day?
Sheri: I write pretty much every day. Usually I’m up before six and do about half an hour before I have to leave for the office. I spend the vast majority of my lunch hours on my laptop and then about an hour every evening. Weekends can vary depending on what’s going on in the rest of my world.
Jenny: What’s the one question no one ever asks that you wish they would?
Sheri: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Jenny: What’s your favorite setting from one of your novels?
Sheri: I use my own city in a number of my books and that’s because it is a really pretty place. Sometimes it’s easy to miss the beauty where you live and writing about it reminds how special Eastern Washington can really be. Of course, since I have a masters degree in Gothic Fiction, I also love the Romanian setting in my book Necuratul 3: Blood Secrets. It was really fun to research the homeland of Dracula and make it come to life.
Jenny: What do you think makes the idea heroine/hero?
Sheri: For me, it’s strength, courage and a willingness to open their hearts to love even when it scares them to death. That goes for both the hero and heroine.
Jenny: What are you working on at the moment?
Sheri: A gothic flavored romance set in an ocean-front estate on the Oregon coast. There’s danger, deception, and of course…romance.
Jenny: Which comes first–the plot or the characters?
Sheri: Most of the time for me, it’s actually the plot. Once I have the “what-if” in my head, the characters begin to make their arrivals.
Jenny: Any new releases coming up?
Sheri: On October 9, 2009, Bridge of Souls is being released by The Wild Rose Press. It’s a story full of adventure, secret-identities and a ghost.
You can see more of Sheri at her webiste: www.sherilewiswohl.com
Read on for a tantalizing excerpt from Sheri’s upcoming release, Bridge of Souls…..
After a little while, the conversation hit a lull. Bigs leaned toward her to touch his lips against hers. “I’ve wanted to do that all night.”
“Um,” was all she could say. The safe thing to do would be to say thanks and go home. She didn’t feel inclined to play safe tonight and so instead she brought her hand up and ran her fingers through his thick hair, pulling his face closer to hers. “Then do it,” she told him.
His eyes lit up at her words in a way that had her pulse racing. He kissed her again, this time deep and questioning. The tip of his tongue touched hers in a shot of fire. Maybe it was the wine, or maybe it was simply her overwhelming desire, but she answered him in a silent but undeniable yes. She wanted him with a fervor as primal as the wild animals still roaming much of the prairies outside. Adrian needed him, needed the touch of someone kind, gentle, and exciting all at the same time. She had been isolated for too long. The ice in her veins screamed for a thaw.
Sheri Lewis Wohl has loved books since the moment she could pick one up. Born in the flat lands of eastern Nebraska, Sheri was raised in Spokane, Washington. She earned her BA at Eastern Washington University and a Masters Degree in literature at California State University. For Sheri, few tales are truly complete without a touch of romance so even her scariest stories include a little love.
Sheri lives in Northeast Washington state with her husband Steve, two dogs–a rescued St. Bernard, a German shepherd–and a little rescued calico cat.