Saturday, October 18, 2008
Welcome Sheri Lewis Wohl! Yet another wonderful TRWP paranormal author. So glad to have you with me today:)
Vampires, witches, spirits, and ghosts…
Hey Dayana! Thank you much for having me here today. As a paranormal author, it’s no surprise to anyone October is my favorite month! Who can resist All Hallows Eve when the veil between this world and the next fades away? My fascination with the dark side began very early. I recall clearly watching The House on Haunted Hill one Saturday morning when I was quite young. Everyone else was busy around the house and didn’t realize what kept me so riveted to the television. Oh, but they did that night when I had them all awake because I was afraid to go to sleep. That was just the beginning!
When I learned to read and could pick out my own books, the fun crept up a notch. There was no more “see Spot run” for me. Instead, I devoured all the classics: Stoker’s Dracula, Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Poe’s The Telltale Heart. Would it surprise you to find out, I still have all of the above on my bookshelf, including the complete works of Poe?
Of course, the fun didn’t stop there. Popular media might not have fed my addiction to the level I would have liked, but they still provided enough fare to keep me happy. From Dark Shadows to Nighstalker to Salem’s Lot, the vampires, witches, spirits, and ghosts were there to nurture my curious imagination.
I dabbled and dabbled with writing. I even had quite a few encouraging rejection letters from big New York publishers that said they felt my writing held promise but wondered if it would be possible to eliminate the paranormal elements. Sure, I thought about it and no, I couldn’t do it. All the things that go bump in the night simply called too strongly to be ignored. I had little choice but to wait for the rest of the publishing world to catch up with me. In my office resplendent horror movie posters and a fine collection of ceramic skulls, I wrote and wrote.
Patience is a wonderful thing--when you can manage it. Low and behold, one day the first offer came. My book was wanted, paranormal elements and all. And who says life on the dark side isn’t rewarding? The moral of the story? Simple…read what you love, write what you love, love what you love and someday when you least expect it, the world lines right up beside you.
So, if you’re now in the mood for a bit of the paranormal, check out SALEM’S FIRE a Faery Rose at The Wild Rose Press or if you crave a bit more—the vampire side, check out BLOOD SECRETS, the third book in the NECURATUL series at Loose Id. Just to keep things going, coming soon from The Wild Rose Press will be BRIDGE OF SOULS and FULL MOON RISING. Lots of vampires, witches, spirits, and ghosts…
Thank you so much for having me here today. If you’re game to leave a comment, I’ll draw one name on Sunday, October 19th for a spooky gift just in time for Halloween.
Sheri Lewis Wohl