Interview with Sheila English

What kind of stories do you write?
I was in the science field for 20 years and though I don't always include science in my books, I do have respect for basing things in reality as much as possible. This is especially important since I write using some kind of supernatural element in my novels.
I love characters and how they interact with people and the world around them when challenged.
I love suspense and romance so those are elements I always include in anything I write.
So, in a nutshell, I love to write paranormal stories with characters you can relate to and care about and a sense of suspense and/or adventure.
What kind of reader enjoys your books?
Primarily people who love a sense of adventure and a deep connection to the characters. People who love shows that challenge you to think and/or feel as they also entertain. Shows like Supernatural, Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who, Person of Interest, Vampire Diaries, House, M.D., Justified, Alias, so a mix of paranormal and drama with a touch of humor.
Most of my readers enjoy paranormal romance, supernatural suspense and great characters.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Faith healers are not based in religion in my mythology. Like other cultures, faith healing is based on believing someone can heal you. With my mythology for my latest YA trilogy we look at where people who can heal with a touch might get their power, then we ask, what would they do with it? If you can heal with a touch, can you also harm?
There are three main powers addressed in the trilogy, and each of the sisters ends up with one power. Ivy can heal with a touch. Amber uses power of the dead and can kill with a touch. Elizabeth can touch you and take your soul, literally, and put it into someone else's body or into an inanimate object.
Who or what influences your writing?
I have a lot of influences, but certainly Christine Feehan, Karen Rose, Dean Koontz, Jonathan Maberry, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, so many great authors! But, also people like Joss Whedon and Steven Moffitt and other amazing producers.
I'm influenced by history, science, the unusual and unexplainable, great emotion, music and the surprising nature of people themselves.
What are some of your favorite books or series?
I read a LOT! I love the world that opens up like a movie as I read words and see story in my mind.
I love Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin series, Dean Koontz Frankenstein series but also many of his stand alone books, Christine Feehan's Dark Series but also her Sea Haven series and Ghostwalkers. I love comics and graphic novels! I love the Wild Card series put together by George R. R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass. I enjoy Charlaine Harris' Snookie series (the books not the HBO series). I love classics! Jane Eyre is my #1 favorite book. I love Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Some books never go out of style!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Imagination. Mine. The reader's. The bridge of imagination that exists between the storyteller and the reader/listener/viewer. For a moment in time you're connected through story, caring about the plight or challenge or love of a character or storyline.
I love creating worlds and the people who live in them, giving them challenges and watching them become heroes or heroines.
I love hearing from readers about what they loved or how they felt. I find that I re-read that portion of a book if a reader tells me it made them feel something and I try to imagine what it was like for the reader as they read it.
What emotions do your stories bring out?
Overall I like to think people feel satisfied, but the journey itself will bring reflection (I know, that's not an emotion, but you understand how that feels), suspense, longing, anxiety, love, humor, sadness, truly the entire gambit of emotion. Will you cry? Likely. I hope readers feel so connected to the characters that they FEEL everything that character feels including those things that hurt them as well as those things that bring joy.
When we read fiction we read to have an unexpected journey of emotions through the vehicle of story.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the final book of the Faith Healer's Daughters trilogy. I have some short stories of Adam Frankenstein coming out and my Blood Quill series which is kind of a mix of Supernatural with Penny Dreadful and a tiny pinch of time travel.
I am also working on my Circle of Seven series which includes the first book of that same name, then The Gemini Keys, The Vampire King and a few others.
What other things do you do in your life?
After leaving an 18-year medical career I realized I wanted to work in entertainment. So, the last 15 years (there was some overlap in those years) I have started my own business. I own the trademark to the term "book trailer" and have created more book trailers than any other producer in the world. I've worked with top publishers, bestselling authors and celebrities.
I am an award winning director, script writer and producer and have been featured on television, NPR, NY Times, Wall Street Journal and other news media.
Outside of that I do a lot of animal rescue and advocacy. My home has a big sign in the front that reads- "The Dog Farm" and I currently have 7 dogs. I collect antiques, primarily typewriters, cameras, office supplies and phones. I am a huge Doctor Who fan! And I love to go to various ComicCons.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sounds o one of my dogs getting ready to vomit will get me out of bed pretty fast. Getting licked up my nose, that will do it. My dogs are a joy to me and I get up early each morning to care for them.
But, I am also lucky to have a fabulous job where I work with amazingly talented people.
I love the idea of creating worlds and writing.
I love people and I love social media, getting to know people, investing in them and making friends.
Oh! And also...bacon. I'd be inspired to get out of bed for bacon for sure.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My day always starts with my dogs and their care. Then, I set a timer for 20 minutes and every 20 minutes I do something different. I'm not sure it's ADD, more that I have so much work and so many project that I need to move everything forward each day, so each thing gets some time from me that way.
I do a lot of book promotion and marketing for other authors as well as myself. I write scripts and produce book trailers, web series, commercials and event sizzle reels every day and have worked with people like Christine Feehan, George R. R. Martin, RL Stine, Lisa Kleypas, Melissa Marr, Patton Oswalt and so many others. I have a great job and enjoy spending my time working.
I love my family and friends and I do a lot with my writing buddies. I love comic cons and antique/thrift store shopping. I travel a LOT and enjoy it, though I hate having to drive more than 8 hours in a day. lol
I donate my time to things like the Red Cross, animal groups and helping others. I think that's important.
I binge watch on Netflix and Prime. LOL
Published 2016-08-23.
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Books by This Author

Circle of Seven: The Immortal King
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 140,390. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A dangerous and missing artifact brings Raven Peterson to Rohan, a banished immortal king and to Daniel, an untrustworthy vampire. Their case grows more dangerous when it crosses the path of the kings of the Circle of Seven. Political intrigue threatens life as we know it and Raven's case becomes a race against time.
Keeper of the Dead (Book 2 in The Faith Healer's Daughters Triology)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,460. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Amber and Ryan go undercover at the Brooklyn cemetery where the Keeper of the Dead holds the secret of how to stop Amber's murderous father. But, the Keeper there has plans of his own that include a kiss from Amber that costs her more than she could ever imagine.
Adam Frankenstein: A Collection of Short Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,300. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
What if the Frankenstein creature didn't die in a fire,a crumbling castle or on a glacier? What if he never died at all?
Keeper of the Light (The Faith Healer's Daughters Book 1)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,200. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
What if you could save someone with just a touch? What if that touch came with a price? While trying to escape both danger and fate, Ivy and her twin Amber, will discover if their years of training to fight and to hide will save them from the man who killed their mother and who would enslave them in his cult. Life and death are both gift and curse to the… Keeper of the Light.