Interview with Sherry Leclerc

What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Book 2 for the Seers Series. I have five books planned for the series, which may turn into six if book five runs too long.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Penny Reid, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, to name a few.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I also work full-time as a teacher and am raising two young boys. I spend my "free" time writing or reading. Now that I am a self-published author, I have to spend a fair amount of time on the business side of that, such as marketing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometimes I discover the ebooks I read by someone recommending them to me. Other times, I will look through the "Recommended for you" titles and choose the ones that look like something I would enjoy reading. I have also searched for my old favorites from the past and added them to my ebook library. Also, if I enjoy a book I've read, I will search for other titles by the same author.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I remember the type of story it was but not the details. I had written poetry and song lyrics before this, but the first time I wrote a proper short story was when I was 11 or 12. Then I did 3 or 4 of them. It was for Halloween. I wrote a few spooky stories, drew pictures to go with them and to make a cover, which I then coloured in. Then I stapled it all together and passed it around to my friends. This was before computers were a common household thing, so printing or copying them wasn't really an option for me at the time.
What is your writing process?
I start with letting an idea percolate in my mind, mulling over the possibilities. I do this long enough that I already have an idea of the plot, characters, twists and turns and the end before I start writing at all. Then, when I have free time in between work and kids, I just sit and write. I let the action and dialogue flow naturally, thinking about how these different characters would react or respond to the situations they find themselves in. Oftentimes, the story changes and develops away from my original intentions because, as I "get to know" my characters, I'm like, "He/she would never do/say that."

So, in summary, I usually have an outline of a story, major plot points, and characters in my mind before I begin, but once I start to write it pretty much flows organically.
How do you approach cover design?
My first cover was actually created from two stock photos melded together by a graphic designer. I had an idea of what I wanted on my cover, and was lucky enough to find two pictures that, with the help of the graphic designer, matched my vision very well. For my second cover, I know what I would like to see on it, but I am having some trouble finding stock photos I can purchase that would be right for it. So, I am looking into having a graphic artist design it for me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The three Lord of the Rings books, The Hobbit, and all the Harry Potter novels. That's more than five, but there's no way I could choose one of the HP novels over the others. They are my favorites because I love losing myself inside a good fantasy novel. I was a shy and awkward kid who was bullied a lot, and these kinds of books gave me characters I could identify with. Also, watching the underdog character struggle, suffer, and then come out of it stronger and wiser always made me feel hope when I was otherwise feeling down.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy novels, romance, and, of course, those fantasy and romance cross-over books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well, I am new to the marketing game, and I find it is more difficult and time consuming than writing my book was! However, as a self-published author, I recognise how important marketing is. Otherwise, how are people going to hear about my book? I love my story, so I figure maybe other people will as well. Also, if I want to finish my series and be able to publish it, I need some measure of success for my first novel. So the time and effort are worth it.

So far I have been focusing more on online marketing and e-sales. I have a Facebook author page, as well as twitter, Instagram and Goodreads author accounts. Previously I had only used Facebook, so it's been taking some getting used to. Those get my name and the name of the book out there, but also enable me to get in contact with professionals such as graphic designers, and to connect with other writers. I have taken out Facebook ads and have listed a Goodreads giveaway.

Later this month I will be attending a writers festival where I will have a booth. I plan on doing a launch party shortly after that, then I will donate some books to local libraries. My goal is to eventually gather enough readers to make publishing the rest of the series possible and worthwhile.
Describe your desk
My desk is always messy, much to my husband's disappointment. There are always reference books, notebooks (yes, numerous) and papers all over it. To those who don't know better (like my husband) it looks like a disorganised mess. For me, I like having things spread out where I can see them, and I know where everything is.

I always like to remind my husband, and anyone else who complains, of Einstein's words: "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"
Published 2017-09-07.
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Books by This Author

The Guardians of Eastgate
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 59,730. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
An ancient evil threatens the future of the realm of Sterrenvar. A race of people called seers has appointed themselves Guardians of the Realm, guarding the safety of their world and all the people in it.