Author of a modern fantasy series and award-winning short stories, Lydia Sherrer’s goal is to leave the world a better place than when she found it. She believes dark chocolate and tea are legitimate sources of nutrition, and one day hopes to visit every country in the world. She currently resides in Louisville, KY, with her supportive husband and their very vocal cat.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Though it wasn't quite the first story I ever read, it was way back in the grey muddle of my early childhood. I grew up on Tolkein. My mom read The Hobbit to me for the first time when I was about six, and I was completely enthralled. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy followed soon after, and I ate it up. Our family was so into Tolkein, that by the time I was 13 we made a family audiobook of the whole series, recording and producing it ourselves. I did the voices of Pippin and Gimli.
Tolkein's writing, its detail, worldbuilding, mythology, vocabulary, and quality set the bar for every book I've read since, and it inspired in me the deep desire to discover and explore far off lands. When I couldn't find too many of those around me out in the farmland of rural Kentucky, I started creating my own! The rest is history.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Haha! I love how Smashwords, correctly understanding that you should never ask an author what their (one) favorite book is, set the cap at five. Well, I don't really have five favorite books, I have about twenty. But I guess five is better than one.
The Bible (various authors) - No joke. I am not shy about who I am, and my belief in Jesus Christ has literally saved my life on multiple occasions. I shudder to think the kind of person I would be without my faith. It gives me strength to go on, and to love everyone around me unconditionally, no matter what they think, do, or believe.
The Return of the King (JRR Tolkien) - because it is the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and this is where everything really hits home. Every time I finish this book, I cry. It's just so darn sad to leave Middle Earth! Tolkien's worldbuilding is unsurpassed, and it has inspired me to be the writer I am today.
Lady Knight (Tamora Pierce) - because I was obsessed with the Tortal books when I was a teenager. They taught me that a woman can be both strong, and weak, a warrior and a nurturer, and it's okay. Lady Knight is the best of them, and encapsulates everything I wanted to be when I was a teenager. While my desires and life goals have changed since then (I realized that the reasons behind my teenage life goals were skewed and shallow), the spirit of Kel still lives in my heart, and reminds me to be the best woman I can be.
Sunshine (Robin McKinley) - because this is the most innovative, original, and captivating take on vampires/urban fantasy that I've ever read. Ever.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - yeah, yeah, cliche, I know. But seriously, Harry Potter shaped my childhood. When you really dig down, this series is about how love conquers all things. And that is the most powerful message in the world. I love Rowlings books, I love her message, and I love what she is doing for our world (did you know she is the only billionaire that has donated so much money to charity, it has bumped her down from billionaire to millionaire status? Check out her foundation Lumos helping poor, disabled, and minority children).
Wizards are born, witches are made, and they mix about as well as oil and water. So when circumstance forces a conscientious wizard and a troublemaking witch to band together against a common enemy, there’s no telling how the dice will fall. A prequel to the Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus series, this meeting of opposites—and the mischief that follows—is a roller coaster of laughs and life lessons.