Interview with fantasy/paranormal author Sherri Lackey

Today is a virtual book tour stop for Sherri Lackey. She’s talking about her fantasy paranormal novel The Vrykolakas Deviation.


And as a special bonus, Sherri will be awarding a $25 gift card from Amazon to a randomly drawn commenter
during the tour. To be entered for a chance to win, make sure to leave an e-mail address with a comment below. And if you’d like more chances to win, you can visit other tour stops and comment there as well.

Bio:

Sherri Lackey
was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, later moving to Alpine, Texas where her
parents owned a fast food restaurant (The Dairy Twist) and a Mexican food
restaurant (The Spot).
It was in the
back of those two businesses where, as a child, she developed a wild
imagination. She thought skeletons lived in the attic, monsters lurked behind
corners, and ghosts haunted The Spot. Her course as a fantasy writer was set
from this young age. When her folks moved back to Carlsbad, she imagined aliens
peeking in through the living room windows, thereby broadening her interests to
include science fiction. As an adult she began to notice that human behavior in
general is strange, alien, and monstrously scary at times. Therefore, she never
lacks for new and imaginative plots in her stories.
Welcome, Sherri. Please tell us about
your current release.
The Vrykolakas Deviation is book one of The Narcissus Legacy
series. The story spans millennia as it follows the path of Keeva, a deviant
vrykolakas (a vampire creature of Greek origin). Most vrykolakes are
narcissistic monsters preying on the life-force of human victims. Keeva and her
father, Sandor, do not prey upon humans and are the only two vrykolakes who are
different from the rest. They live their lives in hiding from other vrykolakes
who view them as a threat.
Keeva longs
to have what humans often take for granted – a family of her own. When she
poses as a high school student at Caldwell High School, her maternal instincts
kick into full gear when she meets and “adopts” a teenage girl named Mandy. She
does not tell Mandy that she is actually over two thousand years old. One
dreadful night, Mandy is murdered by Severin, a vrykolakas, who Keeva captures
and takes back to her apartment. Things become complicated for Keeva after that
as she begins to have feelings for Severin.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have
wanted to write a vampire novel for years, but there are a lot of vampire
novels on the market already. I decided to tweak the concept of a vampire just
a bit. As I researched the subject, I discovered the vrykolakas – a vampire
legend originating on the Greek island of Santorini. Vrykolakes are sometimes
called the bloodless vampire and their killing method isn’t clearly defined in the
legends about them. Since it isn’t clearly defined, I took the liberty of
defining the vrykolakas and their killing method in my novel.

Excerpt:
“Why? I
am a vrykolakas and that is all that matters,” he said harshly. “You
are not a vrykolakas. You are nothing, less than nothing, daughter of Sandor.
You are nothing but a freakish aberration, a mistake yet to be remedied –
erased.”
This
conversation was not going in the direction I had hoped it would go. “And
yet,” I said, “here you are tied up in this room. This less than
nothing aberration managed to drag your practically lifeless body back here and
tie you up. That is something to think about isn’t it?”
He gave me that
cold smile again. “You are such a naïve little girl. How have you survived
this long?”
I suddenly
felt foolish. I clearly was not on top of my game here. I was failing miserably
and his last words cut me deeply. I walked out of the room slamming the door
behind me. I was frustrated by my failed first attempt at interrogation. On top
of that, I couldn’t think clearly with him around.
That night, I
was restless again. At times it seemed I was in some realm of being half asleep
and half awake. At one point, I thought I woke up to see Severin standing over
me, looking down at me with that wolfish grin. I came more fully awake. He was
not there, but his distinct odor was pervasive in my room. I got up and got a
drink of water from the kitchen. I listened quietly outside his room and heard
nothing.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
I’m
currently working on book two in The Narcissus Legacy series, titled The Darkness Below. The story of the
vrykolakes continues with Keeva’s daughter, Kaie, who becomes trapped in
another realm known as Subtenna. Alone with none of her family there to help
her, she must find a way back to earth. She meets some new friends along the
way, and makes more than her fair share of enemies, including one nameless,
shapeless enemy which has haunted her dreams since childhood.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I was a
child when I first considered myself as a writer. I came up with my first idea
for a series of stories when I was in sixth grade. I titled it, Sherri Shoebox,
Girl Detective. I was into detective novels in those days. It seems like a
silly title now, but at the time I was proud of it. In seventh grade, I wrote a
play titled, The Disappearance of Susan Riley, for a speech and drama class. My
teacher encouraged me to submit it for publication. I did, and it was promptly
rejected. Woohoo! Twelve years old and I had my first rejection letter! After
that I gave up mystery writing and started writing science fiction, fantasy,
and romance.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I would
love to write full-time, but I have other obligations that need my attention. I
have homeschooled my three children through high school. My twin sons are now
in college working on a Communications degree and my daughter is a junior in
high school. My mother is battling cancer now, and I spend my mornings taking
care of her. I write whenever I get a chance. I prefer to write in the mornings
when my mind is fresh. If I cannot do that, I write in the afternoon. I try to
write for at least an hour a day, more than that if I can sneak it in.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I have to
have music playing in the background as I write. I choose songs for my iPod
based on how they fit with certain scenes in my stories.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
Besides a
writer, I wanted to be a movie producer and director when I grew up. I was a
novel purest, and I believed that movies based on books should follow the
intent of the author as closely as possible. I still believe that. I was
bitterly disappointed in Michael Landon when I was a child because he didn’t
closely follow Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. When I read The Last of the Mohicans as an adult, and then watched the 1992
movie based on the book, I really became aggravated with the screenwriters. As
far as I was concerned, they completely threw out James Fenimore Cooper’s story
and kept only the names of the characters. I griped all the way through the
movie much to my husband’s displeasure. I’ve given up on the dream of being a
movie producer and director, but I did make my own book trailer for The Vrykolakas Deviation.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I just want
to say thank you for letting me visit with readers of your blog here today.
Stop by my website and say hi, give me a follow or join my mailing list. My
front page has ordering information for The
Vrykolakas Deviation
and the release dates for the next two books in the
series.

Ways to connect with me:


Thanks, Sherri. Happy touring! Readers, don’t forget about the giveaway Sherri is offering to a lucky commentor. 



12 thoughts on “Interview with fantasy/paranormal author Sherri Lackey

  1. Mary Preston says:

    It is extremely rare for a movie to follow a novel exactly. If I love a book, I may pass on the movie altogether.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  2. Gala says:

    Yes, that's true, one of my favorite book series were made into movies: Narnia Chronicles and it took me a long time to decide to watche the movies or not and in the end the movies where not what I expected. Everyone pictures something different while reading and there lies the potential for disappointment or if they throw away all the good parts of the book, of course.

    galaschick78 at gmail dot com

  3. Rita Wray says:

    Very interesting that you have music playing in the background while you write. I would think that would be a distraction.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  4. Unknown says:

    Homeschooling 3 children huh??? That's some tough work that you find writing in between that. Hope you are enjoying the tour. All the best on your new release!

  5. Emiliana25 says:

    Interesting interview, I loved the excerpt of your book, looking forward to read more about it.

    emiliana25(At)web(Dot)de

  6. Karen H says:

    Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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