Thursday, May 18, 2017

Author Interview: Y.M. Sheree

Today I take pleasure in introducing you to author Y.M. Sheree. She is a writer of erotic and multicultural romance. 
Happy reading! ~ Tumika

Y.M. Sheree

Tell us about your newest work and what inspired you to write it.
My latest release is Fantasy Island and the old television show Fantasy Island inspired this book
Tell us about yourself.
I am an Army veteran who resides in Portsmouth, Virginia. I am the mother of two adult daughters and three fur babies. In my free time when I am not writing I like to play video games, watch sports, read, watch movies, and listen to music. I am a huge fan of Prince.

Is there a general theme present in your work? If so, what is it?
My theme in the book is four individuals that all have something going on in their lives. I also have a theme for the fantasies to be named after candies because I thought about writing an erotic book about escorts named after candies.

Who would you say is your target audience?
Overall, I feel my target audience are readers who want a change up on storylines that they may have read before. With my erotic sex scenes, I write about sexual encounters that readers may have thought about but never lived out. I feel they can live vicariously through my writing.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
I hope to accomplish a bigger reader audience, to become a household name, and one day have a book on the movie screen or TV screen. Overall, put a smile on someone's face from my stories.

What is one thing you wish you had known about this industry that would have made your journey easier?
I would have to say doing my own research and not taking certain people's words as the gospel. A lot of individuals I have encountered really didn't have the experience in this industry that they had me to believe they did.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
As I mentioned in the question above, do your own research. Make sure that you surround yourself with individuals that have the same business mindset as you do. Try to write everyday, but if you can't don't force yourself because it will stifle your creativity. The main thing is to have patience during the whole process. Anything you work hard for will always have benefits in the end. It will also make you feel self-worth knowing you put your all into your brand and work.

If there was one message you could get across to your readers from your most recent book, what would it be?
The one message would be never be scared to live out any of your fantasies you may have in life, whether they are sexual or just as simple as traveling to another country.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? Tell us about it.
I actually wrote two stories at the same time. I was attending high school and in English class we were studying King Arthur. We were told to write a short story with a hero, a damsel, and a villain, basically. Me being about women’s empowerment at an early age, I made my knight a female who rescued a guy from a fire breathing dragon. I received the second highest grade in the class. My teacher also gave a copy of my story to the librarians who told me I could make it a children’s story. I also co-authored a book with my best friend that we wrote about the guys that we were crushing on at the time.

How do you take the help you’ve received on this journey and pay it forward?
Anything new that I may find while I am conducting my own research I try to push the information out to fellow authors or aspiring authors. Or I will also try to help them with their writing by giving my input. No matter how busy I may be with my own work, I will stop to help as much as I am able to. I feel we all have to begin from somewhere and it is scary at first. It makes it easier to have at least one consistent person in your corner for your journey in this business.

What genres do you currently write?  Are there any others you’d like to try?
I currently have written interracial erotic romance, multiracial erotic romance, and African American romance drama. I want to write paranormal, Interracial romance, mystery/suspense, children's books, and maybe try my hand at an Urban lit book.

How long did it take you to write this book?
I have to laugh at this question because I planned to have this book out around June of 2016, but I didn't release it until January 17, 2017. I began to write this book around April 2016. It took approximately eight months to complete it.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
The main thing that I would change is how divided authors and publishing companies are divided in the African American part of the industry. There is too much of a crabs in a barrel mentality instead of they are billions of readers out there for everyone to win. I see too much of pettiness and bitterness amongst ourselves. I hope that it becomes better.

Book Excerpt:

"Corbin, can you come in here please?" Lady N requested. Corbin Brooks joined his employer into her adjoining office. He couldn't help but drink in her beauty as he took a seat beside her on the couch. The scent of Jasmine drifted in the air as the breeze blew in from the patio doors. He met Lady N almost three years ago when she was penning her first novel in Starbucks. Being the bold and charismatic individual he was, he sashayed over to her and asked what she was writing. Lady N being the outgoing person she was, answered him without hesitation and explained to him she was writing an Erotic novel. Corbin being intrigued had sat with her for almost two hours that day, and they have become the best of friends over the years. Lady N gave him the position of being her assistant, and he was her confidant as well.

"You rang?" He nudged her slightly with his shoulder. He knew she was in the process of beginning her fourth novel, but had writer's block.

"This writer's block is killing me, and I have a deadline of June 1st to meet for my publisher. I know the concept of my story, but it's how to begin it and end it. It is already March, so we need to devise a plan."

"What do you need me to do?"

"I need you to help brainstorm with me on how to set my plan in motion."

"Alright, what are the details?" Corbin asked as he walked towards her desk to grab a pad and pen so he could jot down their ideas.

"You know that I am trying to write an Erotic story bigger than my prior books." Corbin nodded his head in agreement before Lady N continued. "I have this big island with people that invested in timeshares so why not use that as an advantage to help me write my book."

"Ok so far I am following you but how would you do that?"

"Do you remember that TV show back in the early 80's I think it was called Fantasy Island with Mr. Rourke and Tattoo? You know they came to the island for a fantasy. Once they left the island what they wanted had been fulfilled in one way or another."

"Yea, I loved that show, but now when you watch it, it's a bit corny. My questions to you are how is that going to help you with your book? Also, how would you get people to come here?"

"I was thinking I could have you post a writing contest about sexual fantasies and choose about four winners to come here. Maybe even have them fill out a short little questionnaire about themselves. I can use their experiences as feedback for my book."

Corbin jotted down the information on the paper before giving his input. "If you can pull this off I think your book will be epic. This might be the one that someone wants to turn into a movie, and it's a different spin on the old television show. Are you going to let anyone know your real identity?"

"Not at all, that's where you will come in. You will be my Tattoo but cuter." She pinched him on his cheek. She loved her friend. He was like the sister she never had. When she met Corbin, he was a ball of energy and carefree about whom he was. Lady N fell in love with his personality, and there was nothing that they didn't know about each other. "I will have you meet the winners and make sure that their needs are met. Let's get started, I only have a few months to get this book completed."

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Author bio:
Y. M. Sheree is an Army veteran who currently resides in Portsmouth, Virginia. She is a proud mother of two daughters, one a CNA and currently in College and the other is serving in the U.S. Army. A graduate of Colorado Technical University she has received two MBAs, one in Business Administration and the other in Project Management. In 2015. Mary B. Morrison challenged aspiring writers to write a book in ninety days on Facebook. Y.M. Sheree took the challenge. Today she is the author of three (3) published works.

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