Interview with Author Shari Elder
It is a pleasure to welcome Shari Elder author of Race to Redemption.Welcome Shari to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.
Thanks for having me Patty. I’m excited to be here.
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
The title, Race to Redemption, captures several essential components of the story. Let’s start with race. The heroine Elaina, is a storm racer so racing and race technology are her livelihood. At one point in the story, Elaina and Erik find themselves racing through the desert with mercenaries on their tail and two sick friends who need to get to a hospital. Finally, Erik, who is a doctor, finds himself racing against time to save people he cares about who are suffering from some mysterious ailment.
Redemption is what both the hero and heroine need from their pasts.
The series title, Green Rising, signifies the emergence of a rebel coalition with a different vision for organizing the political, social and economic system of their corner of the galaxy.
What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?
I grew up on science fiction and fantasy. In ninth grade, my English teacher assigned Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke. That book blew me away and I’ve never been the same since. It showed me we can play with the rules of how we organize our lives (e.g. five and ten year marriage contracts). It is my first lesson in how powerful stories are in creating and sustaining the assumptions about good and evil, right and wrong, past and future that we use to organize our lives and society. The Overlords, the aliens in the story are thought provoking (I can’t say more without spoiling it if you haven’t read it.). For me, writing in this genre seemed as natural as breathing.
Why romance then? Because I can’t resist a happy ending, and romance is guaranteed to give it to you.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?
Great question! For me, staying sane as a writer requires creating some structure, getting the right sustenance, knowing when to take a break, an¬¬¬¬d never, ever giving up. Translating all that to personal attributes you get persistence, discipline and a dependence on coffee. Now that you asked, I must admit most of my heroes and heroines would be classified as tenacious and disciplined. Coffee I did make optional. I’ll have to write more of a free spirit in a future book.
What makes you laugh?
My daughter. She is a teen-ager and knows how to wind me up. When that doesn’t work, I watch MASH and Frasier reruns.
What makes you cry?
Any child in pain. Even just the thought of any child feeling pain.
What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?
Doctor Who, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, world mythologies and animals. So, no surprises I wrote science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romance. Aliens and shifters rule!
Anything else you want share with us today?
Yes! I’ve set up an Amazon giveaway that lasts until December 23. Just clink this link and enter for the chance to win one of five copies of Race to Redemption. Good luck and thanks for stopping by. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/f02e2dc7ad79f489
Thanks so much Shari for answering these questions today and for letting us get to know you and your stories better.
More about Shari Elder
By day, Shari crawls out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, gets her kid off to school, hops on the metro, and saves cities within the four walls of her office. Usually by email.
At night, the other Shari emerges. She takes off the suit, curls up on the couch and let her imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination). As her alter ego, she save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia.
In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. Shari can’t resist a happy ending. And she particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one. That gives her immense satisfaction.
Join Shari on her journey. The best ideas emerge from team work.
###Race To Redemption is available via…
Evernight | Amazon | All Romance
A woman who lost everything.
Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.
A man desperate for redemption.
Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.
A planet at risk.
When the outpost is attached, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.
Be warned: anal sex, bondage, menage sex, gender neutral characters.