Today, we have historical romance author, Sherry Thomas with us. After reading her most recent release, His at Night, I knew I had to talk to the mastermind behind the plot! I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
OUAC: In the back of His at Night I read that the first romance you read was Sweet Savage Love and you used an English – Chinese dictionary to get through it. What made you decide to put that kind of effort into reading it?
Sherry: I actually don’t recall which was the first romance I read. My mom used to go to either Wal-Mart or K-Mart on Saturday evenings and I’d browse through the book aisle and try to decipher with my very limited English what was going on. I remember there was this book where the heroine was a governess, which I thought was a female governor, and therefore was very confused until I got home and checked the dictionary. Also another book, featuring an infamous pirate, and I said to myself, hmm, infamous has to mean not at all famous — what’s the point in bringing up the fact that nobody knows him: 🙂
I always bring up Sweet Savage Love in my romance reading history because that was a watershed moment. After that, there was no going back. I was hooked.
As for why I decided to put that kind of effort into reading, I never decided anything. When I’d run through all the Chinese books everyone around me had, there was no choice but to dive into English ones. A girl’s gotta read.
OUAC: What made you want to start reading romances?
Sherry: Who can resist all that passion and drama? Besides, they were amply available in the aisles at K-Mart. 🙂
OUAC: What made you start writing historical romances?
Sherry: Because I thought since I’d read so many, I would know how to do one. (Not really. Not for a very long time.)
OUAC: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Sherry: Judith Ivory, Laura Kinsale, Meredith Duran, and Bettie Sharpe for romances. Megan Whalen Turner, P.D. James, Laurie R. King, Margaret Atwood, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien for others. And Louis Cha and Gu Long for Chinese martial art epics, in case anyone here reads wuxia. 🙂
OUAC: What books do you have waiting for you in your TBR pile?
Sherry: Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James and The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
OUAC: What is your favorite part of writing?
Sherry: There is nothing like it when a book finally, finally, after a million rewrites, gels into the shape it is meant to be.
OUAC: What is your least favorite part of your job?
Sherry: The uncertainty of it. I am at the mercy of forces far beyond my control. But that’s fine, because so is everyone and everything else.
OUAC: You’re receiving a lot of praise for your writing. You’re being called wonderful things like the hot new star of historical romance and a refreshing voice in a genre some thought going stale. How sweet is that success?
Sherry: Lol. A lot of praise is always heaped on debut authors, because people are excited. So I don’t take it very seriously. If I’m still around in thirty years and still getting people excited about my books, then let’s talk.
OUAC: Was it hard to keep Lord Vere’s (His at Night) guise in place as you wrote his story?
Sherry: No, that’s the most fun part, to have him act the idiot. The difficult part was in how to reveal his true character at a correct pace and without undermining his tremendous cleverness.
OUAC: Are you working on anything now? If so, can you tell us anything about it?
Sherry: Yes, I’m working on something of a shipboard romance. My first duke book, lol. So Mr. Duke here tremendously offends our heroine while they both happen to be at Harvard. So during the crossing back to London, she is out to get him, only to end up falling in love with him instead.
Should be fun.
OUAC: Did you have any words of advice to any aspiring authors out there who may read this?
Sherry: Read books that are so good that it makes you despair. And then get up the next day determined to be just as good, if not better. Rinse and repeat. 🙂
Thank you so much Sherry for taking the time to answer some of our questions. I think I’m safe in saying that I’m not the only one looking forward to your next release.
If you happened to miss our review of His at Night, you can find it here.
Would you like more information on Sherry Thomas? Check out her website here.
Check back on Thursday for a sweet giveaway!