Getting to Know the Author: Shereen Vedam

 

ImageHeartWelcome, Shereem. Let’s get to know more about you …

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

I am currently writing fairytale-inspired Regency romances. I have always loved fantasy, and fairytales are a huge part of that genre. As for Regency romances, this genre often deals with first love, courtship, the start of passions stirring, but with strict rules of behavior to help protect a young lady in a world that can be both tempting and dangerous. When it came time to write a romance novel, these genres seemed made for each other and for me.

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

Often I’m editing one while writing another. Of course, deadlines sometimes make this impossible and I end up having to focus entirely on one book to get it completed by the submission date.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?

Yes, with a wonderful, helpful group. I’ve belonged to various critique groups for years and highly recommend finding one. The feedback is valuable, but the trick is to learn to listen and only adjust your writing if the suggestion fits with your writing style and will improve the story you’re trying to tell. Experience has taught me that if something said upsets me, that’s probably when I should listen the hardest. And while it is good to ask questions to gain clarification, it is counter- productive to argue or try to convince the other person to see the issue from your point of view (trust me, I’ve tried this and it never turns out good). It’s simply that sometimes it is difficult for people to tell you exactly what did not work for them. That’s when the writer needs to put on their detective hat to discover where, or even if, improvements in their work is warranted.

 

Can you remember your first reading book?

I believe it was a Trixie Belden mystery. I went through reading phases as a child, it began with mysteries, moved on to romances and then landed on fantasy. I still read all three genres but my favorite has to be fantasy.

 

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

No. But I do drink tea while I’m working. I’m a black tea addict. Three creams, one sugar.

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

Bombsite. I have an office, with a bookshelf overflowing with reference material and paper for shredding littering the floor. My cat walks around the paper (not sure why she things it’s wrong to walk on the paper) in order to sit on the chair placed beside my desk where she likes to sleep.

 Animals are quaint with their habits!

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

ImageI’m traditionally published with a small publisher, ImaJinn Books. I love them! I was lucky (though it did not feel lucky at the time), to have had my work rejected for years by many different publishers and agents. It gave me time to write and write and write. To improve my work, to learn the craft and accumulate a huge inventory of novels, we’re talking double digits. So, when I was finally offered a publishing contract, and asked, do you have anything else, I was able to offer a brochure on a completed three book series that followed this first one book on offer. This is how I ended up with a 4-book contract.

 

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

Andre Norton – love her fantasy worlds

Martha Wells – great storytelling techniques

Jo Beverley – amazing ability to make her characters come alive on the page

 

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?

Write a lot and read for pleasure.

 

If the movie rights to your novel are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?

I’d love to cast Jenna Louise Coleman as the impulsive, good-natured Lady Belle and Lawrence Fox as the crusty, bad tempered Lord Terrance.

 

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?

How about one of me going home from work? Years ago, I used to live in Manitoba, Canada. One cold, snowy winter day, I wore a skirt, top, boots, a heavy coat with a hood and gloves to work.  After the workday ended, because it was mid-winter and early evening, it was already dark as I hurried to the bus stop. 

The sidewalk was slippery and not surprisingly, I fell. I got up and went on to the bus stop. It felt like forever before the bus came but when it finally did, I rushed inside. I paid my fare and sat at the front so I could stretch out my legs. My left knee, the one I fell on, was starting to ache.

About two or three stops along, I noticed that from the side seat ahead of me, a few of the people staring at me. Then one lady pointed to me. I looked down, thinking, did I ripped my stocking when I fell? I had. I had also skinned my knee and the wound had begun to bleed. But it had been so cold, that the blood dripping down had frozen into long thin red icicles.

I don’t live in Manitoba any more but whenever I see that scar on my knee, I think about how cold Manitoba can be. I actually loved living there, stayed for 5 years.  Just for old times sake, I looked up stats on Manitoba winters to remind me of what I left behind and to add as an interesting addendum to this story.

 

About Manitoba winters

(taken from http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/living-in-manitoba/climate/)

·         from mid November to mid March

·         the coldest time of the year

·         Remember that even with the sunshine, it is not warm outside.

·         Average nighttime temperatures range from -25˚C to -21˚C

·         Daylight hours are about seven hours, beginning December 21.

·         Average daytime temperatures range from -15˚C in December to -20˚C.

·         Strong winds can make winter temperatures much colder than the actual temperature – windchill is the combined total of temperature and wind.

·         Ice, snow and freezing rain make walking and driving dangerous.

·         Children need to be monitored when they are outside to ensure they do not get cold.

·         Extreme cold and wind chill can be dangerous.

 

 My word, that is cold! Brrr. Great story, thanks for sharing.

Bio:

Shereen Vedam writes heart-warming historical romances that have a healthy dollop of mystery and a pinch of magic.

A Beastly Scandal’s Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzFVC4czHOw

Website: http://www.shereenvedam.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Shereen-Vedam/e/B005A53Q10

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShereenVedam

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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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9 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Shereen Vedam

  1. Glynis – Thanks for ‘introducing’ us to Shereen.

    Shereren – Thanks for telling us a bit about yourself. The Regency Era really does offer so much in terms of atmosphere and social realities for the romance writer. I’m not surprised at all that you chose this era. I wish you much success.

    • Thanks for the well wishes, Margot!

      Every genre makes its special plea for our attention, but there’s something about the Regency period that I find especially appealing. Perhaps it’s the juxtaposition it held in history, appreciating the past while striving to innovate, raising the level of elegance and extravagance yet clinging to lines of simplicity, making a grand impact on the world in an incredibly short period of time.

      It is one of my very favorite genres (aside from fantasy and mystery, of course, both of which make their pleas quite adequately). 🙂

    • Glynis Smy says:

      Margo, thanks for taking time out to read the authors I share. 🙂

  2. Barbara Kuterbach says:

    Why I like the Regency period? It was best expressed by Canadian folk singer Cathy Miller–“Life was very wonderful when Gramma was young. The women all were beautiful, the children, they were good, the men were so gallant and so tall.”

  3. Thanks for introducing us to Shereen, Glynis!

    And yes, Shereen,a Manitoba winter can be brutal!

  4. Nice Interview, Glynis. And nice to meet you, Shereen. Good luck with your books. I liked Trixie Belden, too. Have you ever thought about writing a mystery?

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