Mike Sherer – firstname.lastname@example.org
I was born and raised in Mason, Ohio, twenty miles north of Cincinnati. At the time it was a small farm town, although it has grown into a city. I didn’t move far, now residing next door in West Chester. I have written fiction in different forms my entire life, from song lyrics when I was a teenager to publishing my first novel in 2016. In between, I have written short stories, novellas, stage plays, screenplays, and more recently a travel blog (American Locations). My very first published work was a record review column I wrote for my college paper. John G. Thomas produced the movie ‘Hamal_18’ from a screenplay I wrote. It was released direct to DVD, and is available on Amazon Prime. My mystery/fantasy novel ‘A Cold Dish’ was published by James Ward Kirk Fiction. My novella ‘Under A Raging Moon’ was published as a stand-alone by World Castle Publishing. My mystery/fantasy MG novel ‘Shadytown’ was published by INTense Publications. My paranormal suspense novel ‘Souls of Nod’ was published by Breaking Rules Publishing. I have had 3 other novellas – ‘No Way At All’, ‘Dummy’s Dummies’, and ‘Midnight Feedings’ – published. I posted my adventure novella ‘Clans’ on Readict. I also posted my supernatural novella ‘The Dead Sister’ on Kindle Vella, which is still in beta. I have published 24 short stories.
A photo of me with a poster from the movie “Hamal_18”, which was taken at the cast and crew screening at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
I would love to hear from you:
email – email@example.com
Twitter – @mikewsherer
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mike.sherer.7140
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Featured Interview With Mike Sherer
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Mason, Ohio, which is within the Greater Cincinnati Metro Area in the southwest corner of Ohio. I have settled in West Chester, Ohio, about 10 miles distant. I enjoy traveling across the US, and have detailed camping trips across the country on my travel blog American Locations: https://mikesherer.org. I especially enjoy long hikes in the wilderness while on these trips. I have published 3 novels, 4 novellas, and 20 short stories, plus 1 screenplay that was produced into a movie. It was released direct to DVD & now is available on Amazon Prime.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
The first books I read in my pre-teen years were science fiction. That’s all my older brother ever read, so they were laying around. I have since broadened my range to all kinds of fiction, especially horror, fantasy, and suspense, and nonfiction, especially history and science. I began writing song lyrics in my teen years. I progressed to short stories, screenplays, and finally novels.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Thomas Pynchon, Robert M. Persig, John Updike, Neal Stephenson, Robert Jordan, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Ray Bradbury, Philip Roth, Bernard Cornwell, Elmore Leonard – to name a few.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
In my paranormal suspense novel ‘Souls of Nod’, published by Breaking Rules Publishing, five members of a soul family gather to carry on a conflict that has been repeated since the dawn of time. One of them will murder another member of the group, and there is seemingly nothing any of them can do to stop it from happening. It is app. 67,000 words. In 2010, Hester has recently married Paul and moved into the house he previously shared with his former wife Flo, located in a suburban Ohio neighborhood decimated by the real estate crash. Many of the houses stand empty, and Hester has encountered ghosts in some of them. Paul scoffs, but neighbor Chanti and husband Clay have seen them, too. Hester learns from them and others about violent deaths that have happened on this land that had once been a prosperous farm, killings involving people who seem strangely familiar. Chanti tracks down Millie, an old woman who appears to know what is going on. Millie tells her about a soul family of the five ancient elements: fire, air, water, earth, and the void. In each incarnation each member of the soul family can be either man or woman, husband or wife, brother or sister, father or daughter, mother or son, or totally unrelated, or any combination of these. No matter how they are incarnated, each generation the five souls are drawn together to carry out the violence they seem destined to commit. In this latest incarnation the gathering is complete when Paul’s ex-wife Flo returns. Will they continue the age-old cycle of violence they seem doomed to commit? Or will this time be different, allowing the soul family to advance on its path to Nirvana?
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Written by Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief
Fanbase Press Interviews Mike Sherer on the Novel, ‘Under a Raging Moon’
The following is an interview with Mike Sherer regarding the recent release of his latest novel, Under a Raging Moon, from World Castle Publishing. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Sherer about the inspiration behind this story, his creative process in bringing the story to life, the impact that the story may have with readers, and more!
Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief: Congratulations on the release of your latest novel, Under a Raging Moon, by World Castle Publishing! For those who may be unfamiliar, how would you describe the book’s premise, and what inspired you to tell this story?
Mike Sherer: The premise is that when a pregnant single mother is attacked by demons intent on her destruction, a “guardian angel” comes to her rescue by possessing her 12-year-old son. What inspired me to write this story was that I wanted to explore the relationship between mother and possessed son. Early on, the son is mortally wounded, and the only thing keeping him alive is the spirit possessing him. This spirit is trying to protect the mother from the attacking demons while keeping the boy alive, while the mother is trying to deal with this adult spirit in her son while fleeing for her and her son’s lives.
BD: What can you share with us about your creative process in bringing the horror novel to life, and what have been some of your creative influences?
MS: My process is to loosely outline the plot points, then rush non-stop through the first draft, then go over and over and over the story until I am satisfied. But each revision has a specific purpose. The second draft will be to check for plot holes and inconsistencies. The next draft will be to develop character. The next draft will be to fill out scenes with richer descriptions. The final draft will be to check for grammar. There are usually many more drafts than these, but this is the way I work. Get it quickly down on paper, then go back to enrich the story. My creative influences: Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Bloch, Clive Barker, Shirley Jackson, Richard Matheson, and William P. Blatty.
BD: At Fanbase Press this year, our #StoriesMatter initiative endeavor to highlight the impact that stories can have on audiences of various mediums. How do you feel that Under a Raging Moon’s story will connect with and impact readers, and why do you feel that this story was important for you to bring to life?
MS: I hope to impact readers by setting my stories in the real world with real people. I try to avoid exotic settings and fantastic worlds. I believe grounding incredible stories in reality makes them more frightening. Are you more concerned with what goes on in Transylvania? Or in that run-down house at the end of your street? Are you more frightened of zombies eating your brains? Or of that not-quite-right neighbor roaming your streets at night? I tried to ground this story in the reality of a small-town suburban community and inhabit it with real people dealing with real problems even before the scary stuff starts. I want to show that real life can be much more frightening than monster mash-ups in abandoned castles or haunted Victorian mansions.
BD: Do you foresee expanding the novel into subsequent books or even into other entertainment mediums, if given the opportunity?
MS: There is definitely a sequel potential. Without giving away too much, the story ends at an interesting place that begs to be continued. I would love to see this filmed. I wrote a screenplay that was filmed by a producer in LA and released direct-to-DVD: Hamal_18. It is listed on the ImdB site. That was an amazing experience I would love to undertake once again. I worked closely with the producer on the screenplay, he involved me in the casting sessions, then invited me to the premier at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood. A fascinating process.
BD: Are there any upcoming projects on which you are currently working that you would like to share with our readers?
MS: My MG paranormal adventure novel, Shadytown, was released by INtense Publications on January 27th of this year. The publisher provided great support. I am currently securing interviews for it. If any of your readers would be interested in reviewing it, I can send them a PDF file. Just be aware it was written for a young reader; it is nothing like Under a Raging Moon. That is definitely an adult story. Shadytown is available in digital and paperback formats at Amazon. Also, I have a horror short story, Campground Host, that will appear in the April issue of Scribe Magazine, which is published by Breaking Rules.
BD: Lastly, what is the best way for our readers to find more information about Under a Raging Moon and your other work?
MS: Email is the easiest most direct way to reach me: m.sherer (at) yahoo (dot) com. Links to all my published works, and my travel blog (American Locations), are posted at my WordPress site. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter: @mikewsherer. I also have an author page on Amazon.
I was interviewed by Sandy Little, organizer of MidPointe West Chester Library’s Read Local Indie Author Fair 2018: