These are some of the most frequently asked questions about me and my work:
Updated November 19, 2017
How do you pronounce your name?
This question comes up a lot. It rhymes with starry and sorry.
Now that Silver & Orchids is finished, what series are you working on next?
I’ve started to outline a new adult urban fantasy series that I plan to release in 2018. Field Magic, the first book, will be out in late spring. I’m still in the plotting stage, but I’ll share more info when I can.
What was your inspiration for Flink?
Let me introduce you to Gunther, my three-year-old Saint Bernard. A few of his interests include food, sleeping in the sunshine, and ignoring basic commands. He dislikes moving water, cold weather, and chew bones that come in contact with the ground. Also, when he was a puppy, he hiccupped every time something gave him a fright. Thankfully, Gunther is not an elemental Saint Bernard, so he never burned down our house.
Out of all your books, who’s your favorite female and male character? Which of your books is your favorite?
- Favorite female character: Lucia from the Silver & Orchids series.
- Favorite male character: Linus from Shine and Shimmer.
- Favorite couple: Rigel and Seirsha from Seirsha of Errinton.
- Favorite book: Greybrow Serpent.
How do you write? Do you work with an outline or do you wing it?
My planning process changes constantly. At first, I used strict outlines, then I let myself become a bit of a free spirit and started to “pants” it. (This strange term refers to “writing by the seat of your pants.”) That was great for creativity, but I was far more prone to bouts of writer’s block, and the revision stage was a nightmare. I needed an outline system that was informal but structured. At the same time, I needed it to be chaotic enough it sparked creativity. When I stumbled on the notecard system (one notecard for every scene), it clicked. That’s what I’m using right now, and so far, it’s working.
How do you find time to write?
I have a detailed response in this post: Writing Despite the Distractions
Word has it you’re not going to write any more contemporary books after you finish the Glitter and Sparkle series. Is that true?
Yes. And…no. Sugar and Spice is the last contemporary I’m going to write as Shari L. Tapscott. After that, all my contemporary books will be published under the pen name Charlotte Scott.
Do you do blog interviews?
Sure, I’d love to! Feel free to contact me.