Monday, July 18, 2016
Interview with S. D. Ferrell
It's time to kick off the Summer Splash Blog Tour, my Darlings. I'd like you all to give a warm welcome to my new friend, S. D.
Tell us now; who are you?
I am S.D. Ferrell, author of the Whipple Wash Chronicles, a new fantasy adventure series for readers of all ages.
What is it that you write?
I have written four novels thus far, in several genres; fantasy adventure, adult comedy and cozy erotica. I have also written several poems, but I have yet to make them into a book.
What fun, such diversity in your works!
So tell me a bit about yourself; What else do you like to do?
I love working with my hands, whether it be in my garden planting flowers or creating artwork in my home studio. I also have a fondness and a keen interest in all things architectural in nature. I was, in the recent past, a kitchen designer by trade. I loved assisting customers with their renovation projects.
Ooh, truly? Now I know who to brainstorm with when I get my kitchen!
So why did you decide to write, and publish?
In the early days writing was therapeutic for me, a way to deal with life’s hiccups. Publishing was taking a leap of faith in my abilities as a creative being.
It really is a leap, I agree. Isn't it thrilling to have done so?
Tell me more about your writing: What was your first published work?
I wrote a book called, “Susan’s Brain – A parable for the human mind.” It was a series of emails that I sent to family and friends, about life in general, getting older, being a woman, and being a single mom. Most of the emails had a comedic twist to them. The recipients responded quite favourably and some suggested that I put the emails into a book format. So I did. I printed 10 copies of it and gifted them to my family.
What is your favorite way to story build and brainstorm?
I write an idea down on whatever I can get my hands on first. Then I take it to my lap top and build it there. I also research a lot, so that when I incorporate the idea into a storyline it is accurate. When I am creating or brainstorming there are certain foods that help the process; pepperettes, Pepsi, plain ruffled chips and French onion dip.
How do you create your characters?
This might sound strange, but most characters find me. They pop their heads in when I am writing, and if they fit into the storyline I write them in. Some have actually bullied their way in, and because of their tenacity, I have actually given them bigger parts.
Do you have a favorite project so far? What makes it so?
My favorite project so far is The Whipple Wash Chronicles. It encompasses everything I am as a visionary and creative artist. To create a world that is visually appealing to readers, and introduce them to a cast of characters that they connect with, is unexplainable. It is also the longest singular project I have every worked on.
What is The Whipple Wash Chronicles about?
The story is an epic adventure of good versus evil. The first book, The Valley Time Forgot, is about a race of people, Elfkins, who live in a forest, that is located in valley that is surrounded by mountain ranges. They think that they are the only ones who survived a catastrophic event that killed everyone else on their planet. One day a little guy named Jasper, who is no bigger than the size of a man's hand appears on the scene and the Elfkins realize that they are not the only ones who survived.
What was the best feedback you've ever gotten from a reader?
I was contacted on Facebook by a reader who told me that she hated me. When I asked why, she said it was because I left The Valley Time Forgot on a cliff hanger. She couldn’t wait to find out what happened to Jasper, one of the main characters. She asked if I would tell her. Of course I said no. Actually that has happened several times. Readers really connected with Jasper and have a vested interest in his wellbeing.
What's next on your agenda? What can we look forward to in the coming year?
I am working on the third installment of the series, which I hope to have out by the end of the year. I am also designing a board game around the series, which hopefully will be released at the same time as the book launch for The Long Road Home.
What do you think is your driving force behind your writing? What keeps you going?
I have been told my whole life that I am odd. It was always presented to me as being a negative aspect of my personality rather than a positive one. I write, I create, because it is an integral part of my being, I don’t know how to be anything else nor do I know how to shut it off. I keep going, because I have met a community of like mind thinkers that think my oddity is normal. And, it helps that I have a bevy of readers who are biting at the bit for me to finish the next book in the series.
The mother of all questions: Tell us about a favorite book?
I don’t really have a favorite book. I turn to reading to quench an emotional need or a desire to escape reality. I suppose then that the book I am reading,, at any given time, is my favorite book. There are books however that I return to periodically, John Wyndham – The Chrysalids, J K Rowling – Harry Potter, JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit, and William Goldman’s abridgement of The Princess Bride, for reasons that I can’t explain.
Anything else you'd like our adoring masses to know?
I would love to hear back from your readers. They can contact me through the following sources
If your readers are interested in purchasing The Whipple Wash Chronicles they can do so here on Amazon.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
You are absolutely welcome, S.D. Thank you for talking with me and sharing. I'm glad you're getting fulfillment and enjoying your journey as an author.
And you, my lovely Readers, thank you so much for stopping in and meeting S.D. with me! Be sure to check out The Whipple Wash Chronicles on Amazon.