YG: What do you love most about what you write?
KS: I love playing with dark humor, reality twists, and quirky, unusual characters. Shadow Valley Manor is the perfect setting for all of these things.
YG: Tell me the name of one of your characters, and what you loved and struggled with most while writing them?
KS: Maureen Keslyn. She’s older than your usual kick-ass heroine, tough as nails, and doesn’t give a rat’s ass what anybody thinks about her. She’s opinionated, judgmental, and gets a huge adrenaline rush from danger. Since she’s almost sixty, this tends to take people by surprise. Inside the crusty exterior she hides a soft heart and a strong sense of justice. It’s great fun allowing her to express her opinions and surprise people with her set of special skills. The hardest thing about writing Maureen is that she’s also been seriously injured and isn’t as physically capable as she’s accustomed to being, so she always has to be smarter than the problem. Not being a kick-ass heroine myself, it takes me longer to find these work arounds than it takes Maureen.
YG: What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever received from a fan or bought for your writing?
KS: Hmmm. I don’t know that I have anything odd – at least not that I would call odd. Other opinions may vary. I do have a super cool penguin pendant that one of my readers carved for me. In fact, I have an entire collection of penguins, thanks to Poe, my heroine’s companion creature in the Between trilogy.
YG: What do you want your readers to take away from your books?
KS: That marvelous feeling of emerging from the book and realizing you’ve lost track of time and place and have forgotten all about the world for awhile.
YG: What’s your favorite hobby or craft?
KS: I don’t have time to craft much these days, but I love to make things with beautiful yarn. Knitting, crocheting, that sort of thing.
YG: What do you have coming out next, or what just came out?
KS: Dead Before Dying, the first of the Shadow Valley Mysteries, came out in February. The second installment, untitled as of yet, will be out sometime in 2017.
YG: Will you have espresso, mocha, cappuccino, latte, coffee, tea, or some other concoction?
KS: I’ll take an Americano, please. Grande, double shot, with half and half, no sugar or flavors.
Kerry Schafer writes fantasy with its teeth sunk into reality, mystery that delves into the paranormal, and, as Kerry Anne King, women’s fiction that embraces the dark and twisty realms of humanity. Fueled by massive amounts of coffee, she spins her tales in the early morning hours before beginning her day job as a clinic RN.
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