Possessed by Love
Sheri Velarde, lives in New Mexico with her fiancé and their two dogs.
Being an avid reader since an early age, she has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her dream of writing for a living. She specializes in all things paranormal and that go bump in the night. Her heart truly lies in exploring unknown worlds or adding the supernatural to our world. If it goes bump in the night or has magical connotations, Sheri writes about it.
She is constantly putting out new material with various publishers, so it is best to keep up with her on her website www.sherivelarde.weebly.com.
In her spare time Sheri is an artist, jewelry designer, independent comic writer/artist and freelance non-fiction writer. Hiking in the mountains, going to live concerts, art openings, museums, and hosting intimate dinner parties.
Andrew faced the growing storm with animosity. He would be trapped in his shop for a couple of days with no food or electricity. Hopefully he could at least get food at the Church Street Café. Food he did find and so much more once Damian, the owner of the café, asks him to ride out the storm with him in the quarters above the restaurant. Generators, food and warmth aside, Andrew has spent months wishing for such an invitation from the mysterious and sexy Damian. What starts out as light flirtation turns into so much more. Something comes over both men, letting them leave their insecurities behind as they become possessed by passion and love.
The door opened and a rush of warm air enveloped and light him. Andrew sighed in relief, stepping inside. Looking around and seeing no one, he called out, “Hello. Are you open?” His voice echoed slightly in the strange quiet that had befallen the entire city, especially the usually busy tourist section where he worked and practically lived, trying to make his designs successful. Venturing farther into the restaurant, heading towards the kitchen in back, he figured it would always be possible to take some food and leave money. As he pushed the kitchen door open, he called out again, “Is anyone here?” It was strange that the lights were on and the place was so warm when the rest of the square was dark and cold, it left him feeling a bit uneasy.
Suddenly something moved behind him. Andrew turned quickly but no one was there. The entire dining area was open and he didn’t see a soul, yet he was sure he had felt someone right behind him only a moment before. A chill ran down his spine, even though the room was warm from several fires burning. A little scared, he warily continued into the kitchen.
“Hello?” Still no answer, so he proceeded to look for food. Upon finding some takeout supplies, Andrew began to fill them with posole and chili, figuring he could warm them on the wood stove back in his store in some old pot or something should he be stuck longer than expected. “Always be prepared.” He mumbled to himself, chuckling as he remembered his brief stint and disastrous stint in the boy scouts where he learned that motto.
Just as he was packing up to leave, wondering why all the food was there and still warm without a person in sight, he heard a deep, sexy, masculine voice behind him. “Can I help you with something, Andrew?”
Andrew shrieked like a boy as he turned around. “Damian, you nearly scared me to death. I called out over and over with no answer.” Andrew’s heart rate kicked up a notch, as it always did when he was in the presence of the new café owner. The man was so damn good-looking; he always reminded him of Benjamin Bratt: tall, dark, and handsome, but with a Spanish accent. He was just too hot for him to handle, and he usually stammered inanely, making a fool of himself in the other man’s presence.
Please tell us a little bit about your current projects? Well I just release a zombie thriller, Code Black, and a ghostly romance, Possessed by Love which is part of the Haunted Hotties Vol.1 anthology out on Torquere Press, in October. I am currently working on two novels, a sequel to my romantic fantasy Quest for Redemption, and a time travel/steampunk epic called Rivals Out of Time. I also have a few shorts out for consideration for more anthologies.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? I have been writing since I was in grade school, making up my own stories and worlds. However I didn’t really consider becoming a publishing author until about 5 years ago with some encouragement from a friend.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? Write every day. It’s been said a lot but it’s true. When I write daily I rarely get writers block. It keeps the creative juices flowing I guess.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? A perfect hero is a good man who brings out the best in his love interest. My personal perfect hero is my new husband. He loves me so much that he makes me want to be a better person for him.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? I make my own independent comic books for fun. I also paint and make jewellery. I collect comics as well. I also love to collect anything Slytherin from Harry Potter.
What has been your biggest adventure to date? Taking a trip through Southeast Asia about a decade ago. I was younger and healthier, hiking to remote and beautiful places that many people will never get a chance to see.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? Paris. I lived there once and it is where my soul feels most at home. Now I would love to share it with my new husband.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes? I will try anything once. May never try it again, but I can do once. Unless I am feeling down, then it is tried and true comfort food for sure.
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? I think my friends see me as confident and adventurous, a real people person with a lust for life. I see myself as a shy nerd who likes to stay in. I am actually somewhere in between I think.
What is your favorite comfort food? Spaghetti with a glass of red wine.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? I love winter. I love the snow and the cold. I love skiing and hockey!
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? The internet. As much as I hate it at times, the internet. It is a love/hate relationship. I love how I can use it for research and to network. Sometimes I hate it when it stops working or for some of the cyber bullying that takes place on the internet.
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? Dinner with my husband in a small and quaint Italian restaurant, followed by a romantic walk through a museum or art galleries, maybe followed by dessert in a quaint café with lots of conversation. Then we would head home for some snuggling and more.
What project are you working on next? I am working on two novels, one is a follow up to my romantic fantasy Quest for Redemption, this one will take place in the fairy realm and I am super excited to go there. I am also working on an epic time travel/steampunk piece called Rivals Out of Time. I have been researching this one for a long time and can’t wait to get it out in the world. I am also working on several shorts for anthologies as well, from naughty fables to sexy winter romps.
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? I’m highly active online and I will hopefully have a booth at the Albuquerque Comic Con in early January.