Meet, Greet & Eat with Sheritta Bitikofer

Sheritta Bitikofer has shared an interview with me today. She will be just one of the authors appearing at the upcoming Author Meet, Greet & Eat at Cafe Bienville on Aug. 19 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

She writes sweet, paranormal romances with a focus on shifters—werewolves, vampires and the like—but isn’t trapped by the genre.

“Sweet paranormal romances are hard to come by,” says Sheritta. “I typically write what I love to read.” If you are interested in meeting Sheritta Bitikofer, and 14 other local authors, stop by Cafe Bienville in August!

You can find details on this and other local events on my calendar page. You can read about other local authors by clicking #ReadLocal. Authors interested in becoming involved, contact Tami Kidd, details here.

Sheritta, thank you so much for sharing your time with me for this interview. I love having you on my blog. Can you tell me a little about your books?

Sheritta—All of my books have happy endings following extreme heights of emotional character interactions. By the end, the characters (and hopefully the reader) have come to a better understanding of themselves and overcome some deep-seated internal struggle. I like to say that the moral of all my stories is “Love Inspires Courage”, which is what I also hope to instill in my readers.

What inspired you to become a writer?

Sheritta—I was raised by a single mother and I was her only child. We lived close to family and I had cousins that were close in age to me, so we were always playing pretend. Most of the time, I would be the one coming up with the ideas. When they weren’t around, I came up with stories by myself to stave off boredom.

As I grew up and learned how to read, I found my refuge in libraries, surrounded by books and stories that were as real to me as anything else in life. In my later school years, I wrote some short stories and later progressed to books. Now, I have a dozen novels on Amazon and dozens more ready for me to write.

Stories and imagination have been part of my life for as long as I can remember and becoming a writer was never a question for me. It was more of an inevitability. I write because I love the craft and can’t imagine doing anything else that would make me happier.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career?

Sheritta—I’ve had two big struggles so far. The first, which is something I may struggle with for a long time, is marketing. As a self-published author, the task of marketing is solely on my shoulders and social media can only take me so far. I’m learning more every day about what works and what doesn’t.

My second struggle involves a particular series I’m writing right now. It’s a historical paranormal novella series that takes place over the span of several centuries, so I’ve had to conduct meticulous research to make sure every aspect of the characters, setting, and plot are accurate, despite their paranormal context. I recently had to rewrite over half of a certain story because I found out something about sixteenth century England that didn’t mesh well with the plot.

What has been your biggest triumph?

Sheritta—I haven’t had a major triumph that trumps all others. Instead, every book I write, edit, and publish is a triumph. I created something from nothing and it’s out in the open for the world to see. To me, that’s a triumph.

What do you hope to achieve with the Author Meet, Greet & Eat on August 19th?

Sheritta—I hope to meet other local authors in my area and connect with readers who may become avid fans.

What is your advice to new writers?

Sheritta—Enjoy what you do. Don’t get worked up about being published or making sure every word is perfect. Study the craft, of course, but don’t spend years editing the same manuscript because you don’t think it’s perfect yet.

Nothing is perfect. As creative creatures, we will never be quite happy with the finished product. So, enjoy the process and don’t stress. Stress is the number one killer of creativity and you’ll grow to hate the project instead of loving it.

You can find Sheritta Bitikofer on Facebook at facebook.com/sheritta.bitikofer.author. She also has a group page for fans where she posts updates and sneak peeks as well as interact with fans at facebook.com/groups/sweet.shifters.

You can find samples of her writing, updates on upcoming releases and links to all her books on her blog at Moon Struck Writing.

Of course, Sheritta can be found on Twitter as @moonstruckwrite, on Instagram as sherittabitikofer and on her website at SherittaBitikofer.com. You can find all her books on her Amazon author page here.

Again, meet her in person August 19 at Cafe Bienville. Read about other local authors and creatives by clicking #ReadLocal here.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work is published in print and online publications, including “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4 and “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. Her novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® finalist. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. All her books are available on Amazon. Currently, she publishes Space and Time Magazine, a 52 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com.
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