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Interview with Johnni Sherri

What got Johnni Sherri into writing?

JS: I've always been drawn to literature. In fact, growing up, English was my favorite and most successful subject in school. I enjoyed reading books and writing short stories at an early age. And in college I even begged my parent to let me change my major to English/Creative Writing.

Which book was your favorite to pen?

JS: Both Heartbreak U and Loving Noble Shaw in Beard Gang Chronicles were my favorites to write. With Heartbreak U, I wrote without any expectations. I was just having fun, writing 4 distinct voices. With Meeting Noble Shaw, I was on a short deadline. It was my first crack at erotica, and I had to write it fast. The story's success truly gave me confidence in my pen. It was also my first 'damsel in distress' trope, which I enjoyed.

Which one of your characters can you write about all day?

JS: I don’t think I could write about any of my characters long term. I get tired of them, and my mind often shifts in different directions, providing new storyline ideas and the voices of new characters. It's one of the reasons I haven't written a lengthy series and have been hesitant to write interrelated series.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

JS: My storylines and characters are typically a blend of real-life people that I know, my own personal experiences, and just my overall imagination.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?

JS: There are so many authors that have impacted my work and that I admire. Years ago, I probably would I have told you that I wanted to write a book just like Mary Monroe or Tracy Price-Thompson because of the adventure they can take you on as a readers. l would have loved to been born with author Desiree's wit. To this day I still haven't read a book as realistically funny as hers. And Love Belvin, her writing is just so beautiful and passionate, it's hard not to admire her style. But even with that, I just try to be me--constantly working to write better stories for my audience.