Please welcome Shilah Ferr to The Clog Blog. Shilah, can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I grew up in northern New Jersey with my brother and sister. We share treasured memories of high school, the Jersey shore, and skiing with cousins, all of which became a part of April’s Heart! I went to college in Washington, DC, and became a teacher. I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia with my husband of thirty years. Our two boys are in their twenties making their own way in the world.
How do you make time to write?
Well, before the pandemic, my husband often worked nights, so I would write at night. Now I find time between working at home, and on the weekends.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Not really. My second book is not coming as easily as the first, but I believe in writing about things that really happened, and I have a ton of memories that eventually will make another epic story.
Tell us a bit about the genre you write and why you love it.
I love the feeling Romance novels can give you. I love feeling the character’s angst, hurt, and joy. I love erotic romance too. It gets your blood flowing!
How are you publishing your recent book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
I am a first-time author, so definitely publishing independently!
Are you an Introvert or Extrovert? How does this affect your work?
I am more of an extrovert because I cannot say I am introverted. Yet, some of the content I write is controversial (underage drinking, mild drug use, sex) and I sometimes feel self-conscious about it. Afraid of what people might think. I’ve learned to deal with that.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
Whether you say you can or you can’t, you are right.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
My advice is the advice that was given to me, and I keep it in mind always. And that is that not every book is everyone’s cup of tea. So understanding that not everyone is going to like your book, and that’s ok. If I become afraid of content because of what somewhat might think, I tell myself to be brave, and just put it in there!
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share with us?
Mitch and April made plans to meet at the pool.
He waited for her just inside the entrance structure, in the shade.
She walked up in her string bikini top and cut off jean shorts. The fly was splayed open, a sexy little look that exposed a little more of her tight belly. Holy crap!
God love her, thought Mitch to himself, feeling his erection beginning already.
She saw him leaning against the wall on his hands. April walked up to Mitch, and seeing his hair in his face, pushed her hand through his hair for him. It was such an intimate gesture. No words were spoken. Her hands in his hair was her way of saying hello.
Quick as a wink he had switched places with her and had her up against the wall.
They looked into each other’s eyes. They were desirous for each other in the worst way.
April’s heart was pounding in her chest. She was nervous. It had been such a long time.
He put his hand over her heart to feel it, thus confirming for April that if your heart beats loud enough, another person CAN hear it.
She filled her lungs with air taking a deep breath.
He moved his hands behind her neck and kissed her, passionately, for a small moment breathing her in.
They were standing in a public place.
“We gotta get out of here,” Mitchell said.
“No swimming?” April teased.