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J Sherer Interview--December 2006

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J Sherer is a busy man, not only working full-time but also pursuing his Master's.  In all of that, he manages to squeeze in a bit of writing; which, we are glad to say, resulted in the story "Understanding" for Infinite Space, Infinite God.


Tell us a little about your writing career:


I started writing really young, and I’ve been writing for most of my life.  I didn’t try to publish anything until college, and I started out being published in one of our campus magazines, The West Wind.  Since that time, I’ve been published elsewhere, but I’m very excited to be a part of the Infinite Space, Infinite God universe.  I think that this is a great start for me, because this will give me a lot of exposure next to some very good writers.  I’m excited.  I just need to find time to finish up some novels and stories, now.


What inspired "Understanding?"


I always see things in my head before they get to the paper.  It’s like a movie going on in my head, and basically, I just see scenes playing behind my eyes, and those scenes translate onto the page.  So, for "Understanding," it was this concept of the Catholic church not supporting the cloning of human beings.  And, let’s face it, at this point no one is supporting that, but if they ever do clone someone, what then?  Obviously, the Catholic church isn’t going to turn its back on the individual - the concept, maybe, but not the individual.  So, the idea started there, but then I realized that no matter what decision the church makes, there will be some individuals that are diametrically opposed even to the people, the clones, which is where the Errius character comes in.


Beyond that, I needed a character to grow.  Somebody that has a past with the church, but not with the church we all support, but a much more sinister form of the church.  Ultimately, it’s about Tack seeing that the church is a conduit for God, but that human beings, being imperfect, can ruin even that, to a certain extent.  And, when it’s all said and done, God is the focus.


Where else can people find your stuff?


At this point, I would love to start a website.  I work in a marketing department, so I have a lot of resources that I could use, but it’s just about finding time.  I plan on sending out several more stories to see if I can bring more material to the marketplace, so hopefully there will be more stories available soon.  I have a lot of stories finished, but it’s about finding the right venue to get them to the market.


What are you working on now?


Right now I’m in the process of getting my MBA, so that limits my writing, however, I have three stories in the works.  One story that I would love to finish is a western serial that I’ve been working on.  It’s a story about a U.S. Marshal that can’t seem to stop finding trouble.  He gets involved in several murders and suddenly all his hopes of being an upright citizen are being challenged at every turn.

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