Shereen Vedam was born on a tiny paradise island called Ceylon, later renamed Sri Lanka. Her mother was a grade school teacher by day, and by night became a put-upon mother of a wandering child. Her father traveled around the world looking for a walkie-talkie doll for a child who loved to do both.Her family moved her to Canada in the hopes of reining her in and teaching her restraint, but all too soon Shereen moved herself across the country in search of brand new adventures.
She finally landed on Vancouver Island, a new paradise all her own, filled with people and pets and plants (including an awesome giant Weeping Sequoia) that nurture her love of reading, writing and dreaming.
Is this your first book?
I’ve written a ton of novels (don’t make me count how many) and short stories. I’ve published a handful of short stories, mainly with The Wild Rose Press. I have a couple of fantasy shorts stories in anthologies put out by Tyche Books and The Wildside Press. And this one, A Beastly Scandal, is my first published full-length novel with ImaJinn Books.
Which of your published works is your favorite?
That’s like asking a parent, who is your favorite child. I love them all equally, but quite differently. Most have fantasy or paranormal elements. But much the way a reader’s reaction differs for different types of books, I love each one individually for different reasons.
Tell us about your current book and what makes it special?
A Beastly Scandal is a fairytale-inspired Regency (historical) romance. Since this is “inspired by” rather than a “retelling of” a fairytale, I had a great deal of leeway on how I wrote it, but the trick was to try and remain true to the original fairytale characters and themes. I believe I achieved that odd combination of requirements within the strictures of the character behavior required for a story set in 1812, which is what makes this book special. The whole series straddles two worlds. I suspect much of my writing is like that.
How did you settle on the title?
There were several original titles for this book, none of which ended up on the cover. I’m sad to say, the final version wasn’t an inspired choice, though it was my choice (which I hear is rare), and I absolutely love it!
In real life, I analyze data for a living. Since I’m terrible at picking titles, I fell back on what I am good at, and analyzed the market, which in my case were other published Regency novels. I made a list of about 50 Regency titles and plugged it into an online program called Wordle (it is free) and out popped the most commonly used Regency words on Regency titles. Then for each of the 4 books in this series, I looked for Regency words that fit the tone of this story, the plot and the fairytale that inspired it, and thus was born A Beastly Scandal.
Describe your favorite scene in this book.
That would have to be the scene in the hero’s father’s study when he suggests a game that will stop them quarrelling all the time. Now I have to say, that when a guy suggests a game to make a girl stop doing something that she doesn’t believe she was doing in the first place, that is a stage set for trouble. And that was certainly the case in this one scene and this trouble extended throughout the whole book and blew up at the end into a major conflict for both characters. As an author, I couldn’t have asked for a better set up for the whole story because this one scene did double, perhaps even triple the work I needed it to perform.
Where can people purchase A Beastly Scandal?
It is available on Amazon in print and on Kindle and at Barnes and Noble in print, as well as many other online outlets, and of course at ImaJinn Books. I hear by this summer it will also be available on the Barnes and Nobel Nook and by this fall, on Kobo.
What are your thoughts on book trailers?
I’ve never had one until this book. Jaye Roycraft created the one for A Beastly Scandal on behalf of ImaJinn Books and I would say this was inspired. It does an excellent job of giving a good preview of the book and has been surprisingly popular. I love the music! It can be viewed it here:
Find out more about Shereen at her website – http://www.shereenvedam.com/index.php