A fan asked about doing an end run around the publishers who delay and wait for million copy deal, and Sheri returns…
I have thought of self publishing the original books. The short ones that came in triplets.
and another letter asks…
” what your inspiration was for The True Game, because it’s one of the most truly original ideas I’ve ever seen”
Sheri writes back…
I have never once been able to answer the question, “What was your inspiration for this book or that book or some other book.” In the first place, my books sort of sprout. I get involved in a situation, or in a character, and they come alive on the keyboard without my feeling I’m really involved. Sometimes they go off on their own in very annoying ways and then I have to figure out how they got there and where they think they’re going. There’s one sprouting now that has me completely baffled. The themes are always there. Nature and the hatred of those who destroy it. Rejection of bigotry and sexism. These come from painful childhood and youth experiences coupled with a strong dislike for those gown up supposedly wise people who were involved. Sort of, “If Annie Kafoots thinks like that, then I know it’s wrong because everything Annie Kafoots does hurts someone or something.”
I received this letter and passed it on…
Dear Miss Tepper,
I’ve been an avid reader of your books since I first discovered “Necromancer Nine” in my local library in 1984. I doubt that I can adequately convey the joy that your writing has brought to me over the years; suffice it to say that, as a bookaholic who reads anything well written regardless of genre, you are my absolute favourite author, and in my opinion, have the most original mind I’ve ever encountered in any literature. Just a small “thank you” for all the pleasure you’ve brought to me,
and Sheri writes back…
Tell her thank you from me. It’s nice to be someone’s favorite something.
My cat, Jefe, explained that to me recently. It isn’t necessary, he said,
to be one’s favorite cat so long as one can be a favorite something, in this
case, blanket kneader.
Most of the people who have been kind enough to write to me saying they have been amused, pleased, touched, or infuriated by my books have been women for the first three and men for the last one. Of course, when I started writing, the standard female sci-fi character was either a wonder woman clone or a woman waiting to be rescued by the hero. I was asked to speak once at a sectarian university and was cautioned a few days before the scheduled appearance that I should not say anything contradicting their religious position. Since everything I’ve ever written has contradicted their religious position, it smelled of entrapment. I visualized an inquisition and perhaps being burned at the stake. I replied, saying since I had no thoughts whatsoever that were not opposed to their theology, I could only say, ”Modest housekeepers and gentlemen, thank you and good evening,” and it didn’t seem worth the trip.
It is more than merely pleasant to receive a nice note from a real gentleman.
“P.S. When might we expect your next book to be released?”
Last book was hung up, first at agents, then at publishers who let me know I was at the end of a long string of submissions. So, don’t know. I’m in the middle of the next one after the next one, which I have a hunch will have a better chance of getting through the road blocks.
Thing is, there are an awful lot of good young writers out there, and I was never a big, big seller– what they call “A Library author.” The libraries buy them more than the readers do. I keep getting notes from people “Can’t wait until it’s my turn at the library.” I want to write back and say, Hey, honey, try buying one. . . even used! It’ll make the publisher feel more inclined. . .
Best to you, and thanks.
Sheri Here’s my response, keep badgering her pubisher – make them aware of your interest, and they’ll get us the next book!
My friend and I just read “Beauty”. It is our all time favorite
novel! We were wondering what your inspiration was for writing this
novel? We want to make an amazing book report/presentation on this
novel and adding an interview question would send it over the top.
—and Sheri responds—
One night I got to thinking about all the fairy stories and weird books I had most enjoyed as a young person (This was before television, movies were maybe once every three months or fewer, we lived way out in the country with no other children anywhere around, so I read a lot!) and how the “Happily ever after” phrase didn’t mean a heck of a lot. What happened to them, really? I decided to start with Sleeping Beauty because her life extended a hundred years, and once I was into that, and making it a love story, the other stories just sort of fitted in.
I’m glad you like the book. Thanks for asking. Sheri Tepper
Here’s what I’ve just learned from Harper Collins:
The price drops are pushed out at the same time to all ebook retailers carrying the book, but smaller sellers sometimes take a bit longer to adopt our price change. Amazon, B&N, and BAM should have it out the day we launch.
Apparently some “hiccups” in this process moved the schedule around. I’m getting a revised schedule from Shawn, but I believe the Sheri S. Tepper’s Sale will start 11/6.
No wonder you couldn’t find them! I’ll post again when I hear more…
To Ms Tepper and/or publicist,
Has there been any suggestion of making a movie from the novel “Grass”? This is a visually powerful story combined with many issues that are socially relevant to our world. The concept of a world where all species are linked by metamorphosis is a brilliant notion. There is much about this story that I imagine could appeal to the likes of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron or George Lucas? Please consider my suggestion. Could you rewrite the story as a screenplay? Thank you for your inspirational stories. Regards, Jeffrey A W.
Ms. Tepper writes back…
Jeffry W. needs to know that authors have absolutely nothing to do with deciding to make a film from a book they have written—except to accept or refuse an offer made by a producer or studio. Writing a screen play of a book won’t help: most producers want screen plays written by someone they have confidence in, that is, someone who knows what “screen” requires. If a reader thinks a book should be made into a movie, the person to tell about it is the director, producer, or studio. It carries a lot more weight than anything a writer might say—all of us, I’m sure, think our books should be made into movies.
I have always thought that the director who made movies of the Tolkien trilogy would find Grass an interesting book to look at, but, as the writer, I’m not the person to say so.