Happy Hump Day! Shari Sakurai isn’t quite sure if she worked with a ghost or a human at a previous job, and feels a cat is a must-have for writers. Sounds like she’s my kind of people. Welcome Shari!
You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?
I have pretty good survival instincts so I’ll say I’d be the final person. I do also have a wicked sense of humour so I would provide some comic relief too!
Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?
I used to work in an old Georgian building which had a basement that went under the entire city and used to be part of the city’s jail. When I was working there it was used to store documents and files. Once I had to go down there to put some files away and there was an old man down there doing some filing. He said he used to work here and that he came back on a voluntary basis to help out. We chatted for a few minutes and then I went back upstairs. As I went by reception I told the receptionists about him. They looked a bit alarmed and said that he had been dead for years! To this day I don’t know whether they were messing with me or whether I actually spoke to a ghost!
If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?
Absolutely! In fact I’d probably do it for free! I love being scared and staying in a haunted house would be an amazingly terrifying experience!
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Laptop, music, an endless supply of Dr Pepper and a cat. Why a cat? They make great muses and writing companions. My cat Tash often sleeps on my laptop case and when I need a break she’s always wanting to be petted or play with one of her toys!
What’s your work schedule like when you’re writing?
It varies depending on what I am working on. I try to write something every day even if it is just a paragraph, but much of my writing schedule focuses on the weekends when I have more free time. At the moment the schedule is quite light. I’ve got my current work in progress and a little side project I’m working on. In a few months’ time I expect it to be heavier again as I’m also going to be starting the next novel in my Perfect World series.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the sequel to my vampire novel Demon’s Blood. Determined to save his lover from the demon Kurai’s possession, Thane returns to Japan and begins his search for Takata Koji; Taku’s sire and the only vampire who has the knowledge to save him.
Immortal blood is precious and Kokawa Taku’s makes him especially unique.
After vampire hunters force them to flee Tokyo, Taku and his lover, Thane, try to make a new life for themselves in England. But three months later Thane is still tormented by nightmares of the fire that almost cost them their lives. This leads to carelessness and the discovery of one of his victims.
When faced with threats from all sides Taku tries his best to protect them although his actions are met with disapproval and anger from Thane. Unknown to his lover, Taku is also struggling to keep hidden the truth of what really happened three months ago.
However, it is only a matter of time before Taku’s past and bloodline catches up with him.
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Shari Sakurai is a British author of paranormal, horror, science fiction and fantasy novels that almost always feature a LGBT protagonist and/or antagonist. She has always loved to write and it is her escape from the sometimes stressful modern life!
Aside from writing, Shari enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to (loud!) music, going to rock concerts and learning more about other societies and cultures. Japanese culture is of particular interest to her and she often incorporates Japanese themes and influences into her work.
Shari loves a challenge and has taken part and won the National Novel Writing Month ten times!