By Lyria Wollich
Josepha Sherman is an
extraordinary writer who has over 30 Novels, anthology and short story
credits to her name. In a recent interview, I asked her a few questions
concerning her background and her Highlander roots leading up to "The
"I'm a fantasy/science fiction
writer and folklorist with a background in archaeology. My first fantasy
sale was a short story to SPACE & TIME. My first novel remains
unpublished, but the editor asked me what else I was writing."
" I told her about a novel idea I
had--and she wanted to see it! That book became my first fantasy novel, THE SHINING FALCON (Avon), which won the Compton
Crook Award for best first novel in 1990."
With such an impressive list of
credits I had to ask, what did she primarily write about? What
"I have written over 36
books by now, including fantasy, STAR TREK, HIGHLANDER, BUFFY, XENA, plus eight folklore books,
several children's books, three young adult fantasy novels, several
biographies of people like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com's
leader), and articles."
When asked about favorites, she
"That's like asking which is my
favorite child! My favorite is whichever one I'm currently writing.
So that leads us up to
Highlander. I wanted to know how she got started with the Highlander saga.
Her answer is honest and very tongue-in- cheek.
"(I was) Channel
surfing and finding myself facing Adrian Paul! After that, I was hooked --
and when Methos appeared, I was DOUBLY hooked! I began watching somewhere
in the middle of Season One."
In talking about her book
Highlander -"The Captive Soul" , I asked her whom she referred
to about content.
"I was told, "There must be
a sex scene in the book," so about the only contact regarding
content was with Betsy Mitchell, the editor of Warner Aspect, about the
rating the scene should receive!"
The question I put up
next was about Characters. Which one was the most difficult to write for?
"Methos is such an
intriguing, intricate character that writing him was challenging -- and a
lot of fun!"
Having enjoyed her book so
much, as well as several of her previous works, I wanted to know if she
planned on doing another Highlander Novel.
"The Warner Aspect license
expires with the next book, an Amanda novel by Brad Sinor. If the
license is renewed, yes, I'd like to write about Methos again."
Noticing the long list of
novels she has written for Star Trek, Buffy, and Xena, I was curious if
she found it easier to write for established characters or if she
preferred to create her own.
challenging: Original characters have to be created from scratch, but you
have to be especially careful to keep the right "voice" for
So what can we expect
next From Josepha? She has several projects in line.
"I'm currently working on a new
Star Trek novel, VULCAN'S SOUL, a mythology book, MYTHOLOGY FOR
STORYTELLERS, and a bio of Jerry Yang and David Filo of Yahoo.com!"
To find out more about Josepha,
check out her website at http://www.JosephaSherman.com
or to use her editing services try http://www.ShermanEnterprises.com