One of the pleasures of the author interview series on No Wasted Ink is the chance to meet and learn about new authors and what motivated them to begin writing. I hope you’ll find Shidorr’s story as interesting as I did.
Hello, my name is Shidorr Myirck-Gayer. I currently live in the North Suburbs of the Chicago land area. I grew up in Chicago with the
dream of becoming an actress. I performed in a few plays and was an extra in a few movies, one such as Spiderman 2. It was an amazing experience. Sadly I never made it any further; life got in the way… I guess. In the middle of pursuing my dream as an actress, I wrote poetry and stories. At the time, I didn’t realize that writing is where my true journey rests. I have always been interested in the world of creating tales. Pulling people in my fictional fantasies.
When and why did you begin writing?
The tragedy that consumed me ultimately pushed me into the society of published authors. Depression made me write my first novel. Her Name
is Grace. In 2010 I had lost another child in the early months of my pregnancy. Writing was my way of dealing with my sadness.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself as a writer, when I became published. I didn’t think the work I created counted until now.
Can you share a little about your current book with us?
I must say, I had to laugh a little bit at this question. Every time someone asks me what my book is about. I can never shorten it enough,
for a quick answer. Okay, here goes…
My story is about a young girl named Grace, who grows up on a planet that’s inhabited by angels. Her and her best friend, Max, is being
trained to one day become angels themselves. The angels on the planet Mahlai hope that increasing their numbers can end the slavery war on
Earth. They also have to defend their planet against the dark angels who seek to kidnap the trainees and destroy the world of men. In this
tale Grace and Max finds discovers a powerful tool that the angels use to watch over the humans. This tool changes Grace and Max
personalities. Grace falls in love with a human and Max takes a turn for the worst.
What inspired you to write this book?
My husband’s support helped me achieve my goal of finishing the first book, of a 3 book series.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t really have a writing style. I can confirm that no matter how hard I try. I can’t write the book in order. I always start on a mid
How did you come up with the title of this book?
I just love the name, Grace. I had a cat named that once.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is no message; I just want my readers to live in a world unlike their own.
Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I must say, I create my characters based on people that I know and books that I have read. For example, I have quotes from the bible and
my angels are lightly based on angels of the bible. Author Kristin Cashore depicts strong female characters in her novels and I love
that. The backdrop of my stories comes from my travels and my daydreams.
What authors have most influenced your life?
My favorite Authors are, Kristin Cashore, Suzanne Collins and John of the bible.
If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor?
If I had to choose a mentor, it would be Kristin Cashore. Meeting her
in person confirms that.
Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?
My cover designer is John Konecny. He is an amazing artist, easy to work with and he understands what you want.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
The advice that I would give is the advice that is said over and over
again to writers, KEEP WRITING! This really does help you when you
think your work is not good enough. When you get writers block and
especially when you began to doubt yourself.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
To all my readers, Thank You for your support and I’ll try my best to
make the next book an even better adventure!
Her Name is Grace
Book Cover by John Konecny.