Author Interviews

Interview with Shari Sakurai on 10-August-2015

Author's Interview

Let's start with you telling us a little bit about yourself, Shari.
I live in Barnham which is a village in West Sussex, England. When I’m not writing I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, listening to music, going to music concerts, and playing computer games. I love going to the cinema. Some weekends me and my sister spend entire days in the cinema watching one film after another! I collect Sailor Moon figures (especially Princess Serenity, Sailor Saturn and Eternal Sailor Moon), My Little Pony (mainly the original generation one ponies), and Monster High dolls.

What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
I’m terrified of flying. It took me up until last year to even contemplate getting on a plane. Even though I’ve flown a couple of times, now just thinking about getting on a plane still terrifies me.
When did you start writing, is it something you've always been interested in, or did it develop later in life?
I’ve always loved writing ever since I was a child. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to publish my novels, but it’s only been in the last six years that I’ve been in a position to start writing for publication.

Has it been everything you thought it would be or not?
Mostly it has. I’m not entirely sure what I thought it would or would not be, but it certainly hasn’t been a disappointment.
How did it feel when you realized that your very first book was going to be published?
At first I found it kind of surreal but once it had sunk in I felt very proud of myself that I’d been able to finally achieve my dream of publishing a novel.

What's your favorite part of writing a book?
I really enjoy developing my characters and especially exploring their relationships with each other as the novel progresses. Very often their opinions and feelings about each other change and I enjoy writing their interactions with each other as the plot moves forward.
Do you get time to read for pleasure? If so, which books do you enjoy?
I don’t get as much time as I’d like but when I do my favourite genres are horror, science fiction, fantasy and male-male romance.

Are there any other genres you'd be interested in writing?
I haven’t written a fantasy novel yet, which is something I’d really love to do in the future.

Please tell us a little about your most recent release.
My most recent release is called Perfect World and it’s the first novel in a series of the same title. It’s set in London in the year 2115. The protagonist, Eric Rawlins, is a genetically engineered superhero who works for the L.S.A (London Security Agency), which is also the organisation that created him. Outwardly it appears that Eric has the perfect life with his superhero abilities, longevity, celebrity status, and beautiful girlfriend but in reality the L.S.A control him. Eric’s nemesis is Adam Larimore. Six months ago Adam overtook the entire north of London. Adam is also genetically engineered and possesses a genius level IQ as well as longevity and the ability to heal from most wounds inflicted on him. As the novel progresses Eric starts to see a darker side to the organisation that he works for. He also develops feelings for Adam, but he is unsure of whether he can trust Adam or if he is being used in Adam’s plan for revenge.


What can we look forward to in the future from you?
Later this year I’m going to be publishing my novel Adam which is a companion novel to the Perfect World series. It tells Adam Larimore’s story and how he became a villain. I’m also working on book 2 of the Perfect World series and also a follow up to my debut novel Demon’s Blood.

Anything you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for your support. It really means a lot to me that you’re reading and enjoying my work.

Shari Sakurai's recent releases
Demon’s Blood
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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Perfect World (Perfect World 1)
It is the year 2115 and the world is very different. With climate changes, natural disasters and war shaping the landscape, England has become a nation made up of several super cities and wasteland in between.

Eric Rawlins is a genetically engineered superhero created by the London Security Agency (L.S.A) to defend and protect the city against both national and international threats. With his superior abilities, celebrity status and beautiful girlfriend, Eric appears to have the perfect life. However, it is an illusion created by the L.S.A in order to control him.

Eric's nemesis is the charismatic Adam Larimore. The only son of billionaire business tycoon Victor Larimore, Adam is gifted with a genius level IQ as well as the same longevity as Eric.

When the actions of the L.S.A throw the two of them together Eric finds himself questioning everything that he has ever known as well as discovering the true course of events that led to Adam turning to a life of crime. As they become closer Eric realises that the L.S.A may be the real threat to London. But can he trust Adam or is he part of Adam’s plan for revenge against those who have wronged him?

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 Excerpt from Perfect World (Perfect World 1)
“So what were you doing this morning?”

“Trying to figure things out,” Eric replied.

“Did you make any progress?”

“Some,” Eric didn’t feel like elaborating and Adam didn’t push for an answer. He looked up and down the expanse of coastline and spotted a small food outlet some distance away behind the sea wall. It looked open.

“Are you hungry?” He asked the villain. “I could get us something if you like.”

“A picnic on the beach,” Adam chuckled. “How romantic.”

This had not been Eric’s intention at all and the awkwardness that flooded him prevented him from mustering any kind of direct reply. “What would you like?” He settled for instead.

“I don’t mind. Whatever they have. Here,” Adam dug in the pocket of his jeans and handed Eric some notes. “They’ll be monitoring your payment card,” he explained. “And I’m sure every sensor in the country is looking out for mine.”

“Thanks,” Eric had to admit he’d forgotten about that.

He sprinted up the beach towards the food outlet. The silver dome shaped kiosk was open as Eric had thought. A bored looking blond man in his twenties was leaning over the chrome counter.

“What can I get you?” He asked, not even bothering to meet Eric’s gaze.

Eric glanced at the menu hologram on the wall behind him.

“Two portions of the chicken lunch please,” he said finally.

“That’ll be fifteen pounds fifty,” the man barely looked up at him. The transaction took about ten minutes and it was only after it was complete that the guy realised whom he was serving. He asked for an autograph, which Eric was happy to give him.

Adam laughed when Eric rejoined him and told him what happened. He sat up as Eric finished speaking.

The lunch was simply prepared and served in a small reusable tray that could be returned the following day or kept for home use. The chicken lunch consisted of three pieces of chargrilled chicken, a light side-salad, some bottled water and a pot of fresh fruit. Both the bottle and pot were made of glass, which could be recycled.

Eric sat down beside Adam and handed him one of the trays. “Is this how you pictured spending your afternoon?” He asked as he unwrapped the knife and fork that came with the meal.

“Not really,” Eric admitted. “It’s…it’s nice though,” he gave Adam a small smile.

“Better than going alone?”

Eric speared a piece of chicken with his fork. “Yeah,” he nodded before taking a bite. He watched Adam as he ate, taking in how relaxed the villain seemed. It would appear that the afternoon away from London was doing him some good too.

“Can I ask you something?” Eric questioned after some consideration.

Adam set his cutlery down and stared curiously at Eric. He did not say anything and merely waited for Eric to continue.

“Did you really mean what you said to me? That you have feelings for me?”

“Must we keep going over this? You are never going to believe that I am sincere, that much is obvious.”

Eric swallowed hard. Suddenly lunch did not seem that appetising. He set the tray down and reached for the bottle of water. He twisted the cap in his hands but did not take a drink.

“I would like to,” he ventured finally.

Adam sighed and changed the subject. “I’ve missed coming here. I’ve often thought about coming back but it hadn't seemed right. This place holds a few happy memories and I used to worry that if I returned it might not have the same meaning for me anymore.”

“Do you miss your father?” Eric asked before he could stop himself. He cursed inwardly. He had to stop speaking before thinking around the villain.

“No,” Adam responded finally. “At the end I hated him.”

Eric didn’t believe him. They finished lunch in silence, both deep in their own thoughts.

It was starting to get a little cold and Eric wondered if they should be heading back. A breeze had picked up and neither of them was wearing a jacket. He almost felt disappointment at this. Being here with Adam felt different to life back in the city. Eric felt less the burden of his duty and his worry regarding the future. Here his problems seemed far away.

“We should probably get back,” he voiced his thoughts reluctantly.

“Yeah,” Adam nodded as they stood up. The younger man took a moment to try and brush some sand out of his long hair. Eric chuckled at his attempts before taking pity on him. He reached up to brush some grains aside at the same moment that Adam did and their fingers touched. Adam froze, his expression becoming hesitant when Eric’s hand automatically covered his own.

They remained in place for seconds that felt as though they were lifetimes. Eric hadn't made a decision concerning his feelings for Adam and worried that he was getting caught up in a moment that would end in regret. Adam appeared to sense this too and gently withdrew his hand. The shorter man turned away.

“Adam—” Eric trailed off when he caught sight of something moving in the distance. It was a stealth aircraft circling just above Perses’ landing site.

Eric knew without question that it was the L.S.A. Adam turned back around and the fear in his eyes said it all. They had nowhere to go.


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