Alligator Preserves Episode 8: A Visit with Sherry Ficklin


Best-selling author Sherry Ficklin (second from right) attended my book launch party for Waterwight Flux! Other authors in attendance included (left to right) Lynn K Hall, Diane Smith, and Carol Bellhouse. That’s me on the right! Not in photo: Stephanie R. Sorensen. Photo credit: Marcia Martinek, Editor of the Leadville Herald Democrat newspaper

Sherry Ficklin, best-selling author of the Stolen Empire Series, visits with Laurel McHargue in this episode of Alligator Preserves! She explains how she has become “a toucher of things,” and shares amazing stories of her own life and how her experiences have influenced her writing.

Show Notes:

  • Sherry Ficklin tells a secret about a visit to the White House
  • Sherry is “a toucher of things”!
  • Earliest memories with books, telling stories, and winning her first monetary award
  • Her writing over ten years and feedback from Penguin Books
  • Writing challenges
  • Autobiographical elements of her work
  • “Vantablack” material (favorite color is black!)
  • Dark side characters, 1st person books, and choosing names
  • Contract negotiations with publishers
  • Research and Canary Club adventures
  • Marketing to YA and other audiences
  • Queen series books
  • Sherry’s “Dragon’s Eye” adventure, the fruit that “ruffied” her
  • Advice to new authors and what’s next for her
  • Her childrens’ response to her writing
  • Introduce next topic: Visit with Buddhist practice teacher Ken McLeod
  • CIPA EVVY Awards open for submissions @


Sherry Ficklin’s website

Losing Logan Paperback May 2, 2014

Playing with Fire: A Hacker Novel (The #Hackers Series)

SHIFT – Colour changing rainbow paint – Black 2.0 x Rainbow Liquid (VANTAblack items)

The Flowers in the Attic Saga: Flowers in the Attic/Petals on the Wind; If There Be Thorns/Seeds of Yesterday; Garden of Shadows (V.C. Andrews books)

The Great and Secret Show (Clive Barker)

A Canary Club Story (Canary Club Series books)

Inheritance Cycle 4-Book Trade Paperback Boxed Set (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, In (The Inheritance Cycle)

CIPA EVVY Awards info

Laurel’s Amazon Author page

Intro/outro voice by Nick McHargue,
Podcast music from Jamendo Royalty Free Music

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Laurel lives and laughs and publishes and podcasts in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! She has published several multi-genre books and hosts the podcast "Alligator Preserves," where she interviews fascinating people, talks about the human condition, and shares scary stories from her "Dark Ebb" collection.

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