Ben Interviews Shari Sakurai

Adam Cover

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started writing?

I first started writing when I was six years old. Our class wrote a story together about the teacher’s pet rat and I found that I enjoyed writing so much that I wanted to continue. I love the escapism, creating new characters and telling their stories. Writing is my first love really.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy going to live music concerts, going to the cinema, visiting local museums and spending time with family and friends.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Adam is my third novel to date. Prior to Adam, I have written another science fiction/LGBT novel Perfect World (Perfect World Series #1) and Demon’s Blood which is a horror/LGBT novel.

What genre is Adam and what is it about?

Adam is a science fiction/LGBT novel and is a companion novel to my Perfect World series. Adam is about Perfect World’s Adam Larimore and tells the story of how he become a villain. It also starts to reveal some of the as yet unanswered questions in Perfect World Book 1 and sets in motion some events for later on in the series. Adam will be released today, 12th March 2016.

What inspired you to write this book?

I felt that in order to tell Adam’s story properly he needed his own novel. I also wanted my readers to gain a better insight into Adam himself and why he did what he did.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve been writing for most of my life, but the first time I actually considered myself a writer was when I sat down to write a novel with the intention of publishing it.

Are you a plotter or a pantster (writing by the seat of your pants)?

Very much a pantster! I’ve tried plotting a novel out before and I found that it took some of the enjoyment away knowing exactly what was going to happen! I prefer to let the story discover itself.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

One the themes in the Perfect World Series is that the L.S.A and Government believe that they have created a much better world from the ashes of the old one, but in reality with the rich and powerful controlling everything, things are much worse for everyday people. They feel that they have created a Perfect World, but only for themselves.

What is your next project?

I have two novels that I will be working on next. The first is the follow up to Demon’s Blood and as well, I’ll be starting to work on Book 2 of the Perfect World series.

What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?  

My favourite genres to write are horror and science fiction. These are my favourite genres to read too, so it felt natural that I would write in them.

Do you have a pet or pets?

RonaldI have one cat called Ronald and two rats. Ronald is a rescue cat who came into the vet’s where my sister works. He was found wandering down a busy A-road and rescued by a motorist. He’s about twelve years old and he’s a really sweet old cat who spends most of his time sleeping or eating.

Do you have any scars? What are they from?

I’ve got a scar going all the way round my ring finger. When I was six it got shut in a door and I almost lost the end of it! Luckily the doctors were able to save it but I’ve had a scar ever since.

What is your favorite song?

My favourite song is called Anata by L’Arc~en~Ciel. It’s a special song to me as when I went to see the band live they got us all to sing along to Anata and now whenever I hear it I think of the concert and all the wonderful memories.


sharisakuraiShari Sakurai was born in Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom. After completing secondary school she moved away from further education to work in administration.

Shari is very interested in other countries’ cultures and mythology; in particular Japan. Japanese themes and influences can often be found in her work.

Shari’s debut novel Demon’s Blood was released in ebook format on 25th January 2014. She has participated and won the National Novel Writing Month challenge for the past nine years.

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