Shift’N’Howl Author Interview with Sheri Queen


A shifter who can’t shift. Small-town secrets exposed. A love that hangs in the balance.

Kylie Quinn has a problem. She’s a shifter who can’t shift.

If she doesn’t call forth her kindred spirit soon, she’ll be forced to leave her pack and the beta she loves.

Hidden in her past is the key to unlocking her inner wolf, but digging into her memories could prove deadly.

Someone doesn’t want her to remember.


Kylie Quinn drove her rusty old pickup truck down the main road heading into town, drawing nearer to the wooden sign announcing to outsiders they were about to enter Unity Falls. She was not an outsider in the rural area but might as well be at the moment. She let out a disgruntled sigh and tossed the wrapper from the candy bar she ate as her lunch onto the cracked leather seat. The comfort of chocolate did little to ease her burdens.

Her wolf-shifter family kept pressuring her to shift. Hell. She didn’t know why she couldn’t do it. Calling forth her inner wolf would solve a lot of problems. At thirty-four, she should have already found her mate. She should have solidified her position in her pack. Time was running out.

She exhaled a long breath, reached deep inside, and pleaded for her wolf to surface.

Thanks to her grandfather’s influence with the pack leader and sympathies toward her traumatic past, Kylie had been granted a temporary reprieve from the laws governing supernatural beings living in Unity Falls. Her reprieve would end in a few short weeks. If she didn’t shift by her next birthday, she’d be exiled.

So much for unity. She frowned at the town sign as if it had inflicted the ache settling into her heart.

Interview with the Author

Q: Everyone has a secret party trick. What’s yours? I don’t feel like I have a secret party trick. But if I could pick one, it would be awesome to be able to tell funny stories and jokes like a stand-up comedian. I love to see people laughing and having fun. I make do with being a side-kick to someone else’s funny stories and encouraging others to join in the good times.

Q: Most recently binged TV series/ movie/ or books. I LOVED the series, Wednesday! Go, Wednesday Adams!!

Q: What book/movie was your “gateway drug” into romance?
My first foray into the romance realm was Gone With the Wind, even though it doesn’t end with her getting her man and therefore not quite fulfilling the genre requirements. It launched me into other historical romantic stories like the mystery romances by Mary Stewart. Her Merlin Trilogy was fantastic!

Q: Whats your favorite paranormal flavor? Shifters, vamps, witches, other? My stories have all of them! I can’t pick just one!

Q: Is your story in Shift’n’Howl a stand alone or does it introduce readers to other characters/ worlds of yours? Wolf’s Bane will introduce a new series. The next story is Ledger of Souls, a Night Academy novel, that will be coming this fall. Ledger of Souls follows a group of adult angels learning about their unique role in the modern world while taking classes at the Night Academy. Balancing day jobs, fighting demons, and discovering how to use angel magic can be a lot to handle, especially the part where romantic interludes are forbidden at the Night Academy. Kylie Quinn isn’t a rule-breaker, but really? No sex? Maybe she can bend the rules just a little.

Q: What was the most fun part about writing this story? Discovering a character’s quirks was a lot of fun. A bit of snarky humor in stressful moments makes for great banter among the characters.

Q: If you could interview your main character from this story, what would you ask them, and how do you think they would answer?

Question: Kylie, did you ever think you didn’t belong? Kylie: You bet. Every minute of every day. But then I figured out I just had to be happy being me and to hell with what anyone else thought.
Question: Kylie, what went through your mind when you saw your ex-boyfriend walk into where you worked? Kylie: My mind froze for a very long moment. I wanted to be mad at him but damn that man is HOT! I knew right then and there that I was in big trouble.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about short stories as a reader? Short stories allow me to dive into a myriad of fictional worlds in quick succession. I discover so many amazing new authors that my to-be-read pile is growing at an alarming rate! I wouldn’t have it any other way.

About Sheri

Born in a rural town along the Hudson River. A child who practically lived in an old library. A woman who wanted more than to read books and decided to write them.

Sheri Queen is a graduate of the MFA Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University. Her stories feature kick-ass women, strong female friendships, found families, and steamy romances.

Where to find her