Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends meeting celebrities. Today is a special edition in anticipation of the upcoming Fan Expo.
Fan Expo is less than one month away. Running July 7-10 in Rosemont, IL, Fan Expo takes over for Wizard World. Fan Expo promises to be just as fantastic as Wizard World always was.
One of my favorite guests at Wizard World was Sheryl Steines. I first met the Chicago area writer there years ago and have interviewed her several times since. Last year, Johngy's Beat Special Contributor Joey Roth handled the interviewing and that interview can be found at On the Beat With Sheryl Steines at Wizard World 2021.
An admitted television junkie, Sheryl credits Nancy Drew novels with inspiring her. That inspiration led to Sheryl's writing several books. Her first book, "The Day of the First Sun," was released in November of 2010. It is a supernatural murder mystery. The best description I saw for the book was it was a mystery about "the magical murder of a non-magical princess." The book appealed to me, because it seemed to be something unlike anything I have read.
I am not a huge fan of that genre, but I gave it a read and really enjoyed it. That book led to several more in her Wizard Hall Chronicles series.
Sheryl's writing is interesting and unique. She balances everything and keeps me engrossed. I can't wait to finish each book, but I never want it to end. At least I know there will be more.
One of the cool things about Sheryl is following her on social media. She posts about the process of writing, including rough patches. It makes me appreciate the finished product even more, but it shows how hard she works and how dedicated she is. I applaud her honesty and openness in putting that out there.
I look forward to seeing Sheryl at Fan Expo and hope to get an update interview with her. Sheryl will be one of several great creator friends I will see, as well as meeting new and different ones.
Go to SherylSteines.com for more info on Sheryl and her work. Go to FanExpoHQ.com for more info and scheduling.
Sheryl Steines and Joey Roth in Rosemont, IL-October 2021.