Local novelist, movie screenwriter and blogger Mike Sherer of West Chester doesn’t worry about meeting deadlines.
He doesn’t need them.
“I don’t need motivation to write,” attests the Mason, Ohio, native whose earliest attempts at writing -- song lyrics and poetry -- were encouraged by his mother.
Instead, he says, “I need motivation to pull myself away from the computer and pry my fingers off the keyboard…”
Recently Sherer was one of many local authors who greeted the public at MidPointe Library’s ReadLOCAL event at its West Chester location. Booklovers were invited to the free program to chat with area authors about their works and get autographed copies.
Sherer’s first published work was a “record review column in the Georgetown College newspaper, which I wrote at age eighteen during my one and only semester there,” he recalls. “That was enjoyable as it gave me access to the college radio station to choose from among their albums to review. And I got to meet the DJs and sit in while they broadcast.”
Today the author describes his works as “unique in tone.”
His published novel, “A Cold Dish,” tends toward the “harsh and ruthless, it being a revenge tale,” he says. “The novel I am attempting to publish, ‘Souls of Nod,’ is not nearly as violent or as cold-hearted. My middle-school novel, ‘Shadytown,’ for which I’m seeking representation, is much more light-hearted as it’s written for a younger reader. But all three share a common theme of taking place in the borderlands where the physical world and the spiritual world mesh.”
The “unique” description also applies to Sherer’s thirteen published short stories and three novellas “with another short story and another novella under contract to be published,” he says. “My favorite genres are science fiction and horror, although I enjoy attempting other types of writing.”
Sherer’s love for the written word in all forms led him to the movie screen.
One might assume that some personal connection with movie producers in the West Coast led to the making of Sherer’s screen thriller, “Hamal_18.”
But that would be wrong.
“Writers no longer need to be headquartered in L.A.” to promote their screenplays, Sherer explains. “You could write a screenplay anywhere and then e-mail it to producers...There’s a site on the Internet where producers post the kind of screenplays they are looking for and you reply with a brief description of yours.”
“Definitely there are differences” between writing a novel and a screenplay, Sherer says. “...Novels are meant to be internalized while movies are meant to be experienced, two totally different concepts. In a novel you can put anything on the page, while in a screenplay you can only write what can be seen or heard. A screenplay is mostly dialogue with minimal description.”
After submitting his screenplay, Sherer was contacted by a producer who requested a hard copy of his riveting tale about a police detective who becomes “an expert at catching online predators” after his “teenage daughter was murdered by someone she met online.” The film depicts a veritable “a cat-and-mouse game over the Internet” as his two characters “taunt one another which leads to a shocking face-to-face confrontation.”
Sherer sent the hard copy. Several months later he received a contract by email.