ABOUT S. R. FORD
What does S. R. stand for?
My full name: Sheridan Reely Ford.
Where do you live?
Ogden, Utah, USA
When were you born?
27 November 1990
What was your family like when you were growing up?
My parents have always been outstanding examples to me of hard work and dedication. I was the last of their children and the only one not born with severe handicaps. You see, my brother, the oldest of us, and my sister were both born with Neonatal adrenoleukodystrophy (NALD), a rare, degenerative disease. Their handicaps and special needs formed a welding link between the five of us… probably more than we realize even now. At an early age I learned what it meant to love and be loved, to serve and to sacrifice. Shannon died in 1993 just before my third birthday, but I still remember her very well. Shaun outlived all doctors’ expectations and died in 2010 at the age of 23. As the survivor of the three I think about my siblings often and treasure the wonderful lessons I learned from their simple, yet powerful examples. Luckily I still have my parents around as well as a close-knit extended family.
Are you going to school?
Yes, I’m currently attending Weber State University.
What hobbies do you have other than writing?
Well, I’ve developed an affinity for searching through music in hopes of creating the perfect soundtracks for the stories constantly chewing on the fringes of my mind. Sometimes it works out great and other times not so much, but I still enjoy it. I play the piano too; it’s a talent I learned from my father. And I also love boating on the lake and hiking and driving through the great outdoors.
What are your favorite sports?
Water sports, hands down. Especially water skiing. But I enjoy tennis, hockey, and rugby too.
What other things are you interested in?
There are six things I can’t seem to learn enough about: history (not necessarily the exact dates, but the facts and stories of the past), religions the world over, legends, word etymology, name meanings, and individual life stories. I would go on for hours if you dared to ask me why.
So what inspired you to start writing and become an author?
I’ve always loved a good story, and I was born to tell them. Beethoven once wrote about how he would hear songs playing in his mind over and over until he released them onto paper, and I often feel the same way about stories. They buzz around in my mind until I write them down. It’s been that way since I was a child.
Where do you go to think or get inspired?
After studying or reading awhile, I go to the elements. I go to the lake, or up into the mountains, or out into the forests, or sometimes I just sit down beside a crackling fire under the beauty of a starlit sky. It’s amazing what ideas can come to you when you simply put aside your daily distractions and let the universe have your attention for a time.
What do you hope your readers get from your books?
I want my readers to find a new world that they can visit over and over again throughout their lives. With the stories I’ve published so far, there’s been a goal: to make the books simple enough for readers that are only looking for a good story, but also to make the books carefully complex so readers can partake over and over again and still find more to love each time. I want people to be thinking about the characters and experiences going on behind the text—the pieces I haven’t told them yet. I want them to dig down into the text and discover things for themselves. I want my books to be as personal to my readers as they are to me.