Daniel Sherrier is a writer based in central Virginia. This is the guy who writes the Earths in Space and RIP series, which you’ve doubtless heard much about. Occasionally, a play he’s written gets performed somewhere. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2005, where he earned a degree in the ever-lucrative fields of English and Theatre. Recently, he achieved his black belt in Thai kickboxing. And there was that one time he jumped out of an airplane, which was memorable.
It began with comic books. At the age of nine, he wrote and drew his own comics, using original characters that he knew were destined to become classics. The roll call, according to him at the time, was legend: The Dodger! Jack the Whipper! The Black Stripe! Solar-Man! Gravity Woman!
Alas, destiny did not work out as planned. Probably because he was nine, and writing requires much practice.
By middle school, he abandoned the drawing and focused on the comic book scripts, creating an entire universe of characters and stories that it’s probably best no one ever sees.
After watching Star Wars for the first time, he was inspired to write his own rip-off movie trilogy. Thus was born Star Clashes. Oh, dear.
As a teenager, he began experimenting with prose, fleshing out his earlier super-hero creations into truly dreadful novels. They were, however, better than Star Clashes.
His first decent writing came later in high school — a couple of silly short stories published in the school literary magazine, and his first performed play script, an original one-act based on his senior Homecoming. It was a farce. It aimed low and nailed the target.
He majored in English and Theatre at the College of William & Mary, where he took no fewer than three playwriting classes.
His first full-length play, Super!, was workshopped at W&M and would later receive a full production at the Gorilla Tango Theater in Chicago in 2008. It involved super-heroes, but not the same super-heroes he wrote about as a kid. Therefore, people liked it.
Before that, he won the 2006 Chameleon Theatre Circle’s New Play Contest in the Theatre for Youth category for “The Numerous Numbers and the Magical Plus Sign.” You can’t go wrong writing about math, especially when the numbers talk.
His unusual short play about an overtired insomniac who‘s afraid to sleep, “Sweet Dreams,” was performed in New York City as part of Blowout Theatre Company’s inaugural Night of One-Acts in 2011.
He has worked for community newspapers consistently since 2006, earning a collection of Virginia Press Association awards, most recently a third-place recognition for column writing last year.
About four years of his twenties were devoted to writing and rewriting a novel, into which he poured his heart and soul before eventually realizing it was merely okay.
After shelving that book, he contemplated moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television writing. He took two trips to L.A. He is not currently considering moving to L.A.
His foray into television was not without its near-successes. His writing did earn him a spot in the Taliesin Nexus filmmakers workshop in 2011.
His pilot script, RIP, was a semifinalist in the 2011 PAGE International Screenwriting Competition, so it ranked somewhere between 11th and 25th out of 313 or so entries in its category.
RIP was also a finalist in the TVWriter.com People’s Pilot competition in 2010, and a television concept, The New World, achieved the same distinction in the same contest in 2006.
Finding hoops uncomfortable to jump through, he decided to embrace the independent path and convert his series ideas into episodic novellas and novelettes, which he would offer as low-priced e-books.
In the final days of 2012, twenty years after those first comic book attempts — and after twenty years of constant practice and learning the secrets of the stage, screen, and prose — he released his first e-book, Earths in Space vol. 1: Where Are the Little Green Men?
Rest assured, it does not include Jack the Whipper or Gravity Woman.
Daniel Sherrier resides in Glen Allen, Virginia. A bunch of fictional characters reside in his head, but they come out to play.