Questioning My Choices
I have loved doing this blog tour and I’m fascinated by the questions on the author interview sheets. It has made me question my career and the choices I make in writing my books.
Why do I write? (I can’t NOT write. I believe imagination is a gift. I need to give life to the stories and characters in my head )
Why I wrote, WRITTEN IN THE STARS with friend and co – author, Patricia Rosemoor? (Elizabeth and Will’s reincarnation epic love story kept running through my head – particularly the historical portion I wrote)
What is it about this book that makes it special? (the strong sense of danger, destiny and passion – a love that defies time and space – doesn’t everyone want that!)
Would I start out on this journey to be a published writer if I’d known how hard it would be in an ever changing publishing world? ( It has always been tough. It has been blood, sweat and tears. I’ve had to reread the two signs on my desk several times a day – Never Surrender and Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly)
Thanks for letting me vent and talk myself back in front of my computer. Writing is what I do: my square of life is health, wealth, love and perfect self-expression – my world wouldn’t be complete without it.
Now I have a question for readers – I write good books which have gotten really nice reviews, appeared in Cosmopolitan as a “red hot read”, been picked up by Doubleday/BOM Club but I need to reach more readers. How can I connect and attract more readers when I’m a techno sub-zero? I’ll try anything!!! Any and all suggestions are very much appreciated!
“A passionate tale of destiny, danger and dark magic—and a love so powerful that it conquers time.” Mary Jo Putney, New York Times Bestselling Author.
‘A love so deep that it can last through centuries?
In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York’s star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a child of magic. When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle, heir to the Duke of Lennox, but finds enchantment in the eyes and touch of Will Grey, the Duke’s bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth, Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a curse on them both.
Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the victim, but which man is her enemy, which her soul’s mate? Can a journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her the answers…in time to save her true love?
Written in the Stars Excerpt:
There was little Will had not seen in court, the battlefield, or the bedroom, yet watching Elizabeth walk to the warm, spring-fed pool at the edge of the woods behind his grandfather’s cottage filled him with wonder.
He slipped his arm around her waist and her head rested on his shoulder. Freed of her ribbons, her ebony hair blown by the evening winds flowed across his throat and chest, filling the air he breathed with the scent of lavender.
At the far side of the pool they came to the limestone rim, festooned with vines and heavy purple blossoms.
Laughing, she slipped off her kid boots, slowly uncoiled her celestial girdle and placed it carefully on the ground. Wearing only her loose gown with hanging sleeves, she walked into the shallows.
Turning back to him, her thick, wavy hair cascading over her breasts, her huge eyes lit by the setting sun, she beckoned to him.
“Come, Will. Join me in paradise.”
Leaving most of his clothes in a pile next to hers, Will waded toward her. He felt the warm spring water rush over his feet and calves.
To him, Elizabeth was a creature of magic, of desire, of love he would follow through eternity.
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I’m sure growing up in my grandmother’s house, taking care of my developmentally disabled mother, forged who I am, but I don’t believe any one thing defines me. My philosophy of life is that we are all in this together—and we need to embrace one another with as much grace, humor and compassion as we can muster. I see life as big, bigger, biggest, and I want to take everyone along with me on the journey. I not only attend black-tie affairs and work on charity board projects, but I am also just as likely to be taking a grandchild to lunch and a movie. I’m happily married to John, with whom I eloped when I was an 18-year-old freshman in college. It was quite the scandal. We have four beautiful children and 11 grandchildren.
I won my first writing award in the seventh grade in a statewide essay contest about a television broadcast of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. Instead of Silver Skates, they sent real skates, which I enjoyed immensely. I’m only sorry I don’t still have them so they could hang in my office.
While moving 22 times across the country and rearing our children, I sold stories to Fate Magazine, Home Life Magazine and True Confessions. In 1988, I sold my first novel and a week later received a two-book contract from Fawcett. Sixteen novels later, I’ve seen The Other Amanda win the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Write Touch Readers’ Award and Talk of the Town chosen by Cosmopolitan magazine as its “Red Hot Read” for February 2009.
Sherrill is also known as Lynn Leslie and Leslie Lynn.
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