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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Author! Author! Interview with Sherryl Woods + Giveaway!


I'm very happy to welcome author Sherryl Woods to the blog today. Along with a lovely interview, I am excited to say that TWO print copies of Sand Castle Bay are up for grabs!

Author of more than 100 romance and mystery novels, Sherryl Woods grew up in Virginia. Over the years she had lived in Ohio and Florida, as well as California. Currently she divides her time between Key Biscayne, Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia, the small, river-front town where she spent her childhood summers.

A graduate of Ohio State University School of Journalism, Sherryl spent more than ten years as a journalist, most of them as a television critic for newspapers in Ohio and Florida. For several years she also coordinated a motivational program for the more than 8,000 employees at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

Her first book, RESTORING LOVE, was published in 1982 by Dell Candlelight Ecstasy under the pseudonym of Suzanne Sherrill. Her second book, SAND CASTLES, under the pseudonym of Alexandra Kirk, was published later that same year by Bantam. She began using her own name when she moved to the Second Chance at Love line at Berkley Publishing. In 1986, she began writing full-time and also began her long career at Silhouette Books with the Desire title NOT AT EIGHT, DARLING, set in the world of television which she covered for so many years.

In addition to her more than 75 romances for Silhouette Desire and Special Edition, she has written thirteen mysteries — nine in the Amanda Roberts series and four in the Molly DeWitt series.

When she's not writing or reading, Sherryl loves to garden, though she's not at her best on a riding lawn mower. She also loves tennis, theater, and ballet, even though her top spin has long since vanished, she's never set foot on a stage, and she's way too uncoordinated to dance. She also loves baseball and claims anyone who's ever seen Kevin Costner in "Bull Durham" can understand why.

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For those readers who aren't familiar with your work, can you describe what type of stories you write and talk a bit about your Ocean Breeze trilogy?
Thanks for having me visit your blog, Adria. My goal with my books has always been to write about either complex families or strong friendships. With the new Ocean Breeze trilogy, the focus is on three sisters, their family and a small coastal community in North Carolina after a hurricane brings the sisters home again. The first book, Sand Castle Bay, in stores now, introduces the youngest of the sisters, Emily Castle, along with the wonderfully sexy man she left behind, Boone Dorsett. In each story the women will be balancing their career ambitions with the choices that can truly fulfill them. Their grandmother, the wonderfully wise Cora Jane, will definitely have plenty to say about those choices...and about the men in their lives! Wind Chime Point will be in stores at the end of April and Sea Glass Island is out at the end of May.

I  read your bio on your site, and it says that you studied and spent 10 years as a journalist (which is what I would like to study myself). Did those 10 years of experience help you when it came to writing romance or was it a totally different experience?
For me journalism was a great basis for writing. Not only did I learn to listen to people and hear what they were saying, but, just as importantly, what they weren't saying. It also taught me to look for the stories all around me. The hardest part of the transition, though, was not having all those facts and quotes at my fingertips. Then someone pointed out that, unlike a news story, I got to make them up! 

What is your writing process like? Do you have a certain place where you do most of your writing? Do you listen to music while you write?
My writing process is pretty boring and predictable. I write every morning until I reach my page count for the day, usually 10-15 pages. I have office spaces in both Florida and Virginia, so I can work wherever I am. No music for me. I'm very big on peace and quiet, so I can hear all those voices in my head. I have been told, by the way, not to mention those voices to a mental health professional, so that's just between us!
 * Oh good, so I'm not the only one who hears those voices when I'm writing!  


There are so many new authors that have released their debut novels in the past year or so, are there any that you have become a fan of? Is there something that is a total turn off for you in a romance novel?
These authors aren't brand new, but I've definitely become a fan of series by Hope Ramsey and Lori Wilde in the past year or so. As for turn-offs, I think it's more about what I DO look for in a book or series of books. I love character-driven stories with a strong sense of community. I'm not looking for a hot read, especially if the spice is the emphasis for the story. I want to know the characters and to feel as if they'd make great friends.  
 

When you're not writing, what do you like to do for fun? Any hobbies or favorite tv shows/movies?
I'm trying to think if there's ever a time I'm not writing . . . or thinking about writing. I do tape a few TV shows -- Castle, Nashville and Grey's Anatomy. I thoroughly enjoy Dancing With the Stars. I'd even love to do the show if I thought I could last through even one week of rehearsals. Most of my spare time is spent with friends and family. I love movies and always host an annual Academy Awards dinner. And a Broadway play is a must whenever I'm in New York.
* I love Castle and I'm watching this season of Dancing with the Stars myself.

You've written quite a few novels, and even a cookbook, where to you get your ideas from?
Ideas are all around. Journalism, as I mentioned, taught me to look for them. I've been inspired by casual conversations with friends or strangers, by news stories, by talk show topics, by traveling. Every single person I meet has the potential to trigger the concept for a new book.
  
What are you currently working on?
I've just finished writing a sequel to Seaview Inn. Home to Seaview Key will be out in February 2014. I'm about to write a new Chesapeake Shores Christmas book and a new Sweet Magnolias book, both also for 2014. 

Thank you Sherryl for stopping by, is there anything else you'd like to say or ask?
Just another thank you for inviting me to stop by. I hope your readers will visit my website, www.sherrylwoods.com. From there they can contact me, find out more about my books, enter my monthly contests or link to my Facebook fan page.

Okay so in case you haven't checked it out, I did review Sand Castle Bay a few days ago (You can read it HERE). There are TWO print copies up for grabs for two US/CAN residents only. So fill in the rafflecopter form and good luck!


In a trade-off she’s lived to regret, Emily Castle left home years ago to become an interior designer. The youngest of three sisters, Emily desperately wanted to prove herself. Success, though, came at the cost of leaving behind the man she loved.

For Boone Dorsett, losing Emily left his heart shattered, but another woman was waiting in the wings. Now a widower with a young son, Boone has a second chance with Emily when a storm brings her home. But with his former in-laws threatening a custody suit, the stakes of loving her are higher than ever.

Will fate once again separate them—or is the time finally right for these two star-crossed lovers? 



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1 comment:

  1. I am looking forward to this new series! I like DWTS, too! It would be great if you got to be on that show, Sherryl! Thanks for the chance to win. Can't wait to read Sand Castle Bay!

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