Name Sherry Ewing
Where are you from
I currently reside in the San Francisco, California area although I was born and raised in Michigan.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I grew up in a household with a lot of step-brothers and sisters. I never went to college and married young. After my first husband’s passing, I married again and have three children. Although I can’t say my life has been an easy one, I wouldn’t change a thing since my decisions have shaped the person I am today.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have a lot going on and planned for in the coming year. In January, I was asked to be in a box set with eleven other time travel romance authors. Echoes of Destiny includes For All of Ever as my contribution. I’ll also be celebrating with the Bluestocking Belles on March 15th when we have our one-year birthday as a group together. I also plan to release my next time travel in my series: To Follow My Heart: The Knights of Berwyck, A Quest Through Time (Book Three) and a Regency era short story Nothing but Time.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in 2008 after going through some serious soul searching of what I wanted for my life. I wasn’t particularly happy in its current direction. After a conversation with a friend, I had told him that I should write that romance novel I always wanted to write. His simple question of “What’s stopping you?” is what truly started my writing career.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think the first time I really considered myself a writer is when a published author who I had given my manuscript to read told me she just had to meet with me. I rushed up to the city to talk to her. She was so excited about my book that I walked away from that meeting with a whole new outlook on what my life could be. It wasn’t long before we became critique partners.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Heartache, plain and simple, and wanting to vent my frustration by writing something down.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I suppose with my medieval novels I try to have a sense that my characters are speaking in that time period.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Usually it just comes to me or I find them in a conversation between my characters. If I think of one that will be catchy, I’ll put it in somewhere within the book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Perhaps the message I would like to convey is that your soul mate is out there somewhere. Never settle for anything less than what you want out of a relationship.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?
Since I also write time travels, I do have my heroines from the 21st century so that’s about as realistic as I get. I like to think I use the historical setting in my books (and a few real life people occasionally) mostly for setting without getting too deep into the history of the time period.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I read The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss when I was a teenager. It was the very first historical romance I ever picked up. I guess you could say I was hooked ever since. My first time travel was A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. I suppose it’s not surprising that I now write in this genre.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Tyburn by Jessica Cale. The Bluestocking Belles are discussing this in our next book club this week.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’ve been reading a lot of the other Bluestocking Belles’ work, who are all brilliant by the way. I also enjoy Angela Quarles, Jennifer Sage, Tricia Linden, and too many others to mention.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
As I mentioned, I’m working on final edits and releasing my next time travel, To Follow My Heart; a short story Regency era, Nothing but Time; a couple of other projects with the Belles; and possibly, if I’m lucky, my full length Regency One Moment in Time.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Romance Writers of America
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to quit my day job and write full time. Unfortunately, that’s not happening…yet.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was always writing when I was little. I had hoped to become an author but when I was in high school, a teacher told me my writing would never amount to anything. Crushed, I set aside that dream and went on to marry and raise my children. It wasn’t until my kids were for the most part grown, that I decided it was finally time to take some…well…time for myself.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here’s an excerpt from To Follow My Heart (unedited and subject to change):
Sir Fletcher Monroe, lately of Berwyck and captain of the garrison knights, raised his arms in defeat and shoved his sword into the scabbard swinging from his side.
“I yield!” Pulling off his helmet, he threw it to the ground, only to stare at his liege lord wondering how he had managed such a move without him seeing it coming. A laugh erupted from Dristan, the Devil’s Dragon of Berwyck, causing Fletcher to mutter beneath his breath. ’Twas no surprise that he had failed trying to beat the man upon the lists. ’Twas no small feat and none of Fletcher’s acquaintance had come close with the exception of their friend Riorden de Deveraux.
“You have lost your edge, Fletcher, to have been bested in such a manner. Have you grown soft since our return from Bamburgh? By St. Christopher’s toes, mon ami, it has been two years!” Dristan prodded.
“Sod off!” Silence descended upon the lists as if the second coming of the messiah had left everyone in awe.
Dristan only laughed harder calling out for ale as the normal routine of swords clanking against swords filled the air. A lad came quickly offering a tankard that Dristan readily accepted. “Is this any way to have speech with your liege lord?”
“You should leave it be, Dristan. I care not to discuss the situation especially for everyone in Christendom to hear of the matter,” Fletcher growled downing the ale thrust upon him. It did nothing to calm his growing temper.
He watched as Dristan flicked his fingers at him and left the lists to go sit upon a lone bench sitting in the garden. Fletcher’s mouth dropped open to see the man actually take his leisure, instead of remain standing to watch over his knights who hacked away at each other in their training. He could feel his lord’s stare silently beckoning to him so he snapped his lips shut. Knowing he could not put off the inevitable, he picked up his helmet and made his way to stand impatiently afore the man who had been more of a friend than his lord for many a year.
Dristan said not a word but made a glance towards the bench in a silent command to sit. Fletcher could do no less than obey as he moved his sword out of the way. He sat back against the stone wall and folded his arms waiting for what he knew would be yet another tongue lashing.
“You need to move on with your life, my friend. Resolve yourself to the fact that she always belonged to him in the first place,” Dristan began as the voice of reason, “and be happy for her.”
“I am happy for her.”
“You do not hide it well, then, for your outward appearance shows nothing but bitterness that she is not yours.”
Fletcher closed his eyes and the woman of his musings flashed across his mind as though ’twere but yester morn that he held her in his arms saying farewell. ’Twas the last time he had ever done so, although for months on end he had wished things to be differently. Katherine…even thinking her name brought a smile to his face.
Their time together, if that is what it could be called with her pining away for her husband, had been brief. Yet it had been long enough for him to fall in love with another man’s wife. ’Twas something he had never dared afore in his entire life knowing ’twas a sin in the eyes of God to covet another. The hardest part to deal with in his heart was she was just not any man’s wife, but the lady of one of his closest friends. Riorden had been a fool to not come after her sooner, and yet, how was Fletcher to know that his friend thought his beautiful lady was dead. Fletcher had thought she was abandoned, and, since her life was at risk if she were to return to Warkworth, she had waited endlessly for months on end for her husband to come to claim her.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The sagging middle.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not really. The internet is a wonderful thing although I do hope to one day stand in the shadows of Bamburgh Castle. Number one item on my bucket list is traveling to England.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’ve had several designers. Mari Christie has redesigned my medieval series, Fiona Jade did my cover for Only For You, and For All of Ever and To Follow My Heart were found at SelfPubBookCovers.com.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding time to actually write while dealing with the challenges life tends to throw at you.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write, write, and write some more. Never give up on your writing and if you plan to self-publish, have at least 3-4 books ready to go before you publish your first one. You don’t want your readers to have to wait months to a year before your next release or they’ll forget you.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for all your support since my debut novel, If My Heart Could See You, released in July 2014. I appreciate everyone who has purchased my work and left such marvelous reviews. You are the heartbeat of an Indie author and your support means the world to me!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Big Bang Theory, Sleepy Hollow, Faceoff, Outlander, Game of Thrones.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Sushi/Purple/I listen to all types of music with the exception of hip hop.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’m an Information Technology Specialist in my day job.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Here are my bio and social media links:
Sherry Ewing is a bestselling author who writes historical and time travel romances to awaken the soul one heart at a time. Her debut historical romance, If My Heart Could See You, hit Amazon’s top ten bestseller list for the eBook only two days after the paperback release. Always wanting to write a novel but busy raising her children, she finally took the plunge in 2008 and wrote her first Regency. She is a national and local member of Romance Writers of America, The Beau Monde and The Bluestocking Belles. She is currently working on her next novel. When Sherry is not busy writing, she can be found in the San Francisco area at her day job as an Information Technology Specialist. You can learn more about Sherry on her website at http://www.SherryEwing.com.
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