Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Sherryl D. Hancock, 50 years old as of today (11/29/17)
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Sacramento, California, I was born in Penascola , Florida and raised in San Diego, California.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I grew up with my mother and brothers, I was the baby and only girl. My mom and I are the best of friends and she means the world to me. I am currently married to my best friend, Tirzah, but was previously married to a man for 21 years. From my previous marriage I have two children, a boy (21) and a girl (22). I have one grandchild, from my son and my daughter is expecting a baby any day now, another granddaughter! I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and I currently am a 31 year veteran of the State of California where I work as an office manager.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently working on edits of books I wrote when my kids were babies. They are being released as the MidKnight Blue and Wild Irish Silence series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always had a big imagination, I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. I even remember trying to write a Han Solo novel when I was in love with Harrison Ford! The first book of the MidKnight Blue series was actually written the first time when I was just out of high school. It was very immature then, but it’s grown up over the years. The first real draft of the current book was completed shortly after my daughter was born. I have an active imagination, and characters just love to tell me their stories. I just take them down.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always considered myself a writer, just not a generally successful one until about a year ago when my wife and I self-published my first book, When Love Wins.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My best friend and I were obsessed with Def Leppard (Joe Elliott and Rick Savage specifically) in high school. We made up stories in class using them as the male characters and making us the female characters. We when wrote notes back and forth as the characters, and even wrote notes to each other in between classes as the characters. It was a lot of fun. The book Building Empires began with one of those stories.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It’s actually changed a bit from the original, but I wanted to name the series something that made sense. Since the main character is named Midnight, and the main male characters in the book have a “knight complex”, I opted for MidKnight Blue, blue to represent law enforcement.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m told that I write the way I talk. I didn’t realize this, but have been told repeatedly that people can “hear” me when they read the book. It is challenging in that sometimes I think people catch my meaning when I say something, and my editor’s notes tell me something way different. <grin>
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some of the situations and characters are based on real life experience. Tyler in Win Love Wins is based very loosely on my wife. I address things like molestation, rape and abuse in my books. They are subjects very near and dear to my heart and I feel they’re also important topics to address in our society. I write kick-ass women who take what life throws at them, and keep moving on, it’s how I’d like us all to be.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Only in my mind. I do spend a lot of time in my car talking through scenes so I can come up with dialogue. I have travelled, and use those experiences however, like in Break in the Storm, the characters go to Belfast, Ireland, I used a lot of the knowledge and experiences I picked up there for the book.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
On the Weho books, Tirzah and I design them, we put together items that we feel represent the books, and Tirzah takes the pictures. In the case of the MidKnight Blue series, I came up with the concept for the covers, but a professional designer handles the execution of my concepts.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In all of my novels I want readers to understand that women can truly do ANYTHING!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Unfortunately, while I’m writing, I don’t read other people’s books, I’m always afraid I will get ideas from their characters or story lines, so I avoid any temptation. I used to love Nora Roberts and Jackie Collins though. Great writing, strong women! Also Anne McCaffery’s Dragon Rider series.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Well, once my publisher discovered my books on Amazon they signed me and became a driving force. But truly, my wife was the driving force to get me published. She believed in my books whole heartedly and did everything she could to make it possible for others to read them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’d love to write as a sole career, but I have five years to go until I receive my permanent State retirement, so I’m holding out for that first! Financial security is too important to me, to give it up this close to the end of my first career, but then it’s all writing all the time!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope, I love all my work.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned more about ADHD while writing Everything to Everyone. I personally have ADHD, and have learned more and more about it over the years, but writing the character ofHarley, taught me even more.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Well, if Building Empires was made into a movie, I used to want Ashley Judd to play Midnight Chevalier, but that was in the old days… Now, I’d probably want someone that was an unknown to play her, I’d want her to have no other stereotyped roles in her past.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just keep writing, and investigate self-publishing, it’s free and VERY easy these days!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Of course I want to thank everyone who let’s me entertain them with my writing, I hope they love the characters I create as much as I do.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
If I was reading anything right now it would be one of the Dragon Rider’s of Pern books.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The farthest back I can remember was sixth grade when I read the Black Stallion series.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Intelligent humor makes me laugh, Billy Crystal, Jeff Dunham, Paula Poundstone, Gabriel Iglesias… Sadly a lot of things make me cry, cruelty to animals, homelessness, a lot of sappy movies and commercials on TV. My wife says I’m a marshmallow and she’s right.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I honestly would have liked to meet my father in law much sooner, he passed away in 2015 and I only knew him for about three years. I wish I’d had more time with him, he was a good, good man, and that was a rare thing in my experience.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I’m a music fanatic, I download songs all the time, I’m always on the lookout for new music to inspire me. Obviously writing is a hobby too, love it! I’m also a dog handler for the local animal shelter, I’ve also been known to scrapbook.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love movies and certain TV shows. I like action, romance, comedy (smart comedy) and I’d have to say some of my major favorite movies are disaster movies! We have a lot of them 2012, San Andreas, Backdraft, Into the Storm, Twister! Lots!
Favorite shows on now, are Navy Seals, The Brave, Madame Secretary, Big Bang Theory. Old shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, ER, Gilmore Girls, The L Word.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite food would be steak, HaagenDazs (Vanilla Swiss Almond or Dulce de Leche!). Favoritecolor would be sapphire blue! Music, way too much to count, I listen to everything from Linkin Park, to Breaking Benjamin, to Adele and Michael Jackson. Rock, techno, hip hop… basically everything but most rap, and most country.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Travel! I’ve been to a lot of countries, but my wife hasn’t and I want to take her places, like Rome, Venice, Germany, France…. Everywhere!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“She made a difference”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SherrylDHancock/
Official website: http://sherrylhancock.com/