Congratulations Sherri on your debut Love Inspired Historical novel, “Winning the Widow’s Heart.” This heartwarming tale is available this month in both print and e-book. As someone who has had the pleasure of reading this fast-paced book, I can attest that it’s great!
Thank you for having me! You’ve been such a support to me on the journey, and your continued promotion warms my heart.
Sherri, thank you for being here. Would you mind sharing for the others a little about this story?
Elizabeth Cole is widowed and pregnant, and her late husband left behind a whole host of secrets and lies. Jack Elder is driven to find his sister-in-law’s killer, and he can’t stop until he knows the truth, if even if the answers unravel
’s fragile security. Elizabeth
‘Winning the Widow’s Heart’ is set in the exciting Wild West. Could you tell us a little about how you familiarized yourself with the locale and time period?
Since I was born and raised in the
Midwest, I knew the terrain and much of
the history. Though I’ve never lived in Kansas,
small town Kansas is similar to small town Iowa or .
Each town has its own personality, and its own set of characters. I have the best
job in the world because I’m able to create my own town! Nebraska
How thrilling it must be to see your first book in print. Would you mind sharing some details about your path to publication? How long had you been writing before receiving the “Call”? Any major challenges along the way?
I wrote for exactly four years before I was published. I wrote in several genres, and I wrote everything from over-the-top humor, to depressing angst-ridden tales of woe. It took me a long time to find my voice. (Although I suspect humor will play a greater role in my subsequent books.)
Major challenges? Hmmm…Rejection is always a challenge! I learned coping skills that I still use. Not everyone will like your work, and that’s okay. You develop a thick skin.
Do you have a specific writing routine? Daily word count goals? Any quirks?
I struggle with word count goals in the summer! I set goals, and I’m pretty good at keeping them – but when the kids are home during the summer, everything goes out the window. I’m never as productive as I think I should be.
For you, what is the most challenging part of writing a book? Beginnings? Middles? Ends? How do you conquer these problem areas?
I think the most difficult part is maintaining the momentum. Cheryl St.John taught me that if you have a good, solid internal conflict with your characters, the story will survive the murky middle. For me, it’s simply overcoming that moment where you think, “Oh no, this is awful! This is the worst book ever written.” Almost every author feels that way at some point – but you have to keep going and tell yourself ‘I’ll fix it later!’
If there was one thing you wished you’d have known before you got published, what would it be?
I had really prepared for bad reviews – I knew I’d get them (everyone does at some point or another) – but I wasn’t prepared for fan mail and for people who actually enjoyed the book! You realize what an awesome responsibility you’ve undertaken. Now you have people you don’t want to disappoint. That was a surprise – a pleasant surprise, but definitely a surprise!
What’s the title of your next book to hit the shelves? When can we expect it?
I’m working on Jo’s story. Keep your fingers crossed that I come up with something worthy of Harlequin Love Inspired!
Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us!