Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Sherry Kyle

Can you tell us a bit about your family, and what it is like where you live?

I’m married to my college sweetheart and have four almost grown children: Carson (21), Brittany (19), Noah (17) and Grace (15). We also have two dogs, a ten-year-old Labrador named Sophie, and a six-yea-old Chihuahua Terrier mix named Bandit. My husband and I purchased a house by the ocean two years ago and enjoy fixing it up.

Is there a story behind Watercolor Dreams?

Carmel-by-the-Sea has always had a special place in my heart since my husband and I vacationed there on our honeymoon, and have gone there on our anniversary every few years since. A couple of years ago, we went inside the Harrison Memorial Library and I discovered the history behind the small town. Artists and novelists flocked to Carmel in 1910, consisting of 60% of the community. I thought how fun it would be to write a story about an artist and novelist falling in love. Another fun fact is that July 9th is my anniversary, and on that date in 1910 Carmel held the first Forest Theatre production. Yes, I added that to the book!

Did you have a specific theme in mind as you wrote Watercolor Dreams? Did a theme pop out as you finished the book? Did the theme change?

Forgiveness is one of the themes of the book as well as finding one’s purpose. The themes didn’t change, but the outcome was different than I thought it would be, just like life. Our dreams don’t always match up to what God has planned for us. In the end, His plan is always better.

What’s one of the first things you ever wrote?

One of the first things I wrote back in the fourth grade was a story titled “Friends Can Be So Mean” about a girl teased for liking the ickiest boy in the class. Yes, it is a true story and incidentally won a Fine Arts Award given by the school. Funny, huh?

Who is the most fun character you created?

I enjoy writing older characters and three come to mind: Geraldine from Delivered with Love, Evelyn from The Heart Stone, and Aunt Clara from Watercolor Dreams. Where Geraldine is quick-witted and independent, Evelyn is insecure and in search of her first love, and Aunt Clara can run circles around just about anyone. 

Does music help you write?

Usually I write in silence, but I’ve enjoyed writing to classical music a time or two.

How do you find the time to write?

I write when my teenagers are in school. Once they come home, I put away my writer’s hat and concentrate on being mom.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad? Any special reason for choosing to write this way?
I write novels on my laptop and books for girls on my desktop. This may seem strange, but I like to mix it up. Plus, I usually have more documents opened for my nonfiction books for girls and need my entire 26-inch screen, whereas novel writing usually doesn’t require as much screen space. I also enjoy the portability of a laptop and on occasion go to a coffeehouse to write.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write your first draft?

I’m learning to turn off the inner editor when I write the first draft, but it’s still hard. Mistakes jump off the page and my inclination is to fix them right away.

Do you have, or have you ever had a writing mentor?

Yes, I have a writing mentor who is more my friend than anything else. We met at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference and discovered we live within fifteen minutes of each other. We enjoy taking walks and going out to coffee. I still love to send manuscripts to her to get feedback. She’s amazing!

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book is titled The Girl’s Guide to Life for tween girls due to release in 2015. This book is part of a series for girls to help them grow closer to God as they navigate through life. My other two titles in this series are The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style and The Girl’s Guide to Your Dream Room

You may purchase Sherry's book at:

Sherry Kyle is giving away a copy of Watercolor Dreams.  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Deanna Stevens said...

Aunt Clara can run circles around just about anyone. That sounds like someone I know LOL Sounds like a great story.. from NEBR

Carol Q. said...

This story sounds very interesting, thank you for this chance

Sherry Kyle said...

Hi Deanna,

Everyone needs an Aunt Clara in their life. :) (She's also a matchmaker and full of wisdom.) I hope you get a chance to read Watercolor Dreams!

Sherry Kyle said...

Hi Carol,

I'm thrilled you think Watercolor Dreams sounds interesting! That's every author's dream. Blessings on your day.

sm said...

I really like Carmel by the Sea and would love to read its history through your book. A great way to learn history. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

bn100 said...

Nice book theme

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

I love reading books about older characters...maybe because I am one? Great post.

Sherry Kyle said...

Hi sm,

Yes, historicals are a good way to learn a little bit of history. Hope you enjoy Watercolor Dreams!

Sherry Kyle said...

Thanks, bn100. I really enjoyed writing Anna and Charles' story.

Sherry Kyle said...

Patricia, you're funny. We're only as old as we feel...or is it act? Haha. I like adding a dose of humor through older characters, as well as wisdom. It's a fine balance.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait! :)

Boos Mum said...

I love historicals and this cover is so pretty. Makes me want to go and visit. Please enter me. Thanks.

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Merry said...

I love the atmosphere in Carmel, it is a beautiful, interesting setting for Watercolor Dreams. I'd love to read this, add me please.
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