About the Author

Sherry's logo. . . "Romance and Danger" by Lori Brackett

Bio 

I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho. There were two things I wanted to be when I grew up, a mother and an actress. From middle school to collage my focus was drama. While in a seventh grade class our English teacher said that if we ever wanted to write for  magazines like The Readers Digest the articles had to be perfect in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. She admonished us students to take English classes seriously

I remember thinking that advice didn’t pertain to me because I wasn’t going to be a writer. I was going to be an actress. Little did I know I would end up writing.

Eventually, marriage and motherhood won out. I have five children and 24 grandchildren. During these years, however, I continued to act in community and church productions. I also wrote, acted in, and sold four plays. I’ve also published articles, short stories, and two historicals. Now I’m concentrating on writing a mystery series.

My drama training hasn’t been wasted, though. I’ve adapted the acting methods I’ve learned to accentuate my writing, and I’ve given numerous workshops teaching others the same techniques.

But, I still remember my seventh grade English teacher. I wish I had paid more attention.

Idaho Writer of the Year

One of the things I wanted to achieve after joining Idaho Writer’s League was being a good enough writer to win the title of Idaho Writer of the Year. The first time I was up for the award a more deserving author won.

The second time, my first book, Tender Deceptions, had just been published. So along with the historical, my plays, and other writings, I thought I might have a good chance.

At the night of the award’s ceremony, the last award given out was Writer of the Year. I couldn’t believe it when my name was called. I accomplished my goal.  

Sherry accepts the Idaho Writer of the Year Award - 1991          




Photo of Sherry with the great  gal who did hair and makeup.

 

Finished Book Cover

How I got on ABC TV for a Book Cover Photo Shoot

Ever since a fellow writer and her husband dressed in Elizabethan clothing and posed like a book cover to advertise our conference, and Nora Roberts actually posing for one of her covers, I yearned to do a book cover too.

Gosh, could costuming, soft lights, (real soft lights) and makeup, (okay, lots and lots of makeup) make me book cover material? I knew I could write to the “Help Me” segment of ABC’s national T-V’s Mike and Maty* show and see if a mock cover photo shoot appealed to them. I loved the idea, but would they?

I started having doubts. Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea after all. Do it. They’d think it stupid. Do it! I don’t know. What if---Do it! 

All right, already, I’ll do it.

The hook to the opening of the letter? … Can you help a fifty–year-old mother of five and grandmother of seven and an historical, romance author fulfill a fantasy? I’ve always wondered what it would be like to pose for a cover, and the man I’d choose as the hero is you, Mike…. 

The producers loved the idea. I guess it was because I was fifty and not a twenty-year-old trying to get air time, and that I wanted their star to pose with me. They worked overtime to put together my segment because they wanted it for their Mother’s Day program.

During preparations … hair, makeup, fitting costumes … I was asked more than once, “How did they get you to do this?”

How did they…? Are you kidding me?

The dress I wore was too short so, while I stood there, the costumer pinned on a white ruffle. Plus, I had to stand on a crate because I wasn’t tall enough. I did as told and more.

We ended up shooting a one and a half minute lead in showing how the picture was taken, all adlibbed, before the actual pirate photo shoot. Two people took it upon themselves to tell me that I did so well in the lead in, they didn’t have to edit a thing. Everyone was pleased. In fact the producers showcased my books and featured me throughout the show. I was dumfounded. They treated me like I was the next best thing since epidurals.

Just before we taped my segment in front of a live audience, I was told where to stand then, after being introduced, walk on. I panicked. I was supposed to be sitting in a chair! Not walk on. Celebrities did that. Not me. But, Mike said after all I had done, he wanted me to walk on. If that wasn’t bad enough, Maty led off with an impromptu question. It seemed like eons before I could pull my thoughts together and answer her.

I thought I would die.

I’m happy to report that I didn’t. The show went on, and it was great. Mike joked about looking like Cher in drag when he was in his pirate garb.

At times, from beginning to end, I wished I’d never written that letter. But in the end, I’m glad I followed through with my promptings.

*The View is in the same time slot Mike And Maty had.