I have always enjoyed writing and art. But, neither writing nor art was a very practical career choice, as I was so often advised. So, off to nursing school I went, and even though nursing has been a challenge for me, God has blessed my nursing career.
I have worked the last eighteen years as a registered nurse primarily in the Intensive Care Unit and in oncology.
Although I have had a rewarding career as a nurse, I still longed to express myself through the arts. So, I continued writing and art as a hobby. However, I longed to better learn the craft of writing and went on to complete a course of study through Long Ridge Writer’s Institute. Under the tutelage of Edgar Award winning author Carolyn Wheat, as well as several other published writers, I began to write stories that readers enjoyed. Additionally, my nursing experience has helped me to create realistic medical scenes and to add authenticity to the character's voices.
I found myself doing some illustrations for my writings, and with some encouragement from my local church, I took some art classes. After several years of part-time study, I was able to obtain a degree in Illustration through the Academy of Art Institute in San Francisco.
As one wise person once said; “Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” — Unknown
I hope you enjoy, A Dove for Eddy on Smashwords.
Please check out my other two books, Turtle and Duck Find Joy, and The Great Veiled Pearl. Both children’s books are available at many on-line book stores.
on Aug. 21, 2011 :
This book's characters *make* the story, with 'crusty' Eddy, sweet-hearted Karen (looking out for everyone else in her life), her brother Porter, Carol (Karen's Mom), and Joe - who Eddy grudgingly allows to help her (sometimes). As the author writes, she definitely did utilize her nursing background in describing the hospital scenes (if you've ever gone to a hospital cafeteria, the story's description of it will ring true). The author's ending (I won't give it away) has a bit of a surprise to it, from what you'd expect earlier on in the book. I've read her other two books, and she gets better on each one. A great read on A Dove for Eddy, and it will touch your heart by the time you finish this book!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Aug. 10, 2011 :
Wow! The tears kept coming. A Dove for Eddy is truly a heart-wrenching, heart-warming story with characters as real as the people in my own neighborhood. Thank you, Sherry, for sharing your obvious gift for writing and the strength of your faith. Well done.
(reviewed the day of purchase)