Interview with Sheila W. Perry

What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading Barbara Delinsky's works. Her take on everyday woman being hero's is beautiful to see unfold between the covers of her books.
Describe your desk
It is black with orange stripes with three drawers on the left side. My son and I painted it years ago. We were thrilled when we removed the painters tape and the orange lines were straight!
When did you first start writing?
In high school. It wasn't until about ten years ago that I decided to start writing again. More as something indoors to do on a freezing Ohio winter day and after I started I remembered how much I enjoyed it . Know I don't want to stop.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is no secret I love the beach and I'd been to the hot, dusty West with Jessica and New York with The Orchard so I figured it was time to get some sand between my toes again. When writing them books play out in my head like a movie. My visual's or the stars acting out the words in my head for Captain of The Tides were Kenny Chesney, Valentine Click and Kevin Bacon.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did the whole mailing copies with query letters to publishers, agents and anybody who I could think of thing and it didn't work too well. Even though I sent the required SASE only a few replied with a we'll keep you in mind. Self publishing is expensive and ebooks are not to publish. So that is the path I chose to start with. Navigating the technological waters has been tricky but that is what keeps us growing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Its already been noted I am technology challenged so finding them and having the ability to just download to one site and have them do the rest is priceless in my opinion.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to tell a story using few descriptive words and have it come alive for others because of how they see it play out in their own mind. If I write: Sally lived in a farmhouse at the end of a long lane. We've all seen a farmhouse whether in movies or pictures so we have an idea what Sally's house looks like. Seeing your idea of a farmhouse gives the story more dimension for the reader. Books should encourage the imagination. They are a great way to see situations or scenarios from a different point of view.
What are you working on next?
The second book of The Orchard and Living in Springfield, the sequel to Jessica: Road to Springfield.
Who are your favorite authors?
Barbara Delinsky. My reading time is limited so I after I read Coast Road I was hooked. I would find myself gravitating to her space on the library shelves and have read one after the other.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Having to go to work to pay the bills is the most logical answer. After that eight hours is done for the day there is still plenty of time to do something different. I try to use that time to do one thing to improve something. Whether its housework or writing or dealing with a situation, just one action will make it better. I guess its kind of like the hardest step is the first one.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work at a big box store and tend my flower garden when I'm not riding my motorcycle.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Friends suggestions.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In Creative Writing class in school we had to keep a journal type book with all our assignments in it. Looking back I can tell what the lesson of the day was by the entries, so its full of short stories, essays and poetry in all forms telling the story of younger day me.
What is your writing process?
When the idea for a story hits me I hammer away until its done.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was Hold Yourself Dear and about how young girls should cherish themselves in decisions about friends, relationships and life in general. Think of yourself kindly was the main theme and I've tried to do that even though I am my own worst critic!
How do you approach cover design?
Try, try, try and try again until you get it right! Covers should be a representation of the essence of the story.
Published 2015-05-27.
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Books by This Author

Captain of the Tides
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,060. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Screenplays » Drama
What happens when an ex refuses to be an ex? How many times, in how many ways do some people have to be told its over before they get it? Pete never understood that until Libby reached the end of her rope. Then the ends justified the means.
The Orchard- Johnny
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 39,760. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » General
What kind of man could take another life? What kind of man could take two men's lives at different times? The Orchard- Johnny takes us through the first death. There had to be a woman involved! What kind of woman could inspire that in a man? Meet Johnny and Maggie.