Interview with Sherrie Lynn

Published 2021-11-02.
When did you first start writing?
Around 1987, after leaving my hospital job, I seriously started writing for publication. But I wrote my first short story when I was seven years old. Some of my overall experiences at that hospital are saturated throughout my writings. I was always fascinated by the school library, later the public libraries that have changed considerably over the years.
What do some people think about you that's Not true?
That I need their advice all the time. That I need to be told what to do or how to think. That I'm more invested in them than I really am. I would like to think they mean well but it never comes across that way. Being subjected to poor listeners over the years could be the reason I became a writer. I have my say with no interruptions, interruptions that are more about them than me. The older I get, the less patients I have with this.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Filling in my time with something productive and informative. Which could account for my writing both fiction and non-fiction. Short Stories are now popular again thanks to eBooks.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Westside of Chicago. It was a different Westside as opposed to how it is now. The neighborhood was multi-cultural with no dominant race. However, that seems to be reversing again. My novel, A Forward Motion is inspired by my parent's history as part of 'The Great Migration' but for the most part, my teenage years screaming over the Jackson Five. The stand-alone, five-episode novella series, Inside A Writer's Life, provides even more details of that era.
What have you learned since becoming a writer?
The first thing I learned while promoting the first book is, readers don't care how the book came about, they want to know if it's worth reading. I have to say as an avid reader growing up, I started coming across too many books that lack substance and knew I could produce something way better.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fan's remind you how many other people enjoy reading. It's so refreshing. Also, a true test if someone actually read your book with comprehension. Writers often talk about how they can tell if a reviewer actually read the book. With a historical novel like A Forward Motion, 100k words, a coming-of-age interracial romance set in the '70s, this can be a good ten-minute conversation as so much happen in this book that spans many years. The spin-off, Backstage Pass, written in 1st person feels more personal like it's real. Both novels are Inspired by actual events and not based on a true story. Telling the fiction story I wanted to tell was the priority and reality was simply a jumping-off point.
What do you read for pleasure?
I prefer contemporary romances with a happy ending but in recent years not impressed with what I've come across. I like characters that are educated, pursuing higher education, or artistic in some way. I also like self-help books that provide better insight into life and people.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I always hear good things from fellow authors about Smashwords and decided to give it a try.
What are you working on next?
Actually, I'm taking an indefinite vacation from writing but after 2020, ideas are flowing. I have various other hobbies I explore, like video production, page designs, photography, and yes crochet baby blankets lol.
Name the books you'd like to see made into a movie?
A Forward Motion by Sherrie Lynn
Backstage Pass, The Jade Sheldon Story by Sherrie Lynn
A Social Experiment, a short story by Sherrie Lynn
Work Ethic by S. Lynn - I see this story as a weekly TV series showcasing how much can be accomplished by having a good work ethic.
Check Out My Author Central for a link to all my books: https://www.amazon.com/Sherrie-Lynn/e/B00LO15TMI
What other goals do you hope to accomplish?
That question reminds me of the original title of the novel, Backstage Pass, The Jade Sheldon Story.
In Seach of A Quiet Place

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