Interview with Sherry Schwarcz

Who are your favorite authors?
Growing up I especially liked fantasy stories like those by L'Engle, CS Lewis, Tolkein and Lloyd Alexander. I don't really have a favorite author now.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love the idea of using my books to reach young people for Christ!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I raise and race Taigans, a rare sighthound breed from Kyrgyzstan. I write about them at www.dashadiary.weebly.com ! I also work part time as an online English and Social Studies teacher.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote (and sold) was heavily influenced by Judy Blume's "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing." In my story, it was an older brother and a younger sister. The family pet was a goldfish the brother won at a school carnival--it was at one of those games where you toss a ping pong ball into a clear plastic cup containing the fish.
What is your writing process?
I think that I am influenced by stories in the news. I see a headline for example and wonder what the real story is behind it. I even used lyrics from a song that got my imagination going. Why was the couple fighting? How did it end? Would they ever see each other again?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The story from childhood that I remember most clearly was "The Pokey Little Puppy". The pup was so curious and that was so me!
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance! And fantasy! And biographies...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
the iPad
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in lots of places. We moved a lot since my father was in the military. I developed a kind of wanderlust and the ability to make friends easily. I wondered what it would be like for other kids like me. I think I worried that I wouldn't fit in or something about me would stand out and I might get picked on. I project those fears onto some of my characters.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get tingly thinking that when someone reads something I wrote, they are in my head!
Published 2015-01-02.
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Books by This Author

Sacrifice: A Teacher's Guide for Instruction
Price: Free! Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Education / Children & Youth
This novel guide for SACRIFICE is complete with vocabulary, discussion questions, writing topics, and projects and is for teachers in a home school situation or for whole class instruction.
Sacrifice
Series: Pleasantown Jesus Freaks. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,330. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Religion
Abby is the perfect friend. So why does she find herself the biggest bully to hit Pleasantown since Davis Jensen? Easy, Megan, adopted by the James family after the tragic death of their son, devised the perfect plan to get out of being his replacement. Will it be worth it for Megan to sacrifice everyone’s feelings for her own? Will her conscience let her? And will Abby go down without a fight?
Confess: A Teacher's Guide for Instruction
Price: Free! Words: 3,740. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Education / Children & Youth
This novel guide was written to accompany the novel Confess, by Sherry Schwarcz. Intrigued by the secular and Christian definitions of confession, witness, and testify, Mrs. Schwarcz, a former middle school teacher with over 18 years experience, has written this teaching guide complete with vocabulary, discussion questions, writing topics, and projects. This guide is for teachers in a home school
Confess
Series: Pleasantown Jesus Freaks. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,290. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Religion
Davis is a bully and has gone out of his way to make everyone around him miserable. He cuts class, smokes on and off campus, and vandalizes school property. Naturally when something tragic happens at Pleasantown Middle School, everybody believes he’s behind it. After all, he was seen leaving the scene of the crime. Only this time he isn’t guilty! Can he really prove he didn’t do it—this time?