Interview with Sherry Scott

What's the story behind your latest book?
The book, The Year My Mother Died, is a lot heavier than it sounds; it is how I reacted to my mom's death the year following. I wanted to expose myself and share the lunacy I sometimes felt because my background in practicing Hospice/Palliative medicine for children did little to prepare me for how I would behave. During one of my 'escape' trips, the idea and title popped into my head while sitting on a runway in New Jersey, waiting for our plane to take off behind thirteen other departing flights. I was in such a state of funk at the time, that writing the book actually helped me rediscover myself and a sense of purpose. The more I wrote, looking back became just as an important part of the story , if not more, than wrestling with the year's ups and downs.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing gives me a renewed sense of purpose. It gives worth to all these tiny details and memories that continually come to mind; there is a reason these 'tiny' things are remembered so vividly. It must mean they are worthy of sharing, so that people and events, places that may still be here or not, will not be overlooked or forgotten because of what is put down on the page.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't know if I would call them fans, but my readers who liked the book, even praised the book have given me confidence, and validated my work. It means a lot, when people I admire for their intellect and skills compliment me on the book, and encourage others to read it as well. I have loved the feedback; particularly when people have shared their own stories.
What are you working on next?
Another memoir that represents pieces of my life from childhood through adult years that hopefully weaves a patchwork of experiences together that have shaped me and will hopefully continue to do a work in me. It's also about people that have influenced me, either in passing, or those whom I have known very well. It is the people who come in and out of our lives, named or unknown, who leave lasting impressions on us that sometime take a lifetime of synchronous moments to appreciate.
Who are your favorite authors?
Julia Cameron, Natalie Goldberg, Frank McCourt, Haven Kimmel, Mary Anne Tirone Smith, Maya Angelou, Harper Lee, Zora Neale Hurston, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ted Kooser, Harryette Mullen
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Purpose. Life is short; I want to milk all I can out of it, and still leave something of value behind for others.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A poem, titled The Dream
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Biography of George Washington Carver in my elementary school library. I went back to the book time and again, when I couldn't decide on a new book during our "library time" each week. His story touched me, but I think it was also significant because I'm drawn more and more to non-fiction than fiction, especially with age. I find reading about real people, pieces of their lives in memoirs, particularly compelling and often inspirational. I like the connections that draw me in to another author's experiences.
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted something nostalgic and done in sepia tones.There was one particular picture of my mother I wanted included in the collage on the cover. My coordinator, Sarah Goddard at Authorhouse understood my vision, and gave me exactly what I wanted.
Published 2014-04-10.
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Books by This Author

The Year My Mother Died
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 92,720. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Scott portrays a year-long journey from the perspective of a palliative/hospice trained physician. The book is punctuated by nostalgia and quirky behavior and ultimately offers hope to those who grieve. Through humor and reflection, she finds a way to honor her mother's profound contribution to her life.