Author Sherry Peters lives in Winnipeg, where she spends her days working at St John's College at the University of Manitoba, and her evenings and weekends writing. She started writing around the time she learned to hold a crayon and finally received her first success with "The Greatest Honor" (Aoife's Kiss, September 2007), which went on to be featured in their best-of anthology "Wondrous Web Worlds Vol. 8".
Sherry graduated from the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2005 and earned her M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2009. During her time in both these programs, she he developed many techniques to detect and silence her inner saboteur.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorite authors! Growing up, probably the most influential for me was L.M. Montgomery. Now I read everything, so in no particular order: Robert J. Sawyer, Connie Willis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Carrie Vaughn, Marian Keyes, Roddy Doyle, Maria V. Snyder, S. E. Hinton, C.C. Humphreys, and Rhiannon Held is a good list to start!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about the hijacking of the Space Shuttle. Both were big in the news when I was a kid. Terrorists hijacked planes back then, and the Space Shuttle was fairly new and looked like a plane, so I wondered what would happen if the Space Shuttle was hijacked. I think, though, that's where my political imaginings ended, because I believe the story ended with the Space Shuttle landing in my back yard and I got to go into space in it. A bit of wish fulfillment there :)
Mabel Goldenaxe just doesn’t fit in with the other girl dwarves—and she likes it that way. Dealing with her overbearing family, jealous friends, and deep family secrets, Mabel will have to summon all her strength to conquer her fears and become her own dwarf—lovelorn or otherwise.
All writers experience times when we don’t feel like writing, or have difficulty getting words on the page. We give these situations the umbrella name of writer’s block and blame our censor, critic, or editor. Silencing Your Inner Saboteur explores these issues and situations to discover that it is really a saboteur behind it all, preventing writers from achieving their dreams.