MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SHERRY HUTCHINSON!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Sherry Hutchison writing in two genres. Suspense/Thriller, and I use pen name Sherry Lee for my YA Series.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I have Book 1 out in my Suspense/Thriller and I am currently writing the Sequel to my “Scream for Me” Series. I also have my YA Chasing the Light Series, books 1,2, and 3, and I am also writing book 4 in that series.
I had a nightmare which started my Thriller Series, and a few years later I had a wonderful dream which started my YA Series.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I didn’t choose these two very different genres, but they chose me, demanding to have their story told. I’ve always had a muse for writing since I was very young.
Can you tell me about your Series?
My Suspense/Thriller Series stars 17-year old Angie Winston who is 24 years old when the story starts. She has been a kidnap victim and was stalked for 6 years after her rescue. The “Whisperer” has returned for Angie, after having alluded the law for all those years. A series of events and murder of a loved one breaks Angie free of her mental bond she has had herself in for so long. She has had enough and with the help of professionals and friends, decides to fight back and take control of her life. There are lots of twist and lies all looping together in a shocking conclusion.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
This is my first Thriller, but I believe the second book will be shocking as it takes a bit of a turn.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I’ll use this to answer for my YA Series. My Chasing the Lights Series stars Chelsea Thomas known as CT and her best friend and cohort Johnny Granger known as Grasshopper. This involves a series of ongoing journeys into another world of Fairies when CT meets beautiful Flying beings out in the forest behind her house one summer.
I woke up to a dream one morning at 3 A.M. about a young red-haired girl chasing some lights. This series dreamed itself into being.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
None needed as the characters literally lead me down the path. I just write their ongoing story.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, I knew right at book 1 what I wanted to do with this series. In fact, both series lead me down the path in very different ways.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
At first, I had to work out of the home and was limited to my writing time and networking time. But now I am fortunate enough to work at home and have more time to devote. I manage my husbands truck business and I multitask back and forth. I constantly have my laptop, but I do my best writing in mid-morning and again later at night. I try to write on my books 4 or 5 days a week for 4 to 6 hours at a time.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have titles and covers but it is to early to release them. But you will be one of the first to be notified when I do a release.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Some of the names are very similar to special family members and friends. Some were created by myself as I would name a child.
Where do your ideas come from?
The first part of story was dreamed into existence, while the characters lead me along. I write and create as I go. I have so many stories in my head waiting to be told.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Right now, I’m kept very busy with these two genres.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I almost fight the urge to sit and write as though I’m afraid I’ll never want to stop. I am easily distracted so I get very upset if someone interrupts me while writing. It throws me off.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer, or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love trailers as I think they grab your attention and really tell a story. My PA Terra James, Author PA is actually creating trailers for me now for both my genres. They will be on U-tube when they are complete.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My first book in my YA Series was my first self- published book. It was a long time-consuming process and I made many mistakes along the way but I never gave up. It was a promise I had made to my mom before she passed away which was to never stop writing or telling my story.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Creating other worlds with living breathing characters. I love it! There are no bounderies.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In a room with shelves full of books.
Have you always liked to write?
As long as I can remember I have been writing.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up or let anyone feed you negative advice. You can find like minded people all around you willing to share and help you. Writers half to stick together.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d be a Social Worker or similar trade as I love to pick peoples brains and help them solve problems.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I respond. I have been blessed with all good reviews so far. But I had one lady tell me she could not read my Thriller after checking it out as it was too violent and upsetting for her. It is after all a Suspense/Thriller and labeled an adult book. That is understanding however as different people prefer different genres.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
It can be a competitive field and can be costly to one that is on a budget.
What are you working on now?
The Sequel to my Thriller and book 4 in my YA Series.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
From the Sequel to Scream While I Whisper, book 2 out later this fall.
Oh well, Angie shrugged to herself. There was time for sleep later. She was going to find this sick fuck and take care of him once and for all. By time she got finished with him, he’d never want to so much as glance as a young girl again, let alone touch one. The fact that Angie was even thinking along these lines should have raised an alarm with her. What made her think for a minute that she was tough enough to be considering what she was planning? But then Angie hadn’t been thinking very clearly for several weeks now. Something in her thought process had snapped or evolved and had taken a stroll down a dark lane.
Angie had an agenda. This had become too personal for her. Some would worry that she’d become a vigilante. Some would worry that Angie had never completely healed yet physiologically. Some would think she was a real bad ass. It depended which side of her street you were standing on at the time.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I did not choose these genres. They chose me, and it is hard sometimes as they are so different. It really depends on which character fills my head the most at the moment. My branding is “The Two Faces of Sherry”
Where did your love of books come from?
My mom encouraged me to read and took me to the library every Saturday.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Terra James, Gloria Herrmann, Sonia Taylor Bradford who are all on Facebook.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
I’d half to say CT. Many times, in my life I could have easily believed there was such a special portal world full of fairies. A special peaceful place where I could escape to.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize for sure.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
When I half to kill off a character it really saddens me and pulls me to a stop.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I’m original in both my YA Series and Adult Thriller, but with my thriller I do try to give the readers that edge of excitement they want and expect when reading that type of book.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Author Terra James, PA is my PA and I consider her a good friend and loving supportive soul. And Samantha Socorrso PA who will publish her first book in the near future has also proven to be awesome in my world. They have helped lift me up so much since I have joined Ace Author Services.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Lonely Child
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook Author Page www.facebook.com/blogmymadness
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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️