Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SHERRY ISAAC

A CHANGE OF PACE WITH SHERRY ISAAC
STORYTELLER
In Our Words, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-92626-06-3

Tales of life, love and forgiveness that transcend space, time, and even the grave.

SHERRY ISAAC
is the winner of The Alice Munro short story contest with The Forgetting in 2009. Her work appears online and in print with her first collection of shorts, Storyteller, debuting this month.

PICKPOCKET IN PARIS
Short Story Excerpt

Abby turned to leave then swiveled on her heel. She laid her hand on the mark’s arm. “About that coffee?”




His eyes lit up. “Oui?”






She let her fingers caress the back of his hand, the blonde hairs stirring under her touch. “What if we made it a drink? Later? A glass of wine? There’s a bar at my hotel...”



Abby let the suggestion fall. He picked it up in a heartbeat, even after betraying her to the city, a ginger waif who’d lost her way.



He smiled and edged closer. Perfect. She stepped in meet him, her plump breasts thrust gently forward as if serving them on a platter. After agreeing on the time and place, Abby’s fingers traced their way down his left arm, lingered at his wrist. “Bye,” she bid him, the word barely more than breath yet heavy with the weight of a promise already broken.



She turned and made her way through the morning crowd of pedestrians. A few meters later, she ducked into a doorway and peered after him. Sure enough, he looked back.



A tinge of regret tip-toed through her heart. He was handsome. And he smelled so good. Still, she had people to rob, wallets to lift. She checked the time on the gold watch that had slid so easily from his wrist to her own.



Rolex.



Some labels were worth knowing.

~ ~ ~ THE SHORT & SWEET OF IT ~ ~ ~





ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
SHERRY: Not as often as I’d like. A few years ago I started to read outside my usual picks, authors I’d never read before and other genres, and started to keep track of what I read. 2008 was my personal best--I got lost in over 30 stories that year! I’m writing more, and that means I’m reading less. My dream vacation is my backyard with a stack of paperbacks!





ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?
SHERRY: There was a book about a racehorse, Old Bones, and a non-fiction on the life of Helen Keller that read like fiction. The first book that made an impact was ‘Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret’ by Judy Blume.





ANGI: What’s your favorite “love” word?
SHERRY: More wine? No, that’s two words.





ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met? SHERRY: Son #2, when he was about 9 or 10, was with some friends. I was collecting our mail and from where I stood he couldn’t see me. There was a mentally challenged man that lived on our street. Some of my son’s friends made fun of him, as nice kids do when they are trying to impress the crowd. My son stood between the boys and the man, explained that God made this man slow to teach us to be kind.





ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
SHERRY: Cinderella. Odds are stacked against her, she could give up and fall into the role of victim. Instead her attitude shines, she makes the best of what she has, she has faith, and when things get tough, she doesn’t crumble. Locked in the dungeon, she found a way out, and wasn’t too stubborn to ask for help from the mice and birds when she needed it. And glass slippers? That girl is all about the shoes!





ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
SHERRY: Scooby Doo. He’s kooky, but honest and true. What I aspire to be. (I’ve got the kooky already covered.)





Regulars on GLIAS know that SCOOBY DOO is my all-time favorite --I knew you were a woman of great taste, Sherry!





ANGI: What turns you off like nothing else?
SHERRY: Liars





ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
SHERRY: Whoa. Gotta put on my thinking cap. It’s a collection, so definitely a variety. Let’s see... A little prohibition-era jazz for A Love of Reading. The Bee Gees, Abba and Queen for Blue Velvet. Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson) and Would I Lie To You (Eurythmics) for A Pickpocket in Paris. The musical score from the movie Sense & Sensibility starring Keira Knightley for As It Should Be. When I said variety, I meant variety.





ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
SHERRY: I always have a book with me so where could be anywhere. In the doctor’s waiting room, in the car between appointments (safely parked with e-brake engaged). Choice places to read is in the big comfy chair beside the fireplace, on my front porch or propped up in bed with a cup of Earl Grey.





ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
SHERRY: Birds chirping outside my window as I awake. My husband’s voice when he’s sleepy and vulnerable. My singing voice is FANTASTIC in the shower.





ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
SHERRY: Why can’t I have both?





ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
SHERRY: As in a non-assignment? In grade seven (age 12) I had an exchange teacher from the UK, Mrs. Hurring. Loved her accent. Loved her. I became enamored with all things British, and in geography learned that the English channel was, what was it? 26 miles wide? That sparked my first story idea about 2 sisters, 12 and 8, who go to the English coast for a family picnic. Their dingy drifted from shore and they ended up in France. Had no idea what they would do once they got there--and no idea what I’d gotten myself into trying to write a novel--so I didn’t get very far. Hmm. Not a bad premise.





ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
SHERRY: Princess Bride. It has everything, I tell you. Everything. Humor. Gallantry. Romance. Honor. Vengeance. Justice. True love. Fairy tale/action/adventure (see answer above).





ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
SHERRY: It’s a toss up between Wile E Coyote and Yosemite Sam.





ANGI: Be honest, when reading...do you put yourself in the heroine’s role?
SHERRY: YES! If I were Claire, I’d have brought Jamie Fraser through the stones with me. And, I’d have brought him to Canada before the war broke out, but that’s my Canadian showing.





ANGI: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
SHERRY: To me, writing and storytelling are the same thing. Even if I’m writing non-fiction--a blog post, a review, an article--I’m telling a story. Sometimes the story is true, like a Christmas letter to family, and sometimes it’s fiction, which, for me, anyway, is always littered with nuggets of truth.





ANGI: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
SHERRY: Storyteller will make a great gift so buy lots and lots of copies! Seriously, though, I write the kinds of stories I like to read, or hear. I like ghost stories that make me shiver in fear, in wonder or both. I like stories that make me think. I like stories that make me cheer for the underdog. I like stories that elicit emotion, be it falling in love with the hero, or feeling sad when a good story ends, not because the ending wasn’t happy, but because the story is over. If those are the kinds of stories you like, then look no further.





ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: So Sherry, which of the stories in the book is your favorite and why?
SHERRY ‘S GOTTA ANSWER: Smiling here. I was asked this question the other day. My answer is the same, but different. Same: Depends on the day you ask. Different: A Pickpocket in Paris. Why: There is just something so darn fun about Abby. I love her sense of adventure and her uninhibited spirit. She’s a criminal, but a sweet one. I love the way it ends, but the hero is just so tantalizing, and her lusty craving so strong (and hilarious), there just has to be more. I’ve always felt there is a book to follow, and that this short story is really chapter one.

GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?
Does anyone have a good salsa recipe? And on my Wildflower blog I feature fellow authors. Anyone you’d like to see featured?

YOU CAN FIND SHERRY on her website. Contact her by email: sherry.isaac@yahoo.com OR visit her blogs: Wildflower & Romance & Beyond.

DON’T FORGET to FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on Facebook to keep up with all our guest authors and their prizes. Join me Friday when I host Karilyn Bentley. And come back tomorrow when Jill hosts Sandra Sookoo. And Thursday when Olivia Gates will be Cat’s guest. ~Angi

25 comments:

  1. Angi, thank you again for having me here. What a fun interview!

    Even when you think you're on top of stuff, there's always something, and this time, the something is the ISBN for Storyteller: 978-1-92626-06-3.

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  2. Great interview. Look forward to reading the collection Sherry.

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  3. Great excerpt. I'm excited to get to read the full collection. Plus you have good taste in movies. I love the Princess Bride.

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  4. Great Interview Sherry! That is a great story about your son!
    My best salsa recipe is Tostitos Brand! Does that count??

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  5. Sue, nice surprise! Hope to see you and Mum at the launch!

    Again, lovely piece you posted yesterday.

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  6. Nicole,

    Princess Bride is, like, THE BEST MOVIE EVAH!

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  7. Sherie,

    Wow, Reached Louisiana, have I? Was there pre-Katrina, soooo want to go back.
    Tostitos it is!

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  8. hello Miss Sherry,
    I noted your questions and I must say that you should try Philippine Salsa! here's a link.:)
    http://notecook.com/desserts/fruits/filipino-soy-sauce-salsa-recipe/
    We Filipinos have our own version of salsa and it's pretty good!

    And as for the author that I wish you woud feature on your blog, that would be Miss Carol Gorman because I like her and her book very much!:)

    Have a great day!

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  9. Phillippine Salsa. Yum. Carol Gorman, noted. I also write middle-grade so it is great to meet authors in that genre. Thanks for the link and the tip!

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  10. Welcome Sherry! I love your cover. So beautiful! And huge congratulations on your release. I think the authors on this blog all know how hard it is to get a novel published, but a collection of short stories -- even harder.

    My favourite answer? "More wine." :)

    I've had a great salsa (recipe by way of author Deva Fagan) that's kind of more like a corn and tomato salad. Defrost a bag of frozen corn, add chopped onion, jalapeno, cilantro, well-drained black beans (optional), and cherry or grape tomatoes halved or quartered. Squeeze on the juice of a couple limes. Yum.

    Makes a good salsa or side salad. Heck, it makes a good meal. :)

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  11. Fantastic excerpt, Sherry, what Maureen said about short stories, and I would love to read your pick pocket excerpt. Ya got me! Best wishes on a fantastic sell through.

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  12. Good morning, Sherry -- or should I say afternoon? Welcome to GLIAS. Here's a toast to your book launch and I totally agree with what Maureen said about launching a collection of short stories (yours sound wonderful).

    Salsa? Mine isn't written down. We just throw whatever's available. Guacamole is the same way. But whatever recipe you use...don't forget the lime juice (key ingredient).

    ~Angi

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  13. Love word: "more wine" **snort**

    And then you wrench our hearts with Son #2's story.

    From funny to poignant and back again. Sherry, you've got it ALL.

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  14. Salsa! I'll make you a salsa when we're in Atlanta! Yum.

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  15. Maureen,

    Thanks for having me. Re: salsa. Gotta have the black means!

    I learned something a year and a half ago. When publisher tells you she likes your work and asks if you have a collection, the answer is always, YES!

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  16. Donnell,

    Thank you! I'm having the opposite problem with my novels. Can't seem to give away the middle-grade, but Homecoming, my Paranormal Romantic Suspense (how's that for a handle?), is a finalist in the MAGGIE.

    I can not mention the Maggie without sending kudos to my absofantabulous friend, Gloria Richard, who is in the running for Single Title! EEEEE! Gloria!

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  17. Woo Hoo Leslie!

    Have to give the credit to Angi, who asked all the 'write' questions!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Carole, whip that salsa, guacamole, whatever, into sweet submission! And bring Cabana Boy to serve us, fan us, pamper us. Yay.

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  19. Angi,

    Throw in whatever's available? Girlfriend, I like your style. Shall not forget the lime.

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  20. Great interview, Sherry & Angi,

    I have a good mango salsa recipe that's served with salmon, but I don't think that's what you meant.

    As someone who's reading Storyteller, I can assure that Sherry Isaac delivers on every promise. I can't think of a better gift for my friends!

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  21. Sharon,

    Salmon and salsa? Marry me!

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  22. Thanks for being with us Sherry. You'll have to come back with your next release. Best of luck with STORYTELLER !

    ~Angi

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  23. I know I'm late to the party, but I HAVE to post about the BEST thing that happened to me yesterday! Yes. It's "G" rated. Despite, my love for writing snark and spark and steam, I DO show discretion. I got my copy of STORYTELLER yesterday and can not express in words the magic I felt holding that book in my hands.

    After I stopped caressing the cover, I opened the book and started to read. I could not put it down. Sherry is responsible for the fact that my husband eventually huffed and prepared his own dinner. AWESOMEFANTUBULISTICAL. WTG, Sherry.

    Now, finish polishing HOMECOMING. I want a novel length read from you next.

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  24. Gloria, love from Toronto to Texas. You're waiting for Homecoming, I'm waiting for Colour My World. Get crackin'!

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  25. Angi and all,

    Thanks so much. This was great fun! Until next time, all the best. Hope to see you at Moonlight & Magnolias in HOTlanta!

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