Folks, please help me welcome Sherrie Hansen to our blog! I'm so excited because Sherrie is another person who writes about my own favorite place, Scotland. Let's get busy!
WHO IS SHERRIE?
THE STORY BLURBIsabelle doesn’t want to be found. Michael doesn’t want to be found out. When Damon starts searching for the centuries-old gold he thinks is buried in Tobermory Bay, it won’t matter what walls they’re hiding behind. Rocks will fall. Castles will crumble. No secret will be safe.
Age-old castles and blue-watered bays,
A rainbow of colors, and chocolates, hand-dipped,
A valley of bluebells, and sheep, freshly clipped.
Legends galore, buried treasure, and more…
In Tobermory, Scotland, that’s what’s in store.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS SHERRIE?Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherrie: I read in spurts, just like I write. In the summertime, I’m lost in my work - entertaining guests at my B&B and Tea House. In the winter, I’m always lost in a story, either my current work in progress or a book written by one of my favorite authors.
Sherrie: I love Celtic music, and enjoy Secret Garden, Nightnoise, and a favorite Canadian group, The Rankin Family. Whether a toe-tapping jig or a haunting melody, the music helps me envision the landscape of Scotland and the cadence of the voices. For Blue Belle, you might also listen to the song, Jump for My Love. You’ll understand why when you get to the end.
Alexa: I'm right there with you and the Celtic music! What was the first story you remember writing?
Sherrie: I used to write plays for my cousins to perform under the trees in the front yard of my Grandma Hansen’s house. We even charged admission, little entrepreneur that I was (and still am) The first one that I remember was a story based on the song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” Let’s just say my cousins weren’t all that thrilled. But the audience did give us rave reviews.
Alexa: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
Sherrie: Please don’t make assumptions about my books until you’ve read one or two. My books and book covers are unique and not easily categorized, so it’s hard to put a traditional label on them. My characters are a little older, and my stories are primarily second chance at love scenarios. They’re romance, but they’re much more than that as well – one reviewer called them “the thinking woman’s romance”. They sometimes have faith and family themes and dilemmas, but they’re not Christian fiction. Some have steamy scenes. They’re filled with Midwestern-isms and handmade quilts, Victorian houses, B&B’s, quaint European locales, and delicious foods. I’m told they’re sometimes humorous and that they’ll sometimes make you cry, that they’ll keep you up all night reading to see what’s going to happen next. So, if reading this reminds you of someone you know, please recommend my books, or better yet, buy them one for a gift! Thank you.
Alexa: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?
Sherrie: It’s the early 20th century. I’m wearing a long, flowing, blue gown with a fitted waist, my hair dressed in a pompadour, my cheeks as pink as an apple blossom with excitement, my dance card full, surrounded by The Crowd at a Deep Valley High School dance. My favorite books are the Betsy Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace – a Minnesota, Victorian age series similar to the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, with a book for nearly every year from kindergarten on up until Betsy was grown up and married. What a grand time it would be to live out one of the scenes I’ve read about so many times.
Sherrie: Strangely enough, no one ever thinks to ask me if I’ve climbed a mountain, which is a shame, because I have, and I’m very proud of it. The greyer my hair gets and the plumper I get around the middle, the more I think back to the day I scaled Pike’s Peak, a 14, 115 foot peak outside Colorado Springs, where I lived for 11 years. It was one of the most awesome moments of my life. I did it! I really did it!
Sherrie: I would invite Anders from Night and Day or Tommy Love from Love Notes to an intimate, candlelight dinner for two. Dinner with Anders would be very brief, and might go half-uneaten. Tommy Love would hopefully serenade me with love songs in front of the fireplace while I snuggled under a quilt and watched the flames dancing around the logs.
Alexa: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
Sherrie: I find it a real honor when people read my books. It somehow says to me that what I think, and the words that I say are worthy of someone’s time and attention. I feel like people really come to know me when they read my books, and if they enjoy what they read and are somehow enriched by my words - it’s an incredible high. I have no children, so in a very real way, the books I write are my legacy.
Alexa: Which era would you least like to have lived in, fashion-wise and why? Most?
Sherrie: I totally detest being trussed up in a corset, girdle, or any kind of tight, restrictive clothing. I love the loose, unfitted styles of the 1920’s – think Downton Abbey’s post war seasons – and the adorable hats the ladies wore during the same era. Totally me.
Alexa: Describe an absolutely perfect day.Sherrie: Morning: Sleep late, wake up to a cool breeze coming in the window and breakfast in bed (my husband makes the absolute best scrambled eggs). Afternoon: No appointments, no meetings, no phone calls – doing whatever I want to do in my nightgown. Maybe a massage sometime late that afternoon. Evening: Dinner at a favorite restaurant with my family and favorite friends from everywhere in the world. Calories would be conveniently non-existent, and my nephew, Cole, and his wife, Kayla, would provide musical entertainment. The evening would end with some honest, open conversation, a little dancing, and a lot of hugs. Nighttime: A memory foam mattress, my husband, a beautiful view of the countryside, peace, quiet, stars… you’ll have to use your imagination for the rest.
Alexa: What’s up next for you, Sherrie?
Alexa: Do you have any questions for your fans?
Sherrie: Which wildflower of Scotland do you most identify with and why? Thistle Down (a bit prickly)? Wild Rose (always getting into trouble)? Blue Belle (not feeling very perky for one reason or another – even a bit downtrodden)? Shy Violet (have trouble speaking your mind or standing up for yourself even when you know you should)?
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