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Interview with Sherrinda Ketchersid and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I have historical romance author Sherrinda Ketchersid as my guest. I have to say – I LOVE medieval romances – especially Scottish medieval romances. As soon as I saw the cover, I was immediately attracted to his book – and the description even more makes me want to read it! I enjoyed getting to know Sherrinda more and finding a kindred spirit in a Han Solo fan. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did! Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy of her latest release.

Tell us about your current release. When Ian McGowan attempts to claim Whitfield Castle as his rightful inheritance, he finds himself barred by a tempestuous lass who is entailed to be the bride of the castle’s new owner.

Claire Beaumont, the orphaned ward of Whitfield, has good reason to hate Scots, and she is not about to let a Scot enter her beloved home. But when the handsome knight steals into the castle and proves his claim on the land, she must face her ultimate nightmare—marriage to her sworn enemy—in order to save those she cares about most.

Restoring the failing Whitfield Castle while wooing his defiant intended proves more challenging than Ian anticipated. His struggles reach a crisis when his nemesis arrives at the castle, and he must overcome his past demons to prove his worth. He must fight for what is his to keep—and it could well cost him his heart.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)? I have always been a people pleaser, so this is a struggle for me. I’ve learned over the years to have a tougher skin—you must if you are going to stay in this business. I think what helps is the hope that I can produce a story that readers will enjoy. Reading has been such a joy to me, and I strive to create something that readers can get lost in.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? Oh my goodness. This will tell my age, but Han Solo in Star Wars. I was 12 when the first Star Wars came out on the screen, and while everyone else fell in love with Luke, I fell in love with Han. The tough guy with a tender heart. A hero who has a soft underbelly. And he is hilarious. I love a guy with a great sense of humor.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I loved reading, even as a young child. My aunt got me hooked on romances in high school and that is when the dream to write began. I even started a novel in high school. But life got in the way, and I put my dream aside until I turned 40 years old. I decided then that I would cross that off my bucket list before I died! I’ve been writing ever since.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? Yes, I like to do character development with the enneagram and figure out their goals, motivation, and conflict. I do like to have the basic plot points laid out but have some leeway in getting to those points. I think it helps to know the character and how they would respond in certain situations before you start writing. Of course, as I write, they will surprise me and act completely opposite, but I figure that is the fun part of writing.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? I would say to read books on how to write and attend seminars and conferences. But most of all, you need to enjoy the journey and don’t fret over getting published. Keep writing. Keep loving it. Keep telling stories. There are so many paths to take on this journey, but you should have fun on whatever path you take.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? (Book series, maybe?) I loved C.S. Lewis’s books, The Chronicles of Narnia. I also loved George MacDonald’s fairytales. Of course, Anne of Green Gables, and The Girl of the Limberlost (my grandmother’s favorite book).

Which of your characters most reflects your personality? I would have to say Fiona, Ian McGowan’s sister,  in His to Keep. She is a peacemaker and that is me … I love harmony. She tries to calm down Ian’s nemesis in the story, as well as point Ian to God’s peace. She is the heroine in my next book, which I am now plotting.

Here is where you can find Sherrinda online:

Website: www.sherrinda.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SherrindaKetchersidAuthor/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/sherrinda

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sherrinda

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sherrinda/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19022507.Sherrinda_Ketchersid

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/sherrinda-ketchersid

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Sherrinda is giving away an ebook or print copy of His to Keep to a reader! (Print to US only) See below how to enter to win:

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Interview with Sherrinda Ketchersid and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m pleased to introduce you to pastor wife and romance writer Sherrinda Ketchersid! I really love how I can see Sherrinda’s heart for her stories and for her readers in her answers. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did. Sherrinda is giving away a copy of her latest release – read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’ve been married to a preacher for 34 years, have 4 grown children (3 boys and 1 girl), and am momma the cutest mixed terrier, Phineas. I love to read, paint and journal in my Bible, and tend-er, try to keep alive-a flower garden in my backyard. I’ve been writing medieval romance, but may try my hand at another era like Regency in the near future.

Tell us about your current release. Lord of Her Heart is about Jocelyn Ashburne, who had been sent to a convent for an education after her mother died and her father remarried. When she is forced to choose between taking her vows or marrying a lewd old man, she disguises as a boy and flees the convent to return home to find the reason for her father’s silence. Accosted by ruffians along the way, she is rescued by Malcolm Castillon, a knight seeking a reputation in order to approach the king for land of his own. He takes pity on the scrawny lad and allows him to be his squire at the next tournament at Ramslea Castle—Jocelyn’s home. Faced with danger, deception, and intrigue along the way, they must learn to trust God and each other in the process of finding their true “home”.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? This is such an interesting question. When my publisher said they were moving toward more clean fiction, rather than overtly Christian fiction, I wrote my second novel with that in mind. I don’t have a problem with that. Many great books have been written that are not overtly Christian—The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings come to mind. Yes, there is great allegory to Christian doctrine in those books, but they are not overtly Christian. The problem for me was that my story fell flat without a Christian base. The theme of my story is significance and as a Christian, I know our significance comes from who we are in Christ, not who we make ourselves to be. So I am now in the process of rewriting my story to include the faith factor, because it is right for this particular storyline.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher (or agent or audience if you self-publish)? Ah, the fear that comes with writing is ever-present. I just read a book called Big Magic that addressed the creative life and how to create alongside fear. While you allow fear to be present on your journey, you just don’t allow it to have a deciding vote along the way. I think that you have to know that God has called you to be creative and live in the joy of the process, knowing that you are fulfilling His desire as you put words on the page. He is in charge of the outcome. My job is to create and release it into His hands to do as He sees fit. This is a continual learning process for me, but one I strive to incorporate daily, this creating and releasing.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? Because I am older woman, my family used to watch musicals on TV for entertainment. I can remember Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain, Summer Stock, Brigadoon, and so on. He could dance, sing, and was handsome. My first crush. Then came the big screen. My first PG movie I was allowed to see was Star Wars, and I instantly fell for Harrison Ford as Hans Solo. Manly, handsome, and funny. I don’t know what it is, but a man with a sense of humor gets me every time. Maybe it is because my husband is the funniest man I know! 😉

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? This is a great question. I know if writers want to succeed, they have to treat their writing as a business and be smart in their publishing decisions. On the other hand, I think if you aren’t writing what you love, that shows in the story. I’ve always loved Regency and read that era voraciously, but then I stumbled upon a clean medieval romance writer and fell in love with that time period even more. Medieval is not popular in Christian publishing, except as YA—Jody Hedlund and Melanie Dickerson are fabulous medieval writers in that genre. I was fortunate to find a small press that would publish my medieval, but that is not the norm. I’m still going to write medieval romance, but may try my hand at Regency at some point. It is still an era I love and would enjoy writing about balls, dinner parties, and walks in the park. I don’t want to write just for market. I want to love the world in which I’m creating. That is more important to me at this point.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes, indeed! The one matters. Take the parable of the lost coin or lost sheep. The “one” is so important in God’s eyes and should be important to each one of us as well.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? This is something I am still praying about. Because I am writing in an era of romance that is not popular, I was lucky to find a small press to offer me a contract. I don’t know yet the sales numbers, so I do not know if the publisher will want to pick up another medieval. If it isn’t picked up, I will most likely self-publish medieval romances, while writing Regency romance and try to get those traditionally published. That is my plan at the moment, but who knows what God has in store. I’m going to follow His lead and rest in His guidance.

Here is where you can find Sherrinda online:

Website: www.sherrinda.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SherrindaKetchersidAuthor/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/sherrinda
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sherrinda
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sherrinda/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19022507.Sherrinda_Ketchersid
Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/sherrinda-ketchersid
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sherrinda-Ketchersid/e/B07Q5Y8QHF/

Sherrinda is giving away an ebook or paperback of her book, Lord of Her Heart! See below how to enter to win:a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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