Interview & Contest: Sherryl Woods

Sherryl Woods PhotoToday we welcome Sherryl Woods to Romancing the Book.  And we also want to thank Robin, who has recently reviewed the Ocean Breeze trilogy, for conduction today’s interview.  Ladies, the blog is yours.

Robin:  Will you share a short bio with us?
Sherryl:  I’m a graduate of Ohio State in journalism and spent fourteen years working for newspapers, most of that covering the radio and television industries, before attempting to write my first book. I was one of the very lucky ones whose first book sold fairly quickly at a time when romance publishing was really booming. I’m still astounded that I’ve now written over a hundred novels. Readers can find a complete checklist, as well as news about the latest books on my website, From the home page they can also link to my Facebook fan page.

Robin:  Tell us a little about the Ocean Breeze trilogy and where the idea came from.
Sherryl:  I always love writing about complex families, so when I decided to create a whole new world in a fictional community along the North Carolina coast, I chose to write about three sisters who’ve each reached a turning point in their lives. Coming home to Sand Castle Bay, where they spent so many summers with their grandmother, helps each of them find not only the balance their lives were missing, but some truly wonderful men.

Robin:  I know you’re a baseball fan and particularly enjoy the movie Bull Durham.  What is your favorite scene or saying from the movie?
Sherryl: Although I can’t quote the line exactly, when Kevin Costner makes a rapid-fire speech to Susan Sarandon about a few of his favorite things, including “long, slow kisses,” I’m pretty sure I fell in love with him — or his character — on the spot.

Robin: Which of your books would you say was the most difficult to write when it comes to relationships?
Sherryl: Overall in my career,  the book that was hardest for me to write was Flamingo Diner. I had lost two incredibly dear friends to suicide and wanted to deal with that theme and the effects it had on a family and a community. I shed a lot of tears writing that book! Within the new Ocean Breeze trilogy, I probably struggled the most with Wind Chime Point. It was hard to see how any woman could resist Wade, even in the complicated situation in which Gabi Castle found herself.

Robin: Do you do most of your research on the internet or are you a hands on researcher? What is one of your favorite topics to research and did it turn into a hobby?
Sherryl: Although I have certainly set books in places I’ve never been and put people in situations I’ve never experienced, most of the time I tend to write about worlds I know well. For the more topical books, I do a lot of research online and, whenever possible, like to talk to people in the field as I did in great depth for the Sweet Magnolias books that dealt with anorexia. I’ve never developed a hobby based on research for one of my books., though it might be fun to learn to make wind chimes as Gabi did in Wind Chime Point. Like her, though, I have zero artistic talent!

Robin:  Do you have any special treats that you can’t live without while writing?
Sherryl: When I’m writing in Florida, I start the day with an iced mocha from Starbucks at my fingertips as I write. No snack foods, though. And in Virginia each summer my nearest Starbucks is about 45 miles away, so it really is a treat when I get there before writing.

Robin:  If you could have married a fictional character, who would it be and why?
Sherryl:  I have to go right back to the Kevin Costner character in Bull Durham. I do love my boys of summer and he was the epitome of the sexy, intelligent bad boy for me.

Robin:  What’s next for you?
Sherryl: I have two reissues — Twilight and Temptation — back in stores this fall along with another holiday visit to Chesapeake Shores with the O’Briens in A Seaside Christmas. That’s in stores in October. There will be a new sequel to Seaview Inn — Home to Seaview Key — out in February and I’m about to start writing another Sweet Magnolias book and another Chesapeake Shoes book for late 2014! The next few months are going to be wildly busy for me.


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19 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Sherryl Woods

  1. Barbara Green says:

    Sherryl’s books are my favorite. The characters are so believable. I feel like they could be my friends. I actually went to Barnes and Noble yesterday to try to buy the book , but it dies not come out until Tuesday!

  2. Kathleen O says:

    I have read the first two books and I adored them, and I am just now reading Sea Glass Island… I think of all the books, this one touches something in me. Your character Cass, is so wonderful and so heart aching at the same time. And Ethan and Samantha are just so wonderful too. But I think of all your characters, Cora Jane is my all time fav in this series.. She reminds me a little bit of myself, but being an aunt instead of a grandma.. I hope, oh please, please, let there me more books from Sand Castle Bay…

  3. JoAnne says:

    I have loved all your books and love not only the complexities of the families we are introduced to but the strong women that are always at the forefront. You also show us that even strong women sometimes need more than friends and families to support them but the love of a good man.

    I always feel immediately drawn to the characters and the locations you set the stories in. I am so glad that we will meet up with the O’Brien’s again and love returning to the Sweet Magnolias and others of your series even after a few years may have passed.

    Great interview – thoughtful questions Robin. I learned a lot about one of my favorite authors but especially that I’ll get to meet up with some favorite characters again soon!

  4. Rita Wray says:

    I have not read any of the books from the trilogy. I have added them to my read list, they sound like the kind of books I love to read.

  5. Anne says:

    I am captivated with This author’s novels which are memorable and beautiful. This interview gave me insight into background and writing of this author and I learned about the new and lovely books available.

  6. Leanna H says:

    I cannot believe it is 45 minutes to the nearest Starbucks in Virginia. You can make iced mocha’s at home easily. I drink iced coffee all summer. I live in Texas and I don’t want hot coffee in the summer.

  7. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for the great interview! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of Sheryl’s books but they sound fantastic! I like that they are centered around “complex” families.

  8. JackieW says:

    I can see why you like the character that Kevin Costner brought to life in Bull Durham..I’m not thast into sports but he did help to make a good film. Enjoyed your blog today.

  9. JOYE says:

    I have read a lot of your books because I can always count on getting a good deal for my money.
    You write really good stories with believable characters. I like how you get them to meet their challenges. Book covers are colorful and interesting.

  10. BookLady says:

    The Ocean Breeze trilogy sounds like a perfect series for summer reading. I love the covers and the fact that it is set in North Carolina. Thanks for sharing the wonderful interview and congratulations on writing over a hundred novels.

  11. Patoct says:

    We just got back from a trip in NC – Greensboro, Raleigh and Pine Knoll Shores, visiting family and friends. As for a question – what authors are autobuys for you, Sherryl.

  12. Texas Book Lover says:

    I have never seen the movie Bull Durham but as much as it seems to have influenced you I will have to check it out. I am also not a coffee drinker but love Starbucks hot chocolate. I’ll leave all the fancy coffee drinks t0 my teenage daughter who loves them.

  13. Joanne B says:

    I have not read any of this new series yet, but have read Sherryl’s Chesapeake Shores series and loved it. I really like stories with small towns in them.
    I love Bull Durham, especially Susan Sarandan’s outfits. Kevin’s speech made that movie.

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