Sherry Kyle is an award-winning author, and writes books for tween girls as well as novels for women, including The Heart Stone (Abingdon Press 2013), and her newest title Watercolor Dreams (HopeSprings Books, October 2014), a historical romance set along the lush beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Sherry lives in California with her husband and four children, loves to decorate her beach house, and enjoys taking walks by the ocean. www.sherrykyle.com
Welcome, Sherry! Tell us a little about your road to publication.
Hi Cindy, thank you so much for having me on PASTimes. My road to publication started sixteen years ago when my children were small and I took my first writing course through The Institute of Children’s Literature. As my children grew, so did my love of books. After going on and taking the advanced course, I signed up to go to my first writer’s conference at Mount Hermon. After a couple of years I signed a contract with Legacy Press for my first book, The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style, a book for tween girls and a Mom’s Choice Award winner. I’ve gone to the Mount Hermon Writers Conference for ten years now. I not only met my agent there, but an editor as well. I’ve since published another book for tween girls, have a contract for another one, as well as published two contemporary novels. Watercolor Dreams is my first historical romance.
When you first entered the publishing world, what surprised you the most? Was there any aspect of the business that caught you off guard?
Since writing is such a solitary job, I was surprised at how many good writing friends I would gain by being a part of the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) industry. Social media has made it easier than ever to connect with people. The biggest aspect that caught me off guard was the amount of marketing I need to do to get my name out there. Publishing has changed a lot since I’ve started, and marketing is more important than ever. Personally, I’d rather write, but I know marketing is part of the job.
I hear you. But I'm glad part of your marketing brought you here!
Why historical fiction?
I enjoy reading contemporary novels as well as historical fiction. In a way I fell into historical writing when I discussed a book idea with an editor. When I told her the history of the town, she said, “That would make a great historical.” That conversation, plus my love of reading, spurred me on to write in this genre.
What are you working on now that you’d like us to know about?
I’m still tweaking and revising the historical I mentioned in the previous question and am now pitching it as a series, as well as finishing up another contemporary story.
Do you have a favorite historical novel?
My all-time favorite historical is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I also enjoy books by Tracie Peterson, Sharlene MacLaren, Lauraine Snelling, Karen Witemeyer, Virginia Smith and Lori Copeland, Tamara Alexander, and my critique partner, Sarah Sundin, among others. Yes, I love to read!
Is there anything or anyone that inspires your writing?
The only way I get any words down is if I pray before I write, otherwise I’m staring at a blank screen. God put the desire in my heart to write and I rely on Him to keep me going. Okay, my two kids in college and two in high school keep me writing too, and my husband encourages me every step of the way.
What do you enjoy most about reading historical fiction?
Come back tomorrow for the answer and part two of the interview with author Sherry Kyle. To be entered into a drawing for her new novel Watercolor Dreams (US and Canada only), please leave your email in a comment (name at domain name dot com) by this Friday at 8AM EDT, along with the answer to this question from Sherry:
If you were a watercolor artist of landscapes, where and what would you paint? (Describe your painting.)
About Watercolor Dreams:
He strolled into her painting . . . and into her heart.
It's 1910 and Anna Lewis is praying that God will help her become a premier watercolor artist of the lush beaches of Carmel, California. When a man strides down the beach and stops to face the ocean, Anna sketches him into her painting. Was it a mistake? Anna thinks so when he tells her he doesn't have spare change to purchase her work. Spare change indeed! But while she seeks God's leading for her art career, she'd better keep her day job as nursemaid to two rambunctious boys.
The minute Charles Jordan walks away, he regrets criticizing the woman's painting but as he told the artist, he's just been jilted at the altar.
How will a secret from Charles' past affect his chances of loving again? And how will Anna have the hope she needs when tragedy strikes and she must rely on the one man who crushed her spirit?