Sherry Derr-Wille lives in a mid-sized Southern Wisconsin with her husband of 46 years, Bob, whom she deems a saint for putting up with a crazy writer.
With three children, seven grandchildren, more book signings than she can sometimes handle, she puts out four to five books a year and loves writing in her hot pink office.
Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write?
Sherry: WOW! That’s a loaded question. I love writing Time Travel, Historical, Native American, Futuristic, Murder Mysteries, Crime, Older Heroines, in other words, everything I write.
I love what I write when I’m writing it. I don’t write what people tell me to write I write what I want to write.
Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
Sherry: M y Sophomore English teacher in high school, Earl Brockman. On the first day of class, he gave us a test. If you got an ‘A’ you could sit in the back of the room and write for a year. I wanted that ‘A’ and got it. 45 years later I learned I was the only one who liked the assignment and since no one ever told me to stop the assignment, the rest is history.
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Sherry: I used to try to write 1,000 words a day, but I’m getting older and I have to be in the mood. Unfortunately, last year my muse went on vacation to the South Pacific for over a year and didn’t even send me a post card. Guess she didn’t want to have to deal with the cancer I was going through. Just recently she came back and I’ve been averaging about 6K a week.
Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character?
Sherry: I’m old school. I love Buggs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.
They are the cartoons I grew up with. Back in those days they were the cartoons they showed in the theatres. They weren’t on TV until much later. Add to that is the fact we didn’t get TV until I was already in grade school and they didn’t show many cartoons at that time.
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet ‘in person’ and why?
Sherry: Sandra Hill – I love her Vikings and time travel books.
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
Sherry: I have a lot of free days because I’m retired. I love spending my time with an author I mentor, friends from high school and grade school, or just meeting new authors and talking about writing.
Beverley: What are you working on now?
Sherry: The working title is The Return of the Ancients . It’s based on the ancient alien theory. In this book, people come from outer space to 3 planets where they helped civilizations to begin. 1/3 of the population went to Seros, 1/3 to Earth, and 1/3 to Nalo. Ragnar goes to Seros, leaving the woman he loves as she, Nina, goes to Earth. The book follows Nina and Ragnar as they build new lives, but since all communication with the contingency to Nalo is nonexistent, both parties assume they have become lost and never made it to Nalo.
I can see that the end is in sight on this one, but last year when my muse went on her little trip, I left my poor little aliens in the Santa Fe airport from March of 2017 until just recently. I love my characters and can hardly wait to see where they take me next.
Blurb for Mistaken Identity:
Katelyn Devereaux needs a vacation. More than a vacation, she needs to put Denver behind her as well as the man who wants her as his wife and the birth family who is insisting on finding her.
Seth Miller knows the reason that he mistook Katelyn for Genean is his knowledge that his best friend’s wife was adopted by strangers at birth. Of course he can’t change the facts that Genean and Katelyn are sisters, especially after he learns that the company she wants to visit in Wisconsin is owned by Genean’s brother, Randy, and her husband, Brad.
Excerpt for Mistaken Identity :
Sunlight shimmered across the lake and it glistened as though it had been scattered with diamonds. As she stood there in awe, taking in the beauty from the cottage, the dock invited her into the picture of beauty. Taking her sketch pad and pencil with her, Katelyn Devereaux walked across the lawn and sandy beach until she reached the pier. Settling into the deck chair, she gazed out across the water.
It was such a beautiful morning. She was so glad she’d taken the advice of her friends and accompanied Suzie Branch to this secluded Wisconsin lake. She certainly needed a vacation and could think of no place more relaxing than this quaint cottage hidden away in a different world.
In the distance a loon called to its mate, waited for a few moments for a reply and called again. This was the kind of peaceful exchange she had not taken the time to listen for in months. She knew nature was all around her back home, but there never seemed to be time to sit and listen for it. In Denver she was nothing more than a machine pumping out sketches for her clients, and on occasion, playing the gracious hostess for Martin.
No, I don’t want to think of the daily grind of running the Devereaux Agency, nor Martin Collier’s marriage proposal. I need this time to figure out just who Katelyn Devereaux really is.
Katelyn turned away from the peaceful scene before her. Why can’t my life be this peaceful?
You know why, Katie. The sound of her father’s voice within her head caused a tear to escape from the corner of her eyes. She’d lost both of her parents at Thanksgiving and never really gotten over their deaths. The only thing that kept her from going completely over the edge was work, work and more work.
I don’t think I can do this, Daddy. I don’t love Martin. I haven’t even given him an answer concerning his proposal. Maybe I’m not cut out for the wife thing. Even if I did marry Martin, I wouldn’t be a wife, not in the conventional way. With him gone so much, life as his wife would be no different than life by myself.
Katelyn’s thoughts came as a shock. Never before had she admitted her true feeling for Martin. More than anything else in the world, she wanted to be a little girl again without all the problems of being a responsible adult. Back home in Denver, her life had become too complicated to allow her to rest. For the past eight months she’d been running the Devereaux Advertising Agency, and then there was Martin Collier’s marriage proposal. The fact she had just learned of the fact she was adopted, only added to the crazy quilt her life had become over the past few months. Perhaps if her parents had told her the truth the shock wouldn’t have been so profound but they hadn’t. She’d learned of her adoption only days after their funeral.
Buy Links for Mistaken Identity :
Publisher’s website: http://www.classactbooks.com/component/virtuemart/cat-murder-mystery-suspense/mistaken-identity-252013-04-29-03-34-26-detail?Itemid=0
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mistaken-identity-sherry-derr-wille/1007570905?ean=2940152524833