Author Interview with Sherry Foley

Author Interview with Sherry Foley

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Sherry Foley: Writing is my day job. I’ve worked at a bank, a morgue and a college.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Sherry Foley: Yes, because then hearing voices sounds legit.

What compels you to be a writer?

Sherry Foley: I love making up stories, writing with the reader in mind and entertaining.

Tell us a little bit about your book:

Sherry Foley: SWITCHED IN DEATH is a psychological thriller where you get two killers for the price of one. You’ll have to read the book to figure that statement out.

Are you currently working on any writing projects our readers should watch for release soon?

Sherry Foley: A CAPTIVE HEART is the first in a three book series.

Have you ever won any writing awards? If so, what?

Sherry Foley: As a member of RWA I have placed in several writing contests with all seven manuscripts.

How did you feel the day you held the copy of your first book in your hands?

Sherry Foley: Euphoric. The dance I did in the living room made the Snoopy Dance look like a slooow waltz.

What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?

Sherry Foley: Depends on the scene I’m writing.

Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your own writing? Do you have a writing mentor?

Sherry Foley: I have the FABULOUS published author, Shannon K. Butcher as my mentor. I’m very lucky. It was fun to dedicate my first book to her.

Thinking about your writing career, is there anything you’d go back and do differently now that you have been published?

Sherry Foley: I would have listened a lot less to the voice of self doubt that has kept trying to rob me of where I am today. It still whispers to me…

What is your main goal or purpose you would like to see accomplished by or with your writing?

Sherry Foley: To keep writing with the reader in mind and leave them coming back for more.

Many authors have said that naming their characters is a difficult process, almost like choosing a name for their own child. How did you select the names of some of your lead characters in your book/s?

Sherry Foley: My son asked me once, “Mom, do you think you’ll ever name a character after me one day?” The hero in SWITCHED IN DEATH is named Seth after him. The character Laney is named after a friend and the biggest character, Peggy Lucille, is named after a dear great aunt that sadly didn’t get to live long enough to see me publish.

Have you ever had a character take over a story and move it in a different direction than you had originally intended? How did you handle it?

Sherry Foley: Everyone one of them. I’m a total panster. I think up a story line, name a few character to act out the story and from there my job is pretty much just to follow along after them and take notes.

Is there any lesson or moral you hope your story might reveal to those who read it?

Sherry Foley: Yes, making fun of people can hurt them to the quick. Some rise above it. The serial killer in SWITCHED IN DEATH never did and when his rage is unleashed-no one is safe.

It’s said that the editing process of publishing a novel with a publisher is can be grueling and often more difficult than actually writing the story. Do you think this is true for you? How did you feel about editing your masterpiece?

Sherry Foley: It is grueling, yes, and I’ve seen many along the years give up. I loved the editing process because I want my story to be as tightly written as possible.

Now that you are a published author, does it feel differently than you had imagined?

Sherry Foley: No. It’s just as wonderful and exciting as I’d hoped. I did think though that getting published would be the hardest part. I was wrong. Once I scaled the wall, fell flat on the other side and find caught my breath again, I realized the other side had been the playground. All of this social media is a time suck. Still, it must be done. I miss the days where writing and spinning a tale was all I had to do. It’s all great problems to have though.

Now, anything you want your readers to know?
Sherry Foley: I love everything about the writing process. I love hearing from fans, connecting with them. I’ve gotten along braver, stronger, in my writing since being published. I’m very excited about my next project which is a detective series. I look forward to hearing from readers. My contact info is:
Twitter: @Sherry_Foley
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