Featured Interview With Sheri Richey
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Illinois, but I have lived in several different states during my adulthood. Currently, I am in south Georgia and working on a new series.
I have many pets, dogs and cats, all seniors and special needs. I take in those that no one wants anymore and care for them. Proceeds from my writings go towards their care and rescue.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I grew up always reading, even getting in trouble for it a few times, and my local library was my favorite place. The small town in southern Illinois where I grew up had a large Carnegie Library that had that wonderful book smell and an entire floor of books for young people. I didn’t begin writing until I was in college and at that time my focus was on poetry. I didn’t write my first novel until much later and it was intended only as a gift for my mother, not as the beginning of a writing career.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I read a number of authors and have varied taste. My first love has always been mystery, particularly legal mysteries, but have also become interested in the cozy mystery genre. I do read romance as well and enjoy Debbie Macomber the most.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest release, Willow Wood, is a sweet romance that is very different from my previous romance series, The Eden Hall Series. It does not contain any bad language and is not sexually explicit. I actually wrote it in 2013 and put it aside. I wasn’t pleased with it and life got in the way for me at that time. After moving numerous times since then, I rediscovered the manuscript and started editing. After reworking a few things, I felt it was ready for others to read.
It is set in the fictitious small town of Carlton, Ohio, where Calinda Willow grew up. She returns home to care for her dying father and takes on his business to run as her own. Having left the city and a bad relationship, she decides to stay, but has no interest in dating. Nolan Ramsey quits his job and moves to Carlton, Ohio, to write a book about his devastating experiences as a photojournalist abroad. He hopes to hide away from everyone and seek only solitary life with his dog, an Otterhound named Scuba.
Scuba is the matchmaker in the novel and helps these two healing souls find each other.
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