It may be Monday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun. Today we continue our Q&A with Author, Sheryl Hames Torres.
DBP: Sheryl, Tell us something about yourself that no one would ever guess.
Sheryl: Growing up with five siblings, cooking was a big part of our lives. My mother could take a sweet potato, a pound of hamburger, couple of tomatoes, an onion and a few cups of flower and create a meal to die for…and feed the eight of us without breaking a sweat. For a time, my father was in food research, and created the first version of chicken nuggets. My brother is a chef, baby sister is a pastry queen and my other two sisters can surely hold their own in the kitchen. My other brother…well, let’s just say, I can’t imagine him in the kitchen, but I won’t say for sure what kind of cook–if any at all–he is. But me? I was born without the loves-to-cook gene. I hate cooking. Passionately. I hate everything about it–planning, making the list, shopping, bringing it home and putting everything away, cooking, eating it after I have to fool with it and cleaning up. I am a go out, let someone else cook it, bring it to me, then clean it all up afterward. I can cook. I do cook, but I really don’t like doing it. But, everyone knows that. What most people don’t know is I love making soup. All kinds of soup. I like eating soup in restaurants, then coming home and figuring out how it’s made. My family is the quintessential guinea pigs, and so far, no one’s complaining.
Happy Sunday, all! Today we begin new Q&A with author Sheryl Hames Torres. Let’s get started!
Author, Sheryl Hames Torres, the right setting is critical for a story to work. Have any of your books started out in one setting and ended up in another? What changes did you make and what made them necessary?
Sheryl: When I first wrote Illusions, I set it in Fernandina Beach, Florida. This is one of my favorite places–from the Shrimp Boat Festivals, to Amelia Island, the people, Fort Clinch, just everything. There is a feeling there, I’ve never found anywhere else, so naturally, when I sat down to create this story, that was the first place that came to mind. However, there are few roads where you don’t get a glimpse of the ocean. That’s hardly handy for a frightened and abused woman who has to keep her brood close to home, and whose children have never even been to the ocean. So, I moved the story inland to MacClenny, a nice land-locked town and I think that serves the story well.
I’m thrilled to announce the release of my newest romance novel, Book Three of the Happily Ever After Series: FORGET ME NOT.
~~ In Moonlight Cove, a tiny hamlet in the North Georgia Mountains, Nina Marcus has had a love/hate relationship with change since she lost her husband in an enemy ambush in Afghanistan eight months before their child was born. Since then, she’s worked hard to build a good life in Moonlight Cove, surrounded by her five-year-old daughter, her mother, her life-long friends, and her florist shop. The last thing she’s interested in is change.
Jesse Oldfield’s entire life has been nothing but change, and rarely for the better. He thought he was doing a good thing for his country when he created a high tech security program to keep track of all service personnel, but now, as he’s was forced to face the two women whose lives he ruined–the widows of his two partners and best friends–he’s not so sure. As his life is about to shift again, can he hope that the winds change in his favor?~~
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Thank you all for your many votes for my cover for Kate’s House in Author Shouts’ Cover Wars. I’m thrilled you love it as much as I do, and Carol Fiorillo deserves so much praise for her talent. (She’s a sweetheart, too.) Please go to authorshout.com and click the Cover Wars tab at the top and keep voting. Four more days. One vote per day. Thank you again and sending big hugs.
And the last, best, and most visual question for Author, Sheryl Hames Torres:Referring to either your most recent book release, or your current WIP, if you were to cast your characters, what actors would portray them? Tell us about the character, and why the actor/actress fits.
ROFL…my poor writers’ group members will tell you that I drive them nuts, not only casting my own characters, but almost forcing them to cast their stories as well. When I’m writing a story, I may cast someone by looks alone, or perhaps I’ll see him/her in a role that screamed my own. Often though, by the time you finish your story, that casted actor may be too old, may be starring in something else where you say, “What was I thinking??” I tend to cast because of movements or attitude. It always helps to SEE your character in motion, catch tics, mannerisms, even the speech patterns. That does not, however, mean if they have a southern accent, you can’t force them to use an Irish one. Also, sometimes I cast people from photos that fit, even though I may not have any idea who they are. I give you the cast of my latest release, Kate’s House.
Anson Mount as Ian Stuart(WITH the beard, his dimples drive me nuts. LOL)
TIME!!!! Before my children, I worked a sixty hour job as the manager of a needlework shop, as well as often taught classes on Saturday. After my daughter was born, I worked that same job and those same hours, and took her along with me. Six months later, my husband gave me the Stay-at-Home-Mom status. I did custom work and antique needlework restoration for various historical societies, even through my daughter’s illness and recovery, until she started college. She’s about to graduate with her third degree, despite not being confident enough to drive–just call me James. LOL So, through all that, I’ve managed to sneak in a little writing at a time. Most times I’m working on several stories at a time. It works.
Fourth question for Author, Sheryl Hames Torres:Do you work any reality from your own life into your novels? If so, do you change it to make it more or less dramatic? How and why?
I’ve never heard that Peter Benchley ever out-swam big sharks, or William Peter Blatty had a family member whose hobby was spinning her head around, or for that matter that Michael Crichton grew dinosaurs in his backyard. However, like actors draw on events in his/her life to reflect emotion in a script, so does an author have to be able to connect with something in their lives to make his/her stories real.
In most of my stories you’ll find children because I believe they are the extensions of love, of growth and survival. I know what it’s like to love a child with the very essence of my cells, be terrified while praying like a manic priest the kid lands on his feet with his ankles still intact when he’s done taking flying flips off buildings.If there’s an argument between a married or dating couple I know just how to make him stubborn, and how far she can grind her teeth before she decides to thump him in the forehead. LOL I know what spring air/rain tastes like, what fall smells like. I know from spending July in Georgia what the backdoor of hell feels like, and I know claustrophobia from being stuck indoors for a couple of days when 3 feet of that horrible white stuff falls even though it’s not supposed to blanket Georgia backyards. So I put as much of that as I can in my stories.
Kate’s House and Illusions now available at Amazon.com