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Desert Breeze Interview part 6


We’ve made it to the weekend again, but that means today is our final question and answer with Author, Sheryl Hames Torres. But she leaves us with some good advice.

Sheryl, what was the best advice you ever received about your writing? Something you keep in mind still today OR What was the best writing tip you ever read, learned, etc.

Sher: Way back in the dark ages, when I finally decided I’d like to get back to writing–was married, had my kids, moved home and was ready–I took an online writing workshop. I realize now, this was not the group for me, but I can’t find it within myself to be sorry because I met an incredible writer by the name of John Marco — years before the publication of Jackal of Nar, or any of the rest of his wonderful novels. This particular week, the critiques were especially harsh, and one person told me my writing was so bad, my characters so “hokey” and the whole thing was so southern, I should consider taking up plumbing because I had “a lot to flush.” Aside from this being “memoir week” and well, I am southern and most of the people I know are fairly proud of the little bit of hokiness in them, this stung badly enough I was ready to quit. John said, “I promise you, if you quit writing, you’ll be sorry for the rest of your life. You’re never going to please everyone, and you don’t want to. You’re never going to write exactly the way anyone else does, and you don’t want that either. It doesn’t matter if one person tells you your writing is sub-par. As long as you keep writing what’s true to your heart, someday, someone else is going to love it. That’ll be the person who’s important.” One of the most wonderful things to me this twenty years later, is walking into my son’s room and seeing John’s first book on my son’s bookshelf and knowing I had the privilege of critiquing that book long before it was published, and knowing way back then I was reading greatness.

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Desert Breeze Interview part 5


Desert Breeze Interview October 13, 2017​

DBP: Yesterday, we asked Author, Sheryl Hames Torres what other authors or books she believed had influenced her writing. Our question today is of a similar nature. Sheryl, has being a writer affected how you read other books?​

Sher: Oh mercy, yes, and not just books! I tend to have to turn off my inner editor, and that’s a very hard thing for me to do. Especially if I’ve been working on a story of my own. I can overlook a misprint or error or two, because I know these things can easily be missed, but I have a really hard time with two things: 1. When I’m engrossed in a story, invested in the characters, then the end doesn’t make any sense. I can’t stand it when the build-up makes you teeter on the edge of your seat and then the author hands you an “excuse me??” moment. Makes me want to put the book in the shredder. 2. The other thing is when a newspaper has more errors than correct sentences. When we first moved to a certain town, and I got a copy of the newspaper, I came upon that little peeve of mine. I swear, it was so terrible, you could have made a drinking game out of it, and been drunk as Cooter Brown by the second page. I got my red pen and started circling the mistakes, and by the time I was finished, the one page looked like a murder scene. I folded it, stuffed it in an envelope, and returned it with my subscription cancellation.

Desert Breeze Interview part 4


Desert Breeze Interview October 12, 2017

​DBP: Authors are also readers, by nature, so we asked Author, Sheryl Hames Torres what other books or authors does she believe have influenced her writing? How did they influence it?

Sher: Oh, there are so many. I think one of the first books that really lit a fire in my soul was Christy, by Catherine Marshall. For the first time, here was a book with everything I loved most as a storyteller. More characters than I’d ever seen in a book and each one of them, from Christy, herself, to the smallest of children came to life on those pages. I could not only see but smell the conditions these people lived in, and despite the sometimes, squalid conditions, there was beauty in the small things that were precious to them, a quilt, a flower, a plate of food, the quaint turn of phrase. I felt I knew these people. To this day, Fairlight is my favorite character–and Little Burl. You could see into the soul of every character and into the soul of the setting. Perhaps that’s where the germ of the idea of my Moonlight Cove was born. Characters are amazingly important to me, everything from the way they look, to their foibles, to their speech patterns and dialect. Christy made it so.

Desert Breeze Interview part 3


DBP: Authors often like to spread their wings and try new things, so we asked Author, Sheryl Hames Torres: What have you never written about, but want to some day?

Sher: I think I’d like to write a dark fantasy romance, something with light and dark elements, strong decisions and promises my characters have to make that couldn’t be taken back or broken. Something that mixes the real world with a world no one really knows details about, but knows exists. With characters who make the decisions they choose not because they’re unhappy with the present life and need a change, but for no better reason than love.

FORGET ME NOT


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?~~

Available at DesertBreezePublishing.com and Amazon.com

Remember Me? LOL


My last post was over a year ago. I should be ashamed, and if I weren’t so tired, I might be. It has been a very long and hard year–illness and the endless medical stress that goes with it…but at the same time, it’s been a very rewarding one. I’m such a proud and happy woman right now.

My little girl graduated with Honors and Distinction with three degrees last May. She is now working on fast tracking her Masters and will graduate again in September. After nine years, we finally found a doctor that would listen to her and did an Xray of her hip–by this time, her hip had popped out and was facing whomever was walking beside her. Five minutes later, he diagnosed her with Avascular Necrosis from a “very old hip fracture.” We won’t go into how mad Mama is that she wouldn’t have had to go through all this had someone just Xrayed her all those years ago. Now, she has a new hip and starts PT Monday. And for those of you who know her…wait for it…she’s learned to crochet!!! I’m so happy.

My son just discovered his car is nearly paid off and he’s so close to having the entire thing redesigned and rebuilt. I’m simply amazed at what he’s doing. It’s truly a trial and error endeavor–the mixing of what he already knows and what he’s discovering works. He comes in and reports on his progress or his irritation–it’s so rewarding when he comes in all thunder and spitting fire and Mama still has the ability to remind him, it’s all a learning experience…all of which will serve him well when he flips more cars. As an antique needlework restorationist, I find such joy and satisfaction taking what most people would throw out and being able to make it like new again. To see him doing the same thing with metal and fiberglass and paint that I do with thread and natural dyes and stitches completely fills my heart.

My husband has lost 85 lbs in the last year and is feeling much better. He’s still trying to deal with the toddlers who are taking over his work, but he’s coping. I do see the words “don’t leave me with the babies,” in his eyes everytime one of his friends retire. Nice to know I can still calm him as well. We just celebrated our thirty-fourth wedding anniversary

In the last year I’ve had five books published and by Christmas, I should have two more out. Things are settling a little…I say and then run around the house knocking on everything that remotely looks like it may be made of wood–so I’m hoping to get more needlework projects and writing projects done. Life is looking up.

As for today, I have just closed two windows and turned off one fan. It’s the 5th of May. We have drizzle, wind and it’s 57* and dropping. The drizzle is gentle and smells wonderful. It’s full on spring and the wind is singing through the lush green trees. It’s cool so Mama’s making soup and everyone is happy! Especially Mama.

I promise not to wait another year to post. Until then, have a wounderful Spring!

It’s here!


Now available from Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc and Amazon.com

Book one of the Happily Ever After series

SOMETHING BORROWED

When a man tells you he loves you, how do you learn to trust him to stay when everyone else in your life has left?

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Rain Marcus’s idyllic life growing up in the tiny mountain village of Moonlight Cove didn’t last into adulthood.  She returns from college with dreams of designing and making couture wedding gowns for the rest of her life, but fate has the habit of twisting dreams into thin versions of themselves, and now, fifteen years later, every day is a rerun of the day before.

When MacMillan Sinclair Montrose IV’s parents die, he swears nothing will ever be beyond his control again. He became parent to his baby sister,  graduated from college and took over running his father’s company. There is no way he’ll let his sister’s wedding fall apart. Rain and her friends step in and pull off the perfect day.

Along the way, though, Mac loses control of his heart to Rain, but how can he convince her to trust him to stay when everyone she’s ever loved left her?