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1) First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most? What about being a writer frustrates you the most?
Thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed. Honestly, I just found that out during the pandemic that I was called to write. I mean, I knew it, but it really hit home in 2020. I have been a self-published author since 2009 and it took me 11 years to recognize this is what I am called to do. I wanted to be a gospel recording artist and do music, which I am doing in some ways, but you know God had other plans. Last year during the pandemic, I really went into a reflective state and thought about the time my mother took a self-publishing class in NYU. My dad was at work, so she took me to the class because she had no one else to watch me. I sat in the back of the class with my portable television watching Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Looking back, I guess I should have paid attention because here I am self-publishing my books and other Christian author’s books. God was showing me at a young age that this is where He wanted me. It took me a while to realize that, but I am so glad God chose me to be a Christian author.
As a writer, I love the stories that play in my head. It’s like God is downloading stories He wants me to write, and I love that. I also love receiving emails from readers. I get a lot of emails from readers saying that my books have helped them. That’s why I write. I write to warn, help, inspire, and encourage and when I see those reviews and emails, I know I’ve done my job.
If I can be honest, right now, I cannot think of anything that frustrates me as a writer. I can say writing and publishing books brings me the most joy.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
Well, right now, I have two series out I am actively working on for Christian singles. The first is the I am the One Series which is about Claudia who has gone through a major breakup. Claudia and Wendell were together for 15 years and he decided to call it quits out of the blue. He left her with nothing but heartbreak, pain, no money, and not knowing what to do. We see the journey she goes through during and after the breakup. We also see her journey of reflecting on red flags, self-love, forgiveness, healing, and her journey on finding true love.
The second book I am working on is the God Send Me My Husband Series which is about another Christian single woman who is insecure about her weight and upset that she must wait on God for a husband. She ends up with a counterfeit and ends up in some crazy situations all for love. We see her journey through her insecurities, her dating experiences, and how some of her dating choices affect her life and the lives of others. It’s another great book for Christian singles.
I wrote these books to help Christian singles as they wait for God to send the one. They are fun and truthful that take the readers away but also give them lessons as they are waiting, dating, and choosing a husband. You can find all my books on Amazon or at Sherylynne.com
I am the one series: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08P2TZNDB
God, Send Me My Husband: https://www.amazon.com/God-Send-Me-Husband-Christian-ebook/dp/B06WV9CB32
3) What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on way too many projects. I’m actually finishing up the I am the one series which is not even finished because there’s four more parts to it. Then I’m moving into revamping the God Send Me My Husband series and the Altered Destiny Series. Once those are completed, I have a few more books to revamp and republish and then I’ll work on other genres I am interested in writing in.
4) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?
My most significant achievement as a writer has been seeing my first book, Altered Destiny, sell in the thousands. That was my first book, and it really did well. I wasn’t expecting that. God told me to write it as a witnessing tool and God took it far. It reached countries I have never visited yet. But the greatest achievement is receiving emails saying I got saved because of that book or I rededicated my life to Christ, and I am still serving Him 10 years later.
Well, in the next five years I see myself writing full time! Right now, I’m starting over with my writing career. Like I said, I’m just realizing I’m an author and I’m taking this writing career seriously this time around. I’m publishing more consistently and I’m doing what it takes to be that full-time author again because I have so many books that need to be released. God is truly downloading story after story, and I can’t wait to release them all.
5) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career?
Honestly, not well. In the beginning, when I started writing, I wrote my first book as a witnessing tool. It was not edited or done correctly. I just wanted to get the book out. It was my first one. My first review hit hard. I guess you can say that is why I stopped writing for years even though the first book became a success after a while. Not only that, but the first blog written about my first book also hurt. It crippled me for a good minute, but lately I’ve used all that to get better. That’s all you can do is just get better. Rejection will come in your writing career, but you push forward and keep writing. The #1 series on Netflix, Squid Games, was rejected for nearly 10 years and look at it now. So, you may get rejected in the beginning but keep writing and you just might have a multi-million-dollar story on your hands in the future.
6) Do you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels? How long does it generally take you to finish a novel?
Schedule! I wish! I mostly write when everyone is asleep or when I get off work. It’s hard, but I get it done. Sometimes I plot my novels and sometimes I just free write. It takes a long time to finish a novel because I am a perfectionist now. I will say it could take a few months to a year for me to get a full series out.
7) Do you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry? Do you feel a late start would hinder their chances?
It’s never too late. The only time it’s too late is when you’re six feet under. Myles Munroe said something so powerful that sticks with me. I am so blessed to have seen him preach when I was a little girl, but he said:
The wealthiest place in the world is not the gold mines of South America or the oil fields of Iraq or Iran. They are not the diamond mines of South Africa or the banks of the world. The wealthiest place on the planet is just down the road. It is the cemetery. There lie buried companies that were never started, inventions that were never made, bestselling books that were never written, and masterpieces that were never painted. In the cemetery is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential.
If God is saying to write a book or you want to write a book, write that book before it is too late. A late start does not hinder your chances. You know, I am a part of Sean Wilson Piano, and it has helped me with learning the keyboard for when I play in church, and I am seeing eighty-year-old men and women learning to play the keyboard. Eighty years old! That taught me, it is never too late.
This is the greatest time to be an author. It is time you write and create digital real estate, as we call it in the book world. You can be successful, but you just have to start. The only thing to hinder your chances is you not writing. Just think, if you never write that book, then there is someone out there that will never get the help that they need in the season they are in. Looking back at my journey, if I did not write Altered Destiny when God told me to, then people would not have gotten saved. What will happen if you do not write?
8) Are you an avid reader and have you always been? What’s the first book you ever read that really touched you emotionally and moved you? Who is your favorite author? What book are you currently reading?
Yes, I am an avid reader. Since I am on the go a lot, I listen to audiobooks.
The first book I read that touched me emotionally and moved me was True to The Game by Terri Words and The Rain Series by Vanessa Miller. My favorite author is Brad Meltzer. I love political and crime thrillers. Right now, I am reading quite a few books, but I am reading the Left Behind Series.
9) The Pandemic was a challenging time for some writers and creative individuals but also for others it was time that they needed to focus on their creative passions. Which side of that spectrum do you fall on? Are there any lessons or nuggets of wisdom that you gained during the Pandemic that help you within your writing career? Did the quarantine stifle your creativity or did it make you even more driven to get things done?
The pandemic and sorry to put it this way, but it was a blessing for me. It restarted my writing career and gave me a love for music again. I’m an introvert, so the pandemic was what I needed to think and be with myself and my family. Before I was going, going, going, nonstop. I was trying to build, but the pandemic slowed me down. It taught me I wasn’t being as consistent as I should be with writing and so I released 3 books in a pandemic. The pandemic helped me with writing and helped with my music and learning the keyboard. Also, in the pandemic, I learned to be content.
No, the lockdown did not stifle my creativity. I just wished I did more in 2020. Of course, I wish I released more books last year. I did a lot to set myself up for now, but I could have done more. Now I’m writing more and I’m more driven to release hundreds of books.
10) What are your thoughts about how the publishing industry as it is being represented today? Do you lean more towards traditional publishing or self-publishing as a preference? Does being a hybrid author interest you?
Well, I lean towards self-publishing. Cutting out the middleman is what I love to do. I’ve had outstanding success doing this on my own. I will not say I’m opposed to it. If the deal is right, I’ll consider it, but honestly, I love self-publishing. Also, I love marketing and putting my work together myself. It’s great to know that I don’t have to answer to anyone but the readers. I’ve done well on my own. I have a publishing team and I’ve also helped other authors self-publish their own books as self-published authors.
11) I feel like writing is a remarkable tool to help people not only express themselves, but also to cope emotionally and mentally. I know for me I write to be and feel more authentic. What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity? How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?
For me, I write to help readers who are struggling with being single. The single season is a tough season for some, and I was there, so I know the battles that one faces. I write books to help Christian singles get through the lonely season. I write books that encourage them to have faith in God and to wait on Him because God will come through. I also write books that warn them about their dating choices. My entire purpose in writing is to encourage and to show the goodness of God and that He loves and cares about them. Also, I write because this is just one way I spread the gospel. I write because God says to in Jeremiah 30:2.