Thursday, August 22, 2013

Written in the Stars by Sherrill Bodine & Patricia Rosemoor: Interview


Welcome Sherrill. Thanks for agreeing to answer some of my questions. I'm delighted to have you visit today.  Where do you dream of traveling to and why?


I love to travel and I have been fortunate to see a great deal of the world.  Coming up is a trip to London and then on to Romania for a wedding.  My dream trip is to visit Tibet and Nepal.  I had booked it to go when we were at the Beijing Olympics but China closed the border so I couldn’t get in.  I’m plotting how to get there next summer!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?


I wanted to be either an astronaut or an archaeologist.  As a writer I can imagine and create both worlds.

What is your favorite meal?


Fabulous cheeses, nuts and fruit with wonderful bread and a glass of champagne.

What do you do to unwind and relax?


I love film!  I would go to the movie theatre every night – of course I need my bag of popcorn – no butter.

Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?


I believe Dorothy Dunnett was the all time finest writer of historical fiction.  Her Lymond Chronicles is a masterpiece.  She created characters I want to revisit over and over.  I just spent the winter and spring re-reading the entire six book series.  I’ve done it many times before and I look forward to continuing to do so!

What is the next big thing?


My agent is ready to send out the proposal for my memoir, In My Grandmother’s House, to interested editors.  This book tells the story about my growing up taking care of my mother, who was born mentally challenged ( when my mother was born they called it retarded – which was the word I had to protect her from hearing.)  By the time I was five I became not only her playmate but her protector and the keeper of her secrets.  This is the book of my heart.


If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?


Chirpy Bird.  I’m blessed with a great deal of energy.


Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?



As a writer, I daily need to read both!

About Written in the Stars

Written In The Stars“A passionate tale of destiny, danger and dark magic—and a love so powerful that it conquers time.” Mary Jo Putney, New York Times Bestselling Author.

‘A love so deep that it can last through centuries?
In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York’s star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a child of magic. When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle, heir to the Duke of Lennox, but finds enchantment in the eyes and touch of Will Grey, the Duke’s bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth, Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a curse on them both.
Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the victim, but which man is her enemy, which her soul’s mate? Can a journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her the answers…in time to save her true love?
Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight the villain’s curse on the Posey rings that draw them to the men they are destined to love.

The Excerpt {Sherrill’s – Historical}

There was little Will had not seen in court, the battlefield, or the bedroom, yet watching Elizabeth walk to the warm, spring-fed pool at the edge of the woods behind his grandfather’s cottage filled him with wonder.
He slipped his arm around her waist and her head rested on his shoulder. Freed of her ribbons, her ebony hair blown by the evening winds flowed across his throat and chest, filling the air he breathed with the scent of lavender.
At the far side of the pool they came to the limestone rim, festooned with vines and heavy purple blossoms.
Laughing, she slipped off her kid boots, slowly uncoiled her celestial girdle and placed it carefully on the ground. Wearing only her loose gown with hanging sleeves, she walked into the shallows.
Turning back to him, her thick, wavy hair cascading over her breasts, her huge eyes lit by the setting sun, she beckoned to him.
“Come, Will. Join me in paradise.”
Leaving most of his clothes in a pile next to hers, Will waded toward her. He felt the warm spring water rush over his feet and calves.
To him, Elizabeth was a creature of magic, of desire, of love he would follow through eternity.


Sherrill BodineI’m sure growing up in my grandmother’s house, taking care of my developmentally disabled mother, forged who I am, but I don’t believe any one thing defines me. My philosophy of life is that we are all in this together—and we need to embrace one another with as much grace, humor and compassion as we can muster. I see life as big, bigger, biggest, and I want to take everyone along with me on the journey. I not only attend black-tie affairs and work on charity board projects, but I am also just as likely to be taking a grandchild to lunch and a movie. I’m happily married to John, with whom I eloped when I was an 18-year-old freshman in college. It was quite the scandal. We have four beautiful children and 11 grandchildren.

I won my first writing award in the seventh grade in a statewide essay contest about a television broadcast of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. Instead of Silver Skates, they sent real skates, which I enjoyed immensely. I’m only sorry I don’t still have them so they could hang in my office.
While moving 22 times across the country and rearing our children, I sold stories to Fate Magazine, Home Life Magazine and True Confessions. In 1988, I sold my first novel and a week later received a two-book contract from Fawcett. Sixteen novels later, I’ve seen The Other Amanda win the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Write Touch Readers’ Award and Talk of the Town chosen by Cosmopolitan magazine as its “Red Hot Read” for February 2009.

Sherrill is also known as Lynn Leslie and Leslie Lynn.

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August 20, 2013
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