Happy New Year everyone! Another year opens the door to possibilities. It's my hope that we grab hold of our potential and soar. As I christen 2019 I'm privileged to highlight author Sherri Stewart and her novel, Come out of Hiding.
Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel, sprinkled with romance and a strong message that challenges her faith. She spends her working hours with books—either editing others’ manuscripts or writing her own. Her hobby is traveling to potential settings for future stories. Next stop: Israel. Sherri lives in the Orlando area with her family and lazy dog, Lily. She loves to chat with readers about their ideas. Contact her at www.stewartwriting.com.
My Crazy Girls By Sherri Stewart You might think from the title that I have a bevy of daughters, but I don’t. I have one son, Josh, who’s more quirky than crazy. What I’m referring to is the leading ladies of my books. They all deal with “issues,” that are exacerbated by the suspenseful occurrences and romance in their lives. Meet my first female character, Julie Richards, an attorney, who’s afraid to leave her house. It’s called agoraphobia, which for Julie started when her parents died in a plane crash. She tamped down grief due to the rigors of law school and refused to get help. Now years later, she’s a mess and her house isn’t so safe anymore. Come Out of Hiding. My newest female lead, Lily Rountree, deals with guilt, which only occurs around Christmas. It manifests itself in her propensity to forget things, like showing up for dates and appointments, and forgetting to turn off the kitchen faucet. She also likes to sleep in the most embarrassing places. Sleeping through Christmas. All of my lovelies are believers. Most have made Christ their Savior, but there’s a disconnect when it comes to their issues. It could be that they’re embarrassed. After all, if they truly believed in God, wouldn’t they be able to resolve their problems? As in life, sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better. Writers call it Character Arc, and by the end of the book, the ladies confront their issues and move toward overcoming them. I say, move toward, because life requires baby steps.
How about you? Have you ever dealt with a deep issue that manifested itself at a certain time of year in a unique way?