An Interview with Sherry Ewing

Knight-Cover-Brown-Final-Front-WEB-1800x2700Tell us about yourself.

My name is Sherry Ewing and I write historical and time travel romances to awaken the soul one heart at a time. I began my writing career late in life after my children were all grown so I’m now making up for a lot of lost time.

Are you a full time writer or do you have a “day job”?

I actually hold a full time job as an Information Technology Specialist and spend my evenings and weekends on my writing. I would love to be able to spend all of my time writing. So much writing to do…so little time.

What genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write medieval, time travel and Regency era romances all with a happily ever after. I picked up my first historical when I was just a teenager and have been hooked ever since. It was only natural that I would write in this genre.

How many books have you written?

I have a total of seven and a half books completed. As of July 16th, I will have published my fourth book in my series. Although they can all be read individually, it’s best to read them in order due to the introduction of other characters. I love when characters that I’ve come to love pop into other stories from an author I read and I couldn’t help myself from doing the same with my books, although that wasn’t my original intention. Do you have a favorite? I love Katherine and Riorden from For All of Ever and Only For You are my favorites and this is the reason they have two books. I had so much fun writing their time travel story, I couldn’t fit it all in one book.

Tell us about your current series/WIP.

My current book that releases July 16th is A Knight To Call My Own and a medieval romance. It continues the story of Lynet from Clan MacLaren who was first introduced in my debut novel of last year, If My Heart Could See You. I’ve actually had readers ask me when I would write her story. I couldn’t disappoint them.

What is your next project and when will it be released?

I’m currently working with seven other Regency era writers called the Bluestocking Belles. We’re working on a boxset of novellas that will be released right before the holidays. All royalties from the sale of the boxset will go to our mutual charity, The Malala Fund.

How has your experience with self-publishing been?

There’s so much to learn when you self-publish. It’s been worth every second of my journey even though sometimes I feel like pulling out my hair because it’s a lot of work. I like the idea of keeping control of my novels and being able to make all my own decisions as to price, covers, content, etc.

What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?

I would highly recommend that you have, at the very least, four to five books ready to be published before you release your first one. If readers like your work, they’re going to be looking for your next release and you don’t want them to have to wait perhaps a year before they can get a hold of book two.

How long have your book(s) been out?

How long between books if you have multiple sales—and if you have multiples did you see a bump in sales with subsequent publication? My first novel, If My Heart Could See You, published July 2014. It hit Amazon’s bestseller list two days after the paperback release. Four months later (November 2014), I released For All of Ever and Only For You followed March 2015. I’ve been trying to have a release out every four months. I noticed a considerable bump in sales of all my books as each one has released. All have hit Amazon’s bestseller list upon release for the eBooks and I couldn’t be happier.

Do you have any rejection stories to share?

I once had an editor that I was pitching to say she didn’t like strong heroines and asked what else I had. Trying to mask shock, I then proceeded to pitch my time travel but I was more than ready to thank her for my time and excuse myself. I remained polite but it was obvious she wasn’t interested in anything I had. But that was okay. It was just another step that pushed me towards self-publishing. I’ve never regretted the decision.

A Knight To Call My Own ~ Excerpt from Chapter Six

“And what of now, Lynet,” Ian continued. He sought to pull her to him but she brushed off his attempts and folded her arms about her. He gave a heavy sigh.
“Now?” She cried out with a muffled laugh, showing how truly distressed she really was. “Now, my laird, you are far too late, or did you forget I am at present only a prize to be won to the highest bidder?”
“I am sure I can convince Dristan to halt this nonsense of finding you a husband amongst those who may want to win your hand,” Ian declared. “Besides, I must needs marry, else the elders of the clan plan on ensuring they choose a bride for me.”
“Oh, do they now?” she huffed. “And, I suppose, you think I would at least be biddable and thankful to become your wife more so than any other of your acquaintance?”
“Why should my bride not be, at least, someone with whom I am familiar? At least, I know you.”
“Ha! You do not know me, else you would have been here long ago and not kept me waiting six long years to see you again!”
He advanced on her ’til she felt the wall pressed against her back. With nowhere else to turn, she held him back by firmly placing her hands upon his chest. Touching him was a huge mistake, for there was nothing but hard muscles beneath her fingertips, as solid as the stones behind her!
“Tell me you are not happy to see me, sweet Lynet.” The huskiness in his voice was almost her undoing, yet again.
She lifted her eyes to meet his. Damn! Mistake number two! She would not give him the satisfaction of knowing just how much she had missed him. “I am not happy to see you!” she retorted meaningfully. Lifting her chin a notch, she prayed the expression she gave him was a defiant one. His chuckle led her to believe she had failed in her quest to appear indifferent to his charms.
“Perchance, you should tell your eyes that, little one, for your gaze tells me your lips speak a falsehood.” His grin was surely from the devil himself, as it broadened whilst she attempted to mask her feelings for him. His deep laughter rumbled in his chest, only giving evidence she had completely forgotten her hands were still pressed upon his granite like torso. She let go quickly with the feeling she had been burned.
“Go back to the Highlands and marry some other witless girl. I care not who you wed, as long as ’tis not me,” she yelled, pulling herself from his arms and making her way to the door. She slid the bolt back and opened the door, only to come face to face with a very angry brother-in-law.
“Is there something amiss here?” Dristan demanded.
“Nay,” Lynet cried out in frustration, “nothing is amiss. Ian and I are finished here. Let the damn games begin!”

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Sherry Ewing picked up her first historical romance when she was a teenager and has been hooked ever since. A bestselling author, she writes historical & time travel romances to awaken the soul one heart at a time. Always wanting to write a novel but busy raising her children, she finally took the plunge in 2008 and wrote her first Regency. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, The Beau Monde & the Bluestocking Belles. Sherry is currently working on her next novel and when not writing, she can be found in the San Francisco area at her day job as an Information Technology Specialist.

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5 thoughts on “An Interview with Sherry Ewing

    • Thank you Stanalei. I’ve become partial to my time travel series. My last two stories that I’ve completed were both done during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I’ll be working on my next medieval come this November.

  1. WOW I’m so happy you self published . I mean really who wants weak heroine ??
    Look at Lynet she sounds feisty and fun ! Can’t wait to read about her leading Ian on a delightful chase 🙂

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