I asked a few of my author friends what they’re thankful for this Thanksgiving.
You met my friend Carol Ayer a few weeks ago. Here’s what she said.
I have a lot to be thankful for—family and friends, the sweetest cat in the world, a place to call home, and the opportunity to pursue my love of writing. But this year I am particularly thankful for firefighters. The wildfires in California get worse and worse every year and there doesn’t seem to be any relief forthcoming. As I write this, we are under another Red Flag warning and more fires are expected. This past summer, my mother and I evacuated to Sacramento during one of the huge fires started by dry lightning. As it turned out, the firefighters did a fantastic job of keeping the fire away from the city limits, so we were able to return home the next day. I am in awe of how these brave men and women spend weeks putting out fires that grow to thousands of acres. As a thank you, I am incorporating a fire-related storyline into my next book.
Another good friend is Sherrinda Ketchersid. Here’s what she said. I’m thankful for so many things, but as a writer I find I am most thankful for the friendships I have forged along the journey. Nobody “gets you” like a fellow writer. They have all the same joys, same frustrations, same fears, same everything as you—and let’s face it, all writers face these things on a continual basis. I am particularly thankful for my critique groups, who take my writing to a higher level and teach me what I need to know along the way. They have encouraged me and provided the icing needed after a good “kick-in-the-pants”. They spur me on!
Thanks for stopping by and meeting some of my friends.
I’m thankful for my family, my friends, and you my readers. I’d love to hear something you’re thankful for this year.
I’m so happy to have Sherrinda join us today. She even agreed to answer rapid-fire questions. Here we go.
What’s the title of your new book?
His to Keep
What’s your elevator pitch?
Yikes, I didn’t think of an elevator pitch. Let’s see… A Scottish knight receives a castle as an inheritance, but must marry the woman within—a woman who has sworn to never let a Scot pass through her gates.
Do you prefer college sports or professional sports?
I like watching college sports better. They seem to have more “life” to them for some reason.
With three boys at 6’5”, 6’7”, and 6’4”, I prefer basketball. That’s the sport I know best from sitting in the stands at the hundreds of basketball games through the years.
Return to Me is one of my favorite romcoms. I just love the chemistry and all the secondary characters. Of course, I do love Pride and Prejudice—almost every version of it.
Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Maybe tell why, or not.
This is hard! But I think I would have to go with the gospel of John. I love the gospel of John. I’m not really sure why, but it seems more narrative—and I love story.
Where’s your favorite spot to write? Is this a different spot than before COVID?
I have an art/writing room with a fun lounger there. I wrote most of His to Keep there. But since COVID, I have been sitting on the couch in the living room more. I don’t know … maybe it’s because it seems more open and bright. I need that right now.
Who has inspired your writing?
I got started reading medieval romance when I found Lynn Kurland’s books. She writes clean medieval romance with time travel, and I adore her writing. I kept thinking of story ideas while reading her books and thought I’d give it a try.
Did you have a favorite book as a child?
I loved the Chronicles of Narnia and have read those many times. My grandmother also gave me The Girl of the Limberlost, and it is one of my favorites.
Why do you write historicals?
I like historicals because they are interesting. I love the research, and I love finding unique stories that stir the imagination. I used a piece of history to give my hero, Ian, a way to steal into the castle in His to Keep. It is gross, but brilliant!
I’m sure you’re curious about His to Keep. Here’s what you need to know.
Title: His to Keep
Tagline: He’s fighting for his inheritance—she’s marrying her sworn enemy.
Back Cover Copy:
When Ian McGowan attempts to claim Whitfield Castle as his rightful inheritance, he finds himself barred by a tempestuous lass who is entailed to be the bride of the castle’s new owner.
Claire Beaumont, the orphaned ward of Whitfield, has good reason to hate Scots, and she is not about to let a Scot enter her beloved home. But when the handsome knight steals into the castle and proves his claim on the land, she must face her ultimate nightmare—marriage to her sworn enemy—in order to save those she cares about most.
Restoring the failing Whitfield Castle while wooing his defiant intended proves more challenging than Ian anticipated. His struggles reach a crisis when his nemesis arrives at the castle, and he must overcome his past demons to prove his worth. He must fight for what is his to keep—and it could well cost him his heart.
Sherrinda Ketchersid is a lover of stories with happily-ever-after endings. Whether set in the past or present, romance is what she writes and where her dreams reside. She resides in Dallas, Texas with her preacher husband and scruffy dog, Phineas.