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Welcome Sherry, so glad to have you here.
Shelley, thank you so much for asking me to be on your wonderful blog!
Tell us about yourself. I'm an Iowa girl who married a guy in the Air Force and moved around the country. I loved reading the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew books as a kid. But what made me want to be a writer was the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. Betsy wrote in an apple tree when she was young and fought to be published when she grew up. I wanted to be Betsy. They are wonderful books full of warm characters.
What was the inspiration for Tagged for Death? My editor (before he was my editor) in New York City actually had the idea to do a series with a yard sale theme. The chance to write a proposal for the series landed in my lap because Barbara Ross knew I loved yard sales. I combined my time living in Massachusetts, my life as an Air Force wife, and my love of yard sales for the series.
How did Sarah Winston come about? That is an excellent question, Shelley! I don't really know. I've written and rewritten another series that hasn't sold. When Barbara introduced me to agent John Talbot, he said he needed the proposal for the series as quickly as possible. The characters, synopsis, and first three chapters just poured out of me in four days. I'm still astonished by it and wish it would happen again!
Can you give us a sneak peek on what you are working on next? The Longest Yard Sale comes out June 30, 2015. The town manager hires Sarah to run New England's largest yard sale. It's the biggest event in Ellington, Massachusetts since the Revolutionary War and hopefully without the bloodshed. Sarah is mad as heck when someone uses the event to commit a crime and frame her best friend.
Aside from writing great books what are your hobbies? Do you have one that is your most favorite? I love going to yard sales, flea markets, and antique stores and trying to negotiate a lower price. It's like a game to me. And I love to read and go to movies. I think I love all three equally.
What are the first five books in your reading pile? Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins, Death with All the Trimmings by Lucy Burdette, Truth Be Told by Hank Phillipi Ryan, The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews, Razing the Dead by Sheila Connolly
Who is your favorite author? Just one? There are so many wonderful authors to choose from. I love Julia Spencer-Fleming's Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyneseries.
What three things do you want your readers to know about you? The opening for Tagged for Death and what comes of it came from a conversation I overheard in an airport about five years ago.
We lived in Bedford, Massachusetts and I fell in love with the history of the area. Our house was minutes from where Paul Revere was captured on his midnight ride from Boston. That site is now part of the Minute Man National Park -- everyone should go! Some people think the area is haunted by the soldiers who died on April 19, 1775. Some of the action in Tagged takes place along that trail.
I loved being an Air Force wife (even all the moves) and miss it now that my husband has retired.
You are going to throw a Holiday party and can invite five authors living or dead who would they be, what would the holiday be and what would be on the menu? Oh, this is fun and so hard to choose just five authors but here goes. I'd invite Craig Johnson, Sue Grafton, Phyllis Whitney, Julia Spencer Fleming, and Shakespeare. I'd have the party on the Fourth of July. The menu would include lobster, burgers, potato salad, cole slaw, and Wavy Lay's potato chips. We'd have key lime pie for desert and end the evening with a spectacular fireworks show.
I think this was the hardest question for me to answer. It's fun to have a book by an author you know and can have them there in person or via Skype. I've read so many great books this year that it's hard to choose. So I'll pick a book I read some time ago but has always impressed me. It's Jackdaws by Ken Follett -- I don't know him but it is a fabulous book set during World War II and about women who parachuted in to France to help the Resistance.
Bio: Sherry Harris started bargain hunting in second grade at her best friend’s yard sale. She honed her bartering skills as she moved around the country while her husband served in the Air Force. Sherry uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series. Tagged for Death, first in the series, released on December 2, 2014.
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