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December 9, 2013

Meet Sherrill Willis

Where did you grow up/live now?
I grew up in Sacramento, CA, but always wanted to live in Wisconsin, which is where I live now with my two boys

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child, I dreamed of becoming a mother and a writer. I'm living my dream, and very grateful to my readers who make it possible.

How does a new story idea come to you? Is it an event that sparks the plot or a character speaking to you?
What a great question! I'm often inspired by things that happen either to me or around me. My sister and I talk every morning, and some of those conversations have inspired some of the funniest scenes I've written. But definitely the characters themselves speak to me. I have often wondered if I had lived 200 years ago if I would have been locked away due to all the voices in my head, haha.

What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?
I'm thrilled that I'm releasing my third book on Friday (12/13/13)! The hardest part of getting it done would have been due to my chronic migraines, that's why it takes me so bloody long to finish a book now. I'm very grateful I have the great support group I do, who always is there to lend an ear, a hand, a shoulder or whatever else I need. I'm extremely lucky.

On a Friday night, what are you most likely to be doing?
I love to write late at night when it's nice a quiet and the dark outside blocks my usual - Oh look, a rabbit! I get distracted quite easily I'm afraid.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon, Anne Rice, Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis (who is HYSTERICAL), Glenn Scrimshaw (also Hilarious), KD Emerson, Dean Koontz, Lee Childs. Oh - how many do you want? I love everything from popular fiction to romance to vampires (not Twilight, sorry) to well, anything that is well written. I'm in love with the written word!

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Do you have a bucket list? What are some of things on it?
Ah, my bucket's long, so I'll only list a few: I want to stand in the shadow of the Roman Coliseum, see a loch in Scotland, drink hot chocolate while looking at the Eiffel Tower, watch fireworks over the Boston Harbor and charter a plane. There's a few things that are on my mile-long bucket list.

What's the best writing advice you have ever received?
The best writing advice I ever got was a quote from Stephen King: Amateurs wait to be "inspired" - the rest of just write everyday. So I write everyday. I used to be in the other camp.

~About the Author~

I am the Author of Ruby Lake, A Wedding in Ruby Lake and Stay a While in Ruby Lake. I started reading when I was 3 and my parents encouraged me to start writing soon after. I wrote my first poem at age 5 (about a tree I believe) and this has been my passion for my entire life. Writing is what keeps me sane, and hopefully, connects me to others. I've always felt we are all connected, whether through experiences, blood or community. With my writing, my ultimate hope is to transcend barriers and reach out to those I might otherwise never meet.
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