Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Meet Sherri Sand - Interview & Book Giveaway

Sherri SandIt’s my pleasure to introduce Sherri Sand, author of the debut novel Leave it to Chance. Let’s meet Sherri!



THE BIO

Sherri Sand is a wife and mother of four young children who keep her scrambling to stay ahead of the spilled milk. When she needs stress relief from wearing all the hats required to clothe, feed and ferry her rambunctious brood, you’ll find her sitting in a quiet corner of a bistro reading a book (and surrounded by chocolate). Then to elude that calorie consumption you might see her running on the trails throughout Eugene, a city considered to be the running capital of the world. Sherri is a member of The Writer’s View and American Christian Fiction Writers. She finds the most joy in writing when the characters take on a life of their own and she becomes the recorder of their stories. She holds a degree in psychology from the University of Oregon where she graduated cum laude.

THE INTERVIEW

JA: Your debut novel is Leave it to Chance. What’s it about?
SS: Single mom of three, Sierra Montgomery is desperate to find a new job to keep from having to move back home and be smothered to death by her mother’s good intentions and overbearing love. So when Sierra inherits Chance, a quirky old gelding she doesn’t have a clue what to do with, she thinks her best bet may be to sell the horse to cover another month’s rent—a decision that devastates her children.

SS - Leave it to ChanceEnter Ross Morgan, a handsome landscaper who just happens to have an empty barn and fenced pasture… perfect for an old horse to live out his days as the pet of three wounded kids. Ross develops a soft spot for eldest child Braden…and he just might have one for Braden’s mother. But what he doesn’t have is time for distractions—he’s got a landscaping business to run and nursery plants to tend.

But Sierra has a secret. She’s terrified of horses and—thanks to her past—wary of attractive men. Yet seeing the way her angry son idolizes Ross and adores that old horse forces Sierra to confront her fears. Will she remain distrustful and self-reliant, or will she seek help from God and those who love her?


JA: Chance is quite a unique animal. Did his character evolve as you wrote the book, or did you know how he’d be from the first word?
SS: Some of his antics surprised me, but he fits so beautifully into the story.

JA: Sierra Montgomery is a struggling single mom with horse and man issues. What’s your favorite thing about her?
SS: Her love for her children, even when she’s completely exasperated, her heart aches to be a good mom.

JA: What do you hope people take away after reading Leave it to Chance?
SS: The sense that we don’t have to do it on our own. That God truly wants our best and won’t leave us to flounder.

JA: What’s next for you in the writing arena?
SS: I’m working on a collaboration series with another writer. I just met with her and our agent a few weeks ago to do some brain storming and character development. It’s going to be a fun series to write.

JA: You have a degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. Do you find this insight into the human psyche gives you an edge when you’re creating characters?
SS: I think I’ve always been an observer of people and studying psychology helped me understand some of the why’s behind what people do. I think that’s one of the fun things about writing is to back a character into a tough corner and see how they respond. Sometimes they surprise you.

JA: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
SS: Hmmm . . . that I love fast cars. I grew up in a small town where muscle cars and the boys that drove them were at the center of most everything that was happening (and not all of it good). My mom would have had heart failure when I was fifteen if she’d known that I was a passenger in Barracuda traveling just over 100mph. Hopefully my daughter will have better sense than I did.

JA: Are there any books you just can’t wait to get your hands on?
SS: Anything by Siri Mitchell, Susan Meissner or Kristen Heitzmann.

JA: Last but not least, how can people keep up with your latest publishing news?
SS: I’ll keep updates on my website as well as send out quarterly newsletters.

Thanks for being a guest on the blog, Sherri. May God continue to bless you in your writing journey!

JEN’S REVIEW

I admit it, I’m one of those horse crazy girls who never really grew out of it. So when I found out that Sherri Sand’s new book contained romance AND a horse, I was hooked.

Leave it to Chance is a sincere story of a single mom struggling to keep her children’s world from falling apart. Financial problems abound, and even though Sierra believes that God exists, she’s convinced He’s got bigger things to worry about than her. This feeling is only reinforced when all her efforts to move her family forward seem to fail.

Sand has written a lovely first novel. She really nails the mother/child dynamic here, not only with Sierra and her children, but with Sierra and her own mother. Unique secondary characters and a hunky hero with issues of his own round out the novel and make it a truly wonderful reading experience. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to future offerings from this talented new author.

WIN THE BOOK

If you’d like to be entered to win a copy of Leave it to Chance just leave a reply to this blog. I’ll combine the responses of my Blogger and ShoutLife blogs to pick a winner at random on May 28th. Please leave an email address so I can contact you if you're the winner. (To prevent spammers from trolling for your email, please use this format with the brackets--you [at] yourmail [dot] com--or something similar.) ShoutLifers will be contacted via ShoutMail. Good luck!

21 comments:

Hil'Lesha said...

Sounds like a good read!


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traveler said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway. I enjoyed the interview and learning baout this special story. It is captivating.

windycindy said...

Hi, I always enjoy your interviews. I appreciate all of the opportunities to win wonderful books! Cindi
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Carole said...

I appreciated the interview and would love to win Sherri's new book. Thank you for the opportunity!

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Jennifer AlLee said...

Hello, ladies! Good to see you all here. This really is a lovely book. Good luck to you!

tetewa said...

Thanks for introducing me to another new author, sounds good!

anne said...

Thanks for this giveaway. Wondeful interview and lovely novel which appeals to me.

ellie said...

Your review and interview has captured my interest in this wonderful book. Thanks for this chance.

Sherri Sand said...

This was a fun book to write. I hope you all enjoy it. Thanks for hosting me, Jennifer!

stampedwithgrace said...

soudns like a good book, and the cover is beautiful!

Ivan Girl said...

i'm intrigued by this book. the interview made the book more interesting. :)

please toss my name in the hat.

ivan[dot]girl25[at]gmail[dot]com

dolls123 said...

Count me in

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Carolynn W. said...

I've seen a lot of great reviews of this book, I really want to read it. Thanks for the chance to win!

Karin said...

Count me in...thank you!

Congrats on your first book!

Pamela J said...

Sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.
Pam
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Charlotte said...

It sounds like a really good book! I like romance novels (especially Karen Kingsbury!) and I also love horses! Thanks for the interview and please enter me into the giveaway.

My e-mail is: arabian090[at]hotmail[dot]com

petite said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway. What a lovely book to enjoy. Interview was fascinating.

Jennifer AlLee said...

The winner of "Leave it to Chance" is Ivan Girl! Congrats, and thanks to everyone who stopped by :+}

Ivan Girl said...

yey, I won! :) thanks Jen!

what a nice birthday gift to me. :)

razi said...

thanks nice info..

bima said...

great