Today we welcome Sherri Johnson to my blog. Thanks for stopping by, Sherri. Can you tell me about the book, and share the blurb
My next release is The Erie Canal Brides Collection: 7 Romances Develop Along Manmade Waterways of New York and Ohio. The ebook releases January 1st and the print version releases in March.
Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal connected the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, and soon other states like Ohio created canals linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Suddenly the Midwest was open to migration, the harvesting of resources, and even tourism. Join seven couples who live through the rise of the canals and the problems the waterways brought to each community, including land grabs, disease, tourists, racism, and competition. Can these couples hang on to their faith and develop love during times of intense change?
My story is called The Bridge between Us. Here is the blurb:
Susannah Higley is the daughter of sawmill owner Chauncey Higley. Since losing her fiancé to the railroad and his quest for gold, she has focused on her bookkeeping job with her father’s company, declaring never to love again. Susannah almost loses her life when the Albion, New York Main Street bridge collapses on opening day of the county fair, sending her and hundreds of others into the Erie Canal. When John Hawkins, returning from years away in New York City, saves her from drowning, Susannah finds herself drawn to him despite her opposition to love. Although John doesn’t plan to stay in Albion a day longer than it takes him to complete his business, he’s as captivated by Susannah’s beauty and intelligence as he was seven years ago, before his family left town over an unresolved feud between their grandfathers. Susannah’s loyalty to her grudge-holding father is weakened while her empathy for John grows as he works to clear his family’s name of the shame associated with it. Can she trust a man whose mission is to finish what their grandfathers started thirty years earlier? If so, will her confidence in John destroy her family or will it save it?
Where did you grow up and attend school? Are there any other authors in your family?
I grew up in Marietta, Georgia. I have a distant cousin who is also a writer and my daughter-in-law writes.
How did you get started writing? How old were you? What made you want to start? What did you enjoy reading as a child?
I fell in love with creating stories when I was eight years old. I’ve always loved all kinds of writing except for poetry and essays. Haha!
As a child, I had two favorite books: The Little Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge and Flip, the Flying Horse. As a teen, I loved Poe, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. I began writing Christian Romance because I love sharing good stories with readers than bring hope and that don’t compromise values.
How and when did you and your husband meet? Was it love at first sight? What does he think about your being an author?
We met when I was fourteen. My father became the new pastor of the church my husband grew up in. His family no longer attended the church but they came back for annual homecomings. A few years later, I moved to my sister’s church and my husband was attending there. So we started dating and it was definitely love at second sight! He loves that I write and is ready for me to hit it big so we can own 40 acres and a tractor, haha!
How old are your children? Do they read your books? Have any of them got the writing bug, as well?
My daughter is 28 and my son is 24. Neither of them read romance, so they haven’t read my books. Neither one writes, but my daughter-in-law does.
How do you research the communities and people you write about? Do you find yourself having do a lot of research?
I usually start with internet searches and then go to the library or visit the places if I need to. It’s always fun to visit the spots! I love the research part of writing and probably do way more of it than I actually need to.
Which is your favorite book? Do you have a character in your books you identify with the most?
My favorite book, thus far, is Grafted into Deceit. The female character is strong yet tender and definitely in need of love. I suppose I’m a lot like her.
Share your bio
Sherri Wilson Johnson is a multi-published Inspirational Romance novelist, speaker, and virtual assistant. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is passionate about writing and publishing. Sherri has been published in The Erie Canal Brides (Barbour Books), 101 Simple Ways to Show Your Husband You Love Him by Kathi Lipp (Harvest House), Powerline 365 by Nicole O'Dell (Choose NOW Ministries), Open Hearts Family: Connecting with One Another by Jane Seymour (Running Press, Hachette Book Group), The Writing Academy’s Daily Devotions for Writers, and several homeschool publications.
She lives in Georgia with her husband and her spoiled dog. She loves spending time with her adult children and friends or curling up with a good book or her current work-in-progress. Sherri enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles in the winter, watching Bob Ross painting videos (although she can't paint), and counts the days every year until she can take another trip to the beach. You can find Sherri on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Find out more about Sherri at her website:
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