Thursday, May 16, 2019

Talkshow Thursday: Meet Sherrinda Ketchersid

Talkshow Thursday: Meet Sherrinda Ketchersid

Linda:  Thanks for joining me today. Congratulations on the release of your debut novel, Lord of Her Heart, a medieval romance. What was your inspiration for the plot?

Sherrinda: Thank you so much for having me! My original inspiration for the plot came when I was researching convents in the middle ages. I learned that wealthy and/or noble girls as young as seven years old were sent to the convent for an education that would enable them to run a castle and/or manor proficiently. I wondered what would happen if a family decided to leave their daughter at the convent. Or what if the family ceased communication with her? Or what if the abbess forced her to take or vows or marry her off to an old, rich man? These questions led me to develop a plot with a wee bit of mystery and suspense.

LM: What is it about the medieval time period that draws you to the era?

Sherrinda: I grew up loving the age of knights and dragons. My father loved reading fairytales to us and even drew coloring pages filled with knights and fair maidens. As I great older, I was drawn to the chivalry of knights. I used to think women in those days were helpless, but in my research, I found capable women who wrote books and even commanded castles under siege. I love that! Throughout the ages, some women rose to the challenge of making a difference in the world.

 LM: Research is a large part of any book. How did you go about researching Lord of Her Heart and did you discover any extra special tidbits of information that you just knew had to be included in the story?

Sherrinda: To research my book, I checked out history books from the library. I even checked out books from the junior section. They tended to be easier reads and had illustrated diagrams of castles and medieval life. As I mentioned earlier, learning about a woman’s education sparked the idea for the story. I also learned that the king can command a marriage—or his acting official, the justicar. The justicar would act on the king’s behalf when the king was off at war or out of the country, as the king was in the time of my story, 1198 AD.

LM: Do you do anything specific to prepare yourself for writing? Do you have to be in a specific place or are you able to write anywhere?

Sherrinda: I am weird in that I do not like to sit at a desk. It is uncomfortable to me and I like being able to curl my legs up under me a lot. So I sit on the couch or at a recliner in my art room/library. I always light a candle and have a cup of coffee or iced tea by my side. I know many people like to write at a coffee shop or Panera, but I am too distracted by everything going on around me. I need a quieter environment.

LM: What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?

Sherrinda: I wish I knew how to dance. We weren’t allowed to go to dances growing up, so I never learned. Now, I’m too embarrassed to get out and dance. Maybe one day I will take lessons.

LM: Here are some quickies:

Favorite actress: Meryl Streep. She is so versatile.
Favorite food: Pizza and hamburgers. This has been a challenge since I’ve gone low-carb, but I’ve found recipes that satisfies my craving for them.
Favorite childhood book: The Princess and Curdie by George McDonald. My dad got me started on George McDonald and I love his stories.

LM: What is your next project?
Sherrinda: I’m in the midst of rewrites on my second medieval, His to Keep. It is the story of Ian McGown, the head guardsman in Lord of Her Heart. I fell in love with him while writing Jocelyn’s story and knew he needed his own book.

LM: Where can folks find you on the web?


About Lord of Her Heart:

Lady Jocelyn Ashburne suspects something is amiss at her family’s castle 
because her father ceases to write to her. When she overhears a plot to 
force her into vows—either to the church or a husband—she disguises 
herself and flees the convent in desperation to discover the truth.

Malcolm Castillon of Berkham is determined to win the next tournament 
and be granted a manor of his own. After years of proving his worth on 
the jousting field, he yearns for a life of peace. Rescuing a scrawny 
lad who turns out to be a beautiful woman is not what he bargained for. 
Still, he cannot deny that she stirs his heart like no other, in spite 
of her conniving ways.

Chaos, deception, and treachery threaten their goals, but both are 
determined to succeed. Learning to trust each other might be the only 

way either of them survives.


  1. Linda, thank you so much for having me! I love talking medieval, so thanks for giving me a chance to share.

    1. You're very welcome! It was a fascinating interview, and I wish you much success with your book.

  2. Congratulations, Sherrinda! So delighted for you. I love this book! I want a movie from this book!

    1. Thank you so much, Tina! The book wouldn't be out in the world without you and your encouragement.