Talkshow Thursday: Meet Sherri Stewart
Sherri: I have been a fan of Corrie ten Boom since I was a teenager and read The Hiding Place. The atrocities that happened in Europe during World War II have always bothered me—that one man could rally a country to annihilate the Jews. Most of the survivors of the Holocaust have died now, and I’m afraid we’ll forget and become complacent, so I wrote this fictional account of a Jewish opera singer in Haarlem, a small town in the Netherlands.
LM: Research is an important part of writing a book. How did you go about researching A Song for Her Enemies and did you unearth a particular fun fact you knew you had to include in the story?
Sherri: I read every Corrie ten Boom book available. The two that I used the most in my book
LM: What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Sherri: Writing The End. Finishing the rough draft is hard. I’m a plantser, which means I write a synopsis of the book and then just glance at it from time to time. So each day when I open my computer to write, I’m not quite sure what will come out, and that makes me nervous. What if I don’t know what to write? What if the story isn’t logical or worse, what if it’s boring?
LM: What do you do to prepare for writing (e.g. listen to music, set up in a certain location, etc.)?
Sherri: You’re not going to believe this, but I need noise to write, so I always grab a coffee, sit in my big brown chair, and turn on the television. I don’t want the background noise to distract me so I choose cooking or travel shows, lectures on archeology or world history—that kind of thing. Then I make myself write 500 words.
LM: What is your next project?
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
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About A Song for Her Enemies:
Tamar’s love for Daniel flowers in hardship, but she struggles with the paradox that a loving God would allow the atrocities around her. When Tamar resists the advances of a Third Reich officer, he exacts his revenge by betraying the secrets hidden behind the walls of Neelie’s house. From a prison hospital to a Nazi celebration to a concentration camp, will the three of them survive to tell the world the secrets behind barbed wire?
A Song for Her Enemies is the story of a talented young opera singer and the bittersweet love that grows amid the tyranny and fear of World War II. Set against the backdrop of neighbors willing to risk their lives in the German-occupied, war-torn Netherlands, A Song for Her Enemies is an inspiring and beautiful novel celebrating the resilience of the human spirit and the determination of Christians in the face of persecution. It is a novel for everyone seeking to understand the pain of the past and be inspired to embrace hope for the future.
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Q8HF7Y5