Monday, February 20, 2012

Interview with YA Romance Author Sherry Gammon

Sherry Gammon is a mother of six beautiful children. She began writing poetry at the age of 12, and fell in love with writing. Sherry is a grandmother to one beautiful baby…so far, and has written four books. Unlovable is the first in the series but each one is a standalone book. A bit of trivia about Sherry! She was not happy with the way Ms. Rowling was killing off her favorite characters in Harry Potter, so she rewrote the book how SHE wanted it to end…needless to say, it will never be published.

Unlovable is a very lovable story…Despite the heart-breaking moments of this novel (and Unlovable has quite a few of these), I loved every word, sentence, page, chapter I read. While I usually prefer more lighthearted stories, there is something special about this novel and the way it's written that made it possible for me to get completely sucked into the story.” –Fictional Distraction

Hello Sherry! This book is a young adult romantic thriller. Please tell us about your novel.

Seventeen year-old Maggie Brown is truly the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes. But drugs are not Maggie's problem... her mother is. Maggie’s struggling with her growing feelings for the new guy at school, Seth Prescott, and fears he is just another person who will let her down, like everyone in her life has done thus far. Seth Prescott is an undercover cop assigned to Port Fare High, and despite his job, he’s developed strong feelings for Maggie. Seth’s working tirelessly to flush out the sadistic drug peddlers that have invaded the small town of Port Fare, New York, while Maggie fights to stay alive as the search turns deadly. Seth and Maggie’s romantic journey is one of humor, heartbreak and self-discovery as their world is about to change forever.

Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

I grew up with a couple of girls who had a rough go of things. I formed Maggie's character around these two girls. The drug part was all made up, thankfully!!

Thrillers tend to keep a reader on the edge of their seat. What kind of research did you have to do for this novel?

Lots. I didn't know anything about guns, drugs, or the MET. I had to research quite a bit, plus I interviewed people I knew who were familiar in each of these areas.

I bet that was so interesting to interview all those people. What does your family think about your writing?

Love it. Completely supportive in every way! I'm very blessed, that's for sure. My hubby is very encouraging. He is a good editor also! 

Now it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.

I have six toes on both my feet! 

What did you say? Hahaha! Well, at least you got my readers attention.

Okay, not really. I have lived in five states and 26 different homes! I am a nomad, my kids hate it! We have lived in our current town/ward for almost nine years now. A record for us! And we don't plan on moving any time soon. We love New York…though we hate the taxes!! We are only 20ish minutes from the sacred grove!! Is there a more perfect place! 

Oh my gosh! 26 homes? I bet that’s a real record for most kids. So you’re from New York, eh? My hubby and I went to Palmyra and walked through the historical sites a few years ago. It was the most amazing experience. We even saw the Hill Cumorah Pageant.  Loved it! I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a fun and spiritual vacation.


Linda said...

I thought moving to three farms was a lot! 26 homes!!! Unbelievable!
I love to read YA books, so count me in. I share them with my nieces/nephews as appropriate. Thanks.

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Jodi said...

I have loved Sherry and her hubby for years. I can not wait to read her books. She is so fun and has a great sense of humor. I love that she has grown so much spiritually and is sharing her life experiences with us in the form of a book. I can verify that she does not have 6 toes on each foot. HaHaHa But that is her personality, sometimes you wonder if she is serious. She is just an amazing woman with so much to share.

Clover Autrey said...

That cover is simply gorgeous and eye-catching.

It definitely captures a mood. I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but that one would definitely draw me in.

Carol N Wong said...

I like to read YA books too. It so hard to believe that she moved to so many places. I am one of those who don't really live to change my surrounding!

Thank you so for this giveaway.


Mary L Walling said...

Book sounds great! Interview interesting and amusing. Will be adding this book to my ever growing pile of books to read. I love a good romance/mystery thriller and good for you on your own rewrite of Harry Potter. I didn't like the way it ended either.

karenk said...

a great posting...
thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

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Gail Pallotta said...

Your book sounds wonderful as though it would be both suspenseful and heartwarming. Also, a good read for youngsters.
I have to share, I know another person with six toes on both feet.

Kat said...

I really enjoyed New York when I visited, but I like my small town!

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Marianne said...

One of my cousins is also a nomad. We can count on him not staying anywhere for more than three years! Even his wife says that. But 26 would definitely beat that. Not a big fan of YA, but this one sounds great. Thanks, Linda and Sherry for the interview and opportunity to win.

marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

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Anonymous said...

Thanks Linda for doing this. I loved doing the interview also! Best wishes on your novels.
PS. I DO NOT have six toes, I was kidding. I do have six fingers though and it helps a lot with typing;}
PSS. Love you Jodi!!

Marie said...

I saw this book on Amazon ad thought it looked interesting. This is great!

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, Linda! You’re the winner of Unlovable. I know you'll enjoy this book. Thanks, everyone, for participating in this giveaway. Each week I have new giveaways so please stop by often.