This week I spoke to Will Merrill about 9/11 called “Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes;” It really touched me as I heard the stories that Will told about the after effects of that violent act against innocent people. It was the most serious and important of the interviews I have had so far. I have had a lot of fun talking to my guests about their projects and I think they have enjoyed it too. This was the first time I was so touched by the subject. I enjoyed talking to Will who is a kind and gentle man. He also talks about this with passion and a great need to communicate what happened to real people during a horrible time and the affect on them both emotionally and physically. I was choked up a couple of times during the interview, It was fascinating, compelling and full of important information. Please listen to the interview; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2012/12/11/chatting-with-sherri It is a very important one. Below are the links for his book;
Amazon’s site; http://amzn.to/S5Es42
by Ananya S. Rajan on Goodreads can be found at; http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/363720317 . I really enjoyed this book very much and learned a lot from it.
The Large and Growly Bear and yes I do still own it.
What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an affect on your own writing?
I like all genres. I tend to get tired of trends and like to mix things up. I’m not sure if they affect my writing. When I write, I’m not thinking of anything but the story.
Do you remember what is the first book that touched you deeply?
The book was called Alabama Moon and it was part of the Harlequin for teens back in early 80s. I can’t remember the author’s name and really don’t remember much about the story, but I can still recall how it made me feel.
Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920, 1800’s so forth?
I like historical books more than contemporary, though I read both. As to a favorite era, I’m not sure. If the story is good, I don’t think I really mind what era the setting is. I like the WWII era because there are so many factors that can contribute to stories. I like to get emotional punches while I’m reading.
Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner?
I have to be at my desk to write. When I sit in front of my computer, it triggers something in my brian that says it’s time to work. I’ve never had a laptop though. If I did, I might find another place to let my creativity flow.
Do you prefer one genre to another?
I like fantasy and sci-fi and tend to steer away from formulaic romance. Don’t get me wrong I like romance, but prefer it to be a subplot. I’ve read more books in the young adult genre this year than anything else, but my favorite books range from Christian fiction to literary fiction.
Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do prefer an electronic devises?
I like holding a book in my hands and the feel of the paper as I turn the pages. I’ve read using electronic devices, but nothing beats a real book.
Can you tell us about what your working on now?
I’m currently working on the second draft of a women’s fiction novel. It’s called The Widows of Wyatt Abney. “Yancy and Beth lost a great love when Wyatt Abney died. When they meet again twenty-five years later they throw their families into turmoil and along the way discover whether they’ve truly moved on or merely moved forward.”