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During the next few months, I’m going to introduce you to four writers who blog about their writing life and share their journey toward becoming a writer.
Today I’m introducing Sherry Mathews.
Sherri has worked in both the legal and medical fields and as a full-time mum to her three children (who are now adults). Widowed young, remarried, divorced and remarried again, Sherri has faced many challenges both in her home country, England, and in California, where she lived for almost 20 years.
In 2011, when Sherri lost her job at the same time that her daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, she made the life-changing decision to begin a writing career. She has had articles and a prize-winning short story published in Prima and Your Cat magazines (UK) and guest blogs for a number of web sites.
Sherri is currently working on her memoir about her chance-meeting with an American G. I., when both were eighteen years old, and the cataclysmic events which profoundly altered the course their lives. She also blogs about her life, her travels and her writing journey at ‘A View From My Summerhouse’. She lives in Somerset in the West Country of England, happily with her husband, daughter, two cats and a corn-snake called Charlie.
She explains that she prefers working in nonfiction, especially memoir, because it helps her “come to terms with the past while bringing those memories into the present and so giving hope and strength for the future.” Her goal is to offer encouragement and entertainment to her readers.
Here’s how Sherri Matthews spends her days:
“I start on my memoir first thing, resisting with all my might the temptation to look at any emails and my blog until after I’ve bashed out what usually equates to between 2 – 3,000 words. This I am gettingslightly better at,” (she says optimistically).
“I start on my memoir first thing, resisting with all my might the temptation to look at any emails and my blog until after I’ve bashed out what usually equates to between 2 – 3,000 words. This I am gettingslightly better at (she says optimistically!). I become completely immersed and lost in my memoir writing but when I come up for air, it is with a strong sense of ‘fait accompli’, as in job done for today. Phew! Then I know I can put it aside, otherwise I could write all day. Maybe I should, maybe it will come to that if I am ever to get this book written, or at least the first draft. For now, I do need to take a breather and I do this by turning to other writing projects (articles and poetry for submission) but mostly blogging (my life-saver) which changes my focus, brings me back to the land of the living and prepares me for the next day’s
You can connect with Sherri through her blog, and follow her on Facebook, and find her on LinkedIn.
How do you spend your writing days?