What Do Writers Do When They’re Not Writing?

We plot books together!

Sometimes in big groups, sometimes in smaller groups. One of my favorite things to do is brainstorm with other folks. There is nothing more amazing than putting together a bunch of creative minds and seeing what will happen. I’m lucky to be involved in a vibrant writing community. While I have a regular critique group I meet with, I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to meet with other groups.

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Storytelling is storytelling and it doesn’t much matter what genre someone is writing. While there are certainly idiosyncrasies within the different genres, the basics don’t change. Sometimes it takes a new perspective to put everything into..well…perspective!


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Recently I meet with Renee Ryan, Victoria Alexander and Louise. It was an all day session and we were all brain dead by the evening! You’re probably looking at the gorgeous house in the background. Victoria lives in a beautiful historic home with stunning details. It’s the perfect place to find inspiration. We watched the snow fall through lace curtains and enjoyed lunch in a stunning, renovated kitchen. We also got some work done as well 🙂

Do you have a group you meet with on a regular basis? Quilting, knitting, book club? Tell me about your favorite get together.

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The Marshal’s Ready-Made Family

4 ½ stars from RT Magazine, Susan Mobley says, “A lovely marriage-of-convenience story, the interaction between the two main characters is a joy to start.”

Gentlemen don’t court feisty straight shooters like JoBeth McCoy. Just as she’s resigned to a lifetime alone, a misunderstanding forces the spunky telegraph operator into a The marshal's ready-made familymarriage of convenience. Wedding the town’s handsome new marshal offers JoBeth a chance at motherhood, caring for the orphaned little girl she’s come to love.

Garrett Cain will lose guardianship of his niece, Cora, if he stays single, but he knows no woman could accept the secrets he’s hidden about his past. The lawman can’t jeopardize Cora’s future by admitting the truth. Yet when unexpected danger in the small town threatens to expose Garrett’s long-buried secret, only a leap of faith can turn a makeshift union into a real family.

Sherri Shackelford
A wife and mother of three, Sherri’s hobbies include collecting mismatched socks, discovering new ways to avoid cleaning, and standing in the middle of the room while thinking, “Why did I just come in here?” A reformed pessimist and recent hopeful romantic, Sherri has a passion for writing. Her books are fun and fast-paced, with plenty of heart and soul. Write to Sherri at P.O. Box 116, Elkhorn, NE, 68022, email at sherri@sherrishackelford.com or visit sherrishackelford.com.
Updated: February 23, 2014 — 5:40 pm

12 Comments

  1. My husband and are part of a small group through our church. We get together every Sunday evening and discuss, read books and learn to grow closer to God.

  2. That sounds like fun! I think I would have a blast shooting the breeze and storytelling with authors. 🙂

  3. Jennifer, Isn’t it amazing how energized you feel after being with a group?

    Susan, It’s fascinating how other writers develop the story.

  4. Congrats, Sherri on the 4 1/2 star review from RT. That’s awesome! I love a good marriage of convenience story, and this one sounds fun. 🙂

  5. Your book sounds so good! Marriage of convenience stories are my very favorite!!! I think my favorite gatherings are with the girls in my youth group. It is a great time to fellowship and encourage each other. 🙂

    Mrs. Witemeyer, I absolutley love the marriage of convenience story you wrote in Short Straw Bride! I love all of your books! 🙂

  6. I think that most women talk about mutual interests when they are together because we are drawn to others with the same interests. Mothers are drawn to other mothers, dieters are drawn to others who are dieting, quilters to quilters and so on. I think it is great that you share a common interest and can bounce ideas off each other.

    The marriage of convenience story sounds like a good one. I am sure I will enjoy it.

  7. the book sounds great, Sherri. Can’t wait!
    Small groups. Well, the Romance Authors of the Heartland in Omaha.
    And
    The Iowa Nebraska Group affiliated with ACFW.
    I can’t think of any others. I need to get out more!!!!

  8. Thank you, Karen, LOVE your books!

    Kaylea, wasn’t Short Straw Bride the BEST!!

    Connie, There’s nothing more wonderful than finding someone who shares the same passion 🙂

  9. Mary, thank you for including me in Iowa/Nebraska ACFW 🙂

  10. Hello Sherri. Sounds like a lot of fun for you writers to get together.I always enjoy being in a group from our church or a widows group from church that I am a member of. Also the Senior Center here in town. Would be interesting to listen to a group of you authors. This book caught my attention when I first saw it and I would love to read it. Maybe can find it in some give-aways. Please keep up yhr good writing Sherri. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  11. Marriage of convenience stories offer some good plot possibilities. This sounds like a good one. It sounds like he found just the right woman to handle the secrets he has kept hidden. Congratulations on the great RT review. I look forward to reading THE MARSHAL’S READY MADE FAMILY.

    Most of the groups I belong to are service groups more than social groups. They are all good people, so it is enjoyable to get together. I do belong to one group that is primarily social, a member of the GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs). Though small and a nice social group, they are involved in community projects. The primary organizations I belong to are the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities. They are both groups of great people, with the meetings full of serious business, but also a good time to visit with people who share similar values and commitments. I belong to several other groups that share the same focus as the RC and CC.

  12. Hello, Maxie! I love going to the senior center and listening to stories people tell. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t have an absolutely fascinating life!

    Patricia, those groups sound awesome!

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