Wednesday, February 15, 2017

#Interview - Mistaken Identity by Sherry Derr-Wille

Mistaken Identity
by Sherry Derr-Wille

Interview with  Sherry Derr-Wille:

Crystal: Today I am so happy to host Sherry Derr-Wille. Welcome Sherry! I'm excited to have you here today. Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?

Sherry: I started writing when I was 15 and a sophomore in high school. It was an English assignment and no one told me to stop the assignment. 55 years later I’m still writing. Along with that I am married to my high school sweetheart (53 years and counting), I have 3 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.

Crystal: What are you currently working on?

Sherry: I just finished a crime story, BLOOD RELATIVES. I am also working on a futuristic romance, RETURN OF THE ANCIENTS, and a Native American piece, SKY EYES.

Crystal: Where did you come up with the idea for either your current release or your current WIP?

Sherry: Many years ago I wrote the first draft of BLOOD RELATIVES. When I couldn’t find it, I started from scratch. RETURN OF THE ANCIENTS was inspired by the television show, Ancient Aliens. As for SKY EYES, I was driving across the Rock River one day and the characters were all on the bank of the river asking me to tell their story.

Crystal:Do you have a favorite snack that you like to munch on while writing? Yes If so would you mind sharing what it is with us?

Sherry: At present, it’s Cuties but usually it’s popcorn.

Crystal: Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?

Sherry: In my book MISTAKEN IDENTITY, I wrote a scene where the heroine arrives unannounced at her family’s Door County Wisconsin home on Christmas Eve in a blizzard. When the hero opens the door, he said, where did you come from? Her answer was Denver.

Crystal: When you are not busy writing wonderful stories to keep us lucky readers entertained, what do you like to do?

Sherry: I edit books and work as a mentor for aspiring authors. I am also a professional crocheter. Do you have a hobby? I guess it would be reading and crocheting. 

Crystal: Do you have a favorite background noise you like to having going while you write (TV, Music, kids playing)?

Sherry: I usually have the TV going for white noise.

Crystal: Thanks for visiting. It has been a pleasure having you visit today. Can you think of anything else you would like to share with us today?

Sherry: It’s been a pleasure. It’s always fun to share my love of writing. Guess it shows as I have 76 books to my credit. Do you get the impression I do what I love and I love what I do?


Katelyn Devereaux needs a vacation. More than a vacation, she needs to put Denver behind her as well as the man who wants her as his wife and the birth family who is insisting on finding her.

A secluded cottage on a lake in Wisconsin sounds like the perfect spot to get away—or is it?

Seth Miller knows the reason that he mistook Katelyn for Genean is his knowledge that his best friend’s wife was adopted by strangers at birth. Of course he can’t change the facts that Genean and Katelyn are sisters, especially after he learns that the company she wants to visit in Wisconsin is owned by Genean’s brother, Randy, and her husband, Brad.

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Sunlight shimmered across the lake and it glistened as though it had been scattered with diamonds. As she stood there in awe, taking in the beauty from the cottage, the dock invited her into the picture of beauty. Taking her sketch pad and pencil with her, Katelyn Devereaux walked across the lawn and sandy beach until she reached the pier. Settling into the deck chair, she gazed out across the water.

It was such a beautiful morning. She was so glad she’d taken the advice of her friends and accompanied Suzie Branch to this secluded Wisconsin lake. She certainly needed a vacation and could think of no place more relaxing than this quaint cottage hidden away in a different world.

In the distance a loon called to its mate, waited for a few moments for a reply and called again. This was the kind of peaceful exchange she had not taken the time to listen for in months. She knew nature was all around her back home, but there never seemed to be time to sit and listen for it. In Denver she was nothing more than a machine pumping out sketches for her clients, and on occasion, playing the gracious hostess for Martin.

No, I don’t want to think of the daily grind of running the Devereaux Agency, nor Martin Collier’s marriage proposal. I need this time to figure out just who Katelyn Devereaux really is.

Katelyn turned away from the peaceful scene before her. Why can’t my life be this peaceful?

You know why, Katie. The sound of her father’s voice within her head caused a tear to escape from the corner of her eyes. She’d lost both of her parents at Thanksgiving and never really gotten over their deaths. The only thing that kept her from going completely over the edge was work, work and more work.

I don’t think I can do this, Daddy. I don’t love Martin. I haven’t even given him an answer concerning his proposal. Maybe I’m not cut out for the wife thing. Even if I did marry Martin, I wouldn’t be a wife, not in the conventional way. With him gone so much, life as his wife would be no different than life by myself.

Katelyn’s thoughts came as a shock. Never before had she admitted her true feeling for Martin. More than anything else in the world, she wanted to be a little girl again without all the problems of being a responsible adult. Back home in Denver, her life had become too complicated to allow her to rest. For the past eight months she’d been running the Devereaux Advertising Agency, and then there was Martin Collier’s marriage proposal. The fact she had just learned of the fact she was adopted, only added to the crazy quilt her life had become over the past few months. Perhaps if her parents had told her the truth the shock wouldn’t have been so profound but they hadn’t. She’d learned of her adoption only days after their funeral.

About the Author:

Sherry lives in a mid-sized Southern Wisconsin with her husband of 46 years, Bob, whom she deems a saint for putting up with a crazy writer.

With three children, seven grandchildren, more book signings than she can sometimes handle, she puts out four to five books a year and loves writing in her hot pink office.
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  1. Very nice interview. Enjoyed the excerpt very much. All the best, Sherry

  2. Thank you. I enjoyed writing this book and always happy when other people find it a good read.

  3. Delightful interview. Your life reminds me of mine before my first love passed on. Now remarried, I enjoy every moment writing each day, caring for four cats and my guy. Best to you in every way from Charmaine Gordon

    1. Thank you Charmaine. IT's always interesting when you marry your high school sweetheart.

  4. What a great interview! So nice to get to know authors better. Your book sounds interesting too.
    Good luck and God's blessings