I have been fortunate enough to read both of Sherry's stories. They are good--like seriously good.We're focusing on Dandelion on Fire today, but from one book-lover to another, read Like Ice. You will be extremely glad you did.
Sherry so graciously answered several of my fangirl questions below. And her answers? Complete awesome.
In your book, Dandelion on Fire, what made you choose its island setting?
There's something about islands that invoke mystery to me. Plus, creating a fictional place like Greene Island allowed me to give it that mystical history that it’s cursed.
I love them too! I knew I was going to use Hardy right away for the main character. I was a big fan of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, and since I was writing a mystery, this was a no-brainer. Darcy came from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and Viola came from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It's no coincidence that my Viola came out of the sea because Shakespeare's Viola found herself shipwrecked at the beginning of Twelfth Night.
No, not at all. It's not as hard as you might think it is. I love a good page-turner, so for me it's all about the story, not teen behavior. Having said that, let’s give teens some credit. Not every teen is out there having sex, cussing, and getting drunk. People will say things like "But having those elements in a YA book is just being realistic.” In my opinion people are devaluing teenagers when they say that. Books can influence how young people see themselves. If they're only reading books with questionable behavior, you're treating them as if they have no value. That's why I keep it clean and weave in themes of overcoming obstacles, dealing with low self-esteem, and perseverance. These are the things that shape character and make us human.
Very fun! There's nothing I like better than supernatural or sci-fi elements in a story. So naturally, these are going to show up in my books.
The social differences were important to who these characters were. That made it a very natural thing to write. These characters were who they were because of where they came from. Darcy’s living situation was difficult, but I also think it was realistic. Not everybody has an easy life.
Yes, I do. I'm a sappy romantic at heart, so all my books will probably have a romantic element to them even though it might not be the central story. I'm such a girl.
Yes, I’m well into writing the next book in the series. I have a lot of readers anxious to see what happens with Hardy and Darcy. Book two of the Greene Island Mystery Series is tentatively titled "The Curse of Viola." You’ll get a peek into Viola’s past and how she came to be what she is. I’ve woven her story into real history in the 1700’s which will make for some interesting “alternate history.” Hardy will start college on the island and you’ll see how his relationships with certain people evolve (wink - can't give away too much here). You're also going to see some new characters with new supernatural abilities. Hardy and his friends will face a new threat from Viola creating a whole new mystery.
I'm going to be busy for a while finishing the Greene Island Mystery series. I hope to have book two, "The Curse of Viola" ready sometime in early 2016.
I have a website — www.sherrytorgent.com. I love to do book reviews, so I have a blog Eight Ten on my site where I post my latest reads.
I also have a "Dandelion on Fire" Facebook book page. Please give it a like!
Twitter lovers can find me on twitter at @sherry_torgent
Thanks, Krissy. It was fun.