Monday, June 18, 2012

Bandit Creek Author ~ Sherile Reilly

Welcome to The Wormhole.
It is my pleasure to feature Bandit Creek author Sherile Reilly and her book Spunky.
About Sherile Reilly
Unlike her heroine, Sherile Reilly has never had to fret about hanging up her tap shoes. Trained as a singer and a pianist, she devoted her expertise to teaching sixth graders and learned as much from them as they learned from her. Sherile is now pursuing other passions, writing and painting. She’s had numerous showings of her art and her work has been selected as ‘Best in the Show’. She lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband Ed.
...and now that you want to know more about her...Sherile has stopped by for an interview:
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I first realized I wanted to be an author when my husband and I were driving in Montana. I’d been reading a Judith Duncan novel and I loved the emotion. I wanted to write characters that a reader would love.

How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
When I wrote my first novel, I was teaching school and writing at night. My fifth and sixth grade students inspired me. I had fun reading them the stories I was writing. They were quick to offer suggestions.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
When I write I must have an outline. I want to know what will happen next. Once I know the sequence of the story, I can write it and enjoy the emotion.

Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
Reading books puts me in the frame of mind for writing. As a child, I devoured Enid Blyton books. I loved the children’s adventures and the settings—ancient castles, secret passages and caves.

What are you reading right now?
I’m always reading a variety of books. I just finished a novel about one of the Canadian Prime Ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier by Roy MacSkimming. Such novels are a wonderful way to learn history.

Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
My inspiration for writing comes from thinking about characters with flaws and problems. How does each person find a solution to his or her problems? How does a character grow and change and become a better person?

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
When I’m not busy reading, I paint. Recently I had 25 paintings in the show and sale at the Leighton Center. Juggling art and writing is a big job, but I love both of them and don’t want to stop doing either. I guess I’ll have to give up watching television at night.

I have a special place in my heart for Spunky; she’s outspoken but honest and loyal.  You can read Spunky by clicking on the following link.

Other books in the Bandit Creek series can be found at the following:

Tap dancing and riding her dilapidated bike are ten-year-old Sarah Crawford's, better known as Spunky, favorite activities.

After moving to Bandit Creek with her mom, Spunky discovers the old lady in the basement apartment dislikes both her and her dancing.

While practicing her tap steps in the garage, Spunky devises a wonderful scheme to raise cash for a new bike. However, disaster strikes when she is accused of theft and her great money-making plan is squashed.

Just when Spunky thinks that Bandit Creek is a horrible place to live, she's forced to defend her beliefs and her whole world changes. She discovers the town may be more exciting than she ever realized.

You can buy your own copy by clicking HERE.
Thanks for stopping by The Wormhole!
Happy Reading.


Roxy Boroughs said...

I have one of Sherile's paintings above my bed. Such a talent! Loved the story, too.

Mary Firmin said...

Reading this information about the book and the author made me wish I had a granddaughter to give it to. Lovely interview, Mary Firmin