I was lucky enough to get Sheryl to agree to an interview with me. Here's what she had to say:
1. What is the latest book or movie that made you cry?
The Secret Life of Bees.
2. What fictional character is most like you?
Lily Briscoe in “To the Lighthouse.” I identify with her as an artist who looks at an empty canvas and think how I can make a work of art out of nothing.
3. What is the greatest album ever?
Very hard question because I want to say Michael Jackson’s Thriller or Bob Marley’s Exodus.
4. Ok, Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter?
I have to say Star Trek because I grew up watching all the TV episodes and it made me think how limitless space is.
5. What is your ideal brain food?
Fish. All kinds – Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna etc.
6. What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?
I am proud of publishing my first novel “Journal According to John” because I have wanted to be a published author for so long.
7. You want to be remembered for....?
For writing great books, creating memorable works of art and perhaps most importantly, for being a good person.
8. Of those who've come before, the most inspirational are?
Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood. They are all great writers.
9. The creative masterpiece you wish bore your signature?
There are many but since I have to choose only one I’ll say “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
10. Your hidden talents are?
I paint and I am told that I am a good cook.
About the Book:
Following a nasty bar brawl, John, a twenty-eight-year-old man, follows a close friend’s advice and begins keeping a journal. He’s recently divorced from his wife, Debbie, and he hopes the journal will provide a tool with which to make sense of his brief, failed marriage and to determine why he is so emotionally challenged.
As a therapist specializing in behavioral issues, he knows he has to pull his own life together. If he tells people to clean up their own lives, modify their thoughts, and learn new, more appropriate behaviors, he knows that he’s got to step up and follow his own advice. Early on, he realizes that his mother, the curator of a gallery that specializes in steel art and other nontraditional works, has largely shaped his thoughts and actions. But just how much can he blame her for his current state of affairs?
Soon the words in the journal are flowing easily and quickly. When painful thoughts are no longer avoided and dreams provide fuel for his writing, the journal takes on a life of its own. Will John discover the reasons for his dysfunctional situation? Can keeping a journal help him improve his life?
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