Today, I’m thrilled to have agent-mate, Sherry Kyle, hanging out! Sherry is super sweet and I had the privilege of reading her newest book, The Heart Stone--so warming and wonderful!
Sherry Kyle writes ReConnecting Faith and Fiction, including books for 8-12 year old girls, as well as novels for women. Sherry is the recipient of a Gold Mom’s Choice Award for her tween book, The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style. Abingdon Press released her debut novel, Delivered with Love, in 2011.The Heart Stone, her second novel, released April 1st, 2013. Sherry and her husband Douglas have four children and live by the ocean on California’s central coast. Readers can connect with Sherry on her website at: www.sherrykyle.com
Okay, Sherry! Let’s chat:
Jessica, thank you so much for having me on your blog!
JP: You are so welcome! Thanks for being here. Tell everyone what inspired the idea to write The Heart Stone?
SK: The heart-shaped diamond ring. I thought it would be interesting if a ring was offered to someone forty years ago, but now is worn by a single mother to fend off any unwanted advances. This idea intrigued me and propelled the rest of the story.
JP: I thought it was intriguing too! Speaking of intriguing, Uncle George was a missionary to the Philippines. Have you been on a missions trip there? Why did you choose the Philippines?
SK: No, I’ve never been there. I chose the Philippines because our adoptive daughter is Filipino and her birthparents were born there, even though we adopted her from California. I thought it would be a fun tie-in with our family.
JP: Oh I love that, Sherry! George shows his niece, Jessica, a fan and shares with her about the Philippine “fan” language. It reminded me a lot of Victorian “fan talk.” Is that real or was that something you made up?
SK: The fan language is real. I wanted to include something unique about the Philippines, and I thought the fan language was fun and interesting to incorporate into the manuscript.
JP: How cool! Can we expect to see future novels with any of the minor characters in The Heart Stone as main characters?
SK: I would love to write another story based on a minor character from TheJ I’m currently writing a story set in La Selva Beach, California, about a woman who discovers something in an old trunk.
JP: Sounds mysterious! Let’s talk sweets. Ice cream seems to be a favorite of little Jacob and Jessica (the main character). What is your favorite ice cream treat?
SK: The other day my husband and I went to Marianne’s Ice Cream, the real shop in the story, and had a single scoop on a sugar cone. I chose a flavor called Heaven and it’s my new favorite ice cream! It is vanilla with walnuts, chocolate, peanut butter, and brownie bites. Doesn’t that sound amazing? It was! I felt like I was living in my story because there was a woman with her son sitting in the exact spot where Jessica and Jacob sat. It was surreal.
JP: That sounds well…like Heaven! Evelyn has many memories of her dates with George as youngsters. Would you share where you went on your first date with your husband?
SK: Sure! My husband and I went to church to hear Chuck Swindoll, and then went out to A& V’s pizza in Fullerton, CA, on September 9th my freshman year in college. It was the first of many fun dates.
JP: I love that your first date was centered on Jesus! Going to hear Chuck Swindoll! I read on your website that your husband is a surfer? What about you? Do you surf?
SK: I tried surfing once in college, but it’s definitely not my sport. I don’t have the swimming skills and balance my husband has, and I’m not fond of salt water. Plus, the water is chilly where we live. Brrr! I’ll leave the surfing to him!
JP: And also sharks. Just sayin.
*Photos of beach and ice cream came from morgue file
Here's a sneak peek at The Heart Stone:
When the biological father of Jessica MacAllister’s son decides to break
Following a year of grief, Evelyn Sweeney is finally ready to move on. Pondering her new path in life, her mind drifts to her first love, George MacAllister…
When the lives of these two women cross, they discover that one heart-shaped ring binds their stories together. But will the results be a rekindled faith and new hope, or will it lead them both back into the darkness they’ve fought for so long?