By Sherri Stewart
You might think from the title that I have a bevy of daughters, but I don’t. I have one son, Josh, who’s more quirky than crazy. What I’m referring to are the leading ladies of my books. They all deal with “issues,” that are exacerbated by the suspenseful occurrences and romance in their lives.
Meet my first female character, Julie Richards, an attorney, who’s afraid to leave her house. It’s called agoraphobia, which for Julie started when her parents died in a plane crash. She tamped down grief due to the rigors of law school and refused to get help. Now years later, she’s a mess and her house isn’t so safe anymore. Come Out of Hiding.
My newest female lead, Lily Rountree, deals with guilt, which only occurs around Christmas. It manifests itself in her propensity to forget things, like showing up for dates and appointments, and forgetting to turn off the kitchen faucet. She also likes to sleep in the most embarrassing places. Sleeping through Christmas.
All of my lovelies are believers. Most have made Christ their Savior, but there’s a disconnect when it comes to their issues. It could be that they’re embarrassed. After all, if they truly believed in God, wouldn’t they be able to resolve their problems? As in life, sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better. Writers call it Character Arc, and by the end of the book, the ladies confront their issues and move toward overcoming them. I say, move toward, because life requires baby steps.
How about you? Have you ever dealt with a deep issue that manifested itself at a certain time of year in a unique way?
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Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel, sprinkled with romance and a strong message that challenges her faith. She spends her working hours with books—either editing others’ manuscripts or writing her own. Sherri loves traveling to potential settings for future stories. Israel was her last trip; a series of bed and breakfasts is her next. Sherri lives in the Orlando area with her family and lazy dog, Lily. She loves to chat with readers about their ideas. Contact her at www.stewartwriting.com.
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Books by Sherri Stewart
Come Out of Hiding
A Well-Founded Fear of Death
Stranded with Pearls
Last Chance Island
The Good Little Nurse
Call Me Jane
What she saw in Room 223