Good morning, readers. Today, we’re excited to welcome Sherri Stone, author of The Confession of Tobias Tucker.
Hello, Sherri. Here’s your first question.
Do you have any interesting writing rituals?
Well you can chalk this up to just the tiniest little bit of OCD, but I have a hard time writing if my work area is messy, so I will usually straighten and organize just on and around my desk before I can focus on writing. It’s a double-edged sword, though. While it keeps my office organized and neat, it can also become an excuse for not writing. A more fun thing for me is that I keep a small drawer in my desk filled with Dove dark chocolate with almonds. Chocolate is this writer’s best friend and motivator. Write 500 words, eat a piece of chocolate.
I like this plan! Now, where did I put that chocolate? 🙂 Now…
What is the book about?
This book is Grace’s story. Before she was born, her father broke with his family over something terrible. It was so bad that he never spoke of it, even to her mother. Now her parents are gone and her grandfather (whom she has never met) asks her to visit him and help him make this terrible secret right again. The secret is much worse than she ever imagined and murder and kidnapping await her. Of course, the Sheriff becomes an unwilling ally, and they have more in common than they know. She goes from being a suspect in a double murder to a loose end that someone is trying hard to tie up.
Wow. Sounds like a stay-up-all-night story. So tell us…
What is your favorite part of the book?
There are a couple of places in the book that I really love, one of which is when Grace encounters an intruder in her home. She’s a tough chick and I love that about her.
Gotta love a strong female protagonist. No wimps here. 🙂
Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?
Not everyone is born into an Ozzie and Harriet kind of family. As my husband says, some of us are more Ozzie and Sharon. Grace struggles with the terrible past of her family and wonders how she can possibly ever make up for it and make amends. Through the story she begins to learn that while she is not responsible for her family’s legacy, she does have a chance to change that legacy and begin a new one for her generation and those to follow. I would like for readers to get a sense of that in their own lives, that whatever has gone before, God is the God of healing, restoration, and making all things new. Sometimes we need to be set free from our past, and I’d like for readers to know that the very act of being set free is a testimony to what God can do – no matter how bad we think our past is.
That is a much-needed message in today’s world, Sherri.
Where can readers find you on line?
Readers, Sherri is offering a Kindle copy of her book to one blessed commenter. Leave a comment for a chance to win!
Grace Tucker’s father took a dark secret to his grave. Now the grandfather she’s never met reaches out to her for help. He’ll tell her the secret – if she promises to help him make things right. It’s a temptation she can’t refuse, but before the sun sets on her first day there, heart-stopping revelations and murder turn her visit into a nightmare. Everyone, including the Sheriff, thinks she’s after her grandfather’s money. Worse, she doesn’t know the secret, but someone out there isn’t taking any chances. They’re determined to bury the secret once and for all, and Grace along with it. With her life and sanity on the line, the wise, old saying comes back to haunt her with a twist: be careful what you wish for, it just might get you.
Sherri has been a social worker for twenty-five years in the fields of mental health, hospice, and now home health. She and her husband, Jeff, are working on their house, a never-ending project, and busy being the keepers of a very naughty terrier named Riley. They live in the panhandle of Florida which is not nearly as warm as it should be at the moment. Looking forward to spring!!