Chris is so kind to give me the chance to be here because my writing career is hardly what you would call long and prolific. I haven’t even written a book, never mind had one published, although, as a young girl, I did once write a short story called ‘The Phone Call.’ I made a cover for it, illustrated it and everything but when I read it out to my family, they all laughed. To be fair, so did I, even though it was supposed to be a thriller!
Undaunted, I kept hold of my wild and crazy dreams of becoming a published author and I never let go of my love for writing, funny or not!
As the years flew by, as they do, and I got on with the ‘stuff of life’, I found some quiet moments in which to write a few poems, keep a journal or two and I even tried my hand at writing song lyrics, none of which ever made the light of day, I might add.
Then, wouldn’t you know it, at a time when it seemed that everything was going wrong in my life, the opportunity to write, seriously, came at me full-throttle. It was nerve-wracking at first but after one or two false starts, I got back into top gear and took off, at last, down that writing highway.
That was three years ago and I haven’t looked back, although I have had to slow down to a lower gear from time to time as life dictates, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
When I’m bashing out the words on my laptop, it is the only time when I think of nothing else, the only time that I know I’m doing what I should be doing and all I feel is the wind blowing through my hair as I ‘drive’ on.
Many times, when plagued with self-doubt, I remember that during those long years before I started seriously writing, without realising it, I was gathering a good amount of writing material. Then I grab back the self-belief that I really can do this thing! I might be a late-bloomer but I hope to encourage others that it really is never too late to find your writing path.
Writing, like life, is a risky journey but I am willing to take those risks. I might spin out a few times, but just maybe I will write something that others will enjoy along the way. Who knows, I might even write a proper thriller someday! As I keep saying to myself, not only is it better to be late than never, it is also better to have written something than not to have written anything at all.
Sherri Matthews 2014
Sherri Matthews’ Bio
Sherri has worked in both the legal and medical fields but her defining and most fulfilling career was that of full-time mum for many years to her three, now grown children. Widowed young, remarried twice more, Sherri has faced many challenges, both in her home country of England and in California, where she lived and raised her family for almost 20 years.
The call of the pen beckoned throughout but it wasn’t until 2011 when Sherri lost her job due to office closure and her daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome that she began to pursue her writing dream.
Now, while writing her first book***, Sherri writes articles, poetry, short stories and flash fiction, some of which have been published in national UK magazines (Prima and Your Cat). Two of her poems and a non-fiction story are due for publication in two anthologies this summer.
Sherri also writes on her blog, ‘A View From My Summerhouse’ and guest blogs for a variety of websites as a freelance writer.
Today, Sherri lives, writes, walks, gardens and takes endless photographs in the West Country of England, happily with her husband, daughter, two cats and a corn-snake called Charlie (her daughter’s, acquired after many years of persuasion).
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