Monday, July 22, 2019

Sherrinda Ketchersid

Today I'm excited to introduce you to my dear friend, Sherrinda Ketchersid. We met online years ago and are part of a critique group. The first time I met Sherrinda face-to-face was at an ACFW conference in Dallas. I was so nervous, and she was so gracious! She will always be special to me.

Sherrinda Ketchersid is a lover of stories with happily-ever-after endings. Whether set in the
past or present, romance is what she writes and where her dreams reside. Sherrinda lives in
north-central Texas with her preacher husband. With four grown children, three guys and a gal,
she has more time and energy to spin tales of faith, fun, and forever love.

Sherrinda had her first book published this year, Lord of Her Heart. It's a historical love story, and I asked Sherrinda a few questions.

How did you become interested in historical fiction? Have you always been a history buff?
I love historical fiction because I can escape into a different world easier than in contemporary. I love knowing that people in years past experienced the same struggles with faith, love, and ... well, everything. Also, my dad loved the time period for its chivalry, and I can remember coloring pictures he drew of knights and fair maidens (He is an artist as well as an author.).

Is trust the central theme in this story?
It's funny, but I didn't write the story with that theme in mind. Originally, I wanted to convey a sense of belonging, which was illustrated by Jocelyn's desire to return home to her family. But as the story unfolded, it was clear that trust was a major theme throughout. Not only trust in God but learning to trust each other in the journey.

How long have you been writing?
I've been writing for about ten years. Lord of Her Heart is my first novel and I worked on it a couple of years. I set aside writing for about four year when I was convicted of making writing an idol in my life. It wasn't until 2016 when I felt God releasing me to write again.

What was your inspiration for Lady Ashburne? Inspiration for Malcolm Castillon?
I've never been asked this. I wanted a heroine who, even though she was scared, desired something strong enough to gather courage and go for something big. This is something I learned way too late in life. Courage is not the absence of fear, but doing something in spite of the fear. As for my hero, I just wanted a strong character - fierce, but kind and chivalrous.

Have you ever toured a real castle?
No! It is definitely on my bucket list. I told my husband not too long ago that for our 40th anniversary, I'd like to go to Scotland and see castles. That's only seven years away.

Do you have a favorite castle even if you haven't toured it?
I would love to visit the Elean Donan Castle in Scotland. It was built in the 13th century, not far from the time my stories are set. I love the water and mountain around it.

If money was not issue, what would be your favorite vacation?
Other than going to Scotland, my favorite vacations have been in Colorado. I love the mountains and cooler weather. I love small brooks winding through the valleys. I love staying in a cabin, taking hikes, and sitting on a porch during the occasional rain shower. It's a piece of heaven.

Sherrinda, I'm actually a beach girl, but I loved Colorado on my one trip there. I really felt close to God in the mountains.

Sherrinda, thanks for stopping by and sharing.

Here's a little about the book.

Book’s Tag Line
He’s fighting for his future—she’s running for her life.

Lady Jocelyn Ashburne suspects something is amiss at her family’s castle
because her father ceases to write to her. When she overhears a plot to
force her into vows—either to the church or a husband—she disguises
herself and flees the convent in desperation to discover the truth.
Malcolm Castillon of Berkham is determined to win the next tournament
and be granted a manor of his own. After years of proving his worth on
the jousting field, he yearns for a life of peace. Rescuing a scrawny
lad who turns out to be a beautiful woman is not what he bargained for.
Still, he cannot deny that she stirs his heart like no other, in spite
of her conniving ways.
Chaos, deception, and treachery threaten their goals, but both are
determined to succeed. Learning to trust each other might be the only
way either of them survives.

Both the cover and story are beautiful!


  1. Thank you so much for having me, Jackie! And I had NO idea you were nervous at that ACFW conference. You seemed so self-assured and gracious as well! It was my first conference too! ;)

    1. We survived and became better friends because of it.

  2. Love see you here today, Sherrinda!

    I didn't know your dad is an artist. That must've been fun as a little girl to color his drawings. I hoped you saved them.

    I met you both at ACFW in Dallas. We must've all been nervous. I'm always afraid when I met new people I'll try to say something funny (I tend to do when I'm nervous) and it come off offensive or totally bizarre.

    1. I remember meeting you there too, Connie. I've done that more than once. Try to say something funny and it doesn't come out right. Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Girl, I remember you as funny! Not offensive in any way. It was so good to meet you in person.

      I'm afraid I didn't keep any of my dad's drawings. I sure with I had!!!!

  3. Great interview Jackie and Sherrinda. Isn't everyone nervous at ACFW? Those who aren't must be bluffing :) Sherrinda's book is a must read. So proud of you for publishing your first book, and such a great story!

    1. Hi Cindy, thanks for stopping by with an encouraging word!

    2. Thanks so much, Cindy! And YOUR book! Woohoo! It is such a fun read. So glad we are on the journey together.

  4. Wonderful interview, Jackie and Sherrinda!
    I always enjoy learning more about my author-friends. :)

    Sherrinda, I recently finished reading Lord of Her Heart and WOW! I'll admit my heart pounded in more than a few places throughout that story - - great job! So proud of you, and happy to call you a friend (and Writing Sister!).
    Hugs, Patti Jo

    1. Patti Jo!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! That totally makes my day. (and a Monday at that!)

    2. Patti Jo, thanks for stopping by! I hope you're having a great day!

  5. Jackie, great interview questions! Thanks for spotlighting Sherrinda and her debut.

    Sherrinda, your epiphany is so true! "Courage is not the absence of fear, but doing something in spite of the fear." I will remember this when facing my challenges.

    Lord of Her Heart is amazing. The sweet romance and fun adventure set in the medieval time period was thrilling to read.

    And I agree on the feelings inspired by the favorite places to visit! God has created such wonderous places for us to reflect on Him.

    Blessings and continuing success in your writing career, my dear Writing Sister!

    1. Sherida, thanks for stopping by. It's always great to spend time with you!

  6. Sherida, thank you for your sweet words about Lord of Her Heart. (((hugs))). Now, if I could just implement my "epiphany" into my every day life, I would be doing great. lol

  7. What a wonderful interview! Sherrinda, I admire you stepping back from writing and waiting on the Lord's cue. Your book is a testament to His love, may all your future books many in number!

    1. Stacy, thanks so much for stopping by and encouraging Sherrinda!

    2. Stacy, you are so sweet. Thank you for your encouragement. I confess that giving up writing for a time was one of the hardest things I've done. Necessary, but hard. :)

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