After graduating with a degree in journalism from Ohio State University and working in the newspaper business for many years, the first time Sherryl Woods sat down to write a novel, she struggled with the lack of quotes and pages of facts she was used to having. And then, thanks to a very perceptive friend, she realized she got to use her imagination to make it all up!
Since then, for more than 100 women's fiction, romance and mystery novels, Sherryl's been making up all sorts of things -- characters, storylines, entire communities. The best part, she says, is that her heroes do exactly what she tells them to do, unlike any of the men she's ever known.
But even though Sherryl's allowed her imagination free rein, she still likes to write novels that are grounded in reality. ""I want my characters and situations to resonate with my readers. Nothing pleases me more than to hear from a reader that she'd been through exactly that situation, and it all rang true for her. Better yet, that she, like the heroine not only survived, but thrived!""