The Over 50 Writer

A DREAM COME TRUE by SHERRY SHINDELAR
Friday, June 21, 2024 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Texas Forsaken

AUTHOR:  Sherry Shindelar

PUBLISHER:  Wild Heart Books

GENRE:  Christian Historical Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Book One in the Lone Star Redemption Series

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR SHERRY SHINDELAR TO THE OVER 50 WRITER. SHERRY SHARES HER WRITING JOURNEY AND THE STUMBLING BLOCKS THAT POSTPONED HER WRITING GOALS.

 

 

 

A DREAM COME TRUE

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Sherry Shindelar

 

 

 

Lately, I’ve felt like I’m living in a dream world. I visited a Christian bookstore in Rochester, MN where my daughter lives, and my book was on the shelf. The day before I received an email from a Barnes & Noble in St. Cloud, MN that they’ve decided to carry my book. I receive emails from people who’ve read my book and love it! I have fans! Wow! Someone pinch me and wake me up! On second thought, don’t pinch me. I don’t want to wake up.

 

 

 

God has totally amazed me. Just when I thought my dream would never come true, that the manuscript I’d poured my heart and time into would never see publication, God opened the doors.

 

 

 

I have been in love with stories since I was a child. I’d swing for hours on my swing set, pumping my legs back and forth, dreaming up stories in my head. Even then I had a flair for romance: creating new love interests and episodes for Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, before moving onto plotting original romantic dramas and adventures in distant lands.

 

 

 

My favorite possession at age nine was a set of author playing cards (a matching game with photos of famous authors). I wanted to be an author when I grew up and bring stories to life on the written page, stories that would impact my readers.

 

 

 

A visit to a historic home in the Shenandoah Valley, when my husband and I were newly married, spurred my love for history and planted the seed for the story of my heart. A few years later, I wrote the novel. My love story of Jenny Callahan and Daniel McCloud filled close to thirty notebooks before I typed it up, but when publication didn’t happen right away, I stuffed the notebooks in a box and shoved it under a dresser. I had a lot to learn about the amount of perseverance, determination, and patience that it takes to become a published writer.

 

 

 

I returned to college, finished my degree in creative writing, and earned my masters in English and a PhD in literature, wondering if I’d ever reconnect with the stories in my head, the ones buried deep in my heart.

 

 

 

Then, in the summer of 2019, the Lord opened my heart to fall in love with fiction writing all over again. It had been thirteen years since I’d worked on my story. I pulled the box out and unburied the past. I began to read it. And I fell in love with Daniel and Jenny and the Shenandoah Valley all over again. How could I forsake them? I jumped into their heads, and the story began to unfold, again. Except better, deeper, richer than I’d ever imagined.

 

 

 

God had done so much in my life in those years in between, both joys and pains. He’d been chipping, molding, and shaping me. It was with a heart that is wizened, scarred, and strengthened that I returned to writing, with eyes that see what the nine or thirty-year-old me could have never seen.

 

 

 

And He still wasn’t finished yet. Editors and agents told me that they loved my writing, but that they weren’t looking for stories about the Civil War. So, I poured my heart into a new story, this one set in 1860 Texas just prior to the Civil War.

 

 

 

I had another round of agents tell me that it wasn’t the time for an Indian captive story, that they loved my writing, but I needed to set this one aside and write yet another story.

 

 

 

To say I was discouraged is an understatement. My journey to publication seemed to be crawling along at turtle speed.

 

 

 

But God had other plans. He inspired writer friends of mine to encourage me to submit the story to a couple of publishers. I did. Before I knew it, I was signing a three-book contract! When the time was right, the Lord threw open the doors and nudged me to walk in.

 

 

 

Being a published author comes with its own set of challenges, but I remind myself every day that this is the Lord’s calling on my life, and He is with me every step of the way. I’m so thankful to be on this journey with Him!

 

 

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Blurb for Texas Forsaken

The man who destroyed her life may be the only one who can save it.

Seven years ago, Maggie Logan (Eyes-Like-Sky) lost everything she knew when a raid on a wagon train tore her from her family. As the memories of her past faded to nothing more than vague shadows, Maggie adapted—marrying a Comanche warrior, having a baby, and rebuilding her life. But in one terrible battle, the U.S. Cavalry destroys that life, and she is taken captive again, this time by those who call themselves her people. Forced into a world she wants nothing to do with, Eyes-Like-Sky’s only hope of protecting her child may be an engagement to the man who killed her husband.

Enrolled in West Point to escape his overbearing father, Captain Garret Ramsey has graduated and finds himself assigned to the Texas frontier, witnessing the brutal Indian War in which both sides commit atrocities. Plagued by guilt for his own role, Garret seeks redemption by taking responsibility for the woman he widowed and her baby. Though he is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them, is he willing to risk everything for a woman whose heart is buried in a grave? Or is there hope she might heal to love once more?

 

 

 

My Review of Texas Forsaken:

This engaging story reflects one of many tragic stories of American history as cultures clashed on the frontier in the 1800’s. The main character, Eyes-Like-Sky, is forced to readjust to the ways of the white man after spending years with and embracing the lifestyle of the Comanche. I enjoyed the character development in this novel as Eyes-Like-Sky learns to care for and eventually deeply love Garrett, the man she originally despises. Character development was well done and the integration of Texas history integrated with the plot line makes this a rich reading experience for any fan of the western genre.

 

Originally from Tennessee, Sherry Shindelar loves to take her readers into the past. A romantic at heart, she is an avid student of the Civil War and the Old West. When she is not busy writing, she is an English professor working to pass on her love of writing to her students. Sherry is an award-winning writer: 2023 Genesis finalist, Maggie finalist, and Crown finalist. She currently resides in Minnesota with her husband of thirty-nine years.

Connect with Sherry:

Website

 

 


Comments

Becky Van Vleet From Colorado Springs At 7/2/2024 12:07:52 PM

Hi Sherry, Your writing story is so encouraging. Waiting and trusting God to open the doors at the right time is what it's all about.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for Sherry. Blessings on your writing!

Cleo Lampos From Oak Lawn, IL At 6/22/2024 11:41:28 PM

Congratulations. We all need to believe that God's plan is best. Keep writing and trusting God with the results.

Reply by: Patti Shene

HI Cleo. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment to let us know you were here.

Erma From Idaho At 6/22/2024 1:42:22 PM

Hi Sherry and Patti, I'm so proud of both of you but, Sherry, this is your moment!!! This story is rich with history, romance, God's grace and forgiveness, and His ability to heal the broken places in our lives! Good job! The swings were a great place to craft stories! Still are!!! Blessings! :)

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Erma. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts about Sherry and Texas Forsaken. We both have a certain pride in this story!

Natalya Lakhno From California At 6/21/2024 9:47:42 PM

I'm in love with this cover!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Natalya. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here!

Diana Hardt From California At 6/21/2024 8:57:27 AM

It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Diana. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will check out Texas Forsaken.

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