A Biola University Communications graduate with a minor in Bible, Sherry Kyle is the author of books for tween girls, including The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style, a Gold Mom’s Choice Award Winner; The Girl’s Guide to Your Dream Room; and upcoming releases The Girl’s Guide to Life and Love, Lexi: Letters to God. Sherry also writes women’s fiction set along the coast of California. Her latest release is her second historical romance.
Sherry, her husband, and their four children make their home in a beach house nestled into the coast of California.
Those who create usually tap into a personal toolbox of elements to define their style. For example, a painter might use color, light, and/or shadows in a certain way to “sign” his work. A musician might use syncopation, key changes, and/or vocal intonation to set herself apart. What two or three elements most define who you are as a storyteller?
Great question, Kathy! I was raised in a Christian home and my faith is part of who I am as a storyteller, whether it’s a novel for women or a book for kids. Reconnecting people together—whether it’s family members, friends, or long lost loves—is also an element I use in my books. And a symbolic object also plays a large role in my novels, such as a letter in Delivered with Love, a heart-shaped diamond ring in The Heart Stone, a watercolor painting in Watercolor Dreams, and a silver locket in my new release, Road to Harmony.
Let’s talk about Road to Harmony (May 2017). Please tell us about it.
Road to Harmony is a historical romance set in 1907 in Harmony Valley, California, about a young woman who is torn between her secret love and the shopkeeper her parents want her to marry.
Here is the back cover copy:
Torn between love and loyalty, will they choose the road to harmony?
A cattle thief is loose in the valley, and Elena Seifert wants to help her father guard his dairy farm, but everyone thinks that’s a man’s job. When her childhood sweetheart returns to Harmony, her heart is torn between Jonas Bollinger, her secret love, and Lars Rissler, the wealthy middle-aged storeowner her parents hope she marries.
Jonas Bollinger never imagined he’d be back in Harmony Valley, but his pa isn’t well. When Jonas makes a promise he wishes he didn’t have to keep, he is torn between loyalty to his family and the woman he has loved since he was a boy.
Will Elena and Jonas find the inner peace to choose love and still do what is best for their families?