Today, Let’s welcome Sheri Velarde who also writes under the pen name Kelly Ryan with her new release Taking Pleasure Where You Can. Sheri is a friend to many online and has been highly supportive of others in their work. Glad you stopped by, Sheri.
Thank you, thank you Dee Dee for letting my stop by your blog and ramble a little. I will try to keep on track, but you know me, I wander from time to time! Today I thought I would write a little about writers and self-doubt and the importance for us all to remember that we are not our art; our writing and creativity is but part of us.
I am an author, a writer and that is certainly one of the ways that I identify myself. I write, therefore I am a writer. But what about those times when I don’t write, when I struggle and self-doubt creeps in and tells me that I am not what I think I am, that I am a fraud, that if I’m not writing I am not anything. Or that if I haven’t published anything in a while that someone might come and take away my author title. Both of these ideas a silly of course, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t thought them from time to time.
You see this year I have not been hitting my writing and publishing goals like I had planned, life got in the way and I fell behind. Happens to us all from time to time. I’m not going to lie, between health issues, a death in the family, never ending bills and my lack of writing, well I got to a pretty dark spot. But that is when I came to this little bit of wisdom, I am not my writing alone. I am not my illness. I am not a lot of things. I am Sheri, ok sometimes Kelly too, and I am a lot of awesome things! I am a survivor, a sister, a daughter, an assistant manager at my day job, a fiancé, a doggie mom, and yes a writer and author even when the writing is not going so well.
A little change in perspective is all it takes sometimes to get us out of a funk. Have my problems vanished? Nope. Do I write everyday like I want to? Not always but I sure do try! But I feel better about myself and my life and writing are back on track. I have a new release, Taking Pleasure Where You Can, my first historical piece which makes it pretty exciting! I signed a contract for a novel. I am submitting again. Things are going better and I will keep plugging away to make sure that they continue to do so.
Blurbs from Taking Pleasure Where You Can:
John never thought that he would be the same after Pearl Harbor, then he set eyes on Imee and everything changed.
Ever since Pearl Harbor John had become a shell of a man, not able to move on from the trauma. One night out with the guys and one woman were about to change everything.
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Joe seemed to know everyone, and everyone seemed keen to be near him. It made it much easier for the quiet by nature and still healing John to slowly make some friends. Once the drinks started flowing, he even began to loosen up a bit. He missed hanging out with guys, telling stories, joking around, and laughing. His Captain had been right; this was what he needed and what his friends who had passed on would want. He was beginning to feel alive again, and it felt good. Then he caught sight of her.
Kelly Ryan, aka Sheri Velarde, lives in New Mexico with her fiancé and two dogs, and grew up with a fascination for all things that “go bump in the night”, so it is no wonder that she turned to writing paranormal romance among other genres of romance. She is an avid exerciser and gets some of her best ideas while on runs. She also has a bit of a wild side, which only leads to inspiration for her writing.
Being an avid reader since an early age, she has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her dream of writing for a living.
She is constantly putting out new material, so it is best to keep up with her on her website.
Kelly/Sheri is a multi-published author; you can keep up to date with all things Kelly Ryan/Sheri Velarde at: www.sherivelarde.weebly.com.