I welcome author, Sherri Wilson Johnson today! “To Dance Once More” is Sherri’s debut novel!
I was born, raised, and still live in Georgia, northwest of Atlanta. So I am Southern down to my very core. My father was a preacher and I grew up in a Christian home. Writing has been a hobby of mine since I was a little girl. As a young adult, I read a lot of romance novels. After feeling the need to write books that were suitable for young readers, I began writing Inspirational Romances, which quickly became my favorite pastime and grew into a calling. I wrote my first novel when I was about eighteen during slow times at work. I took the writers course through the Christian Writers Guild, learned a lot about how to write well, and have never looked back.
Bible studies, and devotionals is plain and simple: God. I know that might sound trite or silly or too spiritual…but it’s true. God instilled in me a gift of writing and a desire to do it. I have tried for years to quit writing because I was frustrated about not getting published. I asked Him many times just to take it away from me. Every time I asked, I got another idea for a book. So I submitted to His call and have continued to write.
My debut novel, To Dance Once More (OakTara), is set in Victorian-era Florida, bringing the romance of the beach, Victorian times, and debutante balls together (some of my favorite things).
April 1886 — Debutante Lydia Jane Barrington lives a carefree, protected existence on Live Oaks Plantation in Florida. But while her sisters happily learn the traditional tasks of women and talk of courting, Lydia dreams of adventure and independence. Even her friendship with handsome Hamilton Scarbrough isn’t enough to hold her back. Then one day Hamilton opens Lydia’s eyes and her heart to love. But before they can receive permission to court, Lydia overhears a secret conversation about an unscrupulous business deal. Worse, it has everything to do with her and her future. Now she’s faced with the biggest decision of her life—to concede or to fight. Either choice will require great sacrifice…and, perhaps, countless rewards.