The Miracle of Rain is my first published book. It’s a faith based, illustrated children’s book designed to help children with fear of thunderstorms to see past their fear to the blessings all around them.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m originally from Rimrock, Az. After studying and graduating with a degree in something that I just wasn’t passionate about, I put pen to paper and wrote what mattered to me.
What inspired you to write this book?
I don’t think that we go through difficulties without a reason. And personal experiences are not just for our own roads to wisdom. I feel that the lessons I have learned throughout my life are of good value and I want to share them with children to help them gain a healthy perspective on their struggles.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I went through the usual obstacles that writers go through – some rejection, some doubt. But I knew that what I wrote could make a big impact in a child’s life so I persevered until I got that phone call I was waiting for.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I think any kind of art is written in the heart of a person, from the first breath of life. With a good amount of passion and a lot of encouragement from family, friends and ultimately God, I took a giant leap of faith and went for it.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
My main character, Nora, is named after a very elegant, intelligent woman I met while working at a Retirement Resort. Molly was the name of my own kitty I had after first getting married. Smickett is the name of a childhood kitty. Galvin and Bump are just names I like.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Yes, I learned that you need to LOVE what you write, otherwise the work that goes into the process of publishing/marketing may get too overwhelming.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I love classics like Little Women and books by Charles Dickens, as well as any good adventure story. Children’s books hold a special place in my heart. They take you into a true world of imagination. Classics are great to read because you get a lesson in culture as well as a great story.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes. I’m working on a sequel to The Miracle of Rain. More lessons from my life. Of course when I say lessons, adventure always come along with that!
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
If you think that your book truly has value or a good connection to your audience, go for it. It may be a long road, but that’s how you learn what you’re made of. I would also research the world of publishing/marketing so you know what’s coming after the book is printed.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Children ages 4-8. Parents and caregivers who care about giving their child a faith based perspective on life.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Go to http://www.sherryrossman.com. On my website you will find a book trailer, purchasing info., a link to my blog, etc.