Listen here: Sherry Rentschler
In her own words:
My first poem was published at age five and my first article (what I did for summer vacation) was published with a local newspaper at age 13. It earned me five dollars. Right then, I knew writing was what I wanted to do with my life. In the years that followed I delved into the poetic deep end and until about five years ago, I was a poet who was a writer. Now I’m the poet and writer who became an author. ( Some still refer to me as “Sherry, the Poet” but that is limiting to the author I am today.)
Selected poetry appeared in literary magazines. I worked as a staff columnist and asst. poetry editor for the online magazine, Amateur Poetry Journal, and I was invited to submit to the Riverside Center for the Arts National Poetry Anthology. In recent years, I enjoyed work as a staff writer and photojournalist for a local newspaper until it folded in 2005.
My first collaboration with another writer was an online, doing a serialized gothic romance story, practically a novella. Collaboration taught me patience and how to see a story from many angles as well as the art of a good cliffhanger. It was a remarkably beautiful personal experience.
My second collaboration with another writer created my first manuscript, a co-authored novel of contemporary romantic fiction. This collaboration challenged me as a novelist, forcing me to discover untapped, emotional depths, and demonstrated the need for strong characters and stronger plotting. These two experiences set me on the path of my current novel and help shaped the writer I am today.
Now I have published three books of poetry, one book of photography, one urban fantasy novella, and a fictional memoir. The five year old never imagined it would take me so long or end up being so rewarding (though I would tell that 13-year-old to bank that money).
Time and Blood:
Book 1: The Evening Bower Series
Historians in Atlantis inscribed a prophecy in The Great Book of Forgetting about a pair of phoenix whose union would change the future of all magical creatures. When the sea swallowed Atlantis and all her inhabitants, time forgot the people and this prophecy.
But one creature survived.
Rhea is a scarlet phoenix and the last of her kind. She escaped Atlantis with The Great Book and for over ten thousand years roamed the earth, grieved for her lost immortal beloved, and endured nightmares from her past lives. Today, she hears a familiar voice on the wind luring her to a new place. Rhea follows and hopes for the impossible.
She crossed millennia to find him.
Read more about Sherry’s works at sherryrentschler.com.