Sherry Kyle

"Sherry

Sherry Kyle, author, says… I have always enjoyed being creative. As a child I used to sing silly songs, draw cartoon characters, and make school projects from scratch.

I also loved to read and use my imagination. In the fourth grade I won an award for my true-life story Friends Can Be So Mean, as well as awards for interpretive reading.

Growing up I thought I’d be a special education teacher, but instead God called me to Biola University, where I met my surfer husband, Doug, and earned my B.A. in Speech Pathology and a minor in Bible.

When my four children were small, I would take them to the local library and check out at least a dozen books at a time. We would snuggle on the couch together and I would read to them, using my best interpretive voice. My love for books and being creative sparked something inside. I wanted to be an author. To learn more visit me at http://www.sherrykyle.com.

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Inspiration for Writers

Thrive Write!

Hi, Sherry Kyle here, writing from central California.


"SherryI usually blog for CAN on the third Monday of the month, but
this one got away from me. I’ve been filling out interviews and guests posts to
help launch The Heart Stone, my April
1st release. It’s been a whirlwind of activity. I know you can
relate.

Writing can take over our lives. Besides writing the next
manuscript, we’re asked to blog, network, speak, head committees, judge
contests, critique, and market. Phew! If we don’t pace ourselves, we’ll burn
out.

How can we have a fulfilling, productive writing life that
does not take over?

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Devotional

Connecting with God

While creating content for my new website I finally figured
out what I write! 
"Author

It’s been difficult to combine my love of writing for tween
girls and my passion for women’s fiction into a brand, but after much prayer
and reflection God brought ReConnecting
Faith and Fiction
to mind. My goal is to write books for 8-12 year old
girls that reconnect them to their faith, and women’s fiction that reconnects
lives.

My April 1st release, The Heart Stone, (Abingdon Press) is about forgiveness and reconnecting
"TheHeartStone first loves.

As writers for the Christian market, we strive to bring our
readers closer to God, to reconnect them to the One who sent His Son to die for
our sins, but we have to connect to Him first before we can connect others
through our books.

Let’s face it writers are busy people. Besides writing, we
market, speak, blog, do social media, take care of our families, and possibly
have another job. How do we make sure we spend quality time with God too?

If you’ve been a Christian for a long time, like I have,
it’s easy to take Him for granted. A quick prayer here, a Bible verse there.
But like any relationship, we have to nurture it in order for us to grow close.

Here are a few suggestions to stay connected:

  1. Take a brisk prayer walk. Get outside and praise
    God for His beautiful creation.
  2. Keep a gratitude journal. Write down different
    ways you see God answering prayer.
  3. Use your hands to do something good for someone
    else. Bake cookies for the neighbor, knit a scarf for a friend, write a letter
    of encouragement to someone who’s hurting. Praise God for these special people
    in your life.
  4. Listen to worship music and sing at the top of
    your lungs. God loves it when we praise Him!
  5. Grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, and
    find a quiet corner to read God’s Word. Pick a Bible verse and meditate on it
    all day long.
  6. Go to church and fellowship with other
    believers
    . If your schedule won’t allow you to attend regularly, watch a sermon
    on your TV or computer.
  7. When you sit down for a meal, remember to thank
    God for His daily provision
    . Eat slowly and savor each bite.
  8. Schedule time each day to be still. Let your
    mind wander. Ask God to bring to mind a person you need to talk to or something
    He wants you to learn.
  9. Soak in the tub or take a long shower. As you
    wash away the dirt from the day, consider how God wipes away our sins when we
    ask for forgiveness.
  10. Before
    you go to sleep at night take deep, relaxing breaths. Think about what happened
    throughout the day and talk to God about the highs and lows.

John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you
remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do
nothing.”

How do you reconnect with God? 

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Inspiration for Writers

The Power of Words

"Sherry

Hi, Sherry Kyle here, encouraging you from my laptop in Central California.

Have you ever said something you later regretted? Maybe you wrote something you wish would disappear from cyber space. Or maybe you were the recipient from someone’s harsh criticism. I relate to each one of these. I’m sure you do too.

As authors we also put our characters through difficult relationships. The only way our characters will grow is if they go through conflict. After all, life is complicated and messy. Right?

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Inspiration for Writers

A Listening Ear

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Hi, Sherry Kyle here, writing to you on my laptop from Central California.

I prayed fervently on my way to the Capitola Mall on Saturday. The direction of my prayer went something like this, “Please, God, help me to be a listening ear to those who need encouragement coming into Inklings Books & Things. Help me plant a seed for Christ. And if I sell a few books, well, that would be nice too.” I wasn’t nervous or anxious at being the featured author at my neighborhood bookstore. Instead I was eager to see who God would bring my way. Here are three stories that I hope bless you as much as they blessed me:

The first couple I spoke with was a quiet, older pair. They gingerly picked up my books and looked at the back covers, saying they didn’t know a child they could give The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style to and usually didn’t read books like Delivered with Love. “Thank you for taking a look,” I said, smiling. After we talked a few minutes, they moseyed to another part of the store. It wasn’t long before the woman came back and expressed her interest in writing poetry and her desire to publish one day. After finding out she was a Christian, I took the opportunity to tell her about Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Before Catherine left, she thanked me for all the information and signed my mailing list.

"Inklings

Raul, a twenty-six year old young man, was the next person who came by. “Are you an author?” His face lit up and he extended a hand. “I’ve never met a real author before,” his voice rose in excitement. After shaking his hand, we talked like two people who share the same passion for books. I discovered Raul loves “paranormal” books, a far cry from what I write, but it didn’t matter. I was able to encourage him to pursue his writing dream.

A woman named Carol walked right up to the table and said, “I love supporting local authors.” It didn’t matter what my novel was about she wanted to buy it. As we chatted I discovered she had a brain injury, which prevented her from writing. I found out she taught creative writing years ago and had a story idea that she felt had never been done before. Her eyes clouded when she shared the image that sparked her imagination. She wanted to write again, but was afraid. I told her that before I write I pray to God to help me because
I can’t do it in my own strength. I also asked her if she would consider writing an article instead of a novel—something possibly more doable for her. After I signed her book she thanked me for listening and told me I was worth my weight in gold.

On my way home I thanked God for answering my prayer.

We can and do make a difference. Praise God!

Do you have a similar book signing story? Please share.

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Encouragement

Overflowing with Thankfulness

Hi there, Sherry Kyle here, writing from the central coast of California with a word of
"Sherry encouragement for you on this Monday before we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Over
the last twelve years, I’ve taken writing classes, gone to conferences, been a
part of critique groups, have had a couple of agents, and several editors—each
person or workshop helping me to further my career as a writer. I’m grateful
for the writing friends I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and the writing
opportunities sent my way. I feel blessed to have signed five book contracts
with traditional publishers. I have much to be thankful for. And yet my attitude
isn’t always filled with appreciation for what God has done for me. 

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Inspiration for Writers

Let Go and Push Off

"Sherry

Hi from Sherry Kyle, writing from my laptop in central California. I wanted to share something today that is near and dear to my heart—and no, it isn’t specifically about writing, but I think this post pertains to all of us as Christian writers.  

Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit . . .” John 15:16a

I love the Youtube video clip about a little fourth-grade girl about to go down a ski jump for the very first time. You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebtGRvP3ILg

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Inspiration for Writers

No Time for Friendship?

Good day, writer friends! Sherry Kyle here, writing from central California. 
"Sherry

For the last six weeks I’ve been living in chaos. I
shouldn’t complain since the reason is a positive one—we’re remodeling our
kitchen—but it’s been trying at best. The demolition started August 17th,
and there have been workers in and out of my house ever since. I’ve scrubbed
dishes in the shower, searched for things hidden in boxes, and now know the
best microwaveable food my grocery store supplies. In the grand scheme of
things, today is a big day. The granite is going to be sealed. We’re almost
there!