Sherria L. Grubbs lives in North Carolina with her husband. She is a teacher in one of North Carolina’s public school systems. She has been writing poetry since she was in the sixth grade as a release and to lift her spirits. She considered her writing more of a hobby than a gift until recently, when she began sharing her poems with others. Through the encouragement of her daughter and husband, she was inspired to create a book of her poems to share with others. It is her belief that the poems she writes comes straight from the heart! http://deepconnectionsbook.com
PJ: How long have you been writing?
SG: I started writing poetry when I was about 12 years old, but at the age of 16 was when I began to write and keep my poems in a journal.
PJ: At what point did you reach a place where you felt successful as a writer?
SG: I don’t know if I have ever reached that place. I did begin to feel like I had something worth sharing maybe about a year or two ago.
PJ: Is the writing life what you expected when you started out? If not, how is it different?
SG: When I started, I didn’t have any expectations. However, with that being said, it is more than what I expected it to be, if that makes any sense.
PJ: Early on, so much focus is given to getting published. Now that you’re published, how has your focus changed?
SG: My focus is really just about reaching people. I feel like if something in my book can touch someone in some way, then it is worthy of publishing.
PJ: Would you do anything differently if you had it to do over again?
SG: I don’t know if I would do anything differently. I think things happen the way they are supposed to, so I am not sure I would do something differently.
PJ: Writing new material, rewriting, submitting new work, waiting, promoting published work…the list is large. How do you manage to divvy up your time to give adequate attention to all needed areas?
SG: This is hard and something that I am still struggling with. Finding the time to do everything that needs to be done as it relates to my book and new material is very difficult so I just try to take one day at a time and get done what I can and somehow it all works out in the end.
PJ: What is the single most exciting thing that’s happened to you as a writer?
SG: One of the most exciting things that happened to me as a writer was when a much older lady wrote me a poem to thank me for writing my book and for sharing her life story/my life story with her!
PJ: What is the single most disappointing thing that happened to you as a writer?
SG: I think the most difficult thing for me as a writer was finding out that not all publishing companies are honest and loyal to authors.
PJ: What’s the most memorable thing (good or bad) that’s happened to you while promoting your work?
SG: The most memorable thing for me while promoting my work was my book release party. It was amazing, the turn out was amazing and ended up being standing room only. Everyone who helped out were like angels sent from God. They helped to make my book release party the most memorable and best event that I ever had!
PJ: With more books being released each month now than ever before, what do you believe sets your work apart from the others?
SG: I think my book says things that people feel but are afraid to say and because of this many people can relate to it! My book unlike others speaks to the heart
PJ: What would you like to share with writers who haven’t reached the point of publication yet?
Give us a list of your published titles in chronological or series order:
“Deep Connections: A Book Of Poetry Straight From The Heart”
PJ: What last thing would you like to share with us that nobody knows about you and your work?
SG: I’m not sure if no one knows this but I am very transparent in my book and it truly is a book of poems that come straight from my heart!