Sherri Stewart


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A New Idea


Many of us have issues, quirks, and problems that had their inception at childhood.

As I finish book 12, it occurs to me that all my lead characters have issues from their past that hamper their present.

Any friends out there who deal with things from their childhood? I'm no shrink, but I can relate. How about sharing what works and what doesn't work? We'll use books, current events, art, movies.... whatever, as prompts to begin.

I'll start with Ragdoll. Ramona had a stepdad who liked to drink.



What exactly is Rosebud?

For me, the view of the sled is a statement on the deceit of the pursuit of happiness.

Irma Makes Me Think of Disaster Films

As we waited to be evacuated, disaster films came to mind for discussion. Which one tops your list?

Which movie comes to mind when you found yourself rooting for the bad guys?

The first movie that comes to mind is Back Street which is about a man, played by John Gavin, who is tricked into marrying a drunk, when he really is in love with Susan Hayward's character. I was twelve or thirteen when I saw it for the first time, and I found myself wanting John to stand up to his wife, get a divorce, and be with the one he was in love with. Without thinking about it, I wanted the man to commit adultery.

The next movie that made me root for the bad guy, A Place in the Sun, which is based on Theodore Dreiser's American Tragedy, was about a man, Montgomery Clift, who fell in love with the boss's daughter (Elizabeth Taylor), but his girlfriend, Shelley Winters, was with child. So he took her out in a boat and didn't rescue her when she fell overboard. Something in me wanted him to get away with murder so he could marry the girl of his dreams. (Scott Peterson????)

And who can forget Ocean 11? Who didn't want them to get away with burglary and the theft of millions ?

Movies can be insidious. They can change our values without us even knowing it.

What laugh-out-loud movie comes to mind?

My favorite moments are

  • Rolling down the hill in The Princess Bride
  • Many scenes in Bridget Jones' Diary
  • Miss Congeniality--Tell us about a favorite date? April 1, 19998.
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding--The aunt
  • Monty Python and Holy Grail's Black Knight
  • The wedding shower scene from Bridesmaids

Sometimes, you just gotta laugh. I like to add humor to my books--usually it's at the expense of my main character's flaw. In Come Out of Hiding, Julie has no filter, so her friends have to make her apologies. And Julie knows nothing about children so she does a Google search. In my newest book, The Good Little Nurse, Analise, my main character is naive. Her roommate sets her up on a date for hire because she needs to make some money to pay her dorm fees. In this case, the reader knows more than Analise. Some of the stories were my mother's experiences (not the date for hire). The newborn with the name TP, Analise having to deliver a baby in the snowbank, and getting in trouble for a serenade outside her window. We read for different reasons--sometimes, it's for pure escapism. That's when I enjoy a Stephanie Plum book. They're always good for a laugh out loud.

What is your favorite movie from high school?

Yes, I'm very old. My favorite was Love Story. But, tell me, what exactly does "Love means never having to say you're sorry," mean? The way I see it, love means saying you're sorry. What do you think?

Fresh off the Kindle Presses~The Good Little Nurse-based on my mom's story

Any examples of a movie that's better than the book version?

I have no trouble thinking of examples of books that are better than their movie counterparts, but it's hard to find movies that are better than the book. How can a two-hour movie effectively outshine the original? Psycho comes to mind. It's not my favorite movie, but it's better than the book, thanks to Herr Hitchcock.

The author of the book called Psycho was Robert Bloch. He portrayed the role of Norman Bates as a middle-aged man, dominated by his mother. He also based the character on a serial killer named Ed Gein. Imagine Norman Bates as a middle-aged man! Hitchcock wisely made the character younger, thinner, and gave him a full head of hair. If he hadn't been so awkward socially, not to mention a taxidermy aficiando, one might have even thought him handsome. The young Norman Bates made the movie pop. Sure the house was spooky, sure showers became verboten, but because Norman Bates was slightly attractive and likeable, the movie became even scarier. The take-away: People prefer evil to be attractive. The very thought makes me shudder.

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What are your thoughts on serving on a jury?

Twelve Angry Men was my first introduction to the jury system, and ever since watching that movie, I've longed to sit at the long table and argue the facts. I've never made it past the waiting room. I don't care if a haze of smoke hangs over the room as it did in the movie. I don't care if personalities clash, as did Lee J Cobb's and Henry Fonda's. Chances are I'll never make into the courtroom because I'm an attorney, although I don't practice. My mother made it past voir dire several times, probably because she had an honest face and a sweet disposition. Little did the court  know that like Henry Fonda, she had enough gumption to stand alone against the jury, and the vote was 10-1. And like Henry Fonda, she made the other jurors stay until they'd argued the facts into the ground. But unlike Fonda, she was unable to persuade every juror to her point of view, which resulted in a hung jury.

The main problem for my mother was the fact that the defendant was a repeat offender, and the jurors were quick to believe that he deserved to go to prison based on his past record, but my mom argued that the item he stole was on sale when he stole it, which dropped it to a misdemeanor. So the question that confronted the jury revolved around the value of the item stolen, not the act of stealing. She was right.

My mom's a small lady, four foot ten if she stands tall, and almost 89 years old, and she's full of stories. I've captured some of them in my new book, which will be out in a few weeks, called The Good Little Nurse.

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