JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Sherrell Straker-Valdezloqui, author of The Hurting Women
Trice, Sharon and Tracy friends, since high school, imagined their future with a great career, money, a car, a home and a Prince Charming to share it with. It was a dreamlife they couldn’t wait to have. That is until they graduated and entered in the real world, not knowing looks, money and career is not always enough to base love on.
They find themselves on a journey with nothing except heartaches and pain. With dishonesty, infideltity, abuse and other secrets coming out of the closet, these ladies get more than they could bargain for. Game after games and twisted thoughts and actions, someone is bound to get hurt.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write The Hurting Women?
Sherrell Straker-Valdezloqui: I got the inspiration and idea to write The Hurting Women through the lives of others around me that have been hurt due to relationships both male and females.
The Hurting Women touch bases on several potential real-life situations to motivate, inspire and share knowledge to those that have experienced hurt and pain from both past and present relationships.
JP: Many of the relationship scenarios found in The Hurting Women are true to life. What’s the most important aspect in maintaining a healthy relationship with a man, especially when trying to balance a relationship with your writing duties?
SSV: Honesty is the most important aspect in maintaining a healthy relationship with a man. From honesty, trust and communication branches off along with other important factors in a healthy relationship. Especially with my writing duties, this is important.
I sometimes isolate myself in a room from others to write. At times, my mood may change as if I am that character. I believe a good writer has to be in tune with their work and share a personal connection with there work.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to The Hurting Women getting out to the public?
SSV: Having faith and knowing The Hurting Women can make a difference in the lives of its readers. You have to have knowledge and inspiration. You have to be determined to let the public to know or hear some of the things a person could possibly go through.
I want my readers to know they are not going through anything alone. Hurt is a universal feeling that everyone goes through.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish The Hurting Women?
SSV: When writing, I just write whatever comes to mind, no matter how scribble it may seem. I have a vivid imagination. I write down different scenerios. I believe there are three parts of a story that will keep readers interested: inspiration, motivation and juiciness.
JP: What’s next for Sherrell Straker-Valdezloqui?
SSV: I am currently working on the sequel to The Hurting Women. The name of the novel is calledÂ The Spiritual Warfare. I plan to make writing a career. I’m also considering turning both books into a play in the future.
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