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Sherry Hill, author of The Marquise Hill Story: From the Cradle to the Bowl
The Marquise Hill Story: From the Cradle to the Bowl by Sherry Hill is the compelling story of the life of New England Patriots lineman Marquise Hill, whose twenty-four year existence was tragically cut short on May 27, 2007, when the unforgiving currents of the Pontchartrain River in Louisiana claimed him forever during a jet-ski accident.
Told by his mother as only she could, this book provides a candid account of a little boy growing up in Louisiana, who from a young age was thrust in the midst of “cutthroat New Orleans”-a street term aptly referring to the unsavory, unethical, criminal or hard-as-nails element which afflicts certain rough neighborhoods within this otherwise uniquely special old world city… perhaps in ways much similar to those found in other urban areas.
This earnest account is narrated from the perspective of a grieving mother who walked this journey with her son, giving all of herself as a constant source of guidance and support.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write The Marquise Hill Story?
Sherry Hill: My son and I talked about writing his bio long before his death. I began writing it exactly three days before his accident.
JP: What sets The Marquise Hill Story apart from other biographies about the life of an athlete?
SH: He accomplished a lot as an athlete in a short life time. He did not allow the obstacles of life’s disappointments stop him from achieving his goals. His self determination was unmeasurable.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to The Marquise Hill Story getting out to the public?
I would say having an open mind and be willing to listen and learn the business. Networking with the right people in the business is key. I was able to get three digital billboards up and running at the same time. Networking among friends and family was also important.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish The Marquise Hill Story?
I was keeping good notes and organized everything that I knew I wanted to write about. Editing is also key.Â I lost most of my info and photos in Katrina, but I regrouped and picked up the pieces and moved forward with my writing. The time frame from start to finish in completing my book was approximately a year.
JP: What’s next for Sherry Hill?
There are alot of projects that I’m involved in. I am completing a children’s book, which has been my passionÂ for over 12 years. I am also working on a recipe book. Other than writing, I also want to work on some more of my portaits/paintings.Â I am also an artist as well. I have BS degree in Art.
I want to continue to use my creative mind and work with children. I taught school for five years and worked as an administrator of a Pre-SchoolÂ for 6 years. I also want to make sure the The Marquise Hill Foundation makes a a great impact in the community as well.
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