I’m delighted to welcome two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award SHERRY THOMAS to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.
Thank you, Carol. I’m thrilled to be here.
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?
I was born in the lovely city of Qingdao, China, on the coast of the Yellow Sea. And basically I have nothing but great memories of growing up there: sharing popsicles and chocolate with my best friend, reading martial arts epics together (books as influential on the Chinese pop culture as Lord of the Rings in the West), and watching sunsets from the hilltop behind our apartment building.
Of course Qingdao today is a modern, vibrant city which looks nothing like how it had when I left a quarter century ago, but I still think of it as a rather quiet place with tree-lined streets and solidly neoclassical architecture (it had started life as a German concession), with hawkers on the street selling peanut- and red bean-flavoured popsicles in summer and skewers of candied haw in winter.
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?
Ha, I would describe myself as easy-going, but I’m not sure everyone in the world would agree with me.
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?
Both. When I first arrived in the States I mostly rejected desserts, which didn’t feature heavily in Chinese cuisine. But over the years I’ve come to love cake and patisserie as much as I love my dinners.
What is your most treasured possession?
My laptop, always, because I can’t work without it.
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?
I would love to have a place on Lake Como. Qingdao is hilly, so my firm preference for natural beauty is green, steep hills meeting a body of water. Lake Como, Hawaii, Southwest Coast of England…I could go on and on. 🙂
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?
I’m not sure whether this is most embarrassing, more like the most frustrating embarrassing moment.
One year, while at Romance Writers of American’s annual conference, I met with a bunch of writers and bloggers at the revolving restaurant atop our conference hotel. I chose the buffet option for my dinner. At one point, I went to the dessert table. And because it’s a revolving restaurant, by the time I’d made my selections, my table had left its spot and I walked around three times before I found it again, with the other occupants of the table enjoying themselves by watching me walk by them repeatedly—though in my defence, the table was behind some partition and ferns.
When I finally sat down, one blogger said to me, “It’s okay, some of my favourite romance heroines are bad with directions too.”
And I could only sputter. In real life I am great at directions, having never misread a map or been lost. And in the days before GPS, I’d been known to successfully steer myself through places I’d never been with nothing but intuition.
But, as I said, I could only sputter that evening, having walked by the table multiple times before I saw it!
Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Sherry.
Thank you for having me and the pleasure is all mine!
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