About Sherry Christie, author of the Roma Amor series
How did I end up writing a historical novel on a sailboat in the Bahamas?
That doesn’t mean I finished it. The work ethic is severely tried when you’re basking in balmy temperatures with a crystal-clear sea, and your hardest decision is which bathing suit to wear. (Cue the violins.)
Scribble, scribble, scribble.
I’ve always been a writer—first on a New York magazine, then at an advertising agency, and eventually as owner of my own freelance financial writing business, Sherry Christie the Writer. My side gig in the meantime was writing a novel about Ancient Rome. And revising. And rewriting. And starting over. And revising. And so on.
Then my ship came in.
I met a fellow who was looking for crew to help him sail his 35-foot sloop from Maine to the Bahamas. I volunteered as cook (my specialty: Chicken Rice-A-Roni). The two of us battled through a hurricane, a full gale, and sub-freezing temperatures before returning home. Reader, I married him.
It took fifty (yes, 50) years between scrawling the first chapters at college and actually publishing my first historical novel, Roma Amor. The second book, Amber Road, took only four years. At that rate of progression, Book 3 should take four months. Ha.
I live in coastal Maine with the Skipper and two rowdy cats. Still writing, mostly about Romans. Why is that?Find out “Why Rome?”
More than just historical novels.
Over the years, I’ve also co-written, ghostwritten, and/or edited a number of nonfiction books. (Sometimes these things happen before you can think, “Darn! Why didn’t I use a different name?”)
Collaboration with “money therapist” Olivia Mellan produced five books about money psychology and more than 200 magazine articles. I also assisted retired CEO Le Herron with an unusual book about a leader’s role in making a company human.
A boat isn't the best place to get a lot of writing done. Most of my creative time is spent at my office in Jonesport, Maine, with its views of Moosabec Reach and Beals Island.
I'm more productive behind this desk at La Muse Artists & Writers Retreat in France. (Need space to develop your own creative project? Check it out.)