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Please welcome author Sherrill Bodine. After you enjoy her guest blog, check out the goodies that follow!

Sherrill Bodine: How Films Help Me Write

I’m addicted to film and I have been since I was five years old.

As many know, my mother was born developmentally disabled.  At age 5 it became my job to help take care of her.  It was a gentler time when a little girl could safely take her obviously challenged mother by the hand to go on the bus to movie theatres in my Midwest city.

As I grew older – learned to read, write; to reason – and my mother did not, movies became the vehicle through which we could connect.

From the time I was five until I left for college, most weekends I took my mother to four movies for the sheer joy of being able to laugh with her at funny films, cry at sad ones and scream during horror flicks.

Every time I walk into a darkened theatre I think of my mother and the joy film gave her.

Film still gives me joy and inspiration.  I actually have “seen” all my novels as movies running through my head – and I “hear” the dialogue.

My new novel, WRITTEN IN THE STARS, the reincarnation epic love story I wrote with co-author and friend, Patricia Rosemoor ( I wrote the historical portion/Patricia the contemporary)  was researched by repeatedly watching the following films:

ELIZABETH – Cate Blanchett became the queen for me – determined and strong.

ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE – Late in her reign things were not so golden for Elizabeth I but Blanchett was still shining.

THE TUDORS – such a delicious guilty pleasure!

DANGEROUS BEAUTY – Ok, I know this is not set in Elizabethan England but the film is so divine I called it research!

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW –  with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.  My heroine, Lady Elizabeth York, bears a striking resemblance to “Liz” except she has spring green eyes.

EVER AFTER: A CINERELLA STORY   – I LOVE this movie!  A new take on the fairy tale and a delightful Drew Barrymore.

MADE IN HEAVEN – a powerful reincarnation story

HEAVEN CAN WAIT – a charming Warren Beatty coming back!

DEAD AGAIN – a very well done reincarnation mystery

CLOUD ATLAS – reincarnation used throughout this long film.  Many hated it.  I loved it so much I saw it 3 times in the theatre!

All these films influenced WRITTEN IN THE STARS.  Please let me know when you recognize the film in the book.

Happy watching!  Oops!  Sorry!  I meant Happy Reading!!

Written in the Stars | Sherrill Bodine & Patricia Rosemoor

“A passionate tale of destiny, danger and dark magic—and a love so powerful that it conquers time.” Mary Jo Putney, New York Times Bestselling Author.

‘A love so deep that it can last through centuries?

In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York’s star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a child of magic. When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle, heir to the Duke of Lennox, but finds enchantment in the eyes and touch of Will Grey, the Duke’s bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth, Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a curse on them both.

Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the victim, but which man is her enemy, which her soul’s mate? Can a journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her the answers…in time to save her true love?

Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight the villain’s curse on the Posey rings that draw them to the men they are destined to love.

The Excerpt {Sherrill’s – Historical}

There was little Will had not seen in court, the battlefield, or the bedroom, yet watching Elizabeth walk to the warm, spring-fed pool at the edge of the woods behind his grandfather’s cottage filled him with wonder.

He slipped his arm around her waist and her head rested on his shoulder. Freed of her ribbons, her ebony hair blown by the evening winds flowed across his throat and chest, filling the air he breathed with the scent of lavender.

At the far side of the pool they came to the limestone rim, festooned with vines and heavy purple blossoms.

Laughing, she slipped off her kid boots, slowly uncoiled her celestial girdle and placed it carefully on the ground. Wearing only her loose gown with hanging sleeves, she walked into the shallows.

Turning back to him, her thick, wavy hair cascading over her breasts, her huge eyes lit by the setting sun, she beckoned to him.

“Come, Will. Join me in paradise.”

Leaving most of his clothes in a pile next to hers, Will waded toward her. He felt the warm spring water rush over his feet and calves.

To him, Elizabeth was a creature of magic, of desire, of love he would follow through eternity.

Sherrill Bodine

I’m sure growing up in my grandmother’s house, taking care of my developmentally disabled mother, forged who I am, but I don’t believe any one thing defines me. My philosophy of life is that we are all in this together—and we need to embrace one another with as much grace, humor and compassion as we can muster. I see life as big, bigger, biggest, and I want to take everyone along with me on the journey. I not only attend black-tie affairs and work on charity board projects, but I am also just as likely to be taking a grandchild to lunch and a movie. I’m happily married to John, with whom I eloped when I was an 18-year-old freshman in college. It was quite the scandal. We have four beautiful children and 11 grandchildren.

I won my first writing award in the seventh grade in a statewide essay contest about a television broadcast of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. Instead of Silver Skates, they sent real skates, which I enjoyed immensely. I’m only sorry I don’t still have them so they could hang in my office.

While moving 22 times across the country and rearing our children, I sold stories to Fate Magazine, Home Life Magazine and True Confessions. In 1988, I sold my first novel and a week later received a two-book contract from Fawcett. Sixteen novels later, I’ve seen The Other Amanda win the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Write Touch Readers’ Award and Talk of the Town chosen by Cosmopolitan magazine as its “Red Hot Read” for February 2009.

Sherrill is also known as Lynn Leslie and Leslie Lynn

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