Today I’m privileged to have the talented Sherri Rabinowitz on my blog to learn more about this wonderful radio hostess and author.
IF YOU HADN’T BEEN BORN IN THIS CENTURY, WHEN AND WHERE WOULD YOU
LIKE TO HAVE LIVED?
I would love to have been one of the bright young things in London during the 1920’s.
A bit of the exotic but familiar with London. And the 1920’s were definitely a singularly magical time that have also held a nostalgic, romanticized pull for me as well. I admit I’ve shared this same idea. Only it was France during the 1920’s for me. It was London during the 70’s & 80’s, during the emergence of punk rock.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I read a lot, I meditate, I do yoga and swim.
I’m big on meditation as well. Although I’m only just exploring yoga. Many of my friends swear by it for overall health and wellness, and it appeals to my personal need to explore the self. I’m not much of a swimmer myself, although I know how many benefits it has and I also adore the water. But I’ll confess I can’t swim much more than a dog-paddle so I do fear deeper water that I can stand up in. Swimming lessons are on my must-do list.
HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED?
I used to be far more naïve and gullible, I am rather cynical now, sadly that comes with experience.
I agree that a cynical nature can come with wisdom and experience. Myself, I try to balance that cynical nature with deliberate hope. I’ve found that hope allows me soften the hard edges of cynicism.
WHAT’S THE SIDE OF YOU THAT THE PUBLIC NEVER SEES?
I am actually quite shy and insecure. In some ways I seem to tell everyone everything but if the truth be told I am actually very private.
That kind of outreach with telling people the world can be our insecurity reaching out for connection. Since we are looking for reassurance, sharing ourselves with others is one way to look for it, but I don’t believe it dims the want for privacy any. By telling people things, you are actively sharing your life – inviting them in so to speak – but you’d feel a sense of invasion if people “dug up” that information on you.
WHAT’S THE FIRST BOOK YOU EVER REMEMBER READING?
Strangely enough that is one series I never read growing up. Of course since my sisters are ten and eleven years older than I am, I didn’t read many “kid” books or series in my youth. Naturally I wanted to be like my big sisters so I tended to read, or have them read to me, whatever they were into. It was a lot of Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, and comic books in my more formative years. I didn’t read many of the classic children’s books until I was a young adult.
WHAT ARE YOU READING LATELY?
I am re-reading Sherlock Holmes.
Wonderful! I’ve been picking one or two classic Holmes to read each year as well.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BY ANOTHER WRITER?
Too many beloved books to have a favorite.
I understand. It is often acutely difficult to narrow down favorite books. I tend to narrow them as far as 3 top favorites in each genre.
WHAT WRITING OF YOURS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
That’s hard; all of my writing is important to me, they are like my children. I think my collaboration with Anja Gruber for Different Is Beautifulthough is something special.
Our work often touches us in many different reasons. It would also be difficult for me to pick one I am most proud of.
WHY IS DIFFERENT IS BEAUTIFUL ONE YOU CONSIDER ‘SOMETHING SPECIAL’?
[I] wanted to do something to stop bullying, and I felt it starts with what we teach children as they grow. [T]his was my contribution to bring love, acceptance and understanding to this generation.
Bullying is a real problem today. I’m not saying kids are any meaner or more aggressive than in past generations, but we’ve certainly become more cognizant as a society of the impact children have on the emotional development of other children. I’m glad many people like yourself are keeping that awareness up.
OTHER THAN THE PEOPLE YOU’RE WITH NOW, IF YOU COULD GET ANY WRITER, LIVING OR DEAD, TO MENTOR YOU, WHO WOULD BE IN YOUR “DREAM MENTOR?”
The late Ray Bradbury, he wrote so brilliantly and he was such a lovely man.
Ray Bradbury is a wonderful choice. He was a brilliant writer. To speak with him and be able to ask him intimate questions would be like getting to drink from a fountain of wisdom, in my opinion.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WRITING TO “WRITING TO THE MARKET,” MEANING WRITING A GENRE NOT BECAUSE YOU LOVE IT BUT BECAUSE IT SELLS?
I am afraid I would never do that. It’s just not in me.
It’s good you’re so grounded as a person and writer to know that wouldn’t be something you’d be capable of. I think I’d be all too capable, but it would take a piece of my soul I’d never get back.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
I am writing a YA novel and historical romance.
Hopefully you’ll give us a few sneak peeks along the way…? 😉
WHO ARE 3 ARTISTS YOU CURRENTLY KNOW (PERSONALLY) YOU’D LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT FOR?
RM Alexander, Mary Dee, Marie Trevithick
Now for some random questions!
DO YOU BELIEVE THERE IS INTELLIGENT LIFE OTHER THAN EARTH?
You bet, it is a bit arrogant to think we are all alone in this big vast universe.
I couldn’t agree more. Statistically it doesn’t compute we are all alone.
IF YOU COULD BE ANY ANIMAL…WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU BE?
I share the same want. My dreams often consist of me having the ability to fly, or being a big that can fly.
STAR TREK OR STAR WARS?
Star Trek, (though I do love Star Wars I never became obsessed by it, except by Harrison Ford but that is category all by its self).
Definitely a kindred soul here. I enjoy Star Wars. I know a lot about it too. But I adore Star Trek.
KIRK OR PICARD?
Gosh, that’s hard, I really love both of them for different reasons but I guess I will go for the first one that touched me, Kirk.
From the original series, for me, it was always Spock. Captain Picard has always been my ideal however.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT ABRAMS DIRECTING THE NEW STAR TREK FRANCHISE?
I don’t know, I hope he does well, I am just hoping for the best.
So far I think the general notion has been he is doing a good job. I don’t doubt he will continue to try to live up to the expectations of fans since he himself is a big fan.
DID YOU EVER PLAY DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS?
WHAT TYPES OF GAMES DID YOU PLAY?
I did do Star Trek role playing through the mail for a bit, but I never got into it. I love playing cards, all kinds of games of chance. I love to play Monopoly and chess. When I play chess I think of my Dad. I also love Mah Jong. I learned [to play it] from my Mom.
Ah, so you’ve done some role playing, if not D&D. I haven’t ever played a Star Trek role playing game, while I have done a Star Wars series of games before. While I’m not a big fan of Monopoly (I’m more of a Clue kind of gal), I adore card games! A childhood friend taught me chess. I’ll admit I’m not terribly good at it though. I’ve always wanted to learn Mah Jong, but I’ve not had anyone to teach me or play with however.
HOW MUCH DO YOU READ?
A lot. I am usually reading books for my show, and reviews. But I love to just read for pleasure too, and I read a lot of fan fiction as well. I am always reading.
That’s interesting. My own reading tends to be smaller in content. Usually because I try to only read within whatever genre I am currently writing. Sometimes that includes multiple genres (like currently epic fantasy and contemporary fiction) but juggling multiple projects and trying to juggle corresponding reading content is difficult.
BOOKS, MAGAZINES, OR WEB-ONLY CONTENT?
All three. [S]orry, I am too curious to stick to one. But when I read a book I prefer to have an actual book in my hands, it is just comforting and beloved that way.
I own a Kindle. I use it (maybe) a third of the time to read. I too love the feel of a real book in my hands. There’s something visceral about the aroma, feel, and weight of a book.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE WRITER, LIVING AND/OR DEAD?
(Dead) Dorothy Sayers and (living) J K Rowling.
Big Rowlings fan here. (Duh, fantasy!) I’ll confess I don’t know Dorothy Sayers. Yays! A new author to look into. 🙂
WHY THAT WRITER?
Dorothy Sayers’ because mysteries was the first genre I fell in love with. [S]he was my first favorite and Agatha Christie’s favorite so I had to read her. I find her books both addictive and fun. A deadly combination. For JK Rowling, I am such a Harry Potter fan! I enjoyed her two other books but Harry is still my favorite; I just became so engrossed in that world. My Dad, brother and I would talk about it all the time, it was special. [S]ince I lost my Dad i[t] is elevated to the eighth degree.
Having that connection with someone we love and something we’ve shared, whether it is a book, movie, or anything, keeps more of a bond, an impression. It becomes something to cherish because it was shared.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO TEACH CHILDREN AS THEY GROW?
To be accepting of others differences, love for the excitement and adventure of reading, to think and choose for themselves, and to nurture any form of creative expression they display.
All incredibly important values to instill in our children.
Thank you, Sherri, for chatting with me today about you, your life, and your art.
Sherri has been writing since she was a small child. She was inspired by Ray Bradbury and Agatha Christie. She had always loved writing but has had to make a living in a varied number of ways. She worked as an actress, a travel agent and in several forms of customer service. Her passion though has always been writing. She loves and enjoys both reading and writing fan fiction.Her first book Murder Inc. was a fan favorite, Fantasy Time Inc. was nominated for a Global Ebook Award. Her brand new book; Different Is Beautiful is already a best seller. It has been #2 in hot releases, #2 in Early Childhood Education and #3 in Preschool & Kindergarten on Amazon! And it won the Gold (First Place) for Global Ebook Awards for Children Picture Books Fiction category! Sherri was nominated for the Shorty Award! Sherri is the host of Blogtalk Radio’s Chatting With Sherri.
Sherri is the producer of Sherri’s Playhouse and the home of The Chatty Award!!