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Sherry Lewis
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When the doctor gave Sherry Lewis's parents the joyful news that they were about to have a second child, he predicted that the baby would be born at the end of August. The timing was perfect, since Sherry's dad had to be in Detroit for job training two weeks after Sherry's due date. As the date came and went, Sherry's parents tried gently "nudging" Sherry into making an appearance, but all their efforts failed. Sherry didn't decide to arrive until her dad was on a train somewhere between Salt Lake City and Detroit.

Sherry lived in Utah for three whole weeks before the family packed up and moved to Glasgow, Montana. A year or so later, they moved south to Billings, Montana. Sherry loved Billings and will always be a Montana girl in her heart.

By the time she was four, Sherry had learned to read by listening to her parents read aloud. She surprised her mother by reading to herself when mom dozed off one naptime -- probably her all-time favorite fairy tale, "Tom Tit Tot." Since Sherry learned to read so easily, it's not surprising that books would become her first love. As a child, she dreamed of being Carolyn Keene and writing Nancy Drew mysteries. As she grew older, her dreams changed only a little and her dream of writing novels never diminished in spite of detours along the way.

Sherry's childhood years were taken up with school, mad crushes on incredibly cute boys, sleepovers with friends, and many a broken heart. She married at 19 and just 10 months later gave birth to her first daughter. A second daughter came along six days short of 12 years later, and though the marriage eventually ended and her ex-husband passed away two years ago, Sherry still counts him as a dear friend.

The career path toward being an author didn't exactly follow a straight line. Sherry has worked such prestigious jobs as manager of a convenience store, Christmas tree decorator, poinsettia dresser, keyboard player/vocalist in a band, secretary in an insurance office, secretary in a bank, and finally secretary and administrative assistant for an attorney who eventually became a federal judge. Though the hours and money were better working for the court system, Sherry still considers working at the convenience store her all-time favorite job because she enjoyed meeting and talking with people.

In late 1993, Sherry sold her first three books to Berkley Prime Crime. By early 1994, she'd sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance. Call Me Mom was published in January 1995, with No Place for Secrets following in July. In 1996, Sherry gleefully left the court to pursue a full-time writing career. She lives at the base of Utah's Wasatch Mountains with her youngest daughter, who keeps life fresh and interesting. Her oldest daughter lives nearby and attends a local university. Sherry also lives with three cats who love to "help" crochet and taste-test her culinary efforts, and who jockey for position on the arm of her writing chair every morning.

She is currently at work on her fourth book for Jove Time Passages, tentatively titled, "Only Time Will Tell."

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