Today’s post is special (and not because it’s Friday).
When I picked up book blogging again last year, I went with a theme of stars/galaxy because I absolutely love seeing, learning, and hearing anything about the galaxy. I even referred to myself as a “Galaxy Gazer” because I felt it reflected what I was passionate about.
Recently, a friend I have gotten to know through a few blog tours and Facebook made a special announcement on Facebook. She was going to be releasing a book that had seven short stories, centering around…
Yep, the stars!
I was so excited and asked if I could interview her to celebrate her book release day (which is today)!
Happy book release day, Sheri Yutzy! Check out her book below (and snag a copy on Amazon. Hehe!) and see our fun interview about all galactic things. 😉
About the Book
Seven stories. Countless stars.
Stories of the Stars will take you on a journey through the galaxies. Discover the immensity of the legendary space lion, the elusive source of the star song, and the power of mistpaper.
If you crave speculative fiction, you’ll find satisfaction in this collection of seven short stories. From fantasy to science fiction in a Ray Bradbury style, Stories of the Stars explores them all. If you’re new to this imaginative genre, this is a quick but fulfilling way to taste the wonders of the speculative.
– Hi Sheri! I am SO excited to have you on my blog! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Hi Laura! I’m delighted to be here. Hmm, that’s a tough one. The first three that come to mind are imaginative, passionate, and truthful. That’s who I want to be, anyway.
– You mention on your website that you grew up as a conservative Mennonite and still practice that way of life. What has been one of the biggest impacts it has had on your life today?
I think being taught how to make practical beauty wherever I go. This isn’t always taught so well among the Mennonites, but when it is, our love for beauty that works points me to God and His creation. Not only was I taught to love beauty myself, but I learned to love making it for others. Hence, I love to write beautiful stories that also have a point to them.
– That is so beautiful, Sheri! Thank you for sharing that truth with us and writing beautiful stories. <3 Speaking of stories, I noticed you also mentioned on your website that you have been writing since you started learning to write. What was one of your favorite stories that you penned?
When I was young I wrote a hilariously tacky tale called Pioneer Family that my siblings still like to tease me about. I wrote it in a notebook, and whenever I see it I’m reminded of how long I’ve loved stories. Even if the first ones I wrote were pretty bad. 🙂 It encourages me to keep writing and improving my craft.
– That’s awesome! By the way…Happy release day! I’m so excited that your short stories are centered on stars. Do you have a strong love for galaxy/stars?
Thank you! I had so much fun writing Stories of the Stars. Yes, stars draw me in like no other part of Creation. They show me how vast and beautiful my God is. I love science fiction because it lets me travel among the stars. And fantasy with stars in it is that much more magical to me.
– Yes, yes, yes! The same it is true for me! 😀 If you could name a star, what would you name it?
I have never thought of that before. But now that I do, Lucy seems like a good star name.
– Oh, I like that. A sweet name. 🙂 What kind of inspiration did you use when writing these short stories? Did you google really cool space photos to help spark the surroundings?
Most of the ideas came to me when I sat down to brainstorm. Asking “what if” about stars is a sure way to get me going! I did use Pinterest at times for inspiration once I was doing the actual writing. I find it to be very helpful, especially with fantasy art.
– I agree. There is some beautiful art on Pinterest. I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite character, BUT I wonder who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with you? What would you guys do?
Maybe I haven’t written enough books yet. I’m so fascinated by my character Jasper from Seal up the Stars that I’d have to pick him. We’d probably go on a picnic and I would ask him lots of questions about his thought processes. Or, if he wasn’t feeling talkative, we would go exploring in the woods.
– That sounds lovely (and relaxing if I might add). What’s in store next for readers? I saw on your website that you are working on your YA novel, Seal Up the Stars, which sounds really awesome!
Yes, Seal up the Stars is the first in a two book YA fantasy series that I’m pitching to agents and publishers. It’s kind of in limbo right now while I wait to hear back from the places it’s been submitted. I’ve also started the rough draft of a fantasy standalone that is so much fun to write! I learned this year at ACFW that right now fantasy is what makes me come alive, so that’s what I’m going to write. I have lots more ideas floating through my brain!
– Oh, how exciting! I really love fantasy as well and definitely can’t to hear more about these stories! Thanks so much for chatting with me, Sheri, and once again, congrats on your release today!
All photos belong to Sheri Yutzy.
About the Author
Sheri Yutzy is a storyteller who believes that words hold unimaginable power. She is passionate about writing life-changing literature for young people. She writes and edits for Daughters of Promise, an Anabaptist women’s magazine, and is working to get her first two YA fantasy novels published. In the meantime, she writes short stories and articles for Splickety and anyone else who will take them. Visit Sheri at https://sheriyutzy.com or on Facebook.