My Books

Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1
Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1

You never get over your first about your first murder? When a man is murdered in her bookstore the night before her grand opening, island newcomer, Delilah Duffy, makes a name for herself as prime suspect. If Delilah Duffy hopes to create a life on the island, she must navigate through a vicious family feud, shoddy police work and the mistakes of her past. Will Delilah uncover the truth before her past and her present destroy her?

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Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2
Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2

We're all just one pain away from lunacy. A seaside inn. An elegant party. A black dress. What could go wrong? For Delilah Duffy, just about anything. With her bookstore failing, the last thing she needs is a party or another mystery to solve. With nightmares, anxiety, and panic intensifying, Delilah doesn’t know what’s real and what’s in her head. With everything at risk, Delilah discovers what’s worse… becoming a lunatic or facing one.

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Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3
Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3

Some secrets are kept to be kind. Torture, pain, misery - that’s all someone else wants for her. When a dinner party turns deadly, Sam goes missing, and Delilah realizes she's being watched, the “book queen with a thing for crime scenes” must battle to get her life and love back. Can love and determination save them or will dark secrets ruin her chances for a normal life? With mysterious messages taunting her and a killer eluding her, what lines will she cross to get to the truth?

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Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4
Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4

Everything can change in seconds. Bookstore manager and crime-solver, Delilah Duffy knows that better than anyone. When her Happily Ever After Valentine’s Day Bash ends in fiery destruction, everything she’s worked for burns with it. Pregnant and brokenhearted, Delilah fans the flames of her anger toward what she’s good at: solving crimes. Hot on the trail of an arsonist while her nemesis is on hers, Delilah fights to get her life back. Will she turn ash to treasure before the pyromaniac strikes

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My Vella Story

Water World
Water World

After a tough move with his Mom and sister from his beloved country home, Ethan isn't adjusting well to city life. In trying to escape his problems in this world, he opens another, dropping him and his sister, Abby, into Water World. This trip is no vacation, not with legendary monsters and deadly sea creatures to battle. But teaming up to help the merpeople through their home-related crisis might help Ethan and Abby navigate theirs, if they survive long enough to make it home.

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  • Jessica Sherry

30+ Quirky Questions for your Main Character

Engaging, memorable characters make the best stories. To achieve these awesome creations, writers must dive deep into their characters' personalities to bring them to vivid life in the readers' minds. To do that, writers must really know their characters and use intentional details about them in their writing for readers to latch on and relate to. We've all come across nice, detailed checklists and character dossiers to fill in similar to paperwork at the doctor's office--and those are useful--but how do we get deeper, tangible details that'll easily play into our stories and bring out our characters' psychology?

Well, how about some quirky questions? I go into more depth with each question on different blogs I've written, so check out the links if you want to get down and dirty. But, at a glance, see if you can answer these seemingly simple, but actually complex questions to reveal details about your MC:

  1. What's her favorite mug? And what does she put in it? Hot cocoa, tea, coffee, Irish coffee?

  2. Does she make her bed? I know... it sounds like such a random, useless detail, but like the rest of these questions, it reveals a lot about her.

  3. What's in her car? What kind of car is it? How does she feel about her car? And... what does it mean to her?

  4. What would she see if she stared out her window all day?

  5. What is she waiting for? Everyone's waiting for something... come on, massive book deal... please...

  6. What does she pack in her lunchbox?

  7. Who are her peeps? *Peeps are the people she turns to in the event of an emergency

  8. What's in her closet?

  9. What's broken in her life? Her microwave? Relationships? Feelings of security?

  10. What does she think about in the shower?

  11. What sparks joy? *It's okay to be trendy. *Smirk

  12. Has she ever received or given bad advice? How'd that turn out for her?

  13. What are her hobbies?

  14. How does she keep her home? Her desk? Her bathroom?

  15. Has she ever given or received a romantic gift fail?

  16. What's in her grocery cart?

  17. What's her spirit animal?

  18. What is she most sensitive about? Or... what's the easiest way to hurt her feelings?

  19. What was her first job?

  20. What was her first buy with her own money?

  21. What does she desperately want to control, but can't?

  22. What's her favorite Christmas movie? How does she deal with gremlins?

  23. What's contradictory about her? Like... a beach girl who's afraid of the water.

  24. Has she ever committed a petty crime?

  25. What does she dream about? At night and in the daytime.

  26. What's her security "blanket"?

  27. What's her best comfort food?

  28. What product would she endorse?

  29. If she had a gathering, who would she invite?

  30. Has she ever had an almost... something she really wanted that was just out of reach?

  31. What does she view as essential in her life?

Can you add to this list? What crazy question do you think reveals a lot about your character? Share your ideas in the comments below.

Want more ideas? Click on any of those links or this one for everything...

Happy brainstorming and character creating!