Enjoying my latest book I decided to interview the author who was inspired to write… and then wrote and wrote and wrote right here in Vallarta!
Shari Decter Hirst has a beaming smile and a heart of gold. I first met her and her wonderful husband, Derry, when they stayed at our Boutique Hotel, six years ago. They quickly fell in love with La Cruz; the people, the area, the food, the history, the music, the ocean, the weather and the cost of living. Not long after they bought a house here.
Shari shared “It started out as a quick vacation somewhere warm, or at least that’s what my husband thought; I had an ulterior motive of scouting possible retirement spots and was attracted to the easy access from Canada, the ocean, and the locale. At least one of us became snowbirds… hubby still has a day job, alas.”
Far from lazy Shari volunteers “The strong sense of community was one of the things that attracted us to La Cruz. Being involved – whether beach clean up, helping with the Amigos de La Cruz dental clinics, or children’s Christmas festivities is part of building a strong community together.”
Shari adopted two little street pups and when in La Cruz all three wander the malecon and around town. She loves movie night at the marina, the Sunday Market, watching the sun set from her rooftop patio while sipping vino blanco.
At crossroads and suddenly retired Shari was casting about for what the next chapter of her life would look like. “Sitting in a great little jazz club in Bucerias the music inspired me to dream about the Roaring Twenties, flappers, bootleggers, and all that jazz. Like many voracious readers, I have always wanted to write a book. With great trepidation, I put fingers to keyboard and began. Thank goodness for a great writing group in the area, with their input and the skill and coaching from a great editor, the Bootleggers’ Chronicles series was born. I love telling stories. There are five novels in the Bootleggers’ Chronicles and they were planned out before I started writing. I needed to know where I was headed before I could start the journey. That’s not to say there weren’t surprises along the way, but the story always stayed true to the premise of the book. A quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Writing as Sherilyn Decter creating a good story that readers will enjoy inspires her. “Finding the right words that let the reader escape the day-to-day, if only for a few hours.”
Shari told me that this past year has been a rollercoaster. Dealing with the challenges of learning to write and finishing a compelling scene and sitting back thinking ‘yes, that’s it’. Highlights for sure are getting her books published on Amazon. ‘Innocence Lost’, book one of the Chronicles was released in February, there are two more in the series coming March 21st, and book four in April and book five in May. She was delighted seeing her books in her local public library and when the gas station attendant said he was reading ‘Innocence Lost’ and thought it was pretty good!
Shari invites you to vacation in La Cruz… come for the warm sunny days and starry nights, our friendly village by the sea, the great food, the outstanding music scene and the inspiration!