Tell us about yourself and your books.:
Sherri Simmons is a wife and a mother to her beagle K.B. She is the oldest of four children (two sisters and one brother) and the aunt to three nephews. She has been an educator in the Chicago Public Schools for 14 years, where she has taught 3rd, 1st, Intermediate Math, served as an Assistant Principal, and is currently working as a STEM Integration Specialist. She is also the Founder and President of Young Ladies At All Times, NFP (Y.L.A.A.T.), a mentoring program for young girls and a member of Young Women’s Professional League (YWPL). She began writing Underneath the Hat in 2013 after her separation from her first husband. The book served as therapy for her to get through the ordeal. Due to the book, she has expanded her brand to a YouTube web series and a podcast of the same name. She hopes that others will be helped as they learn through her journey of rediscovering who she is by revealing what's Underneath the Hat.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My phone was my software. I then typed out each chapter on my laptop. I wanted to keep the voice of how I was feeling when I was going through the situations, so I wrote it in my voice with the language and diction I felt when I was going through.
What authors have influenced you?
Terry McMillan and E. Lynn Harris
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Tell your truth. Don’t worry about how others will take it. This is your story and your opportunity to heal and release so that you can be the best version of you. Every few years we change as people and in order to change you have to reflect and change and the only way to do that is to be YOU.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don't set yourself on fire to keep others warm. You have to say No sometimes in order to refill yourself so that you can be the best for someone else. Self-Care is not selfish!
What are you reading now?
Contracts and manuscripts for my new book.
What’s your biggest weakness?
I don't know how to sell myself yet. I'm working on my marketing skills. I have great ideas, but don't have the know how to get them out there.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Rainbow Fish
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I was in a low place where I was running away trying to avoid thinking about “Campbell” when a co-worker suggested that I write everything down. I started that day at Red Robin restaurant writing things down on napkins and soon I had an entire book.
What are you working on now?
My 2nd book about my journey with infertility.
What is your method for promoting your work?
I have a media consultant that keeps me on my toes.
What’s next for you as a writer?
completing my next book and start on my plays.
How well do you work under pressure?
Very well. I am a master planner in that I think of all scenarios and plan for them, so if something does go awry I am not flustered and crippled to complete an assignment. I think on my feet very well.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I began by writing things on napkins, then as more things transpired I began to record myself speaking about it until I had the whole book on my phone. I love that I did it that way because so many people stated they loved the fact that they felt they were in the room with me while they read it, and that is exactly what I wanted.
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