A diva and a gentleman have shown up for couples counseling, but now Sienna is the one indanger....
She’s a sleuth. She’s a scorned wife. She’s a sista on a mission. Sienna St. James is more than a sharp-witted social worker. She’s a problem solver who keeps getting pulled into life-and-death mysteries that only complicate her already complex life. With a head-strong teenage son and a missing, estranged husband - who could be anywhere on the globe - Sienna has to figure out what gets her focus first: the questions she has about her own love and loss or the dangerous quirks and dark confusion of her current clients... And then there are the current eligible men around her who are jockeying for position, waiting for her to make up her mind about it all.
About the Author
Leslie J. Sherrod, the recipient of the SORMAG Readers Choice Award for Christian Author of the Year (2012), has a Masters in Social Work and has worked as a therapist, just like her
Sienna St. James is a woman who is dedicated to following her instincts and getting answers, even when doing so puts her own life and safety at risk. She is a social worker who keeps getting mysteries on her caseload, all while trying to manage the complex issues in her personal life.
As a social worker myself, I was intrigued at the idea of having a helping professional who is addressing harrowing situations while trying to maintain her own sense of sanity and integrity. Writing about her is somewhat of a release for me as I am frequently exposed to real life stories of pain, hurt, and devastation in my line of work. With Sienna St. James, I can broach those same topics but offer hope. I guess being able to control what happens and making sense out of the suffering is my own form of therapy.
Did I just say I can control what happens? That’s not entirely true. I have to follow my character’s lead, listen to her voice and trust that the story will go the way it’s supposed to. She’s different from me; dare I say braver? I try to insert myself into her courage as I write, but in doing so I also see her flaws, her questions, her doubts and her secret fears. The books are as much about the mysteries to be solved as they are about her own emotional and spiritual development. By the end of the story, a facet of her character has been exposed and polished for the better.
Without Faith, my newest release is the second book of the Sienna St. James series. Losing Hope was the first. The series is lighter than my novel, Secret Place, which addresses mental illness, but weightier than my first novel, Like Sheep Gone Astray, because of the issues it addresses. Sienna is not afraid to tackle difficult issues and challenges, so I had to step up my writing game to enter the action scenes along with her and allow myself to feel the wide scope of emotions she experiences. I am enjoying writing this series and watching my character grow along with the page-turning plotlines. My hope is that readers find as much joy delving into Sienna’s world as I did creating it – and also find hope, encouragement, faith and courage along the way!