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Sheri McGuinn

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Press release:

Sheri McGuinn at Gold Country Writers Six-Author Event! Official release.

Event date: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm Event address: FACE IN A BOOK, 4359 Town Center Blvd #113, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762


Basic Bio

Sheri McGuinn took many English and Drama classes in college. Both disciplines helped develop her dialogue and plotting, as well as preparing her for the collaborative effort required in producing any script or novel. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology, which led to work as a probation officer and child protection caseworker and investigator. She later returned to school for her MS in Education, specializing in Learning and Behavior Disorders. She continued her studies to become certified as a Reading Specialist as well. She worked in rural, urban, and reservation schools. Tough teens were her specialty.

Sheri established Durare Publishing in 2012 and completed a Masters in Administration with a professional writing emphasis in December 2014 while continuing with her creative works and travel adventures.

She is a single mother of three adult children who are supportive of her adventures in writing, publishing, and travel.


Professional Credits & Services

Resume & Education

Fiction Writing Credits & Current Pitch

Author Bios various lengths, first & third person

Author Photos

Portfolio a few samples of professional writing

Sample Interviews

June 2012 TV Interview

Connect @ the Library, Show Low TV (condensed)

November 2012 Radio Interview

Express YourselfTeen Radio (interview starts at 15:00)

March 2009 Radio Interview

Believe with Barbara Bruce (condensed)

Suggested interview questions

Contact Sheri McGuinn directly to set up an interview.

External Links

Amazon Author Page

Wordpress Blog

Goodreads Author Page


Durare Publishing

Quick Reviewer Quotes


Writer’s Digest 25th Annual Self-Published Book Awards, Judge: “…one of the most interesting and useful novels I've seen”

Amazon Reviewer M. Stuever: “I …found myself laughing, crying and getting totally sucked into the story. Yet…the ethical storyline is still sticking with me”

Running Away:

Writer’s Digest 2008 International Self-Published Book Award (Honorable Mention), Judge: “I could not put this book down.”

Michael Dolan McCarthy:

Amazon Expert Reviewer: “The writing is good…the plot is gripping”

Publisher’s Weekly: “…issues of race and identity are nicely handled”


Other News

Glowing review of Alice from Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards judge.

Running Away has been on Lifetime directed by Brian Skiba with Holly Deveaux, , and William McNamara, Screenplay by Sheri McGuinn

“Maria Angelica’s Baby” is in Saturday Evening Post’s Best Short Stories of 2016.

Past Events

February 24, 2018 Participant at Open Mic for the Spoken Word, Auburn, CA

January 28, 2018 Exhibitor at Gold Country Writers’ Booth, Auburn Winter Storytelling Fest, Auburn, CA

November 5, 2017 Panelist at WNBA author event at the Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

September 7-10, 2017 Exhibitor at Gold Country Writers’ booth, Gold Country Fair, Auburn, CA

May 21, 2017 Exhibitor at WNBA booth, Oakland Book Festival

April 2017 Running Away began airing on Lifetime; previously on air in French-speaking Europe

March 2017 Participant Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Pitch-O-Rama, San Francisco

March 2017 Exhibitor Hidden Treasures Art Show, Citrus Heights, CA

January 2016 “Maria Angelica’s Baby” included in Saturday Evening Post’s Best Short Stories of 2016.

Summer 2015 Literacy Today published article by McGuinn on how POD can help build student self-esteem.

For more past events, see Resume & Education

What’s in the Works?

What’s being prepped for publication?

·       Peg’s Story: In Search of Self readers of Running Away asked for the mother’s story and this is it! Peg is victimized and trafficked, then escapes and rebuilds her life, one mistake at a time.

·       Negotiations to write another screenplay for Nasser Productions are underway.

What’s being pitched/submitted:

·       Screenplays and/or pilots based on Alice, Michael Dolan McCarthy, and “Maria Angelica’s Baby”

·       Multiple Short stories

·       What’s being written, edited, and revised with critique partners?

·       Romance – working on a novel

·       YA speculative fiction – working on a novel with a teenage girl just learning she has pre-cognitive and other paranormal powers

·       Short stories for an anthology and individual publication

What else is happening?

·        Teaching a workshop Self-Publishing for Educators at Sierra Community College this summer. Self-Publishing for Schools will be the text.

·        Marketing plans for Peg’s Story: One Woman’s Journey are being developed.










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