by Sheri Whitefeather, author of The Texan’s Future Bride (Harlequin Special Edition)
I’ve become known for incorporating Native American and First Nations characters into my books. My ex-husband is a tribally enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and so are our grown children. Oftentimes my characters are searching for their roots. My ex’s grandmother was a strong influence in that regard because she had been stripped of her heritage when she was a child. Many of my books are a tribute to her and the struggle she endured. Grandma is gone now, but I’m still friends with my ex and have remained close to his family.
The current man in my life is Native as well. We met online four years ago and now he is my dearest friend and muse. He works as an artist and art model. I have a photo of him (a classic nude) on my wall that I use as inspiration.
Sheri’s office. Can you spot the image?
Art has always been one of my passions. If you’ve read my website bio, then you’re probably aware that I used to work as a make-up artist and leather artisan and that one of my first professional make-up jobs was at the Playboy Mansion. I was referred by a friend and received a call early one morning, asking if I could go to the mansion that same afternoon. It was for a photo shoot featuring Hugh Hefner (wearing his usual pajamas). The picture was scheduled to appear in various news publications.
Hef was warm and friendly, but at the same time, quite professional. I liked him very much. The mansion was spectacular, too, living up to its vivid reputation. I recognized a soap opera actor milling about, along with a slew of scantily clad models. I was getting used to that sort of thing by then, though. I’d already worked on a music video where I met my ex, and we’d begun receiving invitations to backstage events. He designs custom guitar straps and belts and has worked for an array of successful musicians. I painted guitar straps and jackets for many of them, including Motley Crue, Bruce Springsteen and the late Waylon Jennings.
These days, my art is in the form of words, writing emotionally driven romances spiced with love and life.
Where do you gain your inspiration from?
“I have no idea who I am.”
Jenna Byrd’s ready to say “I do.” But the only potential groom within kissing distance is the injured stranger the Texas cowgirl spies wandering along a dusty road. The tall, dark stranger is a mystery Jenna’s itching to solve—though there’s no mystery about the feelings he’s arousing. Only how can she fall for a man when he can’t tell her who he is?
Even with amnesia, “John Doe” knows what he wants. And it’s Jenna…from the moment she invites him to convalesce at her family ranch. Now J.D.’s living his dream in a fabled cabin complete with a magical featherbed—and a dream woman to fuel his most passionate fantasies.
But what happens when he regains his memory? Will he lose Jenna—and the love he’s only just found?
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