Author Backstory: Sheri WhiteFeather
Readers know Sheri WhiteFeather as a national bestselling author of more than 55 books, but did you know she was, among other things, a leather artisan who created personalized items for musicians like Mötley Crüe and Waylon Jennings?
Imagine this. It’s the mid ’80s and you’re living in Hollywood, beginning your career as a makeup artist and one of your first gigs is at the Playboy Mansion for a photo shoot featuring Hugh Hefner. Sheri was uncertain of what to expect at the shoot for a publicity photo celebrating Hefner’s 60th birthday, but it was a memorable experience—the mansion was spectacular and Hef was warm and friendly. Then, while working on a music video, she met her now-former husband. He was a leather craftsman who created guitar straps, belts and accessories for an array of musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Waylon Jennings, Mötley Crüe and Tom Petty. Since Sheri was a skilled painter, she soon became the artisan hand painting the detailed patterns on items destined for her husband’s clients. Naturally, one of the perks of the job was getting to know the musicians and gaining backstage access to their shows. Like the title of the Eagles’ song says, that’s “Life in the Fast Lane.”
As most people who work on sets know—there is a lot of downtime. During video shoots, Sheri would find a corner and read. And when she began to write novels, she found that she had a wealth of experiences from which to draw, on and off sets. In fact, her most recent novel features a country music legend, inspired by Waylon Jennings and the ins and outs of the music industry.
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