Name: Sherry Monahan
What you Write: Non-Fiction with an emphasis on food and drink in the Victorian West
Agent: Jessica Alvarez
Why BookEnds? Highly recommended, dynamic agency
Tell us a bit about your writing process. Where do you write, and how often?
I have my own office in the house that’s decorated with a Victorian theme to help keep me in the nineteenth century! I write from 8ish to 5ish, Monday-Friday.
What do you love about writing Non-Fiction that focuses on the history food and drink?
Eating is cultural—regardless of where you are. Recipes vary in different parts of our country and you can glean a lot from how and what people cook and eat. Plus, tasting history is so much more exciting than just reading about it.
Why did you choose the genre you’ve chosen?
Honestly, I didn’t even know what that word meant back in the 1990s when my first book came out. I just knew I loved history, writing, and cooking. When I visited my first real Western town, which was Tombstone, Arizona, I was curious about what its famous residents like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday ate. Who knew I would become a Culinary Historian because of some passions?
What is the hardest part about writing Non-Fiction that focuses on the history food and drink?
Deciding what, where, and who to write about next. There is so much cool culinary history that’s yet to be told.
Do you get inspiration from any TV shows or movies? If so, which ones?
Sometimes I’ll watch a Clint Eastwood or John Wayne movie just to see what food is being depicted when I’m researching my western books.
Do you belong to any writing organizations?
Yes, the James Beard Foundation, Author’s Guild, Western Writers of America, Single Action Shooters Society, and the Wild West History Association.