(Aug. 1, 2014) A local author is giving readers a new set of beach reads for the summer season.
Nancy Powichroski Sherman recently released “Sandy Shorts,” a series of 13 short stories based in beach towns around the region. From Bethany Beach and Lewes, Del., to Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk, the book features familiar places in three- to 14-page stories.
“I love that the coastal towns of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey each have their own personalities,” Sherman said. “I was able to tap into that in the stories.”
The idea to put them all together came from her own trips to local beaches, where she said she was looking for “something comic and light to read.”
“I thought ‘I really want to read something at the beach but I don’t want to make a commitment to a novel,” Sherman said. “I actually went out after that looking for a collection of short stories. Most of what’s available are classic short stories — nothing at all was beach-themed.”
Each story connects to a resort town that she’s visited, with the setting inspiring the tale.
In Ocean City, for example, the story came from the “Boardwalk walkers” — those found in the early morning hours traversing on Ocean City’s most famous setting.
The main character faces a dilemma after her parents go through a divorce and both converge on her 56th Street condo at the same time, Sherman said.
“It’s all about parental relationships, marriage relationships and especially how you deal when your parents have split,” she said.
Readers will recognize locations throughout the book, including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in West Ocean City.
“I always try to reference local places,” Sherman said.
She began writing early in life, but did not take her passion beyond a hobby until nearly 40 years into her career as an English and theater teacher.
“I really didn’t have time, or I didn’t make time,” Sherman said, but “I knew I would get back to it eventually.”
Now that she’s teaching part-time online, she’s become involved with the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild and has taken home top prizes in Delaware writing contests.
The awards connected her with Publisher Nancy Sakidowski, of Cat & Mouse Press, in Lewes, Del., and Sherman pitched her idea for “Sandy Shorts.”
“She liked it and said, “OK, let’s do this,’” Sherman said.
“She has a great voice. She has the right style of writing for beach reads,” Sakidowski said. “It’s nice to have something short and light that you can complete while you’re there at the beach.”
She called Sherman’s 168-page collection “enjoyable and well-written.”
As for the author, she’s already planning her next piece, a collection of short stories linked through one character.
She said she’s “really excited” to finally see her works on the shelf.
“After writing all through grade school and high school and throughout college, it’s wonderful to be able to say, ‘I came back to what my original dream was,’” Sherman said.
“Sandy Shorts” is available locally at Masons New & Used Books at 101 S. Baltimore Ave. downtown.
Visit www.catandmousepress.com or https://www.facebook.com/catandmousepress to learn more about the collection of short stories and Cat & Mouse Press.