By Romuald Dzemo

The Girl Who Could Read Hearts: Award Winning Author, Sherry Maysonave, Shares Insights on Her Craft

Can you share with us what inspires you to write?

Thank you for having me. I am honored.

What inspires me to write? Inspiration! The late Dr. Wayne Dyer often discussed the difference between motivation and inspiration. In a nutshell, he explained it this way: motivation is when you take hold of an idea and run with it. Inspiration is when an idea takes hold of you.

I have been blessed to feel the joy of pure “inspiration” when book ideas and stories have taken ahold of me and refused to let go. In those instances, the urge to write bubbled up so profoundly inside of me that I was compelled to sit down and write. And I must say, the urge was not satisfied by just starting the book or story; it remained until completion.

In addition, I feel that I have valuable things to impart that offer hope and inspiration, helping people live more positive and happier lives.

When did you start writing? Is there an author who particularly inspired you?

When I was in the third grade (8 to 9 years old), I wrote a story about a mischievous and misunderstood rabbit. It received high praise from my teacher, and my sisters said it was quite entertaining. Beyond school assignments, I don’t recall writing anything else in childhood.

I had journaled for years, but in the early 1980’s, I experienced a new-level of spiritual awakening. Major changes in my inner and outer worlds shook my soul. It was then that I began writing poetry and wrote my first short story. The joy that I felt with this creative expression was unparalleled. Some big life changes though took me more into the business world, and I put my creative writing aside.

For many years, I was a consultant to corporations on nonverbal communication, business attire, and dress policies. In 1999, my first book, Casual Power: How to Power Up Your Nonverbal Communication and Dress Down for Success was published ( It was and still is today a category best seller. This book catapulted me to even greater success in the media and business arena. And for another decade, I traveled extensively with consulting and speaking engagements on this topic.

In 2005, I began a second nonfiction book and was under contract with a high-powered agent. Yet, I was finding the writing to be hard work, both tedious and lackluster. My usual joy and elation in writing was just not there with this book project. The words “Pass the Passion, Please” would float through my mind intermittently.

That was when I had the visitation dream from my deceased sister, Donna. She shouted to me from a mountaintop and for the rest of the night thousands and thousands of words tumbled through my head. It felt as if my head were a clothes-dryer drum


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