On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Nancy Powichroski Sherman, the author of “Sandy Shorts,” a collection of short stories that take place on beaches along the shores of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, will be on hand at the Heritage at Milford. Heather Pleasants, Director of Marketing and Ms. Sherman will do a theatrical read of “Dancing at the Legion,” one of the short stories in the book.
“Nancy will discuss the book and share some inside info,” said Ms. Pleasants. “Books will be available for sale for $15 and she will be signing those copies.” Ms. Pleasants said that those who attend will smile with recognition as characters run into the surf in Rehoboth Beach, ride the ferry from Lewes to Cape May, barhop in Dewey and sip lattes in Bethany Beach.
Ms. Sherman said she was looking for a book of short stories to read on the beach a few years ago and was dismayed to learn there were not any. She decided to write a book to fill the void, saying that as a vacationer, she understood that people didn’t always want to read a long novel while enjoying the beach.
“I entered two short stories into “The Beach House” writing competition and both received awards,” Ms. Sherman said. “They were published in that anthology so I approached the publisher, Nancy Day Sakaduski of Cat & Mouse Press, about the possibility of publishing a full collection of my beach stories. She liked my proposal and my writing style, so she chose to work with me as editor-publisher-marketer, all in one person.”
Ms. Sherman said she chose the beaches in the mid-Atlantic because they held a special place in her heart. She is a member of the St. Jude the Apostle Church of Lewes church choir and the group sang Christmas songs for residents at the Heritage of Milford. She enjoyed her time there and looked forward to returning. She felt that returning there to talk about her book and sign them was a great way to honor the residents.
“Sandy Shorts” won first place from the Delaware Press Association and a national first place award from the National Federation of Press Women. But Ms. Sherman said that just being able to share her stories and hear from people she doesn’t know how much they enjoy them is even more satisfying than any awards.
“I have always been a storyteller and wrote for myself and for friends since childhood,” Ms. Sherman said. “In college, my storytelling switched to theatre, both acting and directing. Finally, I have returned to my original passion of writing, and this time, decided to write for publication so that my stories could reach a wider audience.” Ms. Sherman grew up in Baltimore and relocated to Sussex County in 2007.
The program at the Heritage at Milford will be Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 6 until 7:30 PM. Refreshments, which will include great “beach” food, will be served. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP to the Heritage at Milford by calling 302-422-8700.