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Being prolific pays off for Southwest alumna

December 10, 2011
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

In just four years, Sheri (Mathieu) Boeyink has produced more than 20 novels.

One so far has been published, with the next book in the trilogy to be released next spring. Three other books in another trilogy are set to be published later.

Boeyink, a 1995 Southwest Minnesota State University graduate, recently had her debut novel, "Wasteland," a paranormal romance, published under her pen name, Lynn Rush.

"Wasteland" was the 13th book she has written in just a few short years.

Boeyink, who is originally from Minneapolis, came to SMSU because of Hugh Curtler and the university's tennis team, she said. She graduated with a degree in psychology and then a master's degree from the University of Iowa.

"I didn't grow up wanting to be a writer," Boeyink said. She had worked as an escrow officer for eight years and was laid off from her job. During her few months of unemployment, the idea for "Wasteland" came about.

Mainly it was the book "This Present Darkness" by Frank Peretti that got Boeyink hooked on writing. So four years ago, she just started writing, and then writing some more. Before she knew it, she had an 87,000-word novel titled "Light of Truth."

But she didn't have any idea how to proceed. She found a writer's group to help get feedback, joined a critique group, went to conferences and just kept writing.

Boeyink also placed in a couple of writing contests and received a couple of requests for full-length novels.

She had sent the partial manuscript for "Wasteland" to Crescent Moon Press Inc. A few weeks later, she was asked to send the full novel. The very next day, she got a contract offer.

"(I thought) 'oh my gosh, did I read this e-mail right?'" Boeyink said. She said that she brought the computer to her husband who confirmed that she was having her book published.

Boeyink said her pen name came from a couple of sources. Lynn is the first name of her mother-in-law, who died of cancer this past October. All of Boeyink's books, including "Wasteland," are dedicated to her, she said. And since Boeyink is an inline speed skater and mountain biker, she thought "rush" would be appropriate for the last part of her pen name.

Boeyink said the book, a paranormal romance, is for the "new adult" audience for those ages 18-24. She's not into that "hot and heavy" romance featured in novels for adults and the young adult novels can be "too sweet."

"I'm not surprised I started (writing for that age group)," she said.

Boeyink said "Wasteland" has an interesting storyline.

"It's basically about a 400-year-old half demon," Boeyink said about "Wasteland." The half-demon is seeking revenge because his mother sold his soul, she said.

Boeyink said an idea for a new book may hit her when she's waking up or going to the grocery store. One such idea came to her when she was at a Barnes and Noble. A girl wearing a blue tutu with a red leather jacket walked into the bookstore.

"She was the opening scene of one of my novels," she said. She said she also woke up with the first line for her book "Frostbite." Both novels are unpublished, she said.

When she learned that "Wasteland" was being published,

"Wasteland" is part of a trilogy, with the second book, "Awakened," being released in May 2012.

"I just wrote that in June," she said. The third novel, which she finished last month is still "really rough," she said.

Boeyink's other upcoming trilogy is the "Violet Night" series, with the first book coming out in August 2012.

Even though she has enough material for now, Boeyink said she plans to continue writing.

"I"m just going to keep going, I don't know when it's going to stop," Boeyink said.



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