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Sherry Jones's Biography

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Spokane, Washington
Married three times! I intend to keep trying until I get it right.
Mar 2008

I'm an internationally best-selling author of three published historical fiction novels, most recently FOUR SISTERS, ALL QUEENS, published May 2012 by Simon and Schuster's Gallery Books, about four sisters in 13th century Provence who became queens of France, England, Germany, and Sicily, and changed the course of world events. An e-novella prequel, WHITE HEART: A Story of Blanche de Castille, the White Queen of France, was published in April 2012

My previous books are the internationally best-selling "The Jewel of Medina" and its sequel, "The Sword of Medina," for which I've been called an "Islamopanderer" and accused of "sugar-coating pedophilia" by anti-Muslims and, by one UT professor, of writing a "soft-core porn" book likely to incite acts of Islamic terrorism.

"The Jewel of Medina," published in 20 languages, tells the story of A'isha bint Abu Bakr, the Prophet Muhammad's youngest and most beloved wife, and how she grew from a girl wholly controlled by men into a fiery, witty, powerful leader and scholar. 

The sequel, "The Sword of Medina," continues A'isha's story after Muhammad's death, and is very much the story of her rival, Ali, as well. It details the origins of the Sunni-Shi'a split and reveals how women in the years after Muhammad's death began to lose the rights they gained during his lifetime. Learn more at http://www.authorsherryjones.com.

I have also worked as a journalist since 1979, reporting for newspapers in North Carolina, suburban Philadelphia, and Montana, my adopted home state, as well as for magazines including Newsweek, CMJ, and New Humanist. I've written for AOL News and the Huffington Post with the help of Red Room. 

And in 1989 I co-wrote "The Hiker's Guide to Montana's Continental Divide Trail,"  published by Falcon Press, for which I hiked 961 miles on bad feet. Some of us will do anything to publish a book. 

 

Upcoming Works

FOUR SISTERS, ALL QUEENS, a novel about four Provencal sisters in the 13th century who became queens of England, France, Germany, and Sicily, to be published in spring 2012 by Simon and Schuster's Gallery imprint.

Agents

Natasha Kern (literary agent)

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Publishers

Beaufort Books (US), 19 others worldwide; Gallery, Simon and Schuster.

Interests & Hobbies

I am an avid cook, a player at classical piano,  an enthusiastic learner of foreign languages, a lover of fashion and the visual arts, a walker, a wine-lover, a weight-lifter on good days, a dancer, and a cross-country skier.