Penname: Alterra [Contact]
Real name: Sheri L. Swift
Member Since: 09/18/10
Membership status: Member


I now live in the United States in the Misty Mountains to the East.  I was originaly a Westcoast girl.  At the age of nine I began reading the Tolkien novels (early 1970's) and created the character of Alterra.  My father was part Cherokee and taught my brother and I to hunt and fish at an early age. He also taught us to respect all life and to only kill what we would eat.  I suppose that is why I was drawn to the character of Legolas.

The business of life soon caused me to put away my story creations and I married, had three daughters, divorced, married again and had a fourth daughter. I became a stay-at-home mom/housewife and rarely was able to write more than a few poems.

I had quite forgotten the story of Legolas and Alterra until I experienced a season of pain that no Dr. could diagnose.  In those moments I cried out to the Lord and He answered my cries by bringing back to my memory this story that I had once created as a child.  I was later diagnosed with cancer and put the story to page during my radiation treatments.  I wanted my daughters and grandchildren to know the story that I had never told them.

I am not, nor have I ever claimed to be, a scholar; I am but a dreamer.  After my baby entered college, I began to dust off my dreams and write down some of my other stories.

I love the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Stephen R. Lawhead, Karen Hancock, and too many more to name.  I am looking forward to reading the stories of MPTT.  I have enjoyed many retreats within the land of Middle-earth.  : )

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