Sherrida Woodley is a Pacific Northwest writer best known for a novel of speculative
fiction, Quick Fall of Light published in 2010 by Gray Dog Press. Fascinated by themes
that have a historical basis, yet within them a mysterious paradox, in this first novel she
explores the devastation of a modern-day bird flu pandemic. Called an eco-thriller by
some, the novel is really a look at three characters whose lives have been redefined by a
global catastrophe and an “extinct” bird treacherously close to dying out a second time.
It is the passenger pigeon that gives the story its weighty question: If we could resurrect
the bird would we drive it to extinction all over again? And it is probably the passenger
pigeon that has determined the direction of her next novel.
The mother of three daughters, I dedicate this website to my youngest, Deanna,
who passed away of breast cancer in 2010.
Living just outside Cheney, Washington, on a few acres not far from Turnbull
Wildlife Refuge, Sherri believes the secret to her writing is found in nature. “I was
raised next to a large tract of woods in childhood, something that stayed with me.
There’s no doubt exposure to nature influences a person her entire life. In my case,
it is the accomplishment of creating yet another work about a controversial bird
A former medical transcriptionist and private pilot, she believes there was little time
to write when she was young. “It was only when I found I couldn’t get past my own
compulsion to write that I finally gave it a try.” Her work can be found in most
major bookstores, through Amazon, or Gray Dog Press.
I would like especially to thank Linda Lear, biographer of Rachel Carson, for her
unwavering support for Quick Fall of Light, becoming its endorser and including
it on the Rachel Carson website (rachelcarson.org) early on.
My thanks also to Terri Gorney, instrumental in educating the public about the
Limberlost area of Northeastern Indiana, and her devotion to
novelist/naturalist, Gene Stratton-Porter. With Terri's encouragement, I've
learned to research with more of a genealogist's eye. She inspires me to think as
they did especially if the writing is of times long ago, and to look for nuance.
That's where the gems are, she's told me. And she's right.