Welcome to another Meet The Author Moment! Let’s catch up with Sheryl Browne!
[SB]: Shy! Really. I came from a large family and didn’t feel I really excelled at anything. It took a while for the teachers to prise me out of my shell, encouraging me to take part in team sport. Amazingly, I discovered I could catch and hit a mean Rounders ball and I was pretty good at getting the ball through the net in Netball too. As for academic work, I was definitely always the arty sort. I tended to draw in private though, until one of my teachers found my stash of drawings. Suddenly, I was really good at something and was promoted to class artist. That was a huge day for a seven year old, who came to school in hand-me-downs.
[AC]: Were you good at English?
[SB]: Apparently, yes. Chosen to attend at art school at age eleven, English, along with Art and Ceramics, soon became one of my favourite subjects. Again, I didn’t think I was particularly good at it though. And then the English tutor there, a tall, foreboding, quietly spoken man who commanded respect simply by walking in the room, gave me 22/20 for an essay. Now, he’d already stated he never, ever awarded a mark above 19. Still, I was too shy to put up my hand and say, Sir, I think you’ve made a mistake. He just looked at me, I remember, as my cheeks grew hotter and hotter. And then he smiled. Another huge day for me.
[AC]: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
[SB]: I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’d love a huge bestseller someday. Currently, though, having my recent book, The Rest of My Life, recommended to Choc Lit by the WH Smith Travel Fiction buyer and then reaching the dizzy heights of #2 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid Women’s Romance Fiction Best Seller List, is my dream come true. I now have another two contracts with Choc Lit, My ambition therefore is to keep writing, where I never thought I would be able to justify it, and to produce the best work that I can, hopefully providing the reader a wonderful reading experience.
[AC]: Which writers inspire you?
[SB]: I write in two genres, contemporary romance and psychological thriller. In regard to my romance writing, Marian Keyes is a huge inspiration for me. Water Melon was the first book I read by this author and I’ve been addicted ever since. I adore Marian’s writing. Her books tend to deal with modern ailments, but are always written with the compassion and humour I so admire. For my psychological thrills I turn to Martina Cole, whose ability to write gritty, believable characters I’m in awe of. For me, the magic of Martina Cole’s books is her fabulously unique way of leading us seamlessly into the heads of her characters: real flesh and blood people we can identify with and get to know. Fabulous stuff.
[AC]: Give us an insight into your favorite main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
[SB]: Hmm? A difficult one. If I’m choosing from my own characters, it would have to be PC Paul Davis from Warrant for Love. Disillusioned in life and love, Paul is moody, broody and not great relationship material. He comes from a broken home, his wife is divorcing him, he’s got no place to live, he’s losing custody of his son, and his sergeant, who’s sleeping with his wife, is a bully who constantly baits him. It’s a tough road with many potholes along the way, but Paul does eventually turn his life around, learning to trust and love again, above all to love himself a little. His biggest achievement, though, is in realising that if he truly loves his son and wants the best possible life for him, then he has to let him go.
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