Welcome to another Meet The Author Moment! Today we’re featuring author Anneli Purchase. Read on to learn more about Anneli!
[AP]: I had enjoyed writing short stories for a long time but when I joined the local writers’ club and saw that so many of the members were writing longer works, I began to think about telling a longer story. My mother had an eventful life and I thought this would be a good starting point. I took her story and fictionalized it. Julia’s Violinist was the result.
[AC]: Do you have a specific writing style?
[AP]: I try to make my writing sound like an ordinary person talking, telling a story. It needs to be entertaining and colourful without being flowery, and yet with enough detail to make the reader feel as if they are in the scene they are reading about.
[AC]: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
[AP]: Not necessarily a message, but I hope that readers will still be thinking about the book and its characters long after they finish reading.
[AC]: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
[AP]: Very often the events in my novels have their beginnings in something I’ve experienced or seen, but I take care to add a lot of fiction as I build the story around them.
[AC]: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
[AP]: I don’t have a writer in mind that I try to emulate. My mother was an excellent storyteller who always kept her listeners spellbound to the end. What I am trying to do is to combine her talent for storytelling with well-crafted language, written correctly in terms of grammar, and in the voice that the story calls for.
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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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Well, hello again! I am super excited because just twenty-eight days ago we announced a new release, Death Sentence, from Sheryl Browne. Now, we have a second! The Rest Of My Life will be released from Choc Lit on July 10th, 2015. Read on to learn more about Sheryl’s latest…
The Rest Of My Life
“You can’t run away from commitment forever … “
Adam Hamilton-Shaw has more reason than most to avoid commitment. Living on a houseboat in the Severn Valley, his dream is to sail into the sunset – preferably with a woman waiting in every port. But lately, his life looks more like a road to destruction than an idyllic boat ride…
Would-be screenplay writer Sienna Meadows realises that everything about Adam spells trouble – but she can’t ignore the feeling that there is more to him than just his bad reputation. Nor can she ignore the intense physical attraction that exists between them.
And it just so happens that Adam sees Sienna as the kind of woman he could commit to. But can he change his damaging behaviour – or is the road to destruction a one-way street?
Shortlisted: LOVE STORIES AWARDS
Being Anne’s BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Reviewed the Book’s TOP TEN BOOKS
Excerpt From The Rest Of My Life
About the Author
Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, poignant fiction. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl has seven books published with Safkhet Publishing.
Sheryl’s new contemporary romance novel was recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer. THE REST OF MY Life comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.
Don’t you love release days? Today, we’ve got a great one for you. Award-winning author, Sheryl Browne, releases Death Sentence! Read on to learn more about this gripping title!
Death Sentence – He’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?
Detective Inspector Matthew Adams and Patrick Sullivan, drug dealer, pimp, murderer: two men on opposite sides of the law. A history that goes way back. A bully even in his youth, Sullivan had made it his mission in life to make the goody-two-shoes copper’s life a misery. Now Matthew has made it his mission in life to make sure the pimping scum responsible for prostituting young girls, abusing them, and beating them to death, is locked up for life.
When Matthew’s child becomes a casualty of the war between them, does Matthew want justice? Or does he want retribution? When Patrick’s brother is shot down like a dog in a drug bust gone wrong, Patrick wants payback. He wants Matthew. Or the copper loses his pretty, pregnant wife. As far as Patrick is concerned, it’s quid pro quo.
Death Sentence: an edge-of-your seat story of revenge.
What the reviewers say:
Unyielding! I found myself having to force myself to breathe. (Best Selling Thrillers)
Fast paced. Fabulously written thriller! (Rachel’s Random Reads)
Will totally blow your mind. A powder keg of revenge (Brook Cottage Books)
It’s gritty, graphic and violent – I absolutely loved it (Being Anne)
Excerpt From Death Sentence
It’s another Saturday closer to Spring! So why not welcome the season with some great news reads? Today, we’re featuring Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me by Caroline James and Recipes For Disaster by Sheryl Browne. Read on for today’s feature! Plus don’t forget the recipe at the end.
Excerpt From Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy, And Me
Excerpt From Recipes For Disaster
Recipe of the Day
Today we have a special treat. Sheryl Brown is sharing a recipe from Recipes For Disaster. A great treat for the Author’s Café.
Ingredients for 6 portions:
- 2 cups cucumbers
- 2 green peppers
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 avocados
- 1 large white onion
- ½ cup fresh, mixed herbs: basil, oregano, chives, parsley, or whatever your herb garden has
- 1 l vegetable broth
- 50 ml olive oil
- 50 ml Balsamico vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- 1 small chilli pepper
Divide the vegetables into two piles. Take the seeds out of the chilli pepper. One pile of vegetables gets finely cut. The other pile, along with the chilli and herbs, gets thrown into a blender or a big bowl to use a magic wand on. Slowly add the vegetable broth to the vegetables while finely blending. Also add the vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the soup into soup bowls and decorate with the finely chopped vegetables. You can eat fresh artisan bread with this, rubbed with garlic, slightly salted and covered in some olive oil. The perfect soup for hot summer days.
Music of the Day
Sheryl Browne was inspired by the music to Perfect Disaster…