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Thursday, 6 August 2015

THE REST OF MY LIFE

Today I am welcoming Sheryl Browne to talk about her latest release by Choc Lit, The Rest of My Life. Don't forget, there is a lovely giveaway at the bottom of the post!

Hello and welcome Sheryl! Can you tell us about The Rest of My Life?

Ooh, I would love to, thank you! The Rest of My Life comes from Choc Lit on recommendation of the WH Smith Travel Fiction buyer. My books generally tend to turn around the male character, looking at the fragility of love life and relationships, ergo I always start off with a nicely formed man (which isn’t a bad way to start, you have to admit). Whether he’s good or bad, or a dangerously heady mixture of both, my hero is always right there, his features, his hair, his clothes, his mannerisms, his conflicts. The heroine actually grows from him, as in: what kind of woman would be attracted to him? Is she not attracted to him? In denial? If so, why? I suppose I’m playing the ‘what if’ game. What if … she was attracted but couldn’t/wouldn’t admit it? What if a relationship between them was unacceptable – to society, to family, to themselves? You can see how a  story might grow. The premise for The Rest of My Life was simply that Adam isn’t your usual hero material. He has the essential human flaws, but Adam’s run a little deeper. He’s a Lothario, a womaniser and a commitment phobe with a dark, defining secret in his past. The questions I wanted the book to answer were: Could we love him? Could he learn to love himself?

Adam sounds like a fascinating hero, but if you only had three words to tell me about him, what would you say?

Sienna’s thoughts: Cocksure, lonely, terrified

I do love your heroine's name... I find Sienna wonderfully romantic and evocative, but in three words again, what kind of woman is she?

Adam’s thoughts: enigma, sensual, innocent

What did Adam think the first time he saw Sienna?

Adam’s thoughts: Bloody hell. Adam did a double take. It was the girl from the cottage. Innocent looking and fresh-faced, a radiant smile as she chatted to the punters she served at the pub, seemingly unaware of most of them eyeing her up, Adam had tried hard not to notice her. He couldn’t help but notice her now. She was wearing the shortest of shorts and the skimpiest of bra-affair tops he’d ever seen in his life. It was her hair, though, which she was now wearing loose, that really caught his attention. Red hair flecked gold, tumbling carelessly down her back, it was stunning. She was stunning. Barefoot, with tanned long legs, she was undeniably attractive. Definitely his type, he might once have confided to Nate – as he had when he’d first met Emily. She’d been barefoot too, he recalled the image vividly, fishing from the side of a boat with her father. Pretty hopelessly it turned out. She hadn’t had a hook on her line, because she hadn’t wanted to hurt the fish. She’d caught him that day, the day he’d learned to smile again after his mother had gone. Emily had been his first love. His last love, too, as far as Adam was concerned. 

And what did Sienna think of Adam the first time she saw him? 

Sienna’s thoughts: She and Lauren had caught a glimpse of the well-sculpted torso of the owner of the little white river cruiser moored at the quayside directly opposite – the man they’d christened Lothario, having noted certain nocturnal activities on board. Due to his late comings and goings, Sienna hadn’t really spoken to him, other than a passing hello – and then he barely acknowledged her, but she could see what his obvious attraction to women was, on the surface anyway. Tall, toned, tousled dark hair, bronzed skin the colour of caramel mocha latte, the man was definitely eye candy. They’d spotted him again last night. Living up to his reputation, he’d been sneaking a woman onto his boat, amidst much shushing from him and giggling from her. They’d both been tipsy and, judging by the need for secrecy, they were obviously having an affair.  

I love this! What is the one thing you absolutely need to write?

When you are really in character you need quiet, otherwise they go all shy.

 I couldn't agree with your more! One cannot overestimate the importance of silence. Unfortunately my house is anything but quiet. Right now my eldest is practicing on his electric guitar at full blast with AC DC! Do you find it difficult to come up with titles for your novels?

Extremely, they’re either there or they’re not – ever. My first book was called Loose Screws. My agent loved it. The publishers loved it … the title only, unfortunately! Back to the drawing board.

One of my greatest pleasures when I start a new novel is to choose names for my characters. Can you tell me how you pick the names of your characters?

I can’t work until my characters are christened. I like short names, particularly for men. I tend to use that indispensable writers’ tool nowadays: Google. Even when writing contemporary fiction, it’s important to make sure your character’s name fits his date of birth.

Yes, you are right Sheryl. There are so many trends and fashions for names, you do need to be careful. What are you working on at the moment?

I have three books begging to be written, would you believe? Firstly, a poignant romance (possibly romantic suspense) currently titled, Ripples on the Water. Here’s a teeny smidgeon of an outline (still a work in progress): Aaron Calthorpe-Jones, a police dog handler, has been at odds with his father for as long as he can remember. He leaves his family home under a cloud of hostility and resentment when the husband of the woman he’s having an affair with apparently commits suicide. Aaron’s father, who washed his hands of Aaron years ago after his younger sister tragically drowned while in Aaron’s care, renounces him as a home wrecker, a man with no morals and no son of his. Five long years later, Lyndsey, the woman with whom Aaron had the affair, also leaves the small farming community. Seeking Aaron out, she presents him with the daughter he’s never known existed, and then disappears from his life. (The book opens with Aaron returning to the village where he knows he’s not welcome. I did say I like to start with a nicely formed man!).

The second is a poignant family drama (idea suggested by the WH Smith buyer). I’m still playing with that, but I have the first chapter which opens with a grandmother and granddaughter discussing why the lady in the middle, dutiful mother and daughter, has suddenly decided to run away from home.

Finally, I have a sequel to my thriller, Death Sentence, which is the respective daughters’ stories, Ashley’s and Taylor’s. I’m feeling a ‘Fatal Attraction’ mood settling over that.

Clearly, I’m going to need to focus on one, but they are all clamouring for headspace!

PLUS! Breaking news here: I have just received another contract from Choc Lit for my book, Learning to Love!  I think I’m going to be a busy little bee.

Congratulations Sheryl. This is wonderful  news! I can see you are going to be very busy in the next few months. Good luck with all your projects.
 
 
And now for the word association fun test!

Day: dreams                                                         

winter: Christmas                      

summer: wine … um?               

films: Ghost

love: romance

 
Blurb for 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?

Amazon US
Choc Lit
 

Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, poignant fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl has seven books published to date.
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.

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2 comments:

  1. Awww, thank you so much for my lovely interview, Marie! I hope you've hidden that guitar! I'm currently listening to Erasure. Hmm? Not sure it's mood music but It's not bad. :) xx

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  2. Thank you so much for coming on the blog, Sheryl. It was lovely chatting to you. I cannot get anywhere near that guitar!

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