Getting to Know the Author: Sheryl Browne

Sheryl Browne03 small fileHeartWelcome, Sheryl.

Hi Glynis, Thank you so much for my lovely interview feature. I’ll try not to be too boring!

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

I write in two genres, romantic fiction and psychological thriller (according to one review for the latter, I make a good psychopath!). The genres might seem miles apart but my writing often has family dynamics at the core. I like to explore the fragility of love, life and relationships and the tenuous bonds that hold people together, so maybe the genres are not too dissimilar after all.

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

The brilliant thing about writing in two genres is that if I’m stuck on a plot point I can soon turn to another work in progress. Inevitably, the characters from my other book will soon start demanding attention if I do, so maybe one feeds off the other.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?

I don’t at present, but I would recommend one if you can’t afford to get your work professionally edited. One of my first manuscripts went through the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ scheme. The feedback was invaluable and that book is now published.

Can you remember your first reading book?

Can I share the book that made me want to write? A Kestrel for a Knave (Kes) by Barry Hines, a coming of age novel which tells the story of a young Yorkshire boy, Billy Casper, who finds solace from a life of bullying and neglect by rearing a wild kestrel he calls Kes. The book is set in the 1960s but there’s a wonderful timelessness to the story. I wasn’t sure I wanted to be an actual author, but this book certainly fired my childhood imagination.

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

Cupcakes! I do try and limit myself in case I end up looking like one.

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

Co-writerSnoops likes a tidy writing area.

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

I’m published with Choc Lit and Safkhet Publishing. I have, however, self-published some of my books in between publishers, so I do have experience of both routes to publication. I have to say it was reading some of the fabulous (and professionally produced) books by self published authors that gave me the confidence to go that route. It’s definitely something I would do again.

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

As mentioned, I write in two genres so I tend to read widely. Marian Keyes was definitely influential in regard to my romantic fiction. I adore Marian’s writing. Her books tend to deal with modern ailments, but are always written with compassion and humour. In regard to my thriller writing, I find Martina Cole’s books are pure inspiration. 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.

My most recent reads have been by John Donoghue. I like to bring humour into my romantic fiction, but I couldn’t even hope to aspire to the natural wit and humour this author brings to his writing. My first book by John Donoghue was Police, Crime & 999 – The True Story of a Front Line Officer. At the time, I badly needed something uplifting after my partner’s cancer diagnosis and his undergoing various surgeries (he’s doing fabulously now, btiw!). You can probably guess then that this author had his work cut out. He succeeded! I laughed until I cried. The book is totally hilarious. His other books, Police, Lies & Alibis, Shakespeare My Butt and Police, Arrests & Suspects are similarly sidesplittingly hilarious. In fact, my partner nicked my copy of his latest, Police, Arrests & Suspects and now he wants the rest. So, as reading goes, John Donoghue has definitely been a positive influence.

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?

Make sure it’s the best it can be. Seriously, there is so much advice out there. The golden rule is to make sure to follow publisher or agent submission guidelines. If you’re self-publishing, follow the ‘Building your book for Kindle’ guidelines. Crucially, make sure to get your book edited, if you can. A critique partner or group (on or offline) is always a good idea if you can’t afford a professional editor. Lastly, invest in a text to voice reader. Hearing your work read back will soon tell you whether it needs a re-edit. You will amazed at the superfluous narrative, typos and glitches it picks up.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?

Death Sentence features two men on opposite sides of the Law. I think Damian Lewis would be perfect as DI Matthew Adams. Colin Farrell would make a brilliant Patrick Sullivan. I can dream …

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?

I was driving back from aerobics when … my car self-combusted. On the motorway. Written off in three minutes flat. I was wearing a leotard and leggings at the time. A police vehicle picked me up hot-footing it to the emergency phone. To say he was a bit boggle-eyed would be an understatement.

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Reviewed by a top Amazon Reviewer at Best Selling Thrillers and given a glowing FIVE Stars, Sheryl Browne’s new thriller Death Sentence is now available on Amazon! “This was such an excellent read. I found myself having to force myself to breathe. Well done Sheryl! Once again you’ve produced a book with such an array of plots and yet showing that love is still possible throughout tragedy and conflict”. – Treebeard
*The title of the book, DEATH SENTENCE, was suggested by a chief constable who also offered the author guidance on forensics and police procedure.
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.
An edge-of-your seat story of revenge.

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Sheryl Browne03 small fileAbout Sheryl Browne

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 the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award 2015, Sheryl has seven books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies

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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About Glynis Peters Author

I write Historical saga style novels featuring mystery and romantic twists. HarperCollins/HarperImpulse publishers of my novel, The Secret Orphan. I live in the UK, in a coastal town in Essex. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters. I also write Victorian novels under my own name, Glynis Smy,
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7 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Sheryl Browne

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Very interesting! Thanks, both. I really respect an author who writes in two genres; that takes flexibility! And anyone who’s owned by at least one canine is a friend, as far as I’m concerned 🙂 . Wishing you success.

    • sherylbrowne says:

      Aww, thank you so much, Margot. I think you have to flexible in today’s publishing climate. I respect all authors, tbh. I haven’t met one yet who isn’t aspiring to be the best they can be. It’s hard sometimes, but so worth it when you get that lovely, crucial reader feedback. My canines are currently trying to scare off the man that can! Gas engineer! Poor man. Thanks for commenting, lovely! Have a good day! 🙂 xx

  2. Good interview!

    And Snoops is adorable.

  3. sherylbrowne says:

    Hi Glynis! Finally, I am managing to thank you for my fabulous feature. My heating broke down, blowing the electrics, so currently have a man dismantling my boiler. I’m hoping he can warm me up! Thanks so much, sweetie. Really appreciated! Have a lovely day. 🙂 PS. Snoops says thank you, too, for capturing him in his best light!.

  4. sherylbrowne says:

    Reblogged this on Sheryl Browne and commented:
    Sharing! Me! Again. I’m with Glynis Smy​ today talking genres and writers who inspire! (I even look as if I might be talking sense!). Thanks so much for my fab feature, Glynis! 🙂

  5. Sheryl! I read Kes in school and you’ve just brought back loads of memories!

    I wondered why you keep posting cupcake photos on FB 🙂 hahaha

    Fab interview ladies.

    Thank you for linking with #TalkoftheTown Sheryl x

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