Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the fifty-second, is of novelist Sheryl Browne.
Now residing in Worcestershire, Sheryl grew up in Birmingham, UK, where she studied Art & Design. She wears many hats: a partner in her own business, a mother, and a foster parent to disabled dogs, currently giving home to a feisty, but partially blind, midget Jack Russell and an OAP cross collie/lab.
Creative in spirit, Sheryl has always had a passion for writing. A full member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association for some years, she has previously been published in the US and writes Romantic Comedy because, as she puts it, “life is just too short to be miserable”.
Sheryl’s new novel, RECIPES FOR DISASTER, combining deliciously different and fun recipes with romantic comedy, has just been released by Safkhet Publishing.
And now from the author herself:
I have been writing rom com for about twelve years and have come “close” but not quite close enough to secure publication here in the UK. I have been previously published in the US, which was fantastic, but I felt I’d made it when my current lovely publisher, Safkhet Publishing, liked my style and asked me to write Recipes For Disaster for them. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work on this rather unique project, which includes some really fabulous, different and fun recipes. I was so nervous waiting for their feedback, I’d almost bitten my fingernails down to my elbows. And then they said Yes! They loved it! Music to a writer’s ears. Needless to say, I was euphoric. Rejection is part and parcel of being a writer ~ and I would just like to mention here that often agents and publishers took time (a precious commodity, particularly in the current difficult publishing climate) to offer suggestions, most of which were constructive and all of which were appreciated. Thank you.
If you’re serious about writing, you have to work hard beyond the initial writing of your story, getting editorial help, if necessary, and making sure to present your work professionally. Agents want to know you are serious, after all! There’s loads of advice out there and agents usually stipulate clearly on their websites what they want. If you are lucky enough to get feedback, try to use it positively. Rejection hurts. Your confidence might dwindle sometimes, it goes with the territory, but take heart from the fact that people have bothered to respond and keep going.
I also enjoy script writing and did get through the first and second stages of a BBC sitcom writing contest. So you might say humour is my thing. Real people inspire my writing, real life events and the turmoil of emotions that often goes with them. I like to look at the comedy in a situation. Not that I would laugh at people’s disasters. God knows, I’m a walking disaster myself (I’m the kind of person that breaks her ankle, goes to work on crutches, falls face-first off the bus and splats her face on the pavement!). I’m looking to laugh with people, rather than at them. My aim when I write is to leave someone with that all-important feel-good factor. If someone laughs, it makes me feel good, and it’s a fabulous way to measure whether I’ve succeeded.
When I’m not writing, I strive to stop my witty son typing – THE END – halfway through my manuscripts and to keep up with the demands of my foster dogs, Little Snoops aka Rambo ~ who is partially sighted, feisty and the star of Recipes For Disaster (at least he thinks so) ~ and Big Max, who is nineteen years old and claustrophobic. Hence the not too pristine housekeeping and the huge dog-flap in the back door, marked Burglars, please wipe feet on way out!
That’s hilarious Sheryl… definitely a book in the making in your household. You can find more about Sheryl and her work via…
Website and link to Sheryl’s blog: www.sherylbrowne.com
The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with romantic thriller novelist Ellen Deane – the two hundred and sixtieth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me. You can read / download my eBooks from Smashwords.