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Author Spotlight no.52 – Sheryl Browne

25 Jan

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

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Recipes-for-Disaster/245372252189480

Twitter: @sherylbrowne

Publisher: http://safkhetpublishing.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.

 
23 Comments

Posted by on January 25, 2012 in ebooks, Facebook, interview, novels, Twitter, writing

 

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23 responses to “Author Spotlight no.52 – Sheryl Browne

  1. Darlene Jones

    January 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Love the sense of humor.

     
  2. Bloggin With Rich

    January 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Nice post Sheryl!

     
  3. Sheryl Browne

    January 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you, Darlene and Richard. You just have to laugh sometimes, or you’d cry, wouldn’t you? Girls in office certainly had a hoot when I limped in with crutches and flat face!🙂

     
  4. Janice

    January 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Great interview and an honest insight – which makes your current success (squeeeeeel) all the more sweet! Can’t wait to read your books Sheryl!

     
    • Sheryl Browne

      January 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Thank you, Janice! It’s not always easy to make time, I know, so your comment really appreciated! Lovely friends and supporters are what keep us going (through those uncertain times :))

       
  5. ET

    January 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Congratulations on the book launch, Sheryl. I’m looking forward to a good read🙂

     
    • Sheryl Browne

      January 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to re-reading my contracted books now, contentendly and proudly – instead of a bit sadly because I never though my poor characters would see the light of day😉

       
  6. Yvonne Hertzberger

    January 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Sounds like a hoot. Good luck.

     
  7. Chris Longmuir

    January 26, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Sheryl sounds like someone I’d like to know better. Great interview and I loved the Burglars please wipe your feet comment.

     
    • Sheryl Browne

      January 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      It’s true, Chris. I sugget to workmen who might arrive (who considerately start removing their muddy boots) that they might like to keep the boots on!🙂

       
  8. Sheryl Browne

    January 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Thank you, Yvonne! If it raises a smile it will definitely have made it worthwhile!🙂

     
  9. Sheryl Browne

    January 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Thanks for my lovely Spotlight, Morgen!🙂

     
  10. Crystal Jigsaw

    January 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Fabulous article. I’d love to write scripts, it’s something I’ve always been interested in, even since before I wanted to write a novel.

    CJ x

     
    • morgenbailey

      January 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Hi Crystal

      You might be interested in http://scriptfrenzy.org – 100 pages of script every April (sister of http://nanowrimo.org – 50,000 words every November). I did SF in April 2010 and although I prefer writing prose, it got me writing and I since converted the 102 pages into the beginning of a novel.🙂

      Morgen

       
      • Sheryl Browne

        January 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm

        Excellent advice, Morgen. Scriptwriting gets the flow going. It’s dialogue and action – and no room for unnecessary rambling in between. A great exercise for believable characterisation.🙂

         
  11. morgenbailey

    January 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you everyone for visiting, do take a look round and let me know if there’s anything you’d like to take part in.

    Thank you Sheryl… see you at our interview.🙂

    Morgen

     
    • Sheryl Browne

      January 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      We’ll be there! Rambo and I, that is, not he with the sexy-legs, unfortunately!🙂

       
  12. Nicky Wells

    January 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Great post and great advice from someone who’s been writing for a long time–and has a lot of experience. Thanks, Sheryl and great feature, Morgen. XX

     
  13. cheerfulchic

    January 27, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Wow – lots here I didn’t already know about you Sheryl, so thanks Morgen!

     
    • morgenbailey

      January 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      You’re so welcome, thank you for visiting.🙂

       
  14. Sheryl Browne

    January 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks so much, Nicky and cheefulchic ;)! (She is y’know). You’re right, Nicky, I do have a lot of experience, learning the trade mostly! One valuable thing I’ve learned though, is that writers support writers. An ego-boost and a sanity-saver sometimes.🙂 xx

     
  15. Sheryl Browne

    January 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Ahem, please ignore typo! Deranged computer is completely to blame.🙂

     

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