I’ve been so fortunate to meet Sheryl Browne and I have featured her before on Linda’s Book Bag so I’m delighted to help celebrate the paperback release of The Rest of My Life which was published by Choc Lit on 7th April 2016. The Rest of My Life is available to buy in e-book and paperback on Amazon UK, Amazon US and from Choc Lit.
Today Sheryl is sharing the inspiration for her writing in a special guest post – and it begins with a man in uniform!
The Rest of My Life
Recommended by the WH Smith Travel Fiction Buyer
Shortlisted for the LoveStories Awards 2015
A Being Anne’s Book of the Year 2015
The Rest of My Life – When is it time to stop running?
“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?
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The Inspiration for Writing
A Guest Post from Sheryl Browne
Authors are often asked: Was there anything particular that inspired you to start your journey?
Honestly? A policeman! I can’t help it. I am rather inspired by men in uniform. Winding back a little, writing has always been my passion, since way back when a kindly English teacher gave me 22 out of 20 for an essay, bless him. I started writing actual novels in my early twenties. I was a single parent back then and had taken compassionate leave from my job to nurse my mum through early onset Alzheimer’s. Sadly, there came a time when she needed more medical care than I could give and I found I badly needed an emotional outlet, so I started scribbling. It turned out to be a real catharsis, but not in the gloomy way one might expect. Amazingly, I found I was reflecting on the humour and love we’d shared and out popped my poignant rom com style of writing. I write in two genres, contemporary romance and psychological thriller. I do have a dark side therefore – beware! – but I think, like my romance, my thrillers do tend to look at the fragility of love, life and relationships so perhaps the two genres are not so far apart.
My very first bestselling debut, however… Um, well it didn’t sell. I think the agent who’d hailed it as such went off in search of Prozac. I’d love to tell you about it but, unfortunately, I eventually tossed it in the bin. I can tell you the title. It was called Loose Screws! Hmm? Not so sure about that now. Silver linings, though, my book, Somebody to Love – rewritten and currently submitted to Choc Lit – was based on that first book. Or rather what I could remember of it, mostly that hunky policeman in his bite-the-buttons-off blue uniform.
So was he real, you might ask. Now, that would be telling. Oh, go on then. Yes, very real. My policeman friend was a single dad with a special needs son, ergo, he had an awful lot to consider when entering into relationships. I first met him when his son threw his shoes over my garden fence in order to facilitate a meeting with my three-legged dog. Up until then, the little boy had only ever peered curiously through his bedroom window at the dog, or peeked over the fence, but never had he uttered a word. Whilst my story was a fictional one, it was therefore very much based on fact and intensive research.
I think most authors draw on life events and the emotions around them, looking at the inner and outer conflicts people might be dealing with. In The Rest of My Life, the inner conflicts and demons both Adam and Sienna were dealing with needed careful handling. Sienna’s mother struggled with bipolar disorder. Anyone who has experience of this knows that it is a much misunderstood condition. I do have experience of it, but still, careful research was called for, as with depression linked to post-traumatic stress disorder, which Adam acknowledges he has, but doubts that anyone can help him with. Talking to the people coping with such issues was paramount, followed up by whatever research I felt was necessary.
So there you have it, a quick summary of what inspires me. Simply, it’s people. And now, well, it’s a case of “I write therefore I am”. I simply wouldn’t know how to be without my writing, which is why I’m so super proud to be finally published with Choc Lit and seeing my stories being turned into something beautiful: a gorgeously packaged print book. It’s like the best box of chocolates ever. I couldn’t have done it without people like you though, readers and book bloggers, who are as passionate as I am and wonderfully supportive. Thank you!
About 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.