Many Linda’s Book Bag readers know I delude myself that one day I’ll finish my own novel. Despite the fact that I’ve contributed to over 20 non-fiction books, I’d love to know what it felt like to have a novel published.
Just recently, lovely Mel Sherratt released her latest thriller, She Did It and so I asked Mel if she’d tell me a bit about what happens to her on publication day. I’m delighted to share Mel’s response with you today. This is a welcome return of Mel for me as I have previously reviewed her novel The Girls Next Door here and have another review of one of Mel’s books, this time writing as Marcie Steele, The Second Chance Shoe Shop, here.
She Did It was published on 19th September 2017 and is available for purchase here.
She Did It
Work colleague. Friend. Killer.
From the million seller author comes a standalone gripping psychological thriller.
A successful businesswoman, Tamara enjoys her champagne lifestyle to the full. At least, that is the front she displays to the world. As well as being lonely, she’s running out of money. A promising new member of staff brings the injection of fresh blood needed to win the contract that will turn things around. Working for Tamara is a perfect ruse for Esther. But, along with fake references and qualifications, she also has a plan for revenge. Sensing Tamara’s vulnerability, Esther uses their acquaintance as a way of getting close to someone who hurt her in the past. Tamara is keeping things secret. Esther has a dark side she is trying to hide. For both of them, lying is a habit.
But when mistakes begin to catch up with Esther, and people start dying, Tamara realises she’s chosen the wrong person to trust as a friend.
A Guest Post by Mel Sherratt
Publication day in the Sherratt household is always a frantic time. What with a blog post to put out, a website to update, newsletters to send, various social media posts to add and share, saying thank you to everyone messaging me and sharing the news. Oh, and a four hour Facebook party with a giveaway every half an hour… I think I sat down at half past eight, missing half of Bake Off and had to silence my notifications. It’s so much fun – and I wouldn’t have it any other way – but it is exhausting.
It’s always frantic though and it never gets any easier. My latest novel, She Did It is my fourteenth published book. I’m delighted (and shocked in a good way) to have sold over one million books over the past six years. So you’d think that I’d be used to the stress and the anxiety by now. Maybe the nerves will calm down.
Not a chance.
The worry begins almost immediately. Will this one live up to my other books? Will it appeal to new readers? Will past readers like it? Has my style become too familiar or have I left it so far behind that it won’t be recognisably ‘me?’ All these thoughts ticks away inside my head. That doubting fairy is forever on my shoulder.
In pings a review – it’s a good one, phew!
Of course I want every book that goes out to be well received. I want this book to be better than the last one – as I hope I get better with each book I write. I hope it won’t disappoint my many readers who love my grittier stuff, like The Estate Series or DS Allie Shenton. Will this one live up to my other books?
She Did It is only my second standalone psychological thriller. It’s also the only novel I’ve set in London. I’ve wanted to write this book for a few years now but had contracted books to deliver first. Yet even though I loved writing it, I’ve been concerned that my loyal readers might not like it as much. It has my voice but not the normal gritty background that I write about. But I wanted to try something different.
Luckily it’s been received well so far.
This book is self-published too. Had I realised how much things had changed since I last self-published two years ago, I might have been a bit more prepared. Everything has moved on so much in terms of the technology I used before. It’s moved on in a good way as things are much more polished now and systems in place are easier to us, but that in itself still took me a while to learn.
Now it’s all about that fuzzy brain feeling. When I’ve let the book go after working tirelessly on it for months. When I think I don’t have it in me to write another. When writing book after book starts to feel like a chore.
And then I see something on the news. Or I hear a snippet of a conversation. And I start thinking what if… and I’m on to the next book without another glance.
(And we’ll all look forward to that next one too, Mel!)
About Mel Sherratt
Mel writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, Mel’s inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all of her crime novels have been bestsellers, each one climbing into the kindle UK top 20 and she has had several number ones. Mel has also had numerous Kindle All-star awards, for best read author and best titles.
Mel also writes contemporary fiction under the name of Marcie Steele –Stirred with Love was published in September 2015, The Little Market Stall of Hope and Heartbreak in December 2015 and The Second Chance Shoe Shop in April 2016.
Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.