Thank you for having me here today and for your thought-provoking questions 🙂
If you could work with any author, who would it be.
At the risk of side-stepping the question, there are so many authors I’d love to work with. Some present day, and others long gone. It depends on the ‘tone’ and ‘voice’ of the characters in my current story.
Who is your favorite author and is you writing style similar to theirs?
Another tricky question, because it can depend on my mood as to who is my favorite author at any given time. I have followed and read Nora Roberts books, as a child I read almost every Georgette Heyer ever written. Do I copy their styles? I hope not. I’d like to think my writing voice is my own, that doesn’t meant to say I wouldn’t enjoy their popularity J
What is your favorite part of a book?
When choosing a book to read, I tend to go to the last page first. If I don’t like the ending I’m far less likely to buy the book. I read to relax so I’m mostly into books that end with a ‘feel-good-factor’ when I read fiction.
When writing the middle of the book is usually my favorite. That doesn’t mean it’s the easiest part to write, it just means I enjoy the adventure of the plots unfolding once I have an idea where the story is heading.
When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
It may sound weird for me to say ‘Yes and No’, but it is true. Usually my characters turn up and give me their names, a rough idea of how they look and what their back story (at least) is/has been about. But sometimes, the given name just doesn’t ‘fit’ so then I’ll carry on writing with the ‘wrong’ name until more of the story unfolds and I have a better handle on the character, then, if the name hasn’t turned up on its own, I’ll troll the ‘net for the meaning of names and then pick one that fits the character. In both From Now Until Forever and His Chosen Bride, the characters provided their own names.
What is your inspiration or who is?
Another question that had me thinking. The ‘what’ goes back to my school days, and the fact I lost a lot of time through illness so missed out on the basics of English language as well as everything else. I remember writing a story in school, but had it confiscated by the teacher along with some fairly scathing words. So in retrospect that is the incident that influenced me to ‘prove them wrong’. As for ‘who’ influenced me, that also goes back to the time I spent reading while out of school. As mentioned before, Georgette Heyer, Gerald Durrell, David Attenborough, more recently, Nora Roberts, Sherryl Woods, Gina Wilkins, and many, many more – too many to mention.
Do you use real-life facts based on true stories?
Indirectly, yes. Take the Gasket Princes series. From Now Until Forever evolved AFTER the British royal wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William. His Chosen Bride, was a surprise to me. I hadn’t expected to write a series until Henri, the hero in His Chosen bride, and oldest brother of Liam, the hero in From Now Until Forever demanded his story be told. So yes, loosely some of my stories are based on facts. It is important to me to get them right.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
Very rarely. I may take an experience and twist it, but rarely lift one of my own experiences and drop it into one of my stories.
Did you ever think you would ever become an author?
As mentioned above, I wanted to write, and for a long time let the school incident affect my confidence, then I got a bit stroppy about still giving away my power to someone long-gone from my life and sat down and started writing. So yes I did think I’d become an author. Just wasn’t sure whether I’d move from the realms of ‘aspiring’ author to published author even though that became one of my main goals and aspirations.
How do you conceive your plot ideas?
I am what is known as a ‘pantser’ author, which means I rarely start writing to a given plot line. Although there are some severe set-backs to writing this way, I simply find plotting is not an option for me, even though there are times I wish I could. 🙂
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to publish?
I am now in a happy position to say ‘no’ that’s not happened to me, as the one book, a Regency romance, I thought might never see the light of day was recently accepted and has a tentative release date of this August.
How long did it take you to publish your first book, after you started trying?
I first submitted The Brat, my first published book, to an English publisher in February 2010. That was rejected. I reworked it and submitted it to one section of The Wild Rose Press; again it was rejected, this time with some wonderfully encouraging advice which I followed up on. I did some more re-writing and submitted it to another section of The Wild Rose Press. This time is was accepted and was published in October 2010. So ten months, all told.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
From Now Until Forever, and His Chosen Bride are the first two books in the Gasquet Princes four book series. The first books started off as a 1500 word short story, and to cut a long story short, I then extended it, by request to 5,000 words and submitted it for an anthology. It was rejected, but a friend read it and asked me to expand it to fifteen thousand words minimum. The rest, as they say, ‘is history’. His Chosen Bride turned up out of the blue and is completely different from the first book.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
This also goes back to my time off school with childhood illnesses. Georgette Heyer, Regency romance author will always remain as one of my favorite authors, and my upcoming release is, in a way, my tribute to the hours of pleasure she’s given me over the years. Contemporary romance books came a lot later, but took me to places all over the world and taught me about occupations I’d never heard of at the time, so I started with the intention of writing contemporary romance, but ended up unwittingly adding quite a bit of suspense into them too. That was a surprise 🙂
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Because I am not very good at research and become too easily distracted, I try to keep action and plot twists to things I can look up easily. That doesn’t mean my characters always co-operate!
In From Now Until Forever, I had to make sure the means of escape was viable which meant checking up on the mechanism of a dust/garbage truck! In His Chosen Bride, I had to check much more carefully about survival rates and the consequences of being caught out in a snow blizzard.
What is a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Much as I’d like to say I have a solid writing schedule, I can’t. I write when I can, for as long as I can. I try to write something every day. That may include working on my WIP but blog posts like this, promo stuff, my own blog. If I get ‘writer’s block, I tend to open a blank page, title it ‘Free writing’ and write for as long as possible. More often than not, there’s usually something you can use in there.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Establishing a regular writing routine.
What is the best thing about being an author?
Hearing from my readers. Meeting my characters and discovering where they intend to take me and the story! Meeting and making some wonderful friends in the writing community. Holding my first printed edition of my first book. My first book sale. Reading my first review.
What are you working on now?
I have four WsIP (Works in progress) at the moment. The next two books in the Gasquet Princes series, and given these two brothers are twins and keep walking in and out of each others’ stories – and yes I did try putting them both in one story and almost ended up with a riot! Out of the blue another character turned up who is connected with the Gasquet Princes series, so I am also working on that story. As yet I’m not sure whether it is an extension of the series or more of a ‘spin-off’ to the series. I am also working on another Regency romance with has a projected release date of ‘Black Friday’. This is something quite new for me as it is part of a selection of Regency stories that all conclude in the same setting. How we all get our characters there is up to the individual author.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Don’t give up, and don’t give in. Be open to advice, and enjoy the trip.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Too many to name, other than those already mentioned.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Sherry is giving away these fabulous earrings to a lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog. To better you chances of winner follow the blogs tour here and leave a comment on every blog.
Sherry will giving away the following prizes:
* One randomly drawn commenter at every stop will win a hand-crafted book thong.
* One randomly drawn commenter during the tour will win a hand-crafted selenite pendent
Note: This giveaway is international
BLURB “From Now Until Forever”:
For Prince Liam, families meant bad news, unwanted commitments, and the loss of his personal freedom. Love spawned white picket fences, slippers at the hearth with a wife and kids making demands, so why did those images disappear when he met Melanie Babcot?
Melanie Babcot fought hard to escape the horrors of her youth and vowed to remain single and free, so when paid to protect Prince Liam from insurgents why did her personal pledge fly out the window?
BLURB “His Chosen Bride”:
Prince Henri Gasquet is happy to let his father, the king, choose his bride for him until he meets Monica Latimer.
Monica Latimer is not prepared to risk letting any man close enough to learn about her Gift. A gift that normally has men running for the hills when they find out about it.
EXCERPT ONE “His Chosen Bride”:
She lost track of time until the flames caught her attention once more. They flickered from orange to gold, to silver, to white.
A flurry of snowflakes masked the flames and for a second Monica watched the most beautiful, pristine snow-scene she’d ever seen. Her lips curved in longing. How she’d love to get a toboggan and slide down that slope. She knew where it was, and had done just that many times in her childhood, first with her parents and then, in clandestine manner, with her brother. Sneaking an old tin tray from the back of her mother’s walk-in pantry, she’d then grabbed Billy’s hand and they’d rushed out the back gate, heading for the lakeside track that led up into the hills.
Darkness, dense and thick with grief dropped over the scene.
Startled and disconcerted by the strength of emotion emanating from the vision Monica shifted to her knees, ready to stand, when a voice, a deep male voice, sharp with fear called out her name.
She knew she’d never heard the voice before, and yet—it was as familiar to her as the image she saw in her mirror each morning.
“Help me, Monica.”
Desperate for more clues, she searched the darkness within the flames until it sputtered and faded. With a curse she jumped up and ran for the phone. With her outstretched hand hovering over it she halted and let her hand drop to her side once more. What could she say? What would the police or rescue team think of her if she called them and told them she’d seen a vision of a man in distress?
They’d laugh in her face and classify her as a lunatic. Well, maybe not. It wouldn’t be the first time she’d contacted them with positive information but something—an instinctive gut reaction told her what she’d seen this time hadn’t happened yet.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Multi-published author, Sherry Gloag is a transplanted Scot now living in the beautiful coastal countryside of Norfolk, England. She considers the surrounding countryside as extension of her own garden, to which she escapes when she needs “thinking time” and solitude to work out the plots for her next novel. While out walking she enjoys talking to her characters, as long as there are no other walkers close by.
Apart from writing, Sherry enjoys gardening, walking, reading and cheerfully admits her books tend to take over most of the shelf and floor space in her workroom-cum-office. She also finds crystal craft work therapeutic.
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