This week I am pleased to welcome multi-published author, Sherry Gloag, who 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.
Q. Welcome Sherry, pleased to have you here. Firstly, can you tell us about your writing?
A. I’ve had seven books published with a variety of publishers; four full length novels and three novellas. They include contemporary romance, romantic suspense and Regency romances. The Brat, my first novel, was published by The Wild Rose Press in October 2010. Since then my publications credits are a Valentine rom-com novella, The Wrong Target, with eTreasures in e-format; Duty Calls, a novel, with Black Opal Books; From Now Until Forever and His Chosen Bride, books 1 & 2 of The Gasquet Princes series with Astraea Press. This followed by Vidal’s Honor, a Regency romance novel which was published by Astraea Press in October 2012 and as I write is enjoying its 13th week in Amazon UK top 100 for its genres, and likewise did so in Amazon during Nov & Dec 2012.
Sweet Cravings Publishing has published my Regency romance, No Job For a Woman which is available in both e-format and print.
Q. Wow, all that without an agent! Impressive… So,what are your most memorable writing successes and rejections?
A. Success? Currently Vidal’s Honor which is enjoying ‘Best Seller’ status in Amazon UK for the fourth month running. Rejection; The Brat was rejected by one of the UK’s top romance publishers.
Q. But it didn’t set you back. You went off and got on with it anyway, and now you’re multi-published. Result! Care to share your top three tips for writers with us? What do they need?
3. And good networking skills for book promotions
Q. Great. Now can you tell us about your work. Do you have a day job or write full-time? What do you love and/or hate about it?
A. I am retired and wonder how I found time for work though there still never seems enough time to write as much as I’d like to.
I love it when I’m in the flow when writing. I tend to forget about everything around me and just keep writing. Fortunately I have a very tolerant DH at those critical moments 🙂 While writing No Job For a Woman, which went through many re-writes over several years, my characters became very special to me, so I wanted to do my best for them.
I hate writer’s block, which happens at the most unexpected times. And being interrupted when I am in the flow, as it is almost impossible to get back into it, or, at times, even remember where the plot was going. I’m a ‘pantser’ writer.
Q. It is hard to get your head back into it isn’t it? But lucky you writing full-time. And so for the finale – can you tell us what your favourite wine is?
A. I know very little about wine and can’t offer names but prefer a fruity slightly sweet wine.
Thanks for joining us Sherry and good luck with your latest novel, No Job For a Woman, the blurb for which I’ve included below;
Julian Fanshaw answers a call for help from his life-long friend Lord Worth to help keep his friend’s widowed sister, Deborah, safe from her increasingly vindictive neighbours. It doesn’t take long to realise him or Freddie long to realise the Grangers aren’t using her as a long-promised act of revenge against them; but are playing a deeper and far more sinister game of their own.
Deborah Stavely is determined to overcome the increasing harassment from her neighbour without calling on her brother for help. So she is not pleased when Freddie intervenes and involves his friend, Julian Fanshaw.
Circumstances demand Julian and Deborah learn to work together and Julian dares to dream that he might gain the love of the only person he’s ever given his heart to.
But will Deborah live long enough to discover that by releasing everything she values, she will gain everything her heart desires?
You can find out more about Sherry and her books at http://www.sherrygloag.com or her blog at http://sherrygloagtheheartofromance.blogspot.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/sherry.gloag or on Twitter @SherryGloag
And other distributors listed on her website.
Hope you enjoyed this guest post. Look out for Rhoda Baxter, romantic comedy author, next Wednesday. For now, Happy Writing, Nikki x