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Sheryl Browne lives in Droitwich, England with her family. Working part-time in her
own business, Sheryl is a mum, a foster mum to disabled dogs and super-pleased to have completed her Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Birmingham City
University. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was
shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction by Festival of Romance in 2012
Sheryl has several novels previously published with a small Independent. The Rest of My Life is her debut with Choc Lit.
Below is a Q&A with this author.
Who’s your favourite author?
I write in two genres, contemporary romance and thriller, so I tend to read widely. Marian Keyes is an inspiration in regard to my romance. Marian’s books deal with modern ailments, but are always written with compassion and humour. In regard to my thriller writing, I adore Martina Cole. For me, the magic of Martina Cole’s writing is her fabulously unique way of leading us seamlessly into the heads of her characters. Some of my recent reads have been by John Donoghue. My first book by this author was Police, Crime & 999 – The True Story of a Front Line Officer. At the time, I badly needed something uplifting after my partner’s cancer diagnosis and his undergoing various surgeries (he’s doing really well, by the way). You can probably guess then that the author had his work cut out. He succeeded! I laughed until I cried.
Who is your favourite literary character?
Paddington Bear. Memorable for his squashy hat and duffle coat. A close second, Jilly Cooper’s, brooding hero Jake Lovell in Riders. Perhaps I can’t resist an underdog.
What’s the first book you remember reading?
Can I share the book that made me want to write? A Kestrel for a Knave (Kes) by Barry Hines, a coming of age novel which tells the story of a young Yorkshire boy, Billy Casper, who finds solace from a life of bullying and neglect by rearing a wild kestrel he calls Kes. The book is set in the 1960s but there’s a wonderful timelessness to the story. This book certainly fired my childhood imagination.
How would you describe your novel?
It’s fundamentally a story about letting go, realising that the past can destroy the present and the future, if you let it. At the core is a deeply flawed man, a womaniser, who simply doesn’t like himself and challenges anyone else to. He needs to make peace with his past in order to move on with his life.
The question both Adam and the heroine, Sienna, have to ask themselves is: When is it time to stop running? The video I think sums it up nicely: https://youtu.be/7p319itbVKg
What gave you the inspiration for the story?
People inspire me. We all have ghosts which can dictate our behaviour sometimes. In truth, though, Adam simply appeared one day. I’m a keen boater and often pass neglected boats. I can’t help but wonder at their story. Suddenly, in my mind’s eye, there was Adam, fully formed, his mannerisms, his clothes – or lack of. A man living an apparently carefree, bachelor existence on a dilapidated boat. A shallow man at first glance. There was something more though, it was there in his eyes: the challenge to like him. I knew he didn’t like himself and wanted to know why. Having experience of caring for someone suffering a depressive illness, I couldn’t help thinking that that might be part of his story.
Where and how do you write?
I have a Georgian bureau tucked away in the dining room. It’s in serious need of renovation, but I simply can’t bear to. Every ink stain and chip has a story behind it. Annoyingly, those lightbulb ideas always come at awkward shower moments or in the wee hours though. Thus the many Post-it notes adorning its surface.
Who do you base your characters on?
As mentioned above, people. In Somebody to Love, for instance – another book currently under consideration by Choc Lit, I based the story on a policeman friend who is a single dad with a special needs son, ergo, he has 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 peeked curiously over the fence at the dog, 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.
What would you rescue from your house if it was on fire?
Given all the humans were out, my dogs. I foster disabled dogs and my heart literally constricts at the thought they might be trapped, particularly the tiny blind one.
What three things would you take if you were to be stranded on a desert island?
A ‘how to survive on a desert island’ manual. A ‘how to cook strange fish’ manual. And … It’s an awful thought, isn’t it, having no way of recharging your Kindle? It would have to be a pack of notepads, box of pencils and a box of books by fave authors.
Did you always want to be an author- if not, what did you want to be when you were little?
A sculptor. I attended art school from age eleven. I adored sculpting from life. Maybe I enjoyed creating characters even then.
‘The Rest Of my Life’ is a lovely, compassionate and on occasion, sizzlingly steamy romance. Adam has a past that has left him ‘once bitten, twice shy’, Sienna has finished her degree and is attempting to write a screenplay, she starts looking in Adam’s direction for inspiration. The physical attraction is undeniable, but can they succeed in moving forward and leaving their past where it should be? Sheryl Browne adds plenty of drama, with a creepy ex-boyfriend, an ethereal ex-fiancé, and protective Dad and friends. ‘The Rest Of My Life’ is an easy read, that skips along, yet it has enough bite to add extra interest and intensity.
Is he lying? Or is she? Alicia's been telling lies. And now they've come back to haunt her. When an old colleague turns up at a party, Alicia comes face to face with the man who has the potential to ruin her perfect family life. He wouldn't, would he? In order to keep her secrets, Alicia has to tell yet more lies and when a devastating car accident makes the situation even more dangerous, it's only a matter of time before everything falls apart. Can secrets really stay hidden forever? If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Sister, you'll love this compelling and gripping psychological thriller from Sheryl Browne. The Affair will have you hooked from the very first page! What readers are saying about Sheryl Browne:';Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! What a rollercoaster of a ride that story was, bloody brilliant! This story is jaw droppingly addictive, you won't be able to put it down. Amazing.' Gemma's Book Reviews ';Had my blood boiling! had me hooked, gripped and my heart pounding throughout.' Between the Pages Book Club ';WOW ... Stunning Gripping, tense and suspenseful There aren't many thriller authors who can grip the reader so powerfully, a heart in mouth and pulse racing realistic thriller.' Goodreads Reviewer ';Absolutely sucked me in, I was totally captivated and couldn't put this one down an incredible read blew my mind.' Bonnie's Book Talk ';WOW!!! What a story! From the first word I was dragged into the story.' Goodreads Reviewer ';Sheryl Browne absolutely NAILED it with this book! I started reading telling myself I was just going to read one chapter. I ended up staying awake until 3am finishing this book in a single sitting.' Goodreads Reviewer ';Phew ... Goosebumps, shivers down my spine and the hairs on the back of my neck were standing on end, that's how good this book is.' Goodreads Reviewer ';Sheryl Browne has written a tense psychological thriller with a chilling antagonist taking central stage a highly addictive read.' The Book Review Cafe
Oh my goodness I can finally breathe!! What an amazing, addictive, totally gripping read this was, I was absolutely hooked from the beginning once you start this book you will not be able to put it down!!! Goodreads ReviewerYou trust her with your family. Would you trust her with your life?Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, cant it?As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, its Jade who is left picking up the pieces.But Mark soon notices things arent quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. Hes met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?If you loved reading The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister, youll love the suspense of The Babysitter. This unputdownable read will have you turning the pages until way after dark.What readers are saying about The Babysitter:Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! What a rollercoaster of a ride that story was, bloody brilliant! This story is jaw droppingly addictive, you wont be able to put it down. Amazing. A well deserved five stars from me. It had me hooked, gripped and my heart pounding throughout. If you enjoyed The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl then this story is for you! Gemmas Book ReviewsHad my blood boiling! had me hooked, gripped and my heart pounding throughout If you enjoyed The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl then this story is for you!' Between the Pages Book ClubWOW ... Stunning Gripping, tense and suspenseful There aren't many thriller authors who can grip the reader so powerfully, a heart in mouth and pulse racing realistic thriller I loved it.' Goodreads ReviewerWoah! This book was crazy good, talk about mind games! Wow, I feel out of breath after reading this! Absolutely sucked me in, I was totally captivated and couldn't put this one down an incredible read blew my mind.' Bonnies Book TalkWOW!!! What a story! From the first word I was dragged into the story if you read the book, I am sure you will be in for a few hours on a rollercoaster of emotions. Enjoy! Goodreads ReviewerSheryl Browne absolutely NAILED it with this book! I started reading telling myself I was just going to read one chapter. I ended up staying awake until 3am finishing this book in a single sitting. Goodreads ReviewerPhew ..
He's killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do? There's evil and then there's Patrick Sullivan. A drug dealer, pimp and murderer, there are no depths to which Patrick would not sink, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has found this out in the most devastating way imaginable. When Patrick's brother is shot dead in a drug bust gone wrong, the bitter battle between the two men intensifies, and Matthew finds it increasingly difficult to hold the moral high ground. All he wants is to make the pimping scum suffer the way he did ...the way Lily did. But being at war with such a depraved individual means that it's not just Matthew who's in danger. Patrick has taken a lot from Matthew, but he hasn't taken everything - and now he wants everything.
Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places ...Living in a small village like Hibberton, it's expected that your neighbours help you in a time of need. But when Andrea Kelly's house burns down, taking all her worldly possessions with it, it's the distant and aloof Doctor David Adams - the person she would least expect - who opens his door not just to her, but to her three kids and slightly dotty elderly mother as well. Andrea needs all the help she can get, dealing with the aftermath of the fire and the suspicious absence of her husband, Jonathan. But as she gets to know David and his troubled son, Jake, she begins to realise that maybe they need her help as much as she needs theirs ...