Hi Sherry. You've got a substantial number of books under your belt. When did you first know you were a writer?
When I had my first book, The Brat, published in October 2010. I’d had a couple of short stories published before then, but The Brat ‘did’ it for me. I’d been an aspiring writer until then, but dreamed of becoming an author. The Brat was the watershed that changed my mind-set.
I see you write both short stories and novels. How is the writing process different?
The first rejection I received told me I ‘overwrote’ my story. At the time I didn’t even know what that meant and rang the editor to ask. Bless her she was so patient and explained to me how I needed to cut the waffle and cut to the chase. I enjoy reading short stories and decided to try and use them as a form of self-discipline. I reckon it worked, since my first attempt was accepted by LASR.
Your website tagline says ‘The heart of romance’. Tell us more about what this means in the context of your writing.
I’ve found this a challenging question, because when I had to create a website I had no idea of what it entailed. How, I asked myself, did I describe what I aimed for in a few words? I don’t remember my dreams, but woke up one morning and the phrase was in my head.
What are you working on right now?
At the time of answering this question I’m working on the final stages of my 2nd Regency romance Vidal’s Honor, which I hope will release later this year. I don’t consider myself much good at research, and as this is set in Spain in 1812 there was a great deal of research involved, and at times I found myself so involved with the research I almost forgot about the writing.
Tell us more about your latest published work.
My latest published work is my first Regency Romance, No Job For a Woman, and was released on 31st August this year by Sweet Cravings Publishing. It took several years to write and changed quite dramatically during that time.
Back in Regency Britain, women, upon marriage, became their husband’s property and all her assets were turned over to him the moment they signed the marriage certificate.
Deborah has to learn that in losing everything she possesses, she wins more - much more.
What inspired this particular novel?
Through the years I have read every book Georgette Heyer ever wrote, and at one time had them all. She’s given me hours of pleasure and I wanted to try my hand at creating something that I enjoyed and valued so much.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
My crystal craft work is a very important form of therapy for me. I find it so relaxing and, a bit like writing, I love discovering what develops.
Reading has always been important to me, and I have so many books to catch up with, it’s quite frightening, wondering when I will get through them all.
Walking is important for me, not just for the physical exercise, but I find I can connect with my characters while out walking. And although my garden would disagree with you this year, I love gardening, too.
What books or authors have influenced your writing?
There are too many too mention, so I’ll go back in time to my stalwarts. As mentioned earlier, Georgette Heyer, Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell, P.D.James, Nora Roberts, Sherryl Woods, for her humour, to mentioned just a few of them.
What has been your best compliment as a writer?
Being added to an awesome list of must read authors in my first ever review at:-
Here's more about Sherry:
Multi-published author, Sherry Gloag is a transplanted Scot now living in the beautiful coastal countryside of Norfolk, England. She considers the surrounding countryside an 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 in the vicinity.
Apart from writing, Sherry enjoys gardening, walking, reading, and cheerfully admits books tend to take over most of the shelf and floor space in her workroom-cum-office. She also finds crystal craft work therapeutic.
The Brat: Is it possible to trust someone after years of being betrayed by those who should protect you?
Duty Calls: What happens when you find yourself in the same dilemma as your birth father and have to choose between duty and love?
The Wrong Target: Anything can happen when Cupid hits The Wrong Target
From Now Until Forever: Trust is important in any relationship, so what happens when Royal husband and commoner wife find they’ve both been keeping secrets?
His Chosen Bride: When Prince Henri Gasquet finds love, will he still agree to marry a bride chosen by his parents?
No Job For a Woman: A Regency Romance. Honor has to face losing everything she holds dear before she discovers the most precious thing of all.
E-book ISBN: 978-1-61885-375-2
Published Short Stories
LASR have published several of my short stories.
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