An Interview with Crime Writer Sheryl Browne

 

Happy Publication day for Sheryl Browne. Today she celebrates with an interview and she’s going to talk about both her books, After She’s Gone and Since of the Father.

 

What’s your book about?

After She’s Gone and Sins of the Father are Books 1 and 2 in the DI Matthew Adams series. I’ve popped the blurbs below, which I hope might tempt the reader.

After She’s Gone

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.

Sins of the Father

What if you’d been accused of one of the worst crimes imaginable?

Detective Inspector Matthew Adams is slowly picking up the pieces from a case that nearly cost him the lives of his entire family and his own sanity too. On the surface, he seems to be moving on, but he drinks to forget – and when he closes his eyes, the nightmares still come.

But the past is the past – or is it? Because the evil Patrick Sullivan might be out of the picture, but there’s somebody who is just as intent on making Matthew’s life hell, and they’re doing it in the cruelest way possible.

When Matthew finds himself accused of a horrific and violent crime, will his family stand by him? And will he even be around to help when his new enemy goes after them as well?

What inspired the storyline to your novel?

People inspire me, and the whole gamut of emotion that comes with them, gravitating towards family and family dynamics and just how strong a family unit can be. A writer’s mind thrives on exploration. Every scenario, every face, every place tells a story. A glimpsed situation, an argument between a couple, for instance, which came into play in Sins of the Father, a verbal ‘slanging match’ in the street, and you have your stimulus for a story, upon which your overzealous writer’s mind will weave fictional facts. You simply can’t help yourself.

Often, based upon some witnessed scenario, I wake up and there’s a fully-formed character in my head who won’t let me go. He, or she, calls to me. They are what they are (good or bad) and I have to follow them. With these two books, DI Matthew Adams simply appeared, along with his flaws, characteristics and traits. He was a family man, I knew this immediately, and the core of the story was his need to protect his family, inevitably therefore his family was under threat.

How long did it take you to write your novel?

Depending on availability of writing time, the first draft can be written in maybe two/three months. That, though, is just the bare bones of the story. Me telling it to myself, if you like. A story will undergo at least three drafts before it’s ready to even contemplate ‘putting out there’. And then there is the editing process, of course, so it might be six months to a year overall.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Becoming my characters. I always do. I find it very hard to let them go.

What did you research the most while writing this book?

Drugs! I’m lucky enough to have had the advice of a Chief Constable and more recently a Senior Police Detective and that has helped me tremendously. I realised I needed at least the basics of forensics too, so undertook a forensics course, which covered drug identification, analysis and profiling.

What did you do before becoming a writer?

I think I’m a bit of a Jack of all trades. I was a single parent for a good while so had to work out of necessity. I have an art degree, I did some bereavement counselling, but more latterly, I worked in a joint investment advice business with my partner. I enjoyed it, but it just wasn’t me. I write therefore I am.

For those who have not discovered your novel, how would you describe it to them to get them interested?

After She’s Gone – Are you ready to take a journey into the mind of a madman?

Sins of the Father – All-consuming thrillers that will eat you and spit you back out.

What’s a typical writing day like for you?

I foster disabled dogs so my mornings are pandemonium. I rise at six and try to get emails out of the way and have a quick dip into social media. Then it’s dog feeding, medication and walking and then back to my keyboard. I try to the daytime to writing and then go back to social media in the evening. Sometimes very late in the evening. Oh, and I fit the odd bit of housework in there somewhere.

Who’s your favourite character arc of all time, fiction/or onscreen and why?

Thelma & Louise in the enduring classic film by the same name (starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon). Two women walk away from their lives of drudgery and relationships with indifferent men to hit the road and ‘find themselves’. The ending was superb: pursued by the authorities and facing certain prison, they consciously ‘keep on going’ over the edge of the Grand Canyon. Sadly, it couldn’t have ended any other way. The women did find themselves. They discovered who they were and were never going to allow themselves to be stifled ever again.

What do you think makes the best character arc?

The character has to grow. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a happy ending but their inner and outer conflicts (shown clearly at the beginning) have to be resolved.

Are you working on anything new at the moment?

I have stories coming out of my ears. As I seem to be in thriller mode, I’m currently working on a book in that genre, working title: Scream for Me. Watch this space.

What is the theme or take home message of your book?

Never give up hope and stay true to your heart.

Thank you for your time.

Thank you so much for featuring me, Anne

Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy contemporary fiction and psychological thrillers.

A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

Recommended to the publisher by the WHSmith Travel fiction buyer, Sheryl’s contemporary fiction comes to you from multi-award winning Choc Lit.

Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy contemporary fiction and psychological thrillers.

A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

Recommended to the publisher by the WHSmith Travel fiction buyer, Sheryl’s contemporary fiction comes to you from multi-award winning Choc Lit.

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2 Comments
    1. Sheryl your comment has made me laugh. You are very sensible. Thank you for being a guest on here. I love welcoming authors and their books. Take care and hope to see you on the blog again in the future.

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