Sherry Gloag – The Brat

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

The Brat is my debut novel and is released by The Wild Rose Press.

The Blurb –

Gina Williams has a secret and prays it is buried with her childhood persecutor, Em Kouvaris, as discovery will ruin her reputation as a famous children’s author. She soon discovers the son, Ben Kouvaris, new owner of her publishing company, has uncovered her past and is making demands. Will he ruin her career if she doesn’t comply?

Ben Kouvaris is blown away by the unknown beauty at his estranged mother’s funeral, and when his father demands he marry, immediately, to secure the family business, he knows just who he wants as his temporary bride. But can Ben persuade Gina to trust him?

Tell us something about yourself.

I guess I’d describe myself as an uprooted Scot and now live in East Anglia in the UK. I have been writing, on and off, for many years, but life kept getting in the way. In 2003/4 I started writing poetry and the odd short story, but it wasn’t until 2006 that I began seriously writing full length novels again. I started The Brat in 2008 and floundered half-way through. While playing around with a sticky scene I diverged to ‘free-writing’ and my first published short story was born.

What inspired you to write this book?

The short answer is – the characters. They pestered me until I quit my then current wip and kinda took over.

How did you choose the title?

Once again, the choice was not mine, but given to me by my heroine, Gina.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I was astonishingly fortunate. The Brat was rejected by one publisher then again by another editor who made some suggestions as where to go next. I followed her advice and The Brat was accepted in 2009 by The Wild Rose Press for their Champagne line.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I’ve always had an urge to write, and dh kept encouraging me. When the time felt right I accepted his challenge.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Not that I am aware of. :-)

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

No question, the names were provided by the characters.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

In a nutshell, that the writing is the ‘easy’ part! There is so much more a writer has to know and learn these days. Gone are the days when a writer wrote. Now the have to learn the business end of writing. It is not an easy task for someone who prefers to create ‘reality’ than have to deal with the more mundane aspects of it.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I’d love to say ‘yes’. But in truth I don’t think I could have written The Brat with such intensity at any other time. I love the characters in The Brat and am delighted they contributed to my debut novel.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes, I have several WsIP on the go right now. The benefit of working with more than one is if I stall with one I can move to another, the disadvantage is when they are all on the boil at once!

What is the best advice you could give aspiring writers about writing or publishing?

Persevere. Believe in yourself and your writing. Do your homework and ensure you offer your ‘child’ to the right home/publisher. But mostly, write something every day.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

From my Website

And they can buy The Brat from:- The Wild Rose Press

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