Friday, December 10, 2010

Interview with Sherry Gloag

[Anne] When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

[Sherry] It wasn’t so much a realization as being ‘something’ always there. I made several attempts to fulfill the need to write but until 2006 you could say ‘life happened’.

[Anne] Tell us about your latest book.

Blurb for The Brat:

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?


From the shadow of the ancient yew tree, Benedict Kouvaris observed the two people standing at his mother’s graveside. The clergyman’s voice carried on the still air, as he intoned the funeral rites for the woman who’d sent him to another country on his tenth birthday, two and a half decades ago.

He thrust his anger and confusion beneath the surface of his consciousness and focused his attention on the elegant Armani-suited woman, whose blonde hair contrasted with her black suit and concealed her face from view. The wind sighed through the branches, and the man beside him shifted from one foot to the other. “Who is she?” He raised an eyebrow in query.

“Miss Williams, sir.” His mother’s solicitor, Mr. Cranborne, cleared his throat. “She cared for your mother for the last five years.”

The clergyman bent to lift a small clutch of soil, which he threw into the open grave. His action was replicated by the woman.

And who, Ben wondered, was Miss Williams?

[Anne] Great blurb and excerpt, Sherry! What inspired you to write this story?

[Sherry] It wasn’t so much inspiration as Gina’s demand her story be told. Since she wouldn’t leave me alone, I caved and began writing.

[Anne] How did you go about researching your book?

[Sherry] With great difficulty! Although I enjoy researching stuff, I rarely managed to find what I’m looking for when I want it!!

[Anne] Do you have anything new in the works?

[Sherry] Not so much ‘new’ as returning to WIP when Gina demanded priority.

[Anne] What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a panster?

[Sherry] I am a panster, but by the end of each chapter I know, roughly, where the next one is headed.

[Anne] Cool. A fellow panster :-). Okay, say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

[Sherry] ROFL :-) There are so many places, but Italy is pulling me right now. The area around Florence.

[Anne] Oh, great choice! What type of books do you like to read when you’re not writing?

[Sherry] Romance, because I enjoy HEA. Mystery and detective novels, because I enjoy trying to work out the plot before it’s revealed.

[Anne] Name three things you can’t live without (excluding spouses and family because that’s a given).

[Sherry] My computer and its peripherals. My tumble dryer!! Lots of surrounding space. I enjoy visiting towns, but would not like to live in one.

[Anne] What advice would you give to any aspiring writers out there?

[Sherry] Believe in yourself. If you don’t, why should anyone else? Write regularly, about anything, then hone that into your own voice, then let rip and get busy with your story.

[Anne] Great advice, Sherry! Where can we find you on the web?

[Sherry] My website:, My Blog:, Facebook:!/profile.php?id=689789287; Twitter:   & GoodReads:

[Anne] Where can we purchase your book?


[Anne] Is there anything else you’d like to add?

[Sherry] Thank you for inviting me here today. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.


Danielle Thorne said...

Wonderful interview. Sherry, your book sounds really good. I enjoyed learning how you write!

Maeve said...

Great interview, Sherry, and I loved the excerpt. It drew me into the story right away. The only thing I hate about excerpts - is they end entirely too soon. Best of luck to you!

Anonymous said...

I love it when characters demand their story to be told! :)

Great interview ladies!

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks Danielle for your kind words and your support.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks Maeve. :-) Isn't that the job of an excerpt? To entice you in strongly enough it compels you to buy < big grin>
Thank for your support :-)

Sherry Gloag said...

Hi Angelika, so do I but not a t four 'oclock in the morning. Gina was no respector of time! LOL
Thanks for coming by.

Redameter said...

Great interview. The Brat sounds so exciting, need to get that one.
Italy huh? Now there is a romance place if I ever heard one.

Good luck with the trip and I hope you sell a million kiddo.

Love and blessings and a very Merry Christmas to you.

Anne Patrick said...

Good morning ladies! Doesn't The Brat sound like a great book? I have it on my TBR list and can't wait to read it. Thank you all for dropping by in support of Sherry. I, too, wish her many sales.

Megan Johns said...

Super interview, Sherry.
Your sleepless night have served to produce a great debut novel in The Brat.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by Redameter, there's something about Italy that pulls you. Sadly the only time I got there it was enjoying typically British weather -- rain!

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for hosting me here today Anne, I've enjoyed my day.

Sherry Gloag said...

LOL, Megan. In the book Gina often works through the night. Being woken up at 4am because she had something to say, didn't go down well with me after the first dozen times!!
Thanks for coming by.

peacemaker said...

Anne, Sherry, great interview. You both inspire me to keep writing! Sherry, what is WIP? I LOVE The Brat!

Sherry Gloag said...

:-) Peacemaker, how wonderful to see you here, thank you for coming by.
WIP= work in progress. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Anne Patrick said...

Hi Peacemaker,
Thanks for visiting! And, yes, keep writing. Never give up!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!