The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Sherry Gloag is here to talk about debut novel with The Wild Rose Press...

Hi, Sherry, thanks for being here today and your patience! I have a new Mac as opposed to a PC now and the difference is taking 'computer dunce' me awhile to get used to - so bear with me, pics to follow! Shall we start the interview, that at least, I have, LOL!

1) Did you set any goals for 2010?

No, J if I set specific goals, I rarely achieve them. My inner-self rebels. To get around that I try to entice myself by saying ‘wouldn’t it be great to…’
That said; certain goals turned up that I had to deal with. Learning to make a book trailer, learning to create and handle a blog, and website.

2) What is the best part of the writing process for you?

I just love writing. When you get into that magical place ‘the zone’, then that’s awesome. Everything else disappears, only your characters matter.

3) The worst part?

Oh my! It’s the opposite of being in ‘the zone’. Nothing works, your characters argue over every word you write, or worse, the words simply don’t come at all. Your mind blanks and you wonder what the heck you are doing spending hours staring at a blank screen. It even gets so bad I’ll go and deal with the housework!

4) What is the book you wish you’d written?

Anything by Nora Roberts! I know multiple pov’s are not popular, but I love getting into the head of the major characters. Georgette Heyer also wrote many novels I’d love to put my name too J

5) Favourite author/s & book/s?

I have too many favourite authors to mention just one. Likewise with books.

6) Tell us about your latest release?

The Brat is my debut novel, and is available on 1st October 2010 from The Wild Rose Press. It is set in England and Athens and revolves round dark secrets from the past that involve the heroine and hero. Secrets that could destroy Gina’s future and have a disastrous domino effect on Ben’s company if they are revealed.

7) Tease us with a blurb/short except

“You’re no better than your mother. I was a child when your mother ordered my life, but I’m a grown woman now and won’t be ordered around by you or anyone else. So don’t stand there sanctimoniously telling me it is your right to control my life for the next ten months. And when they end, what then? You drop your control, just like that? I doubt it. There’s not a Kouvaris on this planet that isn’t a control freak.”
She drew in a deep breath, glared at him when she came to a brief stop in front of him. “You’ll keep tabs on me, tell me what to do and when…”
“Why would I do that?” Cold as steel, Ben’s voice cut across her tirade, but it didn’t stop her.
“Because you’ll tell me it will impact on your reputation, or the company profile, or the value of the shares. How would I know? You’ll have a reason and expect me to abide by your ruling.” She spun away from him and back again. “Oh, I nearly forgot. As your ex-wife, someone may use me to get to you. Wasn’t that how you put it when we arrived in Greece?”
Hands fisted on her hips, her hair plastered against her fiery cheeks, she watched the colour climb up his neck and into his face. Until she heard the words hang in the air, she hadn’t known they were there. But she knew they’d hit their target head on.

8) What is your favourite attribute of the hero and heroine?

Gina, when she faces her ‘Ah-ha’ moment meets it head-on and deals with it.
Ben discovers, when he gives in to his father’s demands his world opens up in ways he never dreamed of. He has the courage and determination to fight for his new dreams.

9) What’s next?

I have two stories of a series of three written. Both need extensive work, and the third still refuses to shape up after two attempts.
I also have two wip at the moment. One is an experiment in writing a Regency romance. I love to read them, and for NaNo last year I began my own.
I am also experimenting with a mystery romance. That too was started during last year’s NaNo.

10) Tell me where you write?

I have my own space in the bedroom. When shut the door everyone knows not to interrupt. Mostly they don’t pay any attention to it!

11) Where would you like your career to be in 5 years?

Further down not only the writing path but the published path too. Certain characters stay with me they are so strong, and they deserve to have their stories out there. I’ll keep working to hone those stories so their dreams are fulfilled. Fulfilling their dreams will fulfill mine too.

12) Where can we find you?
You can find me at my blog -
And my website –
Or friend me at facebook -
The Brat will be available from The Wild Ross Press in print and ebook. from 1st October 2010 and shortly after from other outlets

Thank you again, Rachel for having me here today.

You're welcome, Sherry! I can't believe how many projects you have going on right now, I would have a head explosion! Can you tell us more about the series you are writing - I have always fancied writing a series myself but haven't found the right setting or storyline to start one yet. What made you decide a series was for you?


  1. Hi Sherry
    I have been reading about the brat everywhere. I love Nora Roberts too.

  2. Great interview Sherry and Rachel! I love being in the zone too. Sometimes too much, lol. Best of luck with all your projects and your upcoming release!

  3. :-) Thanks for coming by and, your comments Margaret. I appreciate your support.

  4. Hi Cate,thanks for your good wishes. I know what you mean about being in the zone 'too much' but it's still great when it happens. LOL

  5. Enjoyed the interview, Sherry. Best of luck with your new release. Wish you many sales!

  6. Fun interview. :) I know what you mean with being in the zone, and definitely what you mean by not being in it. That's painful, isn't it?

    How do you juggle so many projects at once?

  7. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview, Anne. Thanks for your good wishes, Anne.

  8. Rebecca, thanks for coming by. When I get stuck on one project I'll switch to another to prevent myself going stale. That's the theory, anyway :-) LOL

  9. Great interview, ladies! Good luck with The Brat, Sherry, and with your future writing dreams. I hope you get there!

  10. Marie Beau, many thanks for coming by and for your kind words of support.

  11. Rachel, I'm so sorry to take so long to answer your question, but my pc and your blog have been having a running dispute all day, so this may not post.

    When I started the first book, Duty Calls, I didn't intend to write a miniseries at all. Rafe Hawk's sister, Megan, turn up in Duty Calls, and one of the secondary characters promptly fell in love with her and demanded their story be told.

    Luke Hawk, Rafe and Megan's brother, turns up in book two, and almost eclipsed his sister's story. It is Luke's story that's giving me the biggest headache. Hopefully third time lucky so I may try again during this year's NaNo.

    The Regency and the mystery stories 'are there' but I'm not doing much about them right now. The mystery has stalled and the regency went way off track. They need more time than I can give them right now. But I go back and read them every so often incase something triggers them into life again :-)

  12. Hi Sherry,

    Congrats on your debut release! It's always nice to meet a fellow Rose.

  13. Hi Sherry,
    Love the title and a great excerpt.



  14. Nice interview, ladies. And Sherry, you book sounds great. I wish you many sales.

  15. Congrats on your book. Good interview.


  16. Thanks for being here, Sherry and such a wonderful response from visitors too, thank you!

    Thanks for answering my question regarding series, it's funny, I think I might potentially have a spin off of my current work in progress - it's an historical but the heroine's maid is just too interesting to pass over...

    Speak soon

  17. Hi Debra, Thank you for coming by. Yes, I agree, it's wonderful to know we are part of such a wonderful 'garden'.

  18. Thanks for coming by, Magaret. I'm delighted the title and excerpt caught your attention.

  19. Thanks for coming by, Lilly, and your kind words

  20. I'm pleased you enjoyed the interview, Loretta. Thanks for coming by.