I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of Sherrie Lowe’s Whisper To Me blog tour! Sherrie is a local-to-me author who I have had the pleasure of meeting, on more than one occasion, at the 6×6 Reading Café event which takes place every three months. Sherrie’s books are firmly on my TBR list, so watch this space for my reviews. In the meantime I have a lovely interview with the lady herself to share with you all…..
Interview with Sherrie Lowe…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
Hello, I’m Sherrie Lowe, that is my author name. I am a divorced mum of two adult sons, Nana to three lovely grandchildren, soon to be four and I’ve suffered from M.E/C.F.S since I was 40 which forced me to give up the job that I loved, learning support assistant in a mainstream high school. Whilst isolated at home due to my health I began to write my first memoir, Shadow Across the Sun, something I’d been wanting to do but never had the time when my children were younger and I was working. Following that I joined a creative writing group and learned to write fiction and then attempted my first novel, A Lapse of Sanity, the first book in the Willow’s Dip series.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
My ideas come from various avenues. My two memoirs speak for themselves, the first, Shadow Across the Sun covers my childhood and my mum’s death from breast cancer two days before my 13th birthday. The second, Better or Dead covers my adult life including when I became ill with M.E during the time of my divorce and how I coped as a single parent with a chronic illness. One of the more unusual ideas came from my son and was about reincarnation, with a bit of thinking and plotting Over A Spitfire was born. Most of my stories have a supernatural aspect to them, an interest and belief that developed following my mum’s death.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
The scenario of Theo, Tish and Sheena in Whisper to Me and the baseline for the story are of my mum, dad and stepmother’s situation although the events in the story are fictional. My mum once said to my dad, ‘If I died you wouldn’t remarry would you?’ That gave me the core sentence for the book. In other books I’ve used friends anecdotes with their permission, some funny ones about eye troubles in Free Flight that had me howling with laughter when my friend told me how she’d got into the wrong car on a couple of occasions. I just had to have them for my character.
How do you pick your characters names?
Sometimes they come easily and pop into my head, names that I like, that have a ring to them that I think will suit that particular character or just if I like the sound. If it’s a historical novel like Over A Spitfire the names have to fit with the era so I used a lot of names of my older family members who lived through WWII. For Free Flight I decided I’d like to use some of my younger generation family names and they have of course continued through the Willow’s Dip series.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
In a nutshell, there’s a tricky one ha ha. I’ll try and keep it brief! It has to be pen and paper first, my creative juices aren’t connected to the computer, that is for tidying it up and making it all neat and legible. I enjoy the pen and paper aspect, I used to love writing stories in English lessons at school, my teacher said I had a vivid imagination. So firstly it’s pen and paper, lots of scribblings and scratchings out and adding sentences between the lines, a right mess, read through several times over a couple of days and make adjustments, then when I’m happy with it onto the computer into the main document.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
Winston Graham – Poldark series
Frank McCourt – Angela’s Ashes
Jilly Cooper – Rutshire Chronicles
J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter
James Herriot – Loved them all.
Those are my top 5 traditional authors. I’ve read so many superb indie authors since becoming one myself. Two of them whose books I have loved are Maureen Turner and Kevin Ansbro. I would read any book they published.
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
If it’s a living author probably Jilly Cooper. I’d ask her who she based Rupert Campbell Black on. Brilliant character who you couldn’t help but fancy but what a love rat, you wouldn’t want to fall for him!
Dead author William Shakespeare. I’d like to know what it was like to write in his day.
Were you a big reader as a child?
Yes I’ve always read. I read the print off Enid Blyton’s Shadow the Sheepdog, a present for my 10th birthday.
When did you start to write?
I dabbled a bit in my 30s when my children were young but only seriously since I got ill with M.E and had time on my hands with little energy to do anything that didn’t involve sitting down.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
I wouldn’t want to change anyone else’s work because that’s the way they wanted it but for my own when I ended A Lapse of Sanity I really couldn’t decide which way I wanted it to go right up until the end, that’s why I wrote the sequel, that was like the alternative ending in a way and from there the Willow’s Dip series evolved.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella, such an entertaining book.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
I’ve written two, Shadow Across the Sun and Better or Dead.
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
I think it would have to be Ross Poldark and I’d ask him why in the world he had the fixation with Elizabeth when Demelza was so obviously a better partner for him. Where would I take him? Hmm. As far away from Elizabeth as possible!
What are you working on right now?
I’m trying to get started on Willow’s Dip book 5. Working title ‘Not Reported Missing.’ I’ve got an A4 pad full of notes all in order, my character biography all sorted out, story ideas, new characters introduced, I’ve even got my opening sentence but as I’ve been busy promoting Whisper to Me I haven’t got round to making a proper start on it but soon!
Do you have a new release due?
Nothing for the moment, I’ve just released Whisper to Me.
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
I don’t tend to have a set publication day it just happens when I get to the point that I’ve finished everything I need to do. Due to health reasons I’m limited in whatever I can do physically so everything has to be done online. Celebration would probably be tea and cream cake.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
My website http://www.sherrielowe.co.uk/
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
I don’t think so at the moment although you can bet I’ll think of something as soon as I’ve sent this back!
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Sherrie 🙂
Thank you for asking me Kerry, I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s been fun. x
Whisper to Me
Letitia – Tish – Stanyer makes husband Theo promise never to remarry if she dies and he complies just to pacify her. She isn’t going to die.
She does – and he does remarry. Tish isn’t happy. Her spirit cannot rest with another woman in her domain, sampling the delights of her husband. Theo belongs to her – Sheena will have to go.
Author Bio –
I am a divorced mum of two adult sons and nana to three grandchildren, soon to be four. I’ve always had a notion to write but didn’t get round to it seriously until I became ill with M.E in 1995 when I was 40 and was too ill to continue my job as a learning support assistant in a mainstream high school. I was devastated to have to resign from my job but writing saved my sanity. My first attempt was a memoir, Shadow Across the Sun which covered the loss of my mum to breast cancer two days before my 13th birthday. When the rejections began to flow in from traditional publishers and agencies I joined a creative writing class and learned to write fiction. Whisper to Me is my 10th novel. I have a strong belief in the afterlife due to events following my mum’s death so most of my stories have some form of supernatural aspect to them.
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Happy reading 🙂