When Rachel invited me to take part in her cute Christmas feature, how could I resist? People who know me will be aware I write in two genres, sexy heart-wrenching romance and psychological thriller. Apparently, I make a good psychopath. Maybe I just like to explore the dark side? Whatever, I can’t resist writing about love, life and relationships, often looking at family dynamics and what drives people. In my contemporary romance, sometimes I find unexpected characters creeping into the story – and if they didn’t have a starring role in the beginning somehow they end up pivotal to the story by The End.
PC Mark Evans’ story, for instance, which centres around a single father who has a special needs son therefore a lot riding on any relationships he enters into, couldn’t possibly have been told without little Karl’s assistance dog. Meet Starbuck, the ‘star’ of Somebody to Love.
And then there’s Donna’s dog, of course. Meet Sadie, the three-legged brave, beautiful girl who stopped policeman Mark in his tracks, distracting him from the noticing the double yellow lines someone had thoughtlessly parked under Donna’s car. Needless to say, he did notice Donna.
In The Rest of My Life we have Tobias, a Labrador with hip dysplasia, who is responsible for bringing Adam and Sienna together. Furious though he is at having to leap into icy cold water when Tobias – who can’t swim – falls in, Adam must have some redeeming features to have saved him from drowning, right? Um, no, not at first glance. He’s a bit of a womaniser is our too-hot-to-handle Adam. Can Sienna and Tobias save Adam is the question, by making him realise he’s worth saving? No spoilers, but Adam, Sienna soon realises, does have considerable charms beyond the tousled dark hair, bronzed skin the colour of caramel mocha latte, dark decadent chocolate-brown eyes …
And in Learning to Love … Who could resist Dougal?
You might have realised then that my four legged friends have a habit of worming their way into my heart and my stories. As well as writing, I foster disabled dogs. It’s hard work sometimes, but I wouldn’t me without them.
Thanks so much for featuring my furbabies, Rachel!
Much love & Merry Christmas everyone!
You are of course very welcome Sheryl, and thank you for sharing your clear love of dogs with us. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a lot of success for 2017.
|Sheryl Browne (left) & me (right)|
Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you sassy, sexy, heart-wrenching fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award 2015, 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 WH Smith Travel fiction buyer, Sheryl’s contemporary fiction comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.