January 8, 2013

Please Give A Warm Welcome To Sherry Gloag


Welcome to Cheryl’s place! I’m thrilled to have you here.

 Please tell us a little about yourself.

Multi-published author, Sherry Gloag is a transplanted Scot now living in the beautiful coastal countryside of Norfolk, England.  She considers the surrounding countryside as extension of her own garden, to which she escapes when she needs "thinking time" and solitude to work out the plots for her next novel.  While out walking she enjoys talking to her characters, as long as there are no other walkers close by.

Apart from writing, Sherry enjoys gardening, walking, reading and cheerfully admits her books tend to take over most of the shelf and floor space in her workroom-cum-office.  She also finds crystal craft work therapeutic.
 
What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?    Walking, gardening and reading. 

When did you first get the writing bug? I can’t claim it came and stayed, I kept trying my hand at it, then life would get in the way, so it would be a while before I tried again.  It was the mid ‘90’s when I really gave it a go and around 2006 when things began to take shape. 

What is a typical writing day for you?  Sorry I don’t get to do typical.  I do try to write every evening, but even that is often disrupted. 

What genre or genres do you write? Contemporary and Regency romances. 

Do you see yourself trying any another genre in the future and if so which one? Light paranormal. 

Tell us about your latest release? Vidal’s Honor is a Christmas Regency romance about spies, wars, betrayal and love. It is about overcoming all the odds and trusting others to be there for when they are needed the most.  And not giving up or giving in even in the darkest moments.

Faced with accusations of treason, Honor, Lady Beaumont, 
wonders which she will lose first, her head or her heart.
 Blurb:

When plunged into a world of spies, agents and espionage during the Peninsula wars, Honor, Lady Beaumont, flees for her life when the French capture her husband at Salamanca, and relies on his batman to arrange her safe passage back to England.

Viscount Charles Vidal is ordered by Robert Dumas, the First Lord of the Admiralty, to travel to Spain and escort the only woman he’s ever loved, Lord Devlin Beaumont’s widow back home before the French discover her whereabouts.

Their journey is fraught by danger, least of all knowing whether they are surrounded by friends or foe. Will they survive long enough to explore the possibility of a future together or will whispers of treason be enough to see Honor dispatched to Tyburn first? 

What makes your hero special? He’s patient and yet tenacious. He’s only loved once, and lost. Now he has another chance he doesn’t intend to lose this time round regardless of the setbacks. 

What makes your heroine special? She is kind, generous, compassionate, and had to make a terrible decision that would make someone she loved unhappy.  Now she has another chance, if she can live long enough to bring it about. 

Please share an excerpt of your book! 
 

Excerpt: 

While Vidal joked with his cousin, the viscount scanned the room. The smell of fine wine, whiskey and cigar smoke blended into a rich aroma that was as much a part of Whites as the card games, the background chatter, and outbreaks of lewd laughter from the younger members of the club.

One member in particular interested Vidal tonight, and he watched Robert Dundas, second Viscount Melville, and First Lord of the Admiralty, take leave of his friends and head in his direction. 


He wondered why the man spent the best part of the night watching his every move, and paused in the act of fobbing his snuff box while he waited for the viscount to join him. 


“Take a walk with me?” Although couched as a question, Vidal noted the quiet steel of command in the other man’s voice. Dundas laid a hand on his arm; a companionable gesture for anyone interested enough to observe the two men leaving the club together. “I believe I live not far beyond your own house. I’d appreciate your company, and this is not the place for such a discussion. ” 


With an indolent twist of the wrist Vidal returned the modish lacquered box, unopened, to his pocket and nodded agreement. A man’s club was no setting for private conversation, and it was plain the man wanted to talk about something away from flapping ears.

Together they strolled across the room stopping to take leave of several mutual friends.


What book are you reading now? This afternoon I finished Karen Swan’s, The Perfect Present.  It’s over 500 pages long and I resented having to put it down to get some sleep.

 What inspired you to write your latest story? I was asked to write a Christmas story by a fellow Astraea press author, was given nearly seven months to write it.  I ditched several false starts before I knew Vidal’s Honor was the one, by which time I had eight weeks left and the final edits of another book on my hands.  The story starts out in Spain just hours before the battle of Salamanca and ends up in a ballroom in London on Christmas Eve.


Tell us what excites you about writing and getting published. The exciting thing about writing is meeting your characters and discovering how the story plot unfolds.  I’m not a plotter, so quite often the twists and turns surprise me and that’s always a challenge.  Being published?  To begin with it was the thrill of knowing I’d ‘done’ it.  Could see my name ‘out there’, but now it is more about the readers, and writing for them and with them in mind.  I still write for myself, but I love receiving reader-feedback too.  Many of their comments are so enlightening and go influence future writing.


What’s your current WIP?  I have three WsIP, none of which are going smoothly! LOL  The two remaining Gaquet princes keep changing the plot, and I’m almost at the point of calling their bluff.  Two characters from Vidal’s Honor also want their story told, and to begin with we were up and running, but they too keep running off the rails, so I’m not sure whether that one will ever see the light of day.  There are several ideas hovering, but one of them would be a major project and I have to decide whether I want to commit to it or not.

And finally, where can we stalk you? 

My Website: http://www.sherrygloag.com



Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/SherryGloag 
Character Interview, Charles, Viscount Vidal and Honor, Lady Beaumont

Tell us about the first time you each other. Charles, Viscount Vidal – The Honourable Honor Adversane, as she was then, was one of my cousin’s bridesmaids.  I knew in that instant she’d become important to me, but failed to realise in time just how important.

Honor, Lady Beaumont - *blushes* I’m afraid I did not notice Charles at that wedding.  I was so shy that at the first opportunity I tried to make myself as inconspicuous as possible. 

Charles – If that was your intent, your failed miserably, I couldn’t take my eyes off you the whole evening.  So much so that Dev promised to introduce you to me. 

Honor – No, you cannot be right, I would have remembered you. *she blushes* 

Charles – *Takes her hand  in his*  You are right it was another twelve months before he made good on his promise.

What drew you to him/her? 

 Charles – Look at her.  You don’t need me to tell you. One look and you will understand.  It’s not her beauty, at least not her physical beauty.  It’s what Honor is inside that drew me to her.  One look at those eyes and I was lost forever.

Honor – Initially, *Honor hesitates* 

Charles – It’s alright, I understand. 

Honor - *smiles up at Charles* I know you do, but will they?  *She points forward, indicating the readers they couldn’t see* How can they understand my dilemma.  I loved two men equally and knew they both loved me *she paused again, sighed then continued* ‘equally.  The you went away, and I chose Dev. * She brought his gloved hand to her lips and kissed each finger in turn. Her eyes all the while locked with his.* 

Charles – But we are together now and are to be wed in less than twenty-four hours. 

Honor – *Sighs, turns Charles’ hand and snuggles her cheek into his palm.

What is your favorite thing about him/her:

 Charles – She has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever known. 

Honor – His love for me. 

Care to share future plans?

 Charles – Tomorrow, due to circumstances, we wed quietly, just close family…

Honor - *on a gurgle of laughter*  How can you describe it as a small, quiet wedding when Prinny will be there, along with the Earl of Wellington and so many of his soldiers? *She sighs,*  But, only the people that matter most to both of us will be there, she elaborated, then stood, looked to those unseen readers and smiled.


“Thank you for being a part of our story, simply by reading about us.  I hope you all have as wonderful a Christmas as we intend to this year.” 

Thank you Cheryl for inviting me, Honor and Charles to visit with you today. 

Links for Sherry Gloag and her latest regency Vidal’s Honor, released by Astraea  Press November 1st 2012.






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4 comments:

  1. Cheryl, thanks for inviting me to you you today :-)

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  2. Sherry and Cheryl, great interview! Loved it as I'm also a lover of the historical romances, especially if they're set in England! Good luck and thanks for the character interview - it lets us learn a bit more about the characters!

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    1. :-) Thanks for coming by Deanna, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview.

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