This edition of the IDK author feature I had the pleasure of interviewing Sharon Brownlie:
Sharon Brownlie was born in Malta in 1962. Her parents were in the Armed Forces and she spent her childhood travelling all around the world. As a mature adult she graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Arts Hons degree in History and a PGCE. Sharon spent some years working in Adult Education.
IDK: When did you first start writing?
SB: It was in 1998 when I first started. Had my final draft finished and it sat there until it was picked up by an agent in 2010..well when I say picked up I mean after I had bombarded agents with a query letter for years….so never give up!
IDK: Tell us a little bit about your most recent book.
SB: Betrayal: The Consequences is a follow on from Betrayal. The main character, the serial killer of Betrayal, Book 1 explores her sanity and explains her reasoning for her crimes. It also brings the story to a close but you have to read it to find out how and why.
IDK: Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character? (Television, movies, books).
SB: I wouldn’t say ‘love’ But I do have a fancy for Ley Jeffery Gibbs from N.C.I.S – Mark Harmon. He’s intelligent and cute to go with it.
IDK: What is the first step in your writing process?
SB: Switching on my old trusted laptop and stare at the screen saying, ‘Come on woman, get the first word typed then you’re on your way!’ Of course I already have brainstormed my plot and characters, they remain at my side until my work is finished.
IDK: What is some advice you would give a person just starting their writing pursuits?
SB: Join a group, like a writing group or FaceBook group where authors hang out and if you need help or encouragement don’t be afraid to ask.
IDK: You are best friends with the main character of the last book you read. What would you two do first?
SB: Go find an editor. Just joking! I would grab his hand and head for the hills, it was a chilling ghost story!
IDK: Do you have any upcoming projects?
SB: Yes. I am writing a new Detective Inspector Brennan book and a non-fiction book about flashbacks and triggers surrounding childhood abuse, Coping Mechanisms
IDK: What are some of your non-writing activities?
SB: The ones I can tell you about are drawing and knitting – boring isn’t it! The ones I can’t tell….
IDK: Would you rather be a master of every musical instrument or be able to speak every language fluently?
SB: I have to choose? I would love to be able to do both! Hmmm …….speak every language fluently.
IDK: What was the first thing you ever got published? A poem, a story, an essay?
SB: My non-fiction book, Never A Hero To Me under the name of Tracy Black and that was as late as 2011.
IDK: Any final thoughts you would like to leave for the readers?
SB: Immerse your selves in books and if possible share your thoughts about what you have read. Reviews mean a lot and authors rely on feedback.
If you are interested in finding Sharon’s work please check the following links:
The Consequences http://amzn.to/236VReh