A big welcome today to Guest Author, Sherry Gloag. Sherry's latest book, Name the Day, is published by Astraea Press.
Renowned portrait artist, Samantha Brown is through with men. After dealing with an overbearing father and cheating ex-fiance, Samantha is not in the market for romance, of any kind. Give her a blank canvas, some paints and brushes and she’s in charge of her life. There was no room in her life for love, so why did she find herself giving in to Rafael Santini’s outrageous demand that she paint his portrait?
Satisfied with his upcoming marriage of convenience Rafael Santini isn’t in the market for love. So, how come he finds the pint-sized artist stirring up emotions he didn’t have time for?
An accident forces Rafael to re-evaluate his life and wonder whether he can teach Samantha the art of love.
Why couldn’t the stubborn man get it? She wasn’t giving him any favours at the expense of her other clients. In his case, money would not talk. Almost all her clients were well-heeled, but most understood the time restraints. After all, as she told each person, including Rafael Santini, who contracted a commission they wouldn’t want her to rush their painting and offer them a sub-standard product, would they?
“Give me the names of your clients and I will arrange to exchange places in your queue.” His unequivocal belief pulsed across the airwaves. Did the stupid man expect her to break the confidences of her clients?
“Tell me, Mr. Santini,” she asked in her most dulcet tone, “if I asked for a list of your clients would you hand them over, simply because I wanted something?”
“Don’t be stupid woman. It’s not the same thing at all. I’m a businessman.”
Would someone please save me from stupid arrogant men, Samantha offered in silent plea to the ether without expecting any response.
“I may not deal in electronics and communications systems, or equipment for the world of espionage, secret agents, and private investigators, Mr. Santini, but I do maintain a strict code of integrity and honour and customer confidentiality.”
“Why would you need confidentiality to daub a few colours on a piece of paper?”
Is this guy for real? Does he think insults and condemnation will get him what he wants?
“Let me get this straight. You want my agreement to let you queue jump the rest of my clients, who, incidentally have all signed contracts to be here on specified dates at specific times, and then you will be quite happy for me to go around publicising the fact you are not only having your portrait done, but that you bullied, harassed and threatened me into agreeing to your terms? I don’t think so. Not to mention that in many cases the commission is usually a gift for someone special and total secrecy is not only expected it is essential.”
The silence at the other end of the phone was almost deafening.
It sounds a fun read, Sherry!
I asked Sherry to tell us a bit about herself.
1. How did you get started writing?
My writing kind of evolved, so I didn’t wake up one morning and decide I wanted to write, but even in school I tried my hand at writing, but it was confiscated and that, as they say, was that for many years. Over the years I ‘played around’ with it, even sending manuscripts out for submission. It wasn’t until around 2006 that I began writing with more discipline and more focus.
I still wrote for ‘me’ but by this time the number of my books on writing had increased, and the quality of those books advanced enormously. I learned about NaNo (https://nanowrimo.org ) and decided to have a go. There I met many aspiring and professional authors. I learned more in that month than I had in previous years. I continued to learn, listen watch and dig for info and, of course, write, and in October 2010 The Wild Rose Press published my first novel, The Brat. And in October this year Astraea Press published my ninth novel, Name The Day.
2. Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I have ‘two left feet.’ I’d love to be able to dance, but it just doesn’t happen! Mind you any prospective dance partners can all breathe easy now. I wouldn’t inflict myself on any of them!
3. What’s your top writing tip for new writers?
There is a saying ‘what doesn’t break you, will make you’, and in a way it is very appropriate in the world of writing. Receiving one rejection after another is enough to put the strongest person off, but… there are many famous writers who had scores, and in some cases, hundreds of rejections, but they persevered and eventually not only gained an acceptance but became famous, J K Rowling for one.
It can be quite hard at times for an aspiring writer to believe in yourself so my tip is to keep on writing. Do your homework and make sure when you find the publisher you want to approach you have read and followed their guidelines to the letter.
A brief Author bio.
Best-selling 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.
Sherry loves to hear from her readers so send her a message at firstname.lastname@example.org