Monday, January 12, 2015

An Affair Downstairs: Interview With Sherri Browning

Title: An Affair Downstairs 
Author: Sherri Browning 
Genre: Historical Romance 
Release Date: January 6 2015 
Links To Buy: Amazon|B&N|IBook|BAM

The Countess of Aberford is determined to make a match for her sister, Lady Alice Emerson, but each man she brings to Thornbrook Park only inflames Alice's improper interest in unsuitable Logan Winthrop, a rugged man once accused of murdering his great rival.

Logan's determined to shelter himself from the pain of unrequited love—he knows the feeling all too well—but something about Alice stirs his desire to start living again. Though they fight their urges, the pair can only resist for so long; eventually they must choose between bowing to society's rules or breaking them...

Interview With Sherri Browning

Hello There Sherri!! Welcome to the blog!! It is so great having you here! So tell us five random facts about yourself?

I’m very disorganized. If you came to cook in my house, it would be an adventure because I couldn’t tell you where to find half of the things you would need. Yet, I almost always find things when I need them.

I love 80s pop music. Duran Duran is still my favorite band.

Walt Disney World is my favorite place to vacation.

I’m a chronic procrastinator. I wait far too long to get started on projects, but I do my best work under pressure (or so I like to think… I’m guessing a lot of us cling to that belief).

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s all about family, food, and gratitude.

I see that you have written a few published works, so what inspired you to write Historical romances?

Early on, I used to steal historical romances off my mother’s bookshelf.  I majored in English Literature in college. It seemed a natural progression. I’ve written contemporary and paranormal books, but I always return to historical romance.  

So do you have a favorite story that you have written, or what are you currently working on and what is it about?

My favorite is always the one I’m working on. Writing The Great Estate, the third in the Thornbrook Park series that comes out in August 2015, has been very emotional for me. The main characters (the Earl of Averford and his wife Sophia) have been through so much together, and apart, and they’re both seeking redemption as they make their way back to one another.  

 What do you find the hardest or easiest part about writing?

Characters are easy for me. I have a lot of characters running around in my head. It’s just a matter of getting them on the page and weaving a plot around them. Plotting is the hardest part for me, creating a story that makes sense and doesn’t go off the rails is my greatest challenge. At some point, I think I always run off the rails and I’m lucky to have worked with some fantastic editors to put me back on track.

 Do you have a favorite character that just sings to you? Tell us more about him/her.

Logan Winthrop from An Affair Downstairs is one of my favorites. He’s such an honorable, decent man, but yet he is a little mysterious and dark. Logan has a past that he has struggled to overcome, but he has always been a man about it, no resorting to “bad boy” stereotypes.

Do you have a favorite genre you like to read for fun?

 I love historical romance, but I also read literary fiction, some thrillers, and romantic suspense.

If you could travel anytime, anywhere, when and where would that be and why?

I would love to have been in Geneva in 1816 at Lord Byron’s villa, when the Shelleys, Byron, and John Polidori competed to see who could come up with the best horror story. Polidori is credited with coming up with the first vampire story (The Vampyre) and Mary Shelley created Frankenstein. The Shelleys and Lord Byron have always fascinated me.

Do you have any go to authors or books you love to read?

I love Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, F. Scott Fitzgerald (mostly his short stories), and Dean Koontz. In romance, I read anything by Julia London, Connie Brockway, and Dee Davis for suspense.

What is the thing you couldn’t ever live without?

Something to write on, if not my MacBook Air (which needs electricity) then pen and paper (really that’s two things). Or a good book, maybe Pride and Prejudice—because if I can’t write, I would read, and I can read that one over and over and never tire of it.

What would be a dream getaway for you and who would you bring with you?

Walt Disney World is always my first choice. I love to travel, but I’m always so happy at Disney World. I prefer to go with my husband and my two children, who are grown up but still like to go to Disney World with me.

Do you have an all-time favorite movie that has inspired you and just gives you tingles?

My favorite movie is A Room with a View, the Merchant and Ivory classic starring Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Such a great first kiss scene!

What are a few facts about yourself no one would guess?

I’m very allergic to cats. None of my friends realize that I’m actually very shy, so I guess I’ve done a good job hiding that. In college, I double minored in Art History and Philosophy. Combined with an English major, it would seem that I wanted to put myself out of the running for ever landing a conventional job. A good thing the writing has been working out for me! Please keep buying my books. J

About Sherri Browning
Sherri Browning Erwin, best known for critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations, also writes paranormal romance and historical romance as Sherri Browning. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri has lived in Massachusetts and Michigan, but is now settled with her family in Simsbury, Connecticut. Watch for her return to historical romance with the upcoming Thornbrook Park series.
Her books have been mentioned in People magazine, USA Today, Seventeen, the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal blog, UK’s Telegraph and Argus, and once, as the subject of a New York Times cartoon. She remains a diehard Patriots fan, a proud member of Red Sox Nation, an adventurous eater, avid traveler, and a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World.

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