Earlier this year I had the pleasure of hosting Sheryl Browne in my hot seat as she chatted to us about the first two books in the DI Matthew Adams series, After She’s Gone and Sins of the Father (for those of you who prefer to read printed, After She’s Gone is now available in paperback and Sins of the Father from 9th January 2018). Book three, Deadly Intent is publishing in digital format 5th September … I know some of you have been eagerly waiting – not long now!
Sheryl Browne is here today to answer a question she is asked frequently:
Why do you write psychological thrillers?
Over to you Sheryl!
Hi Shaz. Thanks for inviting me on to Jera’s Jamboree. Why do I write psychological thrillers?
Apparently, I have a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath. Thank you, Rachel at Rachel’s Random Reads. I’m flattered … I think. Seriously, I write in two genres, contemporary romance and psychological thriller. I’ve always been fascinated by what shapes people and whatever genre I write in I like to strip away the layers and, hopefully, share with readers a little of what lies beneath the surface.
I think I’m leaning towards thriller now because I see people as not all good or all bad, more opposite sides of the same spectrum with some crossover in between. Having become rather jaded in his view of his nemesis in After She’s Gone and Sins of the Father, DI Matthew Adams is less forgiving. To quote his thoughts in the third in the series, Deadly Intent: “He’d long ago stopped wondering how perverted individuals like Sullivan came into existence. As far as Matthew could see it wasn’t nature or nurture. It was a lethal cocktail of genes, brain function and childhood experience that created monsters like Patrick Sullivan.”
Nature versus Nurture is an age-old question, not one I can hope to answer, but I can’t resist exploring. Maybe I was hoping to find in Patrick Sullivan a redeeming feature, some reason for the reader to empathise if not sympathise or understand. So, have I?
Possibly, according to these few revealing snippets from Amazon reviews:
“I loved hating Patrick Sullivan.
I hated Patrick Sullivan I wanted to reach into the book and throttle him…but in a love hate kind of way.
In the case of Patrick, you find out he has a daughter that he worships above all others, I found this compelling considering his attitude towards women in general.
Patrick is a really wonderfully awful creation. I believed in him totally. I hated him but was also mesmerised by him, and just couldn’t tear my eyes away.”
Personally, I think I’d have to read the book and make up my own mind!
I can’t resist sharing another little snippet: “I went straight from this one to reading the next in the series. I guess that indicates I really enjoyed it. Sheryl Browne is a very talented writer who does dark and suspenseful just as well as light and funny.”
It’s comments like this that drive me to write where the characters lead me.
Can I take this opportunity to thank all bloggers and readers for their absolutely fantastic support? It really is tremendously appreciated. Those reviews mean the world to an author and, together with posts and extracts, will help a book find its wings. THANK YOU!
Not read After She’s Gone? Here’s more information:
He’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?
There’s evil and then there’s Patrick Sullivan. A drug dealer, pimp and murderer, there are no depths to which Patrick would not sink, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has found this out in the most devastating way imaginable.
When Patrick’s brother is shot dead in a drug bust gone wrong, the bitter battle between the two men intensifies, and Matthew finds it increasingly difficult to hold the moral high ground. All he wants is to make the pimping scum suffer the way he did … the way Lily did.
But being at war with such a depraved individual means that it’s not just Matthew who’s in danger. Patrick has taken a lot from Matthew, but he hasn’t taken everything – and now he wants everything.
Buy Links: DI Matthew Adams Thrillers
AFTER SHE’S GONE – He’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?
SINS OF THE FATHER – What if you’d been accused of one of the worst crimes imaginable?
DEADLY INTENT – Tormented to the edge of sanity …
Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy contemporary fiction and psychological thrillers.
A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, 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 multi-award winning Choc Lit.
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