Whisper To Me
A new wife and a vengeful ghost. Not a good mix.
Letitia – Tish – Stanyer makes husband Theo promise never to remarry if she dies and he complies just to pacify her. She isn’t going to die.
She does – and he does remarry. Tish isn’t happy. Her spirit cannot rest with another woman in her domain, sampling the delights of her husband. Theo belongs to her – Sheena will have to go.
How good does this novel sound, the first thing I thought about when I read about this book was that film Over Her Dead Body . This book sounds beautifully written with so much thought and experience behind it.
Q1: What inspired you to write Whisper To Me?
The inspiration for Whisper to Me came from a comment my mum made to my dad. She said to him, ‘If I died you wouldn’t remarry would you?’ Nobody thought she’d die but she did, aged 43 from breast cancer. He remarried 10 years later and my mum’s spirit wouldn’t have been happy. The characters in the book aren’t my family and the ghostly goings on are different to the ones that actually went on (those are covered in Shadow Across the Sun, my first memoir) but it gave me the idea for the story.
Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?
I don’t know for Whisper to Me, someone well known to bring people to see it but also new people to help their acting career whilst helping my writing career. For my Willow’s Dip series Aidan Turner would have been fabulous for my Nathaniel O’Keefe although I did have Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow in mind as I wrote. Either would be much too big a star for my little story though.
Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?
Enough to paper the walls! I lost count but that was for all of my books not just one. I had my hopes raised at times when an agency asked to see the complete manuscripts of three of my novels after I’d submitted the sample chapters only to have them dashed when they decided no thank you. I didn’t get a traditional publishing deal, I’m an indie author and self publish through www.feedaread.com for the paperbacks and Amazon for the ebooks.
Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?
Initially I sunk into manic depression as the envelope dropped onto the mat; I’d hoped to be earning a living writing but you get back up and get on to the next agency on your list. That was at the time when it meant hiking off to the post office with your sample chapters and S.A.E.
Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?
Jilly Cooper, her Rutshire Chronicles gave me the idea for my Willow’s Dip series, in the sense that you can write other stories set in the same place and update the original characters lives. If your readers have come to love your characters they can follow them through.
James Herriot and Frank McCourt for the way they wrote memoirs, true life with a touch of humour. I tried to incorporate that into both of my memoirs, Shadow Across the Sun and Better or Dead. Even in difficult times you can find humour somewhere and it helps you through.
Q6: What are your writing routines?
I enjoy the physical act of writing with pen and paper, that’s the way my creativity flows, I can’t think on the computer, that’s where I tidy it all up and make it neat and legible, pen and paper is for the mess that is my thought process. I write it out, read it through several times over a couple of days, making adjustments, only when I’m happy with it does it go onto the computer into the main file. I have notepads all over the house, upstairs and down because conversations, scenes and ideas come at all times, when I’m in the bath, when I’m asleep and dreaming etc and I have to write them down as soon as possible or they are gone!
Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself
Don’t think you’ll make a million! I had hoped I could earn a living by writing when I had to resign from my job as learning support assistant in a mainstream high school due to ill health. I should have listened to other people before me who had said there is no money in writing. It is a very enjoyable hobby though.
Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?
Do it because you enjoy it. If you become successful then great but expect to pay out more than you make, at least at first. Don’t be put off though. Keep at it. Whatever level of success you have you have achieved something to create a story, a poem, whatever you choose to write. It is very satisfying.
Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?
If I still had my health I’d still have been working as a learning support assistant in the high school. I may have changed schools but I loved the job. I would probably have written in the evenings though as my children grew up and left home.
Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?
Sherrie Lowe is a pseudonym devised from the beginning of my Christian name and the end of my surname. It came about at a work placement when someone hurriedly said my name and mingled the two names. I thought then that if I ever wrote a book that would be my author name.
Thank you Sherrie x
Sherrie tells us more about herself below:
I am a divorced mum of two adult sons and nana to three grandchildren, soon to be four. I’ve always had a notion to write but didn’t get round to it seriously until I became ill with M.E in 1995 when I was 40 and was too ill to continue my job as a learning support assistant in a mainstream high school. I was devastated to have to resign from my job but writing saved my sanity. My first attempt was a memoir, Shadow Across the Sun which covered the loss of my mum to breast cancer two days before my 13th birthday. When the rejections began to flow in from traditional publishers and agencies I joined a creative writing class and learned to write fiction. Whisper to Me is my 10th novel. I have a strong belief in the afterlife due to events following my mum’s death so most of my stories have some form of supernatural aspect to them.
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