Jen: Today we welcome Sherri Browning to Romancing the Book as her blog tour makes a stop with us. Sherri, will you share a short bio with us?
Sherri: Sherri Browning decided to become a writer in second grade, when her teacher praised a story she wrote with her assigned spelling words. Her first book, a historical romance, came out some years later. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri has lived in Massachusetts and Michigan, but is now settled with her family in Connecticut.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Sherri: An Affair Downstairs, an Edwardian romance, is about the attraction of the forbidden. Lady Alice Emerson doesn’t want to marry any of the suitable candidates suggested by her sister. She develops an attraction to her sister’s estate agent, Logan Winthrop, and decides that her preferred course of action is to embark on a wild affair.
The character of Alice appears in my previous novel, Thornbrook Park. She’s rebellious and determined, and I knew she needed her own story.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Sherri: Heart. Humor. Heat.
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Sherri: My writing influences are Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dean Koontz, and my writer friends who offer encouragement and occasional advice, especially Dee Davis, Julia London, and Julie Kenner.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Sherri: Eve Kendal from Thornbrook Park is my favorite, and the one most like me, or most like who I try to be. She’s witty but compassionate, an avid reader, and she’s not afraid to try new things.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Sherri: Between historical romances, I wrote what is known as a classic mash-up, Jane Slayre (Jane Eyre reimagined as a vampire slayer). Because it is a mash-up, it uses some of Charlotte Bronte’s original text. I’m always amused when readers write to compliment me on integrating the new with the classic text, but have a quibble on grammar or a plot point—and it turns out to be on one of Charlotte’s passages.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Sherri: I always pop a good bottle of champagne to celebrate new contracts and new releases. When I got the news of my first book contract, I was vacationing with my family at the beach. I was so excited by the news that I jumped on the bed and hit my head on the ceiling. Now I just stick to the champagne.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Sherri: Next is the third novel in the Thornbrook Park series, The Great Estate. It focuses on the volatile marriage of the Earl of Averford and his wife Sophia. After spending some time apart, they struggle to find their way back to each other.