It’s Friday!!!! and today I am delighted to be joined by Marcie Steele to learn a little bit more about her.
Marcie, can you tell us a little about you?
I’m actually Mel Sherratt and I write crime thrillers under my own name. However, I write contemporary women’s fiction under the pen name of Marcie Steele. Marcie loves friends and coffee and cake… and shoes.
Can you tell us about your new book?
The Second Chance Shoe Shop is about three characters who work in a shoe shop that is threatened with closure. If the shop closes, they not only lose their jobs but the close-knit friendship they have formed through the years. Add in broken hearts and heels, a Twitter campaign, flash mobs and deception and you have a mixture of secrets, lies and loves. It’s all about second chances.
What is your favourite place to write?
I write early in the morning so I love sitting in the armchair for an hour before I go to my office. Just me, Dexter my dog curled up by my side, and a cup of coffee. It’s my most productive time, if I don’t switch on to social media!
Where do you get your character inspiration from?
Everywhere. Characters and storylines come to me all the time. I have so many. If I hear a snippet of conversation when I’m out, I write it down in the notepad on my phone. I read women’s magazines too. I find lots of ideas on the agony and problem pages.
What are your 3 desert island books?
Into the Darkest Corner, Elizabeth Haynes.
Sushi for Beginners, Marian Keyes
Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
What is your favourite place to read?
On a sun lounger on a beach in hot weather.
What is your favourite book and why?
I loved Sushi for Beginners, Marian Keyes. It’s an old book now but I can still remember the characters and their stories as if I read it yesterday. That’s a biggie for me, as I often can’t recall endings to books I’ve read months ago.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
You’ll usually find me with my nose in a book.
Chocolate or sweets?
Is there a book you wished you wrote?
Yes, Bridget Jones’s Diary. I tried to write a diary, as I bet did a lot of writers after its success, but even if I had finished it, I was sure that it wouldn’t sell because Helen had already done it so well. But then everyone else did write them and some did sell, so now I wish I had. I still might do it one day.
You have a free flight and accommodation to anywhere in the world where would you go?
I’d like to go to see Sydney Harbour. But the flight puts me off, so I’d have to go on a fast flight that got me there in an hour…
What is your favourite season?
Summer, definitely. Nothing better than reading a book in the garden when it is warm.
Where can we find you?Marcie Steele
Published by Bookouture on 8th February 2016
Genres: Chicklit, Contemporary, Women's Literary Fiction
All Riley Flynn wants is to meet someone who makes her happy. But attracting the right kind of man is not easy, and with her heart still hurting from her last break-up, Riley believes she’ll never find love again.
A year ago, Sadie Stewart’s whole world was shattered when her husband, Ross, died. She has struggled to keep herself together for the sake of their young daughter, but with the anniversary of his death approaching, Sadie finds herself overwhelmed by grief.
Sadie and Riley work at Chandlers shoe shop, in the charming town of Hedworth. But when Chandlers is threatened with closure, the friends are confronted with the loss of not only their jobs, but also their support network - the glue that holds them together when they are close to breaking.
As they put together a plan to save their beloved shop, Sadie realises that she might just be learning to live again. Could it be that new beginnings are just round the corner? The campaign also finds Riley unexpectedly crossing paths with charming photographer, Ethan. Maybe her second chance at love is right under her feet …