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I always try to end my posts with a special thank you to those who have supported me through the ups and downs of my writing endeavours and also to acknowledge them in my books. When Suze and Anniek asked me to share my thoughts about friendship, it occurred to me that since first dipping my toe tentatively in the swirling waters of social media, I have forged many, many friendships. Though there are some people I regularly chat to who I haven’t met in the actual flesh (and many I have, thanks to wonderfully supportive organisations such as the Romantic Novelist’s Associations and Author/Blogger meetups organised by fabulous Kim Nash), these are people who have unstintingly and generously been there for me.
Book bloggers, readers, fellow authors, friends, whether on Facebook or Twitter, wherever, they have helped me celebrate the birth of my books, sharing, reviewing, writing posts for me. More than that though, when the going gets tough, whether on the writing front or the personal front – and it does, sometimes, as we all know, this special, growing group of people are always there to offer a shoulder or wise word or two. Through these relationships, I learned that some people are dealing with much bigger problems than my own, yet still they are there waving a flag for me or dishing out bucket loads of sympathy when it might be needed. I’ve learned humility. I was reticent at first to share personal things. Sometimes, though, you feel you have to offer an explanation as to why you might have appeared to have fallen off the face of the earth (you don’t, actually. Those friends are still there when you surface, cheering you on through writing hiccups or milestones and life’s little adversities).
I’m grateful. So often I say thank you, I wouldn’t be here without you. The fact is, I wouldn’t. I would have given up something that is very, very dear to me. So, to those special friends – whether I’ve met you in person or not, THANK YOU. There was a time when I was too shy to post, let alone turn up at a meeting (it’s true!). And now, well, I haven’t quite turned into a lion yet but I put myself about a bit. I really would not be able to do any of this without my friends.
A special thank you to Anniek and Suze for being there.
Keep safe all.
Wishing you much love and luck for 2017. xxx
About Sheryl Browne
Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, heart-wrenching fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award, 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 award winning Choc Lit.