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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Friendship - Guest post by Sheryl Browne

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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.




  1. Thanks so much for writing this amazing impressive post. I was incredibly shy when I started blogging, I didn't dare to talk to authors or other bloggers. It took me months before I came out of my shell a little and I'm so glad that happened. I hope reading this helps others to take that step and chat as well :).

    1. Ohhh, Suze, thank you so much for posting this and for all that you do to support me and other authors. I know for a fact that so many authors are tremendously grateful to book bloggers (and in awe as to how they fit everything in!). Being shy is really awful, you always feel you might 'put your foot in it'. I've found that actually saying it though prompts people to empathise (as Tanya does below!) and suddenly you have lots of lovely new people in your life. I once tweeted that I'd been too shy to attend RNA meetings. Yes, me! I've never had so many lovely tweets back. Writing is a solitary endeavour, more so when things might not being going so well on the personal or writing front, which happens. It's times like those that your friends cheering you on really does make a difference. Keep safe, lovely! :) xx

  2. What a lovely post. I'm always so pleased when an author thanks me for a review or asks ,e personally to read their books. I'm not a very confident person and i had a big knock to any confidence I had a few years ago. I started reviewing after being encouraged by a blogger and although I always worry about if my review is acceptable I still enjoy doing it. Chatting to bloggers and authors is definitely helping me to feel some way more confident.

    I ama fan of your books and eagerly await the next.

    I also want to thank Suzanne and Anniek for the support and friendship. Xx

  3. Chatting to other authors and bloggers really does help, Tanya. I honestly would have given up at one point without the support of others, you included. A review has to be honest, of course it does, but they really so often sprinkle a bit of magic in your life. You write to put your work out there, after all. It's so lovely when people actually enjoy your writing though. I might never buy that yacht but I feel very proud now - and that's down to my friends. :) Thank you! xx

  4. Anniek and Suze, you're fabulous! I think there are a few people who would agree. Thank you! For your support and my lovely post. Snoops is actually a little mouse. But don't tell him I said so. :) xx

  5. What a lovely lovely post from a wonderful lady. x

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