There has been an internet game going on this week. On Tuesday a cover of a novel was revealed with a name that might be familiar to some, but not so much to others. The author’s name was Marcie Steele and so a guessing game began.
#WhoisMarcieSteele ? started to gather momentum.
Well, now, it might, or it might not, come as a shock to you that
I AM MARCIE STEELE
Readers who have read me writing as Mel Sherratt know that I love to write about people. I like to write about days that start off ordinary and then escalate into a rollercoaster of fear and crime as a character gets deeper and deeper into trouble. I also like to write from multiple points of view, so each book ends up like a mini soap opera. I also like to write about social issues, with characters that get under your skin enough to love and hate. For me, it’s all about the character’s emotions, whether those be good or bad. But before I started to write crime fiction, I wrote women’s fiction.
When asked who is my favourite fictional character in the many Q&A’s that I have shared online, it’s been Bridget Jones. I love that kind of story, and that’s what I originally set out to write. I wrote STIRRED WITH LOVE in 1999, working title of COFFEE MATES. I bagged my first agent with it, yet it never got as far as being submitted to any publisher’s. So I moved on to writing THE ESTATE SERIES. As that was too cross genre for mainstream publishing at the time, I wrote TAUNTING THE DEAD, and the rest is history…
So when ‘Marcie’ had the opportunity to be published by Bookouture, working with a great team, a fantastic editor and a PR genius, both whom I have known and admired for a good few years, I was over the moon.
Will I still be writing crime thrillers? Hell, yes, because I love writing grit-lit. But this is also my opportunity to write books I’ve always wanted to. I like to write about coffee and friendship and love and wine and cake and shoes (yes, everyone knows my love of high heels) and heartache and more cake, cheating, secrets and lies, and more cake – those kind of social issues. And I can’t wait.
I’d like to say sorry to a few people who asked me directly if I was Marcie Steele during this week and I had to fib. I’d also like to say thank to all the people who knew who I was and kept quiet about it, plus the authors who joined in for the fun of it!
I’d also like to say that I am really looking forward to working with Bookouture. STIRRED WITH LOVE will be published on 3 September and is on pre-order right now. The next book, THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR, will be released in December 2015, followed by BROKEN HEELS, in 2016.
And… for all you bloggers and reviews, STIRRED WITH LOVE is over on Netgalley right now!