Character Interview: P C Alex Burrows ~ A Little Bit of Madness.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Hmm? Good question. Ideally, I’d like to take Celia somewhere exotic for a dream honeymoon, somewhere secluded preferably, where we could sit back under a palm tree, sipping cocktails alongside turquoise waters fringed by soft white sands. Plenty of sun, sea and se… Er, sports … waters-ports. Unfortunately, on a policeman’s salary I may have to sell my body in order pay for it. There are also the kids to consider, of course, Celia’s two: little Ben, who’s at the into-everything-stage and wouldn’t sit still under a palm tree for more than two seconds - and her teenage son, Drew, ditto, unless he was plugged into his Play Station – once he’d checked out the semi-clad ‘hotties’ in the vicinity, that was. There’s also my daughter, Kelly, to consider. Wheelchairs tend not to go very well on and soft white sand, so … Disney World, I guess would be my dream destination, mainly because it was Kelly’s, before the accident.
Celia reckons I probably wouldn’t make the deposit for the Caribbean getaway touting my wares on street corners anyway, so we’re saving hard for Disney Land instead. She’s already checked out wheelchair access to attractions. Apparently, most are accessible to people who can be lifted from chairs with assistance, so… it looks like our honeymoon is going to be a bit crowded.
Tell us about your family.
In a word: extended. OK, well, both having children by previous relationships, we’re combining families, as you might have gathered, which isn’t easy. The kids are getting along fine, though. Luke seems to have taken a bit of shine to Kelly, but don’t tell him I told you whatever you do. He’ll disappear permanently under his Bench cap. Kelly adores Ben, but don’t tell her I said that either. She’s into her kids are soooo juvenile phase. So, the children are good with it. Not too many declarations of war yet. My dad, however…. Well, put it this way, his nickname is Colonel Casanova. He’s currently trying to ‘woo,’ Celia’s mother, Eleanor, who thinks he’s a complete chauvinist. He is, a bit. Well, a lot, actually, product of his time, you know? Then there are the rest of Celia’s ‘elderly independents’, her old people at the rest home, who Celia sees as her family. I’m thinking family life could get a little complicated.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Seeing Celia dangling from a church steeple. That’s probably when I realised how much I cared about her, but couldn’t admit it, obviously, for personal reasons, as well as the fact that she was about to marry that prat … sorry … idiot, Martin. It also brought back stark memories of a previous similar incident, terrifying memories, actually. Do you mind if I offer you an excerpt? It’s difficult to talk about, to be honest.
What books have most influenced your life?
Er, A Little Bit of Madness by Sheryl Browne?
What are your favorite TV shows?
Dexter. I’m not sure as a policeman I should admit to be being a fan of a serial killer, but I love it. Can’t get enough.
Mad Men. Again, essential viewing for both of us. Love the retro feel to it.
The Hour. If I’m honest, Celia is more into this. It’s a UK series based around a TV news show. Retro again, but has a very British feel to it. I think it’s growing on me.
What is your favorite meal?
Anything not cooked by me. My cooking is diabolical – and my daughter is brutally honest.
What are you passionate about these days?
Being the kind of father Kelly needs me to be.
What would we find under your bed?
Last time I looked it was Ben. Like I say, the family set up makes things a bit complicated, especially in the bedroom.
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?
The honeymoon. Version (a).
Now residing in Worcestershire, Sheryl Browne grew up in Birmingham, UK, where she studied Art & Design. She wears many hats: a partner in her own business, a mother, and a foster parent to disabled dogs. Creative in spirit, Sheryl has always had a passion for writing. A member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, she has previously been published in the US and writes Romantic Comedy because, as she puts it, "life is just too short to be miserable."
Sheryl's debut novel, RECIPES FOR DISASTER - combining deliciously different and fun recipes with sexilicious romantic comedy, is garnering some fabulous reviews! Sheryl has also been offered a further three-book contract under the Safkhet Publishing Soul imprint. SOMEBODY TO LOVE, a romantic comedy centring around a single policeman father’s search for love, his autistic little boy and the boy’s Autism Assistance Dog, launched July 1 with an immediate 5* review. WARRANT FOR LOVE, bringing together three couples in a twisting story that resolves perfectly, released August 1, and A LITTLE BIT OF MADNESS releases on Valentine’s Day 2013.
Romantic Novelists’ Association
Contemporary Romance / Comedy
Title: A Little Bit of Madness
Author: Sheryl Browne
Date Published: 2/14/13
Celia Summers, intrepid mother of two, loves her work as an art therapist at The Harbour Rest Home. She’s proud of her elderly independents’ artwork, even if her partner, Martin, is disparaging of their efforts. But then, Martin is preoccupied, trying to get his hands on his mother’s home, Charlton Hall, to bail himself out of debt. To which end, he has to get Celia on side with a fabrication of lies.
Meanwhile, Celia fights to keep The Harbour from being closed. She’s ready to abseil from a church steeple to bring attention to the plight of her old people, no matter that she might fall and end up splattered all over the flagstones. When she does fall, however, it’s much more painfully. Police Constable Alex Burrows, son of Colonel Burrows, is considerate, caring and chivalrous. He has a wicked sense of humour, which makes Celia laugh, though when she learns of the circumstances surrounding his disabled daughter, she wants to cry. Alex also has a reputation as a womaniser, which Celia tries to ignore. His trying to influence his father’s Will though, she can’t. Alex, who little by little has stolen her heart, appears to be just as much a liar as Martin.
Will Alex be able redeem himself? Or is evicting Celia from Charlton Hall, which she and her elderlies have laid siege to, the final straw?
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