Friday, May 9, 2014

Sheila Norton Stranded on a Desert Island

Please welcome Sheila Norton, author of Yesterday.

First, a bit about Sheila:

Sheila lives near Chelmsford, Essex, and has been a full-time author since retiring from her previous work as a medical secretary.

She has been writing all her life, her first publications being short stories for children. After twice winning first prize in the Writers’ News short story competitions in the 1990s, her stories were regularly published in women’s magazines.

Her first novel, The Trouble With Ally was published in 2003, and she went on to have a further seven books published, including three under the pseudonym of Olivia Ryan, before beginning to self-publish her novels on Amazon.

Her latest book YESTERDAY is a novel set in the 1960s, being published in 2014 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the ‘Mods and Rockers’ riots in 1964, which form the background of the book.
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Sheila Norton Stranded on a Desert Island!

If you could only have one book with you, what would it be?

The complete works of William Shakespeare, so that I could choose comedy or tragedy depending on my mood. It would also keep me busy until hopefully I got rescued!

What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with? 

A laptop with an ever-lasting battery, or with the means to create a generator for its own power supply!

What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?

Something to provide light at night and keep me warm. I know it’s a desert island, but deserts can get very cold at night and the dark would be scary too!

Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?

If I knew I would be rescued eventually, and had the laptop (as in No.2 above) I’d enjoy the solitude for a while.  But I’d miss my family.

If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?

Well I suppose it had better be my other half – my husband of 43 years!  As he’s the gardener in the family, he could go foraging for roots and berries to keep us alive (I’m a vegetarian but he could probably have a go at catching fish for himself too).

What modern technology would you miss the most?

Definitely the internet.  I’d find it really difficult to be without any form of communication.  I can’t imagine how I’d manage with no email and no mobile phone, even though we all did manage, perfectly well, only a relatively few years back!

What food or beverage would you miss the most?

Cheese – it’s my main source of protein and favourite food.  And cups of strong tea!

How many days do you think you would cope without rescue?

Really hard to answer, as it would depend on how much food and drink was available, and what kind of shelter there was. If all these were adequate, and there were no scary wild animals, I could probably convince myself it was a kind of writing retreat holiday and settle down for a week or two.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued?

Phone my family – husband and three daughters – and tell them to get the kettle on.

What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?

‘My next book will tell the true story of a poor brave author, stranded on a desert island and facing unimaginable hardships with only a laptop and complete works of Shakespeare for company.’ 


Music, Mayhem, Mods and Rockers…
Set against the backdrop of the violent clash between mods and rockers at Clacton-on-Sea in 1964, YESTERDAY is the brand new novel from acclaimed author Sheila Norton, published as an eBook this Easter to coincide with the 50th anniversary of that notorious conflict.

YESTERDAY tells the story of freelance journalist Cathy Ferguson who is coveri ng the story of the original mods and rockers conflict. Cathy was a teenager in 1964 (I think we need a bit more here about her) and now must prepare herself to revisit a source of painful memories and unsolved mysteries as she unravels a story of national importance and personal significance.

1964 saw mods and rockers riot at several seaside resorts in England but it was at Clacton in Essex where tensions first erupted.  2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of this event and   YESTERDAY places its readers firmly at the centre of the action.  

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