Hello, and a happy 2020! It’s taken me a while to catch up after 2019, but now I’m raring to go.
One of the questions I’ve been asked is why I’ve created The Somerley Series, so I thought I’d share some insight with you. As most of you know, I write crime and thrillers under my own name, Mel Sherratt, and I have an extremely popular series, The Estate Series.
The Estate Series was rejected several times by traditional publishers way back in 2011, when I first started to self-publish my books. Yet, after I had self-published the first three in 2012, they sold like crazy – quite satisfying, I can tell you.
The reason they didn’t sell to traditional publishers at the time is that they were deemed to be cross-genre. If you mix the TV series Shameless with Coronation Street, that’s the vibe of the books. The storylines are predominantly about women getting out of tough situations and realising they ‘can do it’ with the help of family and friends. There’s a real sense of community on the estate too.
The plots are also about relationships, whether that be a good one or a bad one. There are light times within the darkness, and often a mystery to solve. They’re about friendship and romance and always a little hope. There’s laughter, tears and crime. In other words, they are a total mash-up of women’s fiction and crime.
Now even though the publishers couldn’t sell them, I found I could. There are now four in that series and I’d love to find time to write more as it’s the one thing that I am being asked all the time – when is book five coming out…
As I am too busy with Mel’s books at the moment, but still feeling the urge to write women’s fiction too, I decided to write a book with a similar theme to The Estate Series, by basing a series on a street in a nice little town. The neighbours know each other and, for the most part, are happy to mix together. Most of them have grown up in the town, called Somerley. Of course, there will be friendship and romance, but there will also be tension, fall-outs and hurt. All these are part of everyday life.
I wanted to create a community feel overall and it seems I did just that. I’ve had some incredible reviews coming through for The Man Across The Street – thank you to anyone who has taken the time to review it online, and indeed to anyone who has bought it.
If you’d like to find out more about The Estate Series, pop over to Mel’s website.