To celebrate the six month anniversary of the release of Coffee Break Companion S.L.Grigg is hosting a blog tour, and you can pick up a copy of Coffee Break Companion for just 99p for the week of 28th August to 3rd September 2018. Here is the all important blurb.
Grab that cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer), maybe add a splash of something stronger, settle down and enjoy your break with this gripping collection of flash fiction and poetry that will send shivers down your spine. With an added bonus of a longer story at the end that will fill your lunch break. What are you waiting for? Dive in! Everything from a discovery in an Ice Cavern, to a tornado. Mermaids, and Dragons. Mystery and Horror. This collection of flash fiction and poetry has something to capture anyone’s imagination, with a final chilling thriller that will leave you gasping for air.
You can order your copy of Coffee Break Companion here.
Sharon kindly took some time out to answer some questions about how films have influenced her writing.
Let’s start with a bit about you? Where you’re from? And what you do?
Hi I’m S.L.Grigg, from Bromsgrove, England. I’m an author who self-published my first book in February 2018 – Coffee Break Companion, a dark collection of short stories and poems. When I’m not writing I work full time in the NHS and enjoy spending time with my family. I have two children. I also enjoy reading, crochet and Pilates amongst many other interests.
Do you remember the first film you saw in the cinema? Does it bring back memories I’d love to know?
The first film I remember seeing in the cinema was The Black Cauldron, I went for a friend’s birthday it was so exciting going to the cinema for the first time. I’ve not watched the film since, but I don’t think we ever forget our first trip to the cinema!
In your books do your main characters have favourite films? If not, what is your favourite film?
None of the characters in Coffee Break Companion have a favourite film, but I expect in my novels in progress there may be an opportunity to include this for a character or two. My own favourite film is The Lost Boys, it’s been my favourite since I first watched it as a pre-teen and fell in love with Corey Haim.
What about a favourite book turned film? Or a book that has been made into a film that wasn’t so good?
My favourite book turned into a film would probably be the ‘The Hunger Games’, especially the first one, although they made some changes to the story it was still well done, and I really enjoyed it, Jennifer Lawrence made a good Katniss. I also love Ready, Player One, but I feel that they made a lot more changes to the film for that one, but both were still excellent in their own rights. The worst I have seen would have to be The Snowman based on the book by Jo Nesbo, they absolutely ruined the story from the opening scene, they made the characters dull and uninteresting and it was a total waste of two hours watching, hoping it might get better – the book though was brilliant!
Do you prefer to watch the film first or read the book?
If possible, I prefer to read the book first, but sometimes I have watched a movie not knowing it was based on a book then bought the book to read after. If I had seen The Snowman before reading the book I probably wouldn’t have read it.
Who is your favourite actor/actress and why?
Favourite actress, probably Reece Witherspoon, she’s just so sweet, funny, down-to-earth but also sassy, someone you would want as a best friend, and of course she loves to read! Favourite actor, I think it would be Kiefer Sutherland, he’s played so many great roles from David in the Lost Boys, to Jack Bauer in 24, he’s in many of my favourite films.
Which movie star would you like to see playing the main character in your book?
As there are many different lead characters having so many stories in Coffee Break Companion it would be hard to chose someone for each of them, but Jess from the longer story at the end ‘Hide and Seek’ I think would be well suited to Chloë Grace Moretz (Hit-Girl in KickAss amongst other films), she has quite the knack for playing a strong, heroic lead, and Jess is definitely a kick-ass character.
How do you write? Do you plan or take it as it comes? Have a favourite place or time for writing?
Mostly I’m a pantser, I just write as it comes to me, but I am planning and outlining with my current work in progress. I write anywhere and everywhere, often inspiration will strike whilst I am out and about, so I carry a notebook everywhere, so no favourite place or time, but I do most of my writing in the lounge, curled up on the sofa with my laptop – dreaming I was somewhere else! Haha.
What are you currently working on?
As always, I have a number of pieces on the go, I’m working on the first book in a trilogy of a romance centred around cruise ship holidays. I also want to get Coffee Break Companion 2 finished.
When did you decide to write your first novel? Tell me a bit about the inspiration, process and of course the book.
I had always wanted to write a book. I started writing as a child. By the time I got around to writing Coffee Break Companion I only had two of the stories I had written when I was young left, so I had to include them in the collection. For me writing a book was never about approaching publishers, I just wanted to be able to hold a copy and say, “I wrote this”. Of course, when you do it then you want others to read it as well. The process wasn’t like most books, as I had written most of the poems and short stories already. I just decided I was going to pull them together and publish them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
This is the first published book by S.L. Grigg having previously written a popular blog on mental health, and having articles published by Mind, the mental health charity, and NHS England. Working for NHS England from a home in Bromsgrove, England, S.L Grigg lives with a partner and two adult children. S.L Grigg has studied everything from Science and Law, to Journalism and Pilates but writing has always been the greatest passion in S.L.Grigg’s life.
Sharon Grigg, who writes under the pen name S.L Grigg, made it her new year’s resolution to publish her book ‘Coffee Break Companion’ during 2018. After bouncing back from mental health problems (BPD), following the death of her husband from a brain tumour in 2009, Sharon was struck down with kidney and other health problems, believed to be linked to having the Essure sterilisation device she had implanted back in 2008. In September 2017 she underwent major surgery to have a non-functioning hydronephrotic kidney removed at the same time as a full hysterectomy to remove the essure device.
Just two months after setting her goal Sharon launched the collection of dark, short stories and poetry on Amazon. Many of the stories were written during Sharon’s battle with mental health.
41-year-old mother of two, Sharon says “For me publishing was never about, money or fame. I just wanted to be able to hold a copy of my book and say, ‘I wrote this’ and now I can.”
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