New author fulfils writing dream

A Chatton woman has released her first novel which tells the story of a romance set in Northumberland and Scottish Borders.

Monday, 21st November 2016, 12:05 pm
Author Sheree Smith from Chatton. Picture by Jane Coltman

Sheree Smith moved to Northumberland last year to fulfil a dream of writing a novel.

She spent her childhood in Doncaster and then after meeting her husband in 2000 moved to Nottingham.

Sheree said: “Last year, we both decided that our lives were far too stressful working in a corporate environment and so we decided to leave our high pressured jobs, sell our house in Nottingham and move to Chatton as we consider this area one of the most beautiful places in the UK with warm friendly people and a more relaxed pace of life. During this time, we had also decided to have a year off work and so I thought it would be the ideal opportunity to do what I’ve always dreamed of – writing a novel.”

Sheree has long been a fan of romance novels and so her first tome, Darkest Obessessions came to fruition.

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It is a romance story between two people who meet up in the fictional village of Pelancy.

Both of them have their own issues. Sadie has recently gone through a traumatic time with her ex-boyfriend and stalker touching on mental abuse.

Tom has feelings of guilt for the sudden death of his family and so both of them reach for each other in their time of need.

However, things do not always go to plan and when Sadie’s past comes back to haunt her in the form of her ex, Tom and Sadie have to start to reassess what they have together.

Sheree added: “This is my first novel and so I wanted to create a scene whereby the characters are both equally challenging yet also have some depth and humour to them. I did not want to write a novel which would be dark and gloomy and so I’ve tried to add in a little light humour here and there.

“I have also tried to draw inspiration from the places around me in Northumberland. Pelancy, for example, is themed on Chatton itself. While the hike Sadie and Tom take within the book is based on a mixture of St Cuthberts Cave and Ros Castle, and Freham Castle hall is based on Bamburgh Castle’s Great Hall.

“Even so, I tried to mingle the story with enough intrigue to keep the reader guessing how the story ends.”

Darkest Obsessions is available to buy from Amazon now.

Sheree is currently working on her second novel, which is due out early next year, with Holy Island and the Cheviots featured.