20 March 2022

Special Guest Interview with Nicky Shearsby, Author of To the Bitter End

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After seeing first hand the devastating results a brutal sex attack has on his best friend Rebecca, nineteen-year-old Craig Marshall sets out with the intent of exacting revenge on the men who attacked her. After the rape case is thrown out of court due to lack of evidence, Craig struggles with the idea that the police failed to protect the friend he adores. To The Bitter End tests every aspect of human life. From trusted friendships to how far a person is willing to go for love.

I'm pleased to welcome author Nicky Shearsby to The Writing Desk:

Tell us about your latest book

My debut novel is a psychological thriller, called To the Bitter End, released world wide by SRL Publishing in February this year. It tells a dark and emotional story about one man's mission for revenge in a bid protect the friends he cares more about than he realises until faced with a life and death decision that literally takes his own existence, to the bitter end.

What is your preferred writing routine?

I write daily, even on a Sunday, between 9am and 1pm. I write best in the mornings and it then leaves my afternoons and evenings free to spend time with my little dog and my husband.

What advice do you have for new writers?

I would advice that they take their time. Don't be in a hurry to publish your first book. Learn your craft, then keep learning. You'll be surprised at how far your writing style will come in a short space of time. Early novels are usually best seen as writing practise as they are usually not as good as you think.

What have you found to be the best way to raise awareness of your books?

I believe that people buy people, not products, therefore I try to connect with my potential readers by showing them who I am, and the values I stand for.

Tell us something unexpected you discovered during your research

Head injuries are extremely complex....The human mind is a fascinating place.

What was the hardest scene you remember writing?

To the Bitter End was extremely emotional, with several difficult scenes throughout. Getting the tone just right was important, knowing how Craig (the MC) was feeling during each stage of his harrowing journey.

What are you planning to write next?

I have already written my next two books - a duology called Green Monsters and Black Widow, told from the viewpoint of the antagonist, a narcissistic psychopath. Both books are already scheduled with the publishers for release in September 2002, and March 2023. I am currently now also putting the finishing touches to my forth novel, which is called Beyond The Veil, the first in a new ongoing series of Thrillers, called The Flanigan Files This is also scheduled for release in September 2023. I will shortly be starting my next novel, called Darkridge Hollow, a stand alone thriller due for release in March 2024, with new thrillers launching every spring and autumn going forward.

Nicky Shearsby

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About the Author

Born in England, breaking into serious novel writing wasn’t something Nicky began in earnest until taking early retirement. She spent two decades running businesses in graphic design, magazine publication and web development before setting up an organic vegan skincare manufacturing company. She has written several non-fiction books including training courses on nutrition, skincare, self-help coaching and business mentoring. She is trained in psychology, life coaching, counselling and nutrition. Nicky's serious passion is for fiction writing. For as long as she can remember, she has been fascinated by the human mind, our emotions, how we think, those nonsensical things we do, the struggles life too often throws our way. Because of this, her writing reflects the questions she feels are not asked often enough. She tries to push boundaries, challenging reader perspective by tackling complex issues through powerful characterization and dark plots. Her work asks serious questions that promote deeper and more profound thinking. Her aim is simple. To open emotional and inspirational thinking that guides others within their own lives, helping them to see things differently. We all struggle, and escaping into fiction is the perfect way to unburden a busy mind, whilst hopefully learning value life lessons along the way. Find out more at Nicky's website https://nickyshearsby.com/ and find her on Facebook and Twitter @Nickyshearsby22

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