This week, I’m delighted to welcome Sherryl Caulfield to my blog.
Sherryl has just published Seldom Come By, her first book in The Iceberg Trilogy.
I have taken precious time away from Seldom Come By to post this. (According to my Kindle, I am 32% of the way through.) And I’m loving it – the story, the characters, the language, the romance and the setting…
I’m being swept away by this historical romance between Rebecca and Samuel and can’t wait to read what happens next, especially knowing there will be another TWO books!
Congratulations, Sherryl. What was the inspiration behind The Iceberg Trilogy?
SC: There were many elements: a holiday to Canada, a girlfriend from Newfoundland, my leaning towards epic adventurous love stories, particularly those about compelling young love and, would you believe, the Titanic.
In 1998 the world was abuzz with with the epic romantic disaster film, Titanic. Even to this day it is the second highest grossing movie of all time behind Avatar.
The pairing of Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslett as Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson, yelling, ‘I’m the king of the world,’ dancing an Irish jig in steerage class, and steaming up the Renault Coupe de Ville, was simply mesmerising. Who noticed that it was 3 hours and 14 minutes long? Certainly not I.
My sister was so enamoured with Rose’s red locks that she died her own hair copper. After holidaying with her for four days, my colour-blind father said to her: ‘Your hair has been wet ever since we got here – what’s going on?’
And our mother, whom we thought would love this film, wasn’t having a bar of it. She’d seen the 1953 version when she was 13 years old, never cried so much in her whole life, apparently. It was not something she wanted to do twice.
Unlike me. I like a good cry. I’m a bit like Holly Hunter in Broadcast News. There’s something quite cathartic about letting the tears flow.
I can’t remember how old I was when I first heard the story of the Titanic, but I do remember how fascinated I was by the fact that a pure, pristine iceberg moving so slowly could wreak such damage. And from that day forth, icebergs for me were both mysterious and a marvel.
There is the the barest glimpse of them in those sombre icefloe-laden waters of of the Titanic, but how majestic they are in their glittering white grandeur, each one a unique creation calved from the glacial north.
Even before the Titanic people called icebergs a curse, many still do today. However for me, and my young heroine, Rebecca, in my new novel, Seldom Come By – Book 1 of The Iceberg Trilogy – they represent something magical; a sign of lightness in darkness, a sign of hope and endless possibilities.
Tell us more about Rebecca and Samuel.
SC: For Rebecca, a soon-to-be fifteen-year-old who lives on a remote Newfoundland Island overlooking Iceberg Alley, icebergs are the most exciting spectacle in the months of monotony and mediocrity that mark her year. If it weren’t for icebergs Rebecca doesn’t know what she would have to look forward to. Just the thought of climbing on board one of those frozen forms and seeing where it might take her is magnetic.
And then one spring, this young woman who lives and breathes longing, is looking out to sea, yearning for an iceberg, multiple icebergs, when she discovers a shipwrecked sailor and her world is never the same again.
Nineteen year old Samuel, near death, with his blonde straggly hair and his out-of-this-world Samuel smile and his far-flung experiences and talk of nude sculptures and the teal waters of the Carribean, is like no one Rebecca has ever imagined, let alone met.
One look at her sister Rachel, and Rebecca knows they both are in the same boat; Samuel’s boat. The summer Samuel stays with them, recovering from his misadventure at sea, ignoring requests from his brother to come home, is the most exciting summer of Rebecca’s life.
And then one day she casually asks him, ‘Have you ever been up close to an iceberg?’
‘No,’ he tells her, ‘but you know it would be something, to be able to get up close and have a look at one, don’t you think?’
‘Yes,’ she sighs, in a way that is more an inhalation than an exhalation.
I’m loving reading Seldom Come By. I actually feel like I’m there with Rebecca and Samuel. (Not in a perverted way, of course!)
What was the inspiration for the name?
SC: Seldom Come By, is named after an actual place in Newfoundland, however it’s more than that, it’s about a chance happening: Rebecca finding Samuel adrift if the vast Atlantic; it’s about the two of them finding the love of their life on the edge of the world really; and it’s about events that rarely happen but do.
Thanks, Sherryl! Seldom Come By is out now.
Where can readers buy it?
SC: At Amazon, iTunes and loads of other sites. For the full list, come over to my website and meet Samuel and Rebecca and the iceberg that started it all at www.theicebergtrilogy.com.
Oh, did I mention, it’s set in 1914. Don’t let that stop you.
Here’s what Amazon reviewers said:
“I must admit this isn’t my usual genre for books, but……OMG what a read!! I often judge a book or film by how it affects me after the experience, by how much it moves me and captures my thoughts and emotions. This book did just that. It made me reflect a lot on my own experiences with loneliness, loss, grief, but also hope, love, celebration and appreciation.”
“I really enjoyed this beautiful story – once I got into it I couldn’t put it down! heart-wrenching, epic, inspiring! Truly wonderful characters.”
“This is a book for the reader who revels in love stories and enjoys being totally involved in the story and its characters as well as a good romance.”