Sunday, 16 October 2011

Flower Child – An Interview with Sheila Deeth

Today I am delighted to be joined by versatile author, Sheila Deeth whose latest book, ‘Flower Child’ has recently been published. Here’s a litle information about it:

When Megan miscarries her first pregnancy it feels like the end of everything; instead it’s the start of a curious relationship between the grieving mother and an unborn child who hovers somewhere between ghost and angel. Angela, Megan’s “little angel,” has character and dreams all her own, friends who may or may not be real angels, and a little brother who brings hope to her mother’s world. But Angela’s dream-world has a secret and one day Angela might learn how to be real.

Catherine: Welcome Sheila and congratulations on your new book, ‘Flower Child’. Can you tell us a bit more about it and what inspired you to write it?

Sheila: The story’s about a mother whose first pregnancy ends in miscarraige, so to some extend it’s inspired by my own experience. The mother also shares my rather odd childhood misunderstanding about where babies come from. But apart from that, she’s not me and her story’s not mine.

Catherine:  ‘Flower Child’ is very different to your previous story ‘Black Widow’ which in turn is quite distinct from ‘Refracted’, your previous work. These days, it is very common to categorise writers by slotting them into a particular genre but your writing has taken you into all sorts of areas. Has this been a conscious decision or has it just happened?

Sheila:  I have a feeling most of my writing “just happens,” but I’d probably categorize my three Gypsy Shadow books as “spiritual speculative fiction.” They’re set in very different eras though—future, past and present. I never really know what I’m going to write when I sit down. I just type a sentence into the computer and see what characters pop up in my head.

Catherine: Your website ( ) is fascinating and contains a lot of information, links and your blog. You are also the author of ‘What..I.F.S. – Inspired by Faith and Science’ books. Can you tell us a little more about that?

Sheila:  I grew up Catholic but my mother’s Methodist, so faith has always been important to me but never been something I could take for granted. Plus I’m a mathematician, so science and logic are part of the way I think. Coming from an English Catholic background, I never even realized people of faith might think science was an enemy till we moved to the States. It seemed sad that some of my children’s friends were being taught not to ask questions of their beliefs. I imagined them going to college, being inspired, as I am, by science, and thinking they had to lose their faith to retain their integrity. I try to tell Bible stories in my IFS books from the point of view of real people, living in a real historical, scientific world, interacting with a God who just might be real too.

Catherine:  As a fellow Brit, but one who now lives in the States, is there anything you miss about the UK?

Sheila:  I miss my family, but Mum comes to see us every winter and brings Christmas with her. I miss real marmalade, real ginger beer, Christmas puddings and mince pies. (Some stores do carry them now but they sell out very quickly.)

Catherine:  As an experienced and versatile writer, what advice would you give to aspiring new authors?

Sheila:  Keep writing. Keep sending things out. Start small. And don’t be afraid to change things and throw things away.

Catherine: Now a fun question: If you were to host a TV chat show and could invite three famous people (living or dead) to interview, who would they be and what would you want to talk to them about?

Sheila:  Saint Paul. I’d love to know about his experience on the Damascus road.
Galileo, because he was inspired by faith and science and I’d love to shake his hand.
Madeleine l’Engle. I want to ask her all about her books and her amazing characterization of angels.

Catherine:  Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, Sheila. What is coming next from you – and where can we find you?

Sheila:  I have a novel coming out next summer with It’s called “Divide by Zero” and it’s a tapestry of small-town life with one unravelling thread that threatens to tear the place apart.

I’m working on another spiritual speculative story called Elijah’s Children, but I’ve no idea yet how long it will be. And I’m still planning to finish a children’s series about some magical children in the town of Hemlock Edge.

You can find out all about my books at
or find me on my website and blog,
plus I’ve got an aboutme page with links to all my other sites:

Author Info.:

Sheila Deeth grew up in the UK and has a Bachelors and Masters in mathematics from Cambridge University, England. Now living in the States with her husband and sons, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, telling stories, running a local writers' group, and meeting her neighbors’ dogs on the green.

Sheila describes herself as a Mongrel Christian Mathematician. Her short stories, book reviews and articles can be found in VoiceCatcher 4, Murder on the Wind, Poetic Monthly, Nights and Weekends, the Shine Journal and Joyful Online.

‘Flower Child’ is available from the publishers at:

And many other online booksellers


  1. Thank you so much, Catherine. I really enjoyed being interviewed by you.

    It was fun interviewing you too:

  2. Great interview! And what interesting people you have chosen to interview, Sheila. It's admirable that, with your training in mathematics, you have found a way to balance your faith with science and logic. Keep up the good work!

  3. I really enjoyed interviewing you, Sheila. Thank you for joining me. And yes, Dawn, what a fascinating TV show that would be!

  4. Great job both of you on both interviews. I tried to comment on your blog too, Sheila but it's acting glitchy for me. It might be my computer. It's really bogging down lately.

  5. This is a fun look into the author behind the story. Thank you Sheila and Catherine, for taking the time to make this a good read and a great blog entry.

  6. I'm so glad you all liked the interview. Thank you for taking time to read and meet us both.

    Perhaps someone should try to script some of the TV shows that come out of these questions.

  7. Fascinating interview. Great fun! Thanks, ladies. :)

  8. Thank you all for your kind words and for joining us!

  9. Hi Sutton. Congratulations on the release of Christmas Knight!