1. Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?
About me…well, I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, God only knows where that will end, they just keep coming! (SMILE) Those people all carry a little bit of my heart with them each day. I like to bake, read , and travel.
I started writing for publication about 6 years ago and I’ve been very blessed with fairly rapid success. I told God that if He was going to start me on this path after the age of 50, I didn’t have time to mess around.
How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?
I still work full time, so actually scheduling writing time is a trick I haven’t learned yet. I write on breaks, lunch time, in the car when I’m a passenger, and in the evening when I’m not being a wife, mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother.
3. How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or some other method of getting your words down?
I’m a computer writer. I can’t imagine trying to do this on a typewriter. Cut and paste and spell checker are my best friends.
4. What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?
Favorite part—editing the completed rough draft. Least favorite—writing that first chapter.
5. How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?
I sort of wake up with story ideas in my head. With my first books (The Valley View Series) they sort of came out of the writing. This time I actually had 5 ideas before I started. I hope that means I’m growing and learning as a writer. It took me about four months to write MAC’s story.
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6. What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?
I use facebook, my newsletter, and outlets like Bookbub.
7. What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?
I’m working on book two of the Sisters by Design series. I hope to have RANDY’S story ready for a spring release.
8. Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.
I have an idea for a serialized novel, but the necessity of getting the installments out in rapid fire mean this will have to wait until I retire.
9. What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?
Not to let that stop them. This is the best time to be a writer. Social media has made the sharing of info and knowledge so easy. Work, ask, grow. In the end we set our own limitations. Don’t limit yourself.
A Question for Me:
Of all the social media outlets, which do you find the most valuable for the indie author?
Great question! I would have to say Facebook, and running a close second, Amazon. Amazon does some pretty fantastic stuff, and all for free, like helping you with advertising and allowing you to price your stuff for .99 cents for a time or for free.
Facebook has given me a way to spread the news about my website; whether I'm linking to a recent blog post or merely sharing something I love about life or writing with others. I also love the ease it gives me in sharing a new book release.
Learn more about Sharon and her books:
After separating herself from the oppressive cult where she was raised, Mackenzie Soeurs has two dreams: to give her son Riley a better life than she had, and to live in peace, as far from the harsh God of her past as she can get. At least that was the plan until her son got hauled to jail for theft and she lost the mother she never truly understood. In the darkest moments of her life, Mac finds herself surrounded by a group of Christian women she can’t understand and a handsome man, willing to take her son under his wing.
Dane Cooper, Garfield’s former bad boy and groom left at the altar, can’t deny his initial attraction to Mackenzie. Neither can he resist the urge from God to mentor her delinquent son. How can he guard his battered heart and still give Riley the same second chance he was given?
When Jesse, Charley, Randy, and Alex signed up for Mac’s first fitness class, they were looking for someone to whip them into physical shape. What they found was a woman bound by a cruel history, suffering through a tragic present, and in desperate need of a friend…or four.