Sharon lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s writing credits include numerous poems and short stories published in science fiction fanzines.
Sharon is hopping around to blogs everywhere in an effort to spread the word about her book. She is offering a gift basket to one fortunate winner. The rules are easy. Every reader who comments gets an entry into the drawing. You will need to leave a comment below and leave your contact information (email address). A winner will be drawn Monday, November 19th. The items add up to well over $100.00 in value.
The gift basket includes:
Sharon, tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I grew up all over. I was born in California, my sister was born in Oklahoma, and my brother was born in Virginia. I’m the oldest of the three. We moved back to Oklahoma when I was in the 4th grade. My parents were Christians growing up and though they drifted from their beliefs for a while, by the time I was in the 3rd grade they had rededicated their lives. So I was brought up in church. Making my own personal commitment in the 4th grade came naturally to me.
Now, I still live in Oklahoma. My husband Larry and I have 6 children between us and 23 grands and great grands. We attend the Pentecostal Church of God that I’ve attended since I was fourteen.
What a blessing to have been raised in the faith! Now tell us three things about you that would surprise your readers.
I’m a serious Trekker with several uniforms in my closet.
I HATE reality TV.
My favorite pet was an iguana.
What did you like to read as a child? Is there a book that still brings pictures to your mind?
I’ve always been a reader, but I think the book that most often comes to mind when asked is Harriet The Spy. Probably because my sister and I aspired to be spies. My sister actually kept a notebook on people for a couple of years.
Tell us about the journey to getting published.
I’ve been a reader all my life, but writing was never my dream. I remember cringing in English classes when a single page paper was due. One night I went to bed a reader and woke up determined to write a book. I was very involved in Star Trek fandom, had some short stories and poetry published in a fanzine here and there. My first full length project was a Star Trek story.
Now, I’m Pentecostal, so you’ll have to work with me here…One night, about 25 years ago, we were in a revival. The evangelist, who didn’t know me from Eve spoke a word of prophecy over me. In paraphrase… “I’ve put a pen in your hand and a light by your side. Use it for me.” Well at that point in my life the only Christian writing I knew about were lessons or theological works of non fiction. That didn’t seem like me, so I stopped writing altogether. Three and a half years ago, a new employee stopped by my desk to introduce herself. In the course of the conversation, she mentioned that she was a writer. I told her that that was my dream at one time. She gave me the oddest look and spoke five words that have changed my life. “You gave up too soon.” That night I started writing Callie’s story.
Wow! How many years did it take to sell your first book? 3 years
What was your biggest obstacle? A lack of time and a lack of self confidence. Aren’t we all afraid of failure? This was failure on a big scale if I blew this.
Do you put yourself into your main character, or do you find yourself borrowing from family or friends as your characters develop? Callie started out a lot like me. Over 50, Sunday school teacher. Her personality diverged from mine pretty quickly. There are bits and pieces of friends and family in the mix, but not so that you’d say, “oh, that’s…”
Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it all? I have a full time job, I sell AVON, I have a husband, and a house to take care of. I’ve learned to write in small snatches of time. Lunch and breaks, weekends, picnics at the lake. When the story is impatient, you write where and when you can.
I have found that if the story is supposed to be written, it will be written no matter what the obstacles or time limitations. Now share something about your day-to-day life that might help readers feel as though they know you a little better. I’m just me. I get up at 430AM and go to a job I’ve had for 25 years. I come home, I cook, I clean, I read, I write. Isn’t that every writers life?
Do you have a favorite scripture? If so, why is it your favorite? Proverbs 13:12: Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. My husband wasn’t saved when we married. I prayed for 13 years before he accepted the Lord. I can tell you about every emotion described in this verse. I’ve applied it to my writing as well.
What is the coolest, wackiest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done? Coolest: Snorkling, Wackiest: attending Star Trek conventions in full uniform, Risk-taking: Either para sailing, or riding the mules down the Grand Canyon.
You have definitely lived a full life! Is there anything else you’d like to tell us? Maybe a writing tip or advice for aspiring authors?
My tip for aspiring authors…Don’t walk this road alone. Find a group to join, find a good critique partner, surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed.
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