Please give a big welcome to SHARON SROCK.
“Sometimes a woman needs another woman to lean on, to draw strength from, to share her secrets with. Someone who knows the dark moments of her past and loves her anyway. Someone to tell her the truth, even when it stings. Someone to pray for her. Someone to remind her that God still loves her. Those are the stories I tell. Ordinary women, extraordinary faith.”
rem: Thank you, Sharon for being on my blog this week. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
SHARON: I was born in California, but I’ve lived all over. It wasn’t until I was 14 that we moved to Tecumseh, OK. I’ve been in that area ever since.
rem: I’ve bounced around a lot, too. Tell us three things about yourself.
SHARON: Purple is my favorite color. I despise reality TV. I like to mow the grass
rem: Ditto to all three! If you could have any super power what would it be?
rem: Now that would come in handy! Coffee or tea? Sweet or un? Flavored or not?
SHARON: Coffee, sweet, chocolate
rem: Chocolate is ALWAYS good! Star Trek or Star Wars?
SHARON: Star Trek!! Are you kidding? I have Star Trek uniforms in my closet.
rem: A true Trekkie! Vacation: beach or mountains?
SHARON: Beach. I was born close to the water and I think it calls to me (smile)
rem: What quality do you most admire in a man or woman?
SHARON: Consistency. I think it’s wonderful when you can look at a person and know that they are the same in or out of your presence. This is a person you can trust.
rem: Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?
SHARON: Other than the Bible, I’d say TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD. I’ve probably read it a dozen times.
rem: Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
SHARON: Spock from Star Trek. He was such a complex character but he had a very human heart.
rem: There’s that Trekkie again! What would you do if you weren’t writing?
SHARON: Reading a whole lot more than I get to since I started writing!
rem: I’m actually reading more since I started writing! Tell us a little about your writing journey.
SHARON: I’ve had an easy journey compared to a lot of stories I’ve heard. I’ve only been writing for publication for six years. God has been good to me since I decided to obey His call in my life.
rem: Funny how He works that out! What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?
SHARON: I still work full time so I write in whatever bits and snatches of time I can carve from my day. Breaks at work, lunch time. An hour in the evening…computer open in my lap on a road trip. It’s all fair game.
rem: I can’t fathom working full time (I’m on Disability) and writing, too! What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?
SHARON: That first blank page of a new story is a killer. I just start writing and then I edit it until it says what I meant for it to say. I can’t go much further until that first page makes sense.
rem: Not so different for me, I write, I edit, I write, I edit…til it’s done. Do you prefer the creating or editing aspect of writing? Why?
SHARON: I think I like the editing. At that point I can finally print it out and have the results of the months of effort in my hands. It’s a tangible reward. The fact that I’m going to mark it up with a red pen doesn’t bother me at all.
rem: I love holding the results of months of effort in my hands! What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
SHARON: Having my work enjoyed by others. There is no greater blessing for me as a writer than to get a note from a reader, or a review, that says “This story touched me. Or “This story made me think.”
rem: Or, as I heard last Sunday, “You’re such a great story teller.” What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?
SHARON: When I was writing for a traditional publisher it was the waiting…endless waiting! Submit a story…wait six months. Submit your edits…wait some more. Send off the finished book and wait nine to ten months for it to release. I’m not a good waiter!!! Since I went indie, things are so much easier. The steps are all still there, but the months have been replace by days!
rem: Another ditto—I do not wait nicely… What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?
SHARON: Things a new writer must do: Find a good critique partner or group. Join a good writing group. WRITE
Things a new writer shouldn’t do: Be impatient (And man am I preaching to the choir!) Think you can edit your own story…you can’t! Listen to the voices of the nay sayers. This is your dream, not theirs. You CAN do this!
rem: I like that, “[don’t] listen to the voices of the nay sayers.” I don’t think I’ve had anyone say that before, but it’s so true. Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?
SHARON: I tend to wake up with story ideas in my head and voices whispering in my ears. I usually know the beginning and the end when I start. I get to fill in the middle.
rem: Ditto, one mo’ ‘gin. Do you have a favorite book or work that you’ve written? If so, why?
SHARON: CALLIE. She was the first, the fulfillment of a dream.
rem: There is something special about that first book baby, isn’t there? Which character in the story is most like/least like you?
SHARON: I’d have to say Callie. I knew so little when I started writing. I’d heard that you write what you know. Callie resembles me a lot in physical, work, and relationships. She is also the least like me. She out grew me very quickly and turned into this wise and patient woman. I invented her and now she is who I want to be when I grow up.
rem: Funny thing, I’ve a character named Callie, too; I’ll read yours if you read mine! Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?
SHARON: I’m starting a new series, Tentatively called SISTERS BY DESIGN. I hope to release the first book before Christmas this year.
rem: Oh! I love that series title! Please don’t change it… What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?
SHARON: That God loves us despite our fears, our past, our scars. ORDINARY WOMEN, EXTRAORDINARY FAITH.
rem: Not terribly different to mine, now I think about it! Thanks for joining us today, Sharon. It’s been a pleasure having on my blog!
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