Friday, October 26, 2012

Say Hello to Author Sharon Srock


Sharon Srock 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.

First of all, congratulations on The Women of Valley View series! Is there a story behind Callie?
Not in the in the writing of this story, but in what got me back to writing. I tried to write for publication 25 years ago and never really succeeded. I had a few poems and short stories published in StarTrek fanzines, but the novel I wrote never saw the light of day.  I know now that God had another direction for my writing. Three years ago a new employee stopped by my desk at work to introduce herself. In the course of that conversation, she mentioned that she was a writer. I told her that had been my dream at one time. She looked at me and spoke five words. “You gave up too soon.” It was like my wake up call from God. That night I began Callie’s story.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
I have a full time job and a part time job, a family and a home to take care of. Y life is always distracted. I’ve learned to write in short bursts, lunch time, break time, Thirty minutes before bed, in the car…

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I’d have to say the main character, Callie. When I started writing the story I had no real clue about where I was going. I fashioned Callie after myself in some ways. It didn't take long for her to develop a personality completely opposite from me. I’m introverted, she extroverted. She’s bold and wise, I don’t see those things in myself. I often wonder just what planet she actually came from.

Sounds like you truly enjoyed the character development. Now a little about you: If you were a style of music, what style would you be?

Sappy idealistic love songs from the late 60’s early 70s.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Dress up in a Star Trek uniform and go to conventions.

What fun!! What is your favorite season of the year? 

I have a serious sweater addiction, so I only have three seasons to my year. Summer, Spring, and Sweater. Sweater is my favorite!

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

My husband decided a few years ago that he’d had all the travel he wanted. Since I still had places I wanted to see and things I wanted to do, I began taking my grandchildren, one at a time, on vacation. We've been to Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, Orlando, taken several cruises, and spent a week in Cozumel. Of all of those I love Cozumel best. The beaches, the people, the laid back attitude…I’d retire in Cozumel if I could figure out a way to take my family with me.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (and feel free to share a recipe with us!)

This is not a family favorite, but I have made it and loved it. It’s also mentioned in the book.

Snickers Cheesecake
Crust:
24 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Filling:
3 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar 
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice 
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 regular-size Snickers bars, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/4 cup caramel sauce, optional
1/4 cup chopped roasted and salted peanuts, option

Preparation

1. Make crust: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mist a 9-inch spring-form pan with cooking spray. Wrap bottom and sides with 2 large foil pieces. Pulse cookies in a food processor until crushed. Pulse in butter. Press into an even layer in pan. Bake until firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.

2. Make filling: Place a roasting pan filled with 1 inch hot water on oven's center rack. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar; beat for 1 minute. Beat in eggs. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Beat in vanilla, lemon juice and cornstarch.

3. Sprinkle Snickers over crust. Pour batter into pan; place in water bath. Bake until cake is set around edges but still jiggles in center, about 55 minutes.

4. Remove cake from roasting pan; remove foil. Place cake on a rack to cool. Cover and chill until firm, 4 hours or up to 1 day. When ready to serve, drizzle top with caramel sauce and top with chopped peanuts, if desired.

Could you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. 

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.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

The next book in the series is The Women of Valley View: Terri.
It has more of a romantic thread than Callie’s story. Here’s a single sentence to get hook your attention.

A daycare owner hungers for her own child, but can’t imagine the novelist she secretly loves starting over from scratch.

I don’t have a release date yet, but I look for it to be available by summer 2013.


Want to Meet The Women of Valley View? Sharon has a free pdf file she can send you if you contact her. It's a collection of stories that introduce you to each of the women in the series. 

Women of Valley View blog

Sharon on Facebook

Sharon on Twitter

Goodreads

Thanks for stopping by The Loft!

Sharon Srock is giving away a copy of The Women of Valley View: CallieTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.

Read wherever you wander.
The Wandering Writer,

14 comments:

Raquel Byrnes said...

Snickers cheesecake! Yum. Love Callie's story and so glad you listened and went back to writing. :)

Anonymous said...

I love what I have seen of this series. I would love to win this book. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

cjajsmommy said...

I would love to be able to take each of my grandchildren (or maybe two at a time would work out better) on a vacation to Florida. I doubt that this will ever be reality, but it is fun to dream! Please enter me to win a copy of your book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

karenk said...

thanks for sharing this delicious recipe...and special thanks for the giveaway, too

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

ann said...

Yum thanks for the recipe. I love cheesecake.
this sounds like a great read for me too.

HomePlace Gatherings said...

I love the way you got taken back to writing. We never know what God will use in our lives to bring us to His will.

Doreen
priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

Thank you for the interesting interview. I would love to read Callie. That is actually my great granddaughter's name except that hers is spelled Cali

Blessings,
Jo
azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

tickmenot said...

What a long time you prayed for your husband! It sounds really hard.

ischu9@aol.com

Sharon said...

All of your comments are so sweet. I hope you enjoy Callie's story when you get the chance to read it. Thanks for stopping by today.

Teela said...

Hum...which to try first, Callie's story or the snickerdoodle cheesecake? HARD CHOICE. Would love to win this book. teelayoung@hotmail.com http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com

Sharon said...

Teela, you could eat cheese cake while you read...

Marianne said...

Hi...i'm from Canada, but Callie told me to come and so i'm here to say hi

mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

Sharon said...

Marianne, your middle name is Determined!

Anonymous said...

Love Snickers! Love Cheesecake! I would love to win this book too!
Thanks!
Janet Estridge
von1janet@gmail.com

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