Sunday, April 14, 2013

Women's Fiction Author Sharon Srock

Welcome back, Sharon! It's exciting to learn of the release of another book in the Women of Valley View series. Is there a story behind Terri? 

Not specifically. As I started to write the first book, the secondary characters began to take on a life and personality of their own. The voices in my head began to clamor for stories of their own and I started looking for ways to weave a teaser for the next story into the one I was writing. Terri is looking for a husband, Steve’s single. Just seemed like a good fit.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?

A Star Trek novel.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?

I think it has to be Iris. I don’t intend to give her a story, but we are getting to watch her grow as the series progresses. It’s a lot of fun.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?

I think we’re going to see him in the fourth story. I’m writing him now and I haven’t even given him a name yet, but he’s pretty annoying.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?

Absolutely. I never really knew what it was until I started this fourth book. I’ve learned so much about the craft of writing in the last three years, I was a little paralyzed by that blank page. A good friend told me to ignore that little internal editor and just write. Once I took that advice, the story flowed pretty easily.

Have you ever written fan fiction?

When I first decided to write, 25 years ago, I wrote a lot of Star Trek poems and short stories that saw publication in various fanzines.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?

Mystery. I just don’t have the thought process to make that sort of plot come to life in a realistic way.

What are your five favorite words?

There are always possibilities. I know that’s only 4 words, but they say so much!

What character that you’ve created most resembles you?

Callie, from the first book. She outgrew me pretty quickly, but we were a lot alike when I started writing the series.

Does music help you write?

Actually, music distracts me. I can write while people talk, or the TV plays, but music…I find myself wanting to stop and listen.

How do people react when they find out you write?

Most of them are surprised at first. I’ve started this so late in life, most people my age are anticipating retirement, not a new career.

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

The Women of Valley View: Pam is currently under consideration at the publisher. As I write this, I’m in week 6 of waiting and pretty much have no fingernails left. I’ll admit I had a little trouble getting started on the fourth story with the fate of story three undecided. But, in my devotion time on morning, God dropped a word of encouragement in my heart. He told me to stay on the path He put me on, so that’s what I’m trying to do. I hope I get good news soon…

Best wishes on the books to come! Thanks for sharing.

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Sharon Srock is giving away a copy of The Women of the Valley: TerriTo 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.


squiresj said...

I really would love to win this and get to review it. I've not read any of your books and would love to. Then I pass books on.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Sharon Srock said...

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book as a gift for my daughter. I won 2 of Callie and now would love to gift her with this one. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Sharon Srock said...

Maxie, thanks for stopping by.

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