Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sharon Srock Returns With Another of the Women of Valley View

Welcome back, Sharon! Tell us more about this new book in your sequel. Is there a story behind THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW:PAM?

I’m divorced and remarried. It’s been a long road but my ex-husband and I have finally attained some peace and comfort with each other. We celebrate Christmas as one large family and we worship at the same church. People have commented to me that that’s great but unusual. It made me thing about how horrible it could be in some instances.

Did you have a specific theme in mind as you wrote THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW:PAM ? Did a theme pop out as you finished the book? Did the theme change?

No the theme was always intended to one of forgiveness.

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

A Star Trek novel. It’s hiding in a closet somewhere.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?

I think that needs a dual answer. In THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: SAMANTHA, book four of the series and currently under review at my publisher, I needed a thug and an angel. The interaction between Chick and Gem offered some much needed comic relief in some otherwise dark scenes.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?

I think it would have to be the one in PAM’s story. As I said, people tell me all the time what an unusual arrangement it is.

How much research do you have to do for the genre in which you write? 

As little as possible, that’s why I write contemporary. I did consult with a professional counselor for PAM’s story. I wanted her reactions to be realistic.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad? Any special reason for choosing to write this way?

I do a complete draft by computer first, then print a hard copy for editing and fleshing out purposes. For me, the hard copy is easier to work with at that stage. I can mark it up and flip pages faster than I can go back and forth on the computer.

What are your five favorite words?

Just four. There are always possibilities.

How do people react when they find out you write?

They always want to know when I’m retiring from my day job. If only that were a possibility.

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

I’m working on book 5 of the Valley View series. THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: KATE. You’ll meet Kate in Pam’s story and I never intended to give her a story of her own, but the idea of a woman widowed twice without ever celebrating her 2nd wedding anniversary was too good to pass up. The one line for KATE’s story is: A two time widow falls hard for her new business partner, both unaware that he killed her first husband.

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Linda Kish said...

You can move past the abuse but I don't know about forgiving the person. I do know you never forget it. I would like to read the book and see how she handles the situation.

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cjajsmommy said...

Linda Kish, that is an interesting comment you made. I think there are two kinds of forgetting. One "forgetting" is directly connected to forgiveness. When we are able to completely forgive (and that can take years, not just one simple quick prayer), our emotions CAN and WILL forget. Similar situations can be mentioned around us, but we don't feel the pain and bitterness that we had felt before. We may feel sad for that other person, but our own pain no longer rules us. However, it is not just a snap of the fingers for most of us. It takes years to come to this place. The other kind of forgetting is the factual forgetting -- and I don't think we are EVER to forget the facts. Rather, we use those facts to warn others about that person or people who are similar to that person. And we use those facts to help others heal from their past. Does all that make sense?
Sorry for the long ramble! Please enter my name to win a copy of this book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail [dot] com

Nadine Keels said...

I personally think the human heart is designed to forgive. I find that carrying the weight of negative feelings around is more tiring than letting them go. Pam's story should be interesting. nadine(dot)keels(at)gmail(dot)com

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