Actually there is. It was June 2, 2009 and Husband and I were leaving the meeting grounds of our Annual Conference. We were still reeling from the knowledge that our lives would never be the same.
Husband said, “Sharon, you have to write a story about what just happened.”
“But,” I said, “you don’t write a story about an event. It has to be about how that event affected someone.”
“That’s what I said. A story.”
So Husband and I worked on a what-if scenario on how this traumatic event might have changed the lives of a young engaged couple.
Also…although Farewell For A While is part of a series, each book has enough information to stand alone.
What is unique about the setting? How does it enhance the story?
The series I am writing now takes place in SW Ohio a fictional place based on where I live but with liberties such as Charleston Falls, The old Eldeen covered bridge and another state park all lumped together to become Forest Hill Part.
But Farewell For A While has the unique setting of a Tent Meeting such as The Old German Baptists have used for years to move and hold the Annual Meeting across the country.
Can you tell us a bit about your family, and what it is like where you live?
Husband and I are in that in-between stage. We were married November 18, 1960 in Modesto, California. In 1963 Husband had a chance to farm and we moved to Ohio where we raised our five children to adulthood and went through the empty nest syndrome after the last of our children was married.
Our children blessed us with 16 grandchildren. Five of our grandchildren have married and they have blessed us with eleven living great-grandchildren. (Our first-born great-grandchild is waiting in Heaven for us.)
Ninety year old Mother-in-Love has shared our home going on four years now. She has read all my novels.
Do you travel? Has a place where you have traveled ever sparked a story idea?
Husband loves to fly and we have had a lot of unique experiences. The terrain in one part of the Dakotas with striking above-ground stalagmite type structures looked so other worldly that I could imagine staying there awhile to absorb the atmosphere for a science fiction story. But so far I have never written science fiction.
Do you ever write based on your dreams?
I’ve never had a full story and plot come to me in a dream but I have woke from a dead sleep with something happening in the story I am working on at the time. My first thought is “I never knew that!” And so far it has belonged and stayed in the story.
Do you have a favorite spiritual theme?
The time is short and most Christian writers want to be a part of the movement to make the world around us aware that Jesus loves them and that He died for them. Billy Graham is the most famous Evangelist alive in our day. And all of his teams encourage each person—who confesses his or her need of a savior—to find a local church to bond and grow with. A group to be accountable to on the Christian journey.
I believe the most important relationship is the one we can have with our Lord Jesus Christ. In my stories, I learn and relearn this principle right along with my characters.
How much research do you have to do for the genre in which you write?
Way more than I ever thought I would. The sad thing is, as hard as I try to outline before I write a story I can only get so far. Then I hear the voices and I have to capture them immediately. Next my characters do something I would have never expected and suddenly I have to find out what would logically happen to a character who tried such a thing.
Some writes can make a note in the manuscript where they need more research such as—[research subject]—and go on with the writing.
My characters quit talking until I figure out something reasonable. And I have writers block until I do the research.
What is your go-to research when you’re writing? A specific book? A website? An individual?
I inherited my father’s love of the written word and have acquired over 100 books on the writing craft in general and on specific topics that interest me. I have saved every writing magazine I ever owned. And now with the internet available I belong to many online writing groups. Google is my friend!
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The book I am writing now is called Forgiving The Unforgivable, book three in the Forgiving the unforgivable series. It overlaps book two as Forgiving The Unforgivable begins two weeks before the story in Farewell For A While ends.
Also the characters in Farewell For A While dug up some information that throws a kink in the lives of the main characters in Forgiving The Unforgivable.
Look for it mid to late 2015.
We'll look forward to it! Thanks for sharing.
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