Please introduce yourself.
My name is Sharon K. Connell, author of A Very Present Help, Paths of Righteousness, There Abideth Hope, and soon to be published His Perfect Love.
- When did you start writing?
The first time I sat down to begin writing a story was about seven years ago, sometime in 2008.
- What motivates you to write?
The first thing that motivated me to write was my friend, Alan J. O’Reilly, author of Sound of Battle and Desired Haven. We had known each other for years and every time I would recount something I had gone through, he would tell me, “You need to write that in a book.” When I went through Hurricane Ivan, while living in Pensacola, Florida, I told him about the experience. Again, he told me that I should be writing and use those experiences in a story. This time, I took him up on the idea. However, I did not write about the Hurricane. I started to, but for some reason a romantic setting and situation came to mind instead. I began writing down my thoughts and suddenly, I had a story.
Today, the motivation comes about the same way. An idea pops into my mind and I start forming ideas about it. Usually, strange as it may seem, the hook comes to mind first (for anyone reading this and not being familiar with that word in writing, it is the first part of the story that you write to grab the reader, to make him or her want to read on and find out what happens next). That did not happen on my first published book (which is actually the second story I wrote) but it has happened with each of the others.
- What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
My genre is actually a combination of three, Christian Romance Drama. I am a Christian Romance writer but my stories include a lot of Drama and this last one (yet to be published) has some Mystery mixed in. I chose the Christian Romance because I am a Christian who loves to read a good love story… a good, clean love story. I also like drama, a good laugh (my stories always have some fun parts to them) and mystery.
- What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
Currently, my goal is to get my fourth novel finished, then to get it published, and then tackle the re-editing of my first three novels, to publish a 2nd edition on each. (The first three novels were written before I knew a lot about writing and editing—not that I know a whole lot about it now. The stories are good but the writing itself needs some cleaning up.) My long-term goal is to write as long as God gives me the talent and energy to do so, and to be the best writer I can be for His Honor and Glory. My long-term dreams are for my books to be on a best-seller list, and I intend to work hard for that.
- Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
So far, I have been fortunate enough not to have this problem. Once I start a story, it simply flows out of me. Sometimes I might get stuck with “how am I going to justify that happening,” but even then, I do not get stuck long. I have heard other writers talk about this, and most agree that walking away from it is the best thing to do for a while. When they get back to it, usually they have some fresh ideas. I think that this is what I would do. It worked well when I was employed in the clerical/medical field. It should work for writing as well.
- What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
I think the best advice for me to give to a “new, hopeful author” would be to “Do it!” I have heard this more than once, having been given that advice by Alan so long ago. Even if you do not think you can, but you have had the desire to or thought about writing something, go ahead and give it a try. You will find out quick enough if it is what you should be doing, I believe. Do not let others discourage you. When I first started, Alan was my only encouragement. Once I had written several chapters to a story and had a couple of people at my church read what I wrote, I got further encouragement. Now I get encouragement from all kinds of places. DO IT!
- Please, tell us about your work.
As I mentioned in my introduction, I have written three novels.
A Very Present Help is filled with romance and danger, suspense, and betrayal. A young teacher’s childhood sweetheart, a Marine serving in Afghanistan, breaks off their long engagement because he has fallen in love with a female Marine whom he was instrumental in rescuing from insurgents. The teacher’s faith is tested almost to the limit when a man whom she has just recently met begins stalking her. Added to these problems, the teacher cannot get her mind off another Marine she only met once shortly after becoming engaged, someone she thinks she will never see again. Events weave a tapestry with the lives of all these people.
Paths of Righteousness is the first story I wrote but was put on the back burner until I published A Very Present Help. This story is about a beautiful young woman working as an Office Manager in a Family Practice Clinic and a strikingly handsome but somewhat arrogant doctor who comes to work there. The antagonist in this story is a former co-worker of the heroine from another office who has vowed revenge on her because she rejected his advances. Lots of misunderstandings and assumptions cause problems galore. It may even remind you a bit of the feelings you get reading Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen…”will they or won’t they ever get together???” Oh yes, there is also another man in the heroine’s life who adds more complication and causes a lot of confusion to our girl until she has a crisis.
There Abideth Hope is about a former Navy nurse who decides to stay in Pensacola, Florida, when her enlistment ends, getting a job at the local hospital. While in college, before initially enlisting, she had been an eyewitness to the murder of one of her professors. The murderer winds up in Pensacola and the problems start when he recognizes her. An attempted murder at the hospital where she is employed takes place on her floor. A storm is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico while the nurse and the man she is falling in love with get involved trying to help some teen victims of the man who got away with murder in her past. Human trafficking, rave parties, drugs, and total disregard for life itself cause havoc in their lives. Their faith is tested to the breaking point.
My newest story, His Perfect Love is about one of the characters who has shown up as a “bad girl” in previous stories. She is tired of her past life. But does she really want to change? God begins working in her life by throwing obstacles in her path. One of the men from her past, a very nasty type, has sent someone to get rid of her because of the information she may have about his illegal business affairs. Whom does she trust? She is not sure she can trust any of her three current love interests, her new fiancé, the wealthy businessman she is secretly dating, or the electronics engineer who comes to her office to work on their system and flirts unashamedly with her. One of them is an FBI agent, one is a killer and one is just a normal sweet guy, but who is who? She decides to run. Will she succeed in changing and will she ever have a normal life?
This last book is still in the editing phase, hopefully to be published later this year.
Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!
Thank you for the opportunity of presenting my work and myself.
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And for my book videos:
A Very Present Help by SharonKConnell http://youtu.be/aRGooJjxaHU
Paths of Righteousness by SharonKConnell http://youtu.be/w2JkmYqhFyE
There Abideth Hope by SharonKConnell http://youtu.be/16G7IZaZB9Y