had the opportunity to chat with a very talented author. So,
without further delay, let’s hear from
always know you would be a writer one day? It seems you have
been writing since you were just a little girl.
I’ve always written stories, but at one point I planned to be an
astronaut or an adventurer ala Indiana Jones or Romancing the Stone.
In fact I had a plan to die by age 40 while swinging from a vine. I
am now in favor of living long past age 40 and avoiding all swinging
vines. I majored in film studies in college, so I did consider a job
as a director or cinematographer for a few years.
Are you able to
write full-time of do you have a pesky day job, also?
don’t have a day job that pays money, but I do have a wild
9-year-old son who keeps me quite busy with calls from school,
meetings with the principal, etc. I do some writing while he’s at
school, but most of it gets done between the hours of
and 2 am when the house, phone, and puppy are nice and quiet.
Tell us a little
about what makes Shara…well, Shara.
I wish I knew. No, seriously…Shara writes super sexy and fun
stories. They can range from angsty to funny, relatively tame sex to
downright erotic. I write what’s fun for me to write and read
whatever that may be. As far as Shara the person, she’s addicted to
books, likes to grow herbs and peppers, and is definitely a dog
Where do your story
ideas come from? Do they start with a scene, a character, or a
varies, but I think most often I have a mental video clip of a
character in a situation that pulls me into a story. That may start
me writing, but most often it doesn’t stay the actual beginning of
the novel. That first chapter tends to get rearranged and rewritten
more than any other part of the book. With BLAME IT ON THE MOON the
video was of a waitress reading the mind of a man in her restaurant.
From that idea I asked myself, what would make his mind different
from the rest? And I came up with the werewolf angle, and the whole
story developed from there.
Do you do a lot of
research for your writing? What was the most interesting thing you
have researched lately?
I had a lot of fun reading the poison book and researching various
methods of death. A couple of years ago I attended our local
Citizens’ Police Academy to get insight into the job of being a cop.
That was so much fun! Shooting guns, riding in a car chase, trying
to figure out where the snipers were hiding. I highly recommend
this. But usually I don’t spend a whole lot of time on research. I
hit the internet when I hit a need-to-know point. My goal is to tell
a good story, so I research enough to do that.
Tell us some of
your favorites…foods, movies, music, authors, books, colors, and any
others you want to share?
Foods—Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby or Crème Brulee top the list. I
also love this fry bread sandwich they have at The Cheesecake
Factory. I’m very into organic and whole foods right now, a complete
180 from Chubby Hubby, I know. And I love to grow herbs and chili
peppers and turn them into salsa fresca. Movies—all of the Indiana
Jones, Serenity (based on the Firefly series),
Romancing the Stone. Since I majored in film studies in college,
this list could get really long. Fave color—red. Current TV
obsessions—Doctor Who and Torchwood.
You write in a
couple of different genres, do you have a favorite? Is there a
genre you would like to try?
like contemporary with paranormal elements the most. This is what I
like to read as well. Whether the element be witchcraft, werewolves,
or telekinesis, I like the idea of bending the normal world just a
little bit off kilter. Maybe this goes back to imagining myself with
super powers. What would it be like to live my normal life with the
ability to fly or read minds?
How do you promote
have a web site (www.sharalanel.com)
and MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/sharasezone) of course. I
run giveaways on the News page of my web site. I write a monthly
newsletter and I participate in blogs through my publishers.
Sometimes I’ll write articles for my RWA-chapter newsletter or
participate in interviews and guest blogging.
Do you enjoy
hearing from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
love to hear from readers! You can email me at
and post comments through MySpace and
when I’m blogging.
What was the most
helpful piece of advice you received when you were starting out? Do
you have any advice for aspiring writers?
this wasn’t so much advice given as modeled. Help other writers up.
When I first started attending local writing events and found my RWA
chapter, the Virginia Romance Writers, I learned that the best way
to help your career is to help others, whether through giving
workshops, writing articles, offering critiques, volunteering in the
chapter, or simply taking the time to give someone new advice. My
advice to aspiring writers: join the Romance Writers of America and
your local chapter, read as many books on craft as possible, and
don’t kill your critique partner or contest judge. They may seem
harsh, but it’ll help you grow as a writer if you hear what they say
with an open heart.
What is your guilty
Besides Chubby Hubby? Buying books, whether they be at library
sales, a nearby book fair, or a stash at a yard sale. Then there are
local bookstores and the internet, when I need that immediate fix.
Even rearranging the books in my house is relaxing. I’m sick, I
So, let’s talk
about those wonderful domestic chores that we are all forced to do.
I think I read something about death, fire, and avoidance. I know
exactly how you feel.
know more ways to cause kitchen fires than your average individual
and my dog always likes what I cook, though my hubby and son suffer.
About mid-summer my garden fries from lack of care. Only the strong
survive—my perennial herbs. Avoidance—absolutely. I’m a master
Do you have a
writing schedule that you follow?
tend to write in spurts, so I may go a couple of weeks without
writing a word, but usually I’ll be journaling and mulling over
ideas. Then suddenly I’ll write every chance I get—usually late at
Is your family your
biggest supporters and do they read your work?
one side of the family is my biggest support. The other side…well,
we won’t talk about that. My mom buys every one of my books and has
read most of them, unless I tell her not to. THE MEN ON MARS is one
book I told her not to read. My hubby reads most of my stuff and
seems to enjoy sitting behind the table at signings (while I run for
a bathroom break). My son—well, he can’t read most of my work, but I
find excerpts that he can read, and he enjoys telling everyone that
Is there anything
else you would like to share with us? Any current or upcoming
of my recent releases is FINDING MR. RIGHT IS MURDER, available at
I wanted this book to be light and funny as well as sexy. It’s a
cozy mystery as well. The other release is BLAME IT ON THE MOON,
is my first werewolf book. The fact that Kitty can read Haden’s mind
makes it super hot as well. I’m working on a sequel to THE MEN ON
MARS and to BLAME IT ON THE MOON, but they haven’t been submitted
you for having me!