Sharon, in an attempt to introduce the Women of Valley View to potential readers, has put together a free 39 page PDF. She would like to offer it to you, free. If you are interested, here is the direct link: http://bitly.com/SmQmUs
Tell us about The Women of Valley View: Callie – a brief blurb.
Callie’s spirit is broken after a child she was trying to help is murdered by his abusive father. Little Sawyer would still be alive if she’d minded her own business, wouldn’t he? God refuses to allow Callie’s life to be defined by undeserved guilt and blame so he places her in a situation she can’t walk away from. Iris and Samantha Evans need help and Callie is the tool God wants to use. When she steps out in faith and begins working to reunite these girls with the father who abandoned them ten years ago, Callie discovers that God is rescuing her right along with the Evans family.
*How did The Women of Valley View: Callie get started?
I’ve been a reader all my life, but writing was never my dream. I remember cringing in English classes when a single page paper was due. One night I went to bed a reader and woke up determined to write a book. I was very involved in Star Trek fandom, had some short stories and poetry published in a fanzine here and there. My first full length project was a Star Trek story. Now, I’m Pentecostal, so you’ll have to work with me here…One night, about 25 years ago, we were in a revival. The evangelist, who didn’t know me from Eve spoke a word of prophecy over me. In Para phrase… “I’ve put a pen in your hand and a light by your side. Use it for me.” Well at that point in my life the only Christian writing I knew about were lessons or theological works of non fiction. That didn’t seem like me, so I stopped writing altogether. Three and a half years ago, a new employee stopped by my desk to introduce herself. In the course of the conversation, she mentioned that she was a writer. I told her that that was my dream at one time. She gave me the oddest look and spoke five words that have changed my life. “You gave up too soon.” That night I started writing Callie’s story.
*Tell us about your research process.
I didn’t do a lot of research. I didn’t even know what google was when I started. I did have to verify some things as far as Sam and Iris’s situations was concerned. I talked to a lawyer and a police officer.
*What impact did your research have on you personally?
None as far as the story went. It went a long way to pulling me out of my shell. It’s a stretch for me to approach a stranger for info and identify myself as a writer.
*How do you see yourself in your character’s story, if at all?
So far I’ve written 3 of the 6 stories. I see a bit of myself in all the women. Callie probably most of all. She’s struggling with what God wants her to do and when I started the story, so was I.
*While you were writing the book, do you think it mattered where the book was set?
I think the story could have happened anywhere. I chose a small fictional town in Oklahoma because that’s what I’m familiar with.
*Will we know what happens to your character after the end of the book?
Callie, yes. I hope to prick some interest in the others as we go.
*Where do you like to write?
Pretty much everywhere. . At my desk at work during break and lunch times. At my desk at home, in the car. Picnics. The only time I refuse to write is during a planned vacation. Some things are sacred.
*How do you handle distractions?
I’m used to stopping and starting. I rarely have a problem bookmarking my place to fix dinner or something. My husband knows that if I’m writing and he needs something and I say “just a minute” I’m on a streak and he needs to go help himself.
*If someone else were sitting at your desk right now, what would they see?
Avon literature. My order went in last night. A small aquarium. The TV is behind me.
*When you’re working on a project, how do you keep the immensity of it from getting you down?
That’s hard. I have a wonderful friend. I call her my chief cheerleader. She’s pretty much always close to her computer, like me. When I need some encouragement or a shoulder. I email her.
*How do you choose between ideas you’d like to write about?
They pick me. I wake up with the beginning and the end of the story in my head. The three in the series that I consider complete have stayed pretty true to those beginnings and endings. Not the beginning scene, but where my MC is in her life.
Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s writing credits include numerous poems and short stories published in science fiction fanzines.
Items that will be included in the gift package are:
A copy of Callie's story
A certificate for Terri's story when it releases in April
A 6 piece Cherry blossom bath set
A cosmetic bag
A Bath Wrap
A Cozy pink eye mask
A Pair of aloe infused booties
A Hair Turban
A Tennis Bracelet
A 25.00 Amazon gift card
The rules are easy. For every reader that comments on this blog feature, they get an entry into the drawing. Include some contact info with their comment. A winner will be drawn Monday November 19th. The items add up to well over 100.00 in value.