Monday, October 18, 2010

Sharon Donovan Interview & Book Giveaway!

I’m thrilled to have Sharon back with us! As many of you know she has been battling some medical problems the past couple of months, so it is indeed a joy that she felt well enough to answer my questions. Let’s begin with her bio:

Sharon Donovan lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her family. Prior to the loss of her vision, she was a legal secretary for the Court of Common Pleas where she prepared cases for judges in Domestic Relations. Painting was her passion. When she could no longer paint, she began attending creative writing classes and memoir workshops. After a long and winding road, a new dream arose. Today, instead of painting her pictures on canvas, Sharon paints her pictures with words.

Sharon writes stories of inspiration and suspense. She has certificates in business and medical transcription. Echo of a Raven, a narrative non-fiction about her struggles with diabetic retinopathy, received a CTRR award for outstanding writing, and The Claddagh Ring is a 2009 CAPA nominee for best inspirational of the year. Other books by Sharon Donovan are Mask of the Betrayer, Touched by an Angel and Lasting Love. Her Biggest Fan and Charade of Hearts are coming soon from The Wild Rose Press. You can visit Sharon at or write to her at:

[Anne] Sharon, you have a new book out, please tell us about it.

[Sharon] Her biggest Fan is a mystery suspense. Someone is stalking New York Times best-selling author Tess Kincaid. She receives a letter with the words scribbled in red. “I’m your biggest fan.” And when she returns to live in her seaside manor after her father’s suicide, she feels someone watching her from the bell tower. One night when the clock strikes midnight, Tess spots a flaming ball of fire rolling through a forest of grandfather redwoods and cedars, straight for her home. But when the fire department arrives, and there is no wildfire spreading through the hills, Tess questions her sanity.

[Anne] I’ve been hearing some wonderful things about your book, what inspired you to write this story?

[Sharon] My mother. She lived in a small coal mining town called shamrock where a ball of fire appeared on a hill every night at midnight. While the mystery was never solved, the legend lived on…a writer’s dream.

[Anne] Sounds very spooky! How did you go about researching your book?

[Sharon] Research is everything, and I did my share for this book, including taking psychology classes to get inside the mind of a killer. I also questioned a homicide detective who described a crime scene investigation, types of guns used by the force and how to obtain a confession from a killer. I just kept pushing doors until they opened.

[Anne] Yes, research is very important, and it sounds like went far and beyond to gather yours. Do you have anything new in the works?


[Anne] Awesome! I know he’s been very excited about it. If you could be anyone of your characters, which one would you chose to be and why?

[Sharon] Tess as she has many of my personal traits as drinking hazelnut coffee and being a cat lover.

[Anne] Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go? (Okay so maybe this isn’t very likely to happen but since I’m asking the questions…)


[Anne] What type of books do you like to read when you’re not writing?


[Anne] Well of course! Okay, name three things you can’t live without (excluding spouses and family because that’s a given).


[Anne] What advice would you give to any aspiring writers out there?

[Sharon] Never give up on a dream.

[Anne] Where can we find you on the web?


[Anne] And where can we purchase your wonderful books?

[Sharon] The wild rose press.

[Anne] Is there anything else you’d like to add?

[Sharon] I will give a download of HBF to one commenter.

[Anne] How generous! Thank, you Sharon! It is so good to have you back, Sharon. You really gave us all quite a scare. I’m glad you’re doing better and I wish you much success with Her Biggest Fan. Okay folks, start commenting.  Sharon will draw a name later this week.  Good luck, everyone!


Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi Sharon and Anne,
Congrats on Her Biggest Fan. I know it is going to be a bestseller. And we are so glad you felt well enough to be interviewed. Hugs and prayers for your continued improvement.

lastnerve said...

Hey guys! Don't put me in for the book as I already have a copy but I just had to stop by to say that I have been reading the story and love it so far! I can't wait to hear Oliver's story! So glad that you are back and that you're healing so well!


Anne Patrick said...

Hi Rebecca & Val, thank you so much for coming by in support of Sharon.


barbjan10 said...

Sharon is a new author to me as well as her writings. Her book sounds eerie, scary and mysterious. I'm glad Sharon's health has improved. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win this suspenseful book. I hope I do! Stay well, Sharon.

Sharing Christ's Love,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Sharon,
Her Biggest Fan sounds wonderful. I love mysteries, so enter me in the contest. It's pallotta at gailpallotta dot com.
When my grandmother lived in the mountains in a cabin, every night someone shut a window on her hand, not hurting it as though the window fell, but just closing it. I'm fascinated by the ball of fire story. Did anyone ever figure out what it was in Virgina?

Linda said...

Sharon is a 'new' author for me (got you on my TBR list), but I applaud her tenacity to work through her medical issues. Pray you continue to stay abreast.
Your book sounds like the kind I favor. Please enter me. Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Miss Mae said...

Sharon, this is great to see you guesting again!

Love the idea of that light on the hill. A good mystery to explore!

I knew you and I were kindred spirits...I'm a coffee/caffeine addict too. :)

Love the cover of your book and the story sounds oh, so tense! So glad you are back with us, girl!

Hugs and smiles,

Coffee Time Romance and More said...

Sharon I am so glad that you are doing better. Great interview! Sending you my love and prayers

Anne Patrick said...

Hi ladies! Thank you for your wonderful comments and well wishes for Sharon. She is indeed a very special lady!

Anonymous said...

Sharon Donovan is a new author to me so I would love to read her new book.


Anne Patrick said...

For some reason, Sharon hasn't been able to post here, so she asked to add these comments for her.

Thank you to Anne for having me as your guest and for the warm wishes.

Rebecca, Val, Barb, Gail, Linda, Millimeter and Karenne
Thank you for visiting and for your comments.

No the mystery was never solved but the light disappeared as eerily as it appered. I believe that it was a coal miner who died and was keeping vigil.

Anne Patrick said...

Sharon, I like your answer to the mysterious light. It reminded me of a childhood memory of my late brother. Me and my cousins we were all city kids and we were visiting my grandmother who lived near an old KATY railroad depo in Kansas. One night we kept hearing this banging noise and my brother had us all convinced it was the ghosts of immigrant workers who were mistreated by the railroad. None of us slept that night. The following morning we were out driving and passed a nearby pig farm and heard the noise again. Turns out it was the doors on the pig feeders. Don’t ya just love big brothers!

Danielle Thorne said...

I love the cover on this book --it sounds absolutely riveting. I'm glad you are feeling better and hope to see many more released in the future. Best of luck!

Laurean Brooks said...

Hi Sharon! So glad I found you here. Anne, thanks for hosting my girlfriend, Sharon.

"Her Biggest Fan" sounds like your most intriguing (and bone-chilling) release yet.

Congratulations! The cover is awesome. But where in the world do you get all your fascinating ideas? Ah-hhh! Alfred Hitchcock.

Put me down for the drawing. I'd love to read this awesome suspense(but not at bedtime. LOL).

Hugs and prayers,

Diane Craver said...

Wonderful interview, Sharon and Anne. I'm so happy that you are feeling better, Sharon! Hope Her Biggest Fan does great in sales - it sounds like a great suspenseful book.

Anne Patrick said...

Hi Dani, Laurie & Diane!
Thank you for coming by in support of Sharon. She's having trouble posting here, but I know she appreciates each of your comments.


Anne Patrick said...

From Sharon....

Carol, Danielle and Laurie, thank you so much for your warm comments. Glad you like the cover. Nicola Martinez designed it. Anne, wow some story about your brother. A case of believe it or not...


Sharon Donovan said...

Diane, thank you so much. I hope HBF does well too as it was such a thrill to get published.

Sharon Donovan said...

Anne, I cannot tell you how much being back in the swing of things means to me. Ladies, your prayers and love overwhelms me. I love you all so much.

skkorman said...

I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Sharon Donovan said...

Skkorman, you are in. Thank you and good luck.

Anne Patrick said...

Well it's great to have you back, Sharon! We all love you too!!!

Anne Patrick said...

Posted for Sharon....


CONGRATULATIONS and a big thank you to ANNE

Anne're very welcome, Sharon. I'm thrilled you were able to join us. And congratulations Laurie!