Monday, October 18, 2010
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 http://www.sharonadonovan.com/ or write to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
[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] YES OLIVER’S STORY COMING THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS CHARADE OF HEARTS
[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…)
[Sharon] HAWAII BUT THAT’S OLIVER’S STORY
[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).
[Sharon] FRIENDS INTERNET AND COFFEE
[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!