What is your genre?
I write dark romantic comedies – especially in the paranormal genre. Why did you choose it? I think it chose me!
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
I have several projects in the fire right now—short stories, novels, another rom-com, even a script – It’s always exciting around my house.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
I do, but I try not to rely on them for everything. I feel it’s really important as an author to know what’s good, what’s not, and I try to bring my best work forward.
Can you remember your first reading book? It must have been a Dick and Jane book, or Manners Can be Fun by Monroe – My grandmother used to read that one over and over to me when I’d come for a visit. I also remember Put Me In The Zoo by Dr. Suess – love that guy!
Do you nibble on snacks while writing?
If the words are coming slow—or if I’m caught in a difficult scene, that’s when I snack. If so, what is your chosen treat? I try to stay healthy, so I’ll grab some raisins and raw sunflower & pumpkin seeds… if that doesn’t work I go straight for the chocolate.
Tidy desk or a bombsite?
That’s funny – I try to remain organized. I like to be able to find stuff if I need to, so I really do attempt to keep things tidy…not that they stay that way for long. Describe your writing area to us. Okay, so for the longest time I wrote at the kitchen table, or on the couch. Then a miracle happened! My son decided to go to school in New Mexico, and voila a writing office was born! (Except now he’s coming back home…will I go back to the couch or can a middle-aged woman share a space with a 19 year old? #staytuned!)
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I published a few poems in my university press magazine while I was at school, then I became a closet writer. I’m not sure why that happened, but it did, and if pressed, I think it would have something to do with me not believing in my abilities as an author. During that time pursued everything but writing, did everything except that one thing that fed my soul. When I finally picked it back up again (in more of a public way), I eventually submitted a short story to Chanticleer Reviews & Contests (http://chantireviews.com/) and it won Best Short Fiction of 2014! Stone God’s Wife is in Nightmares: Bedtime Stories for the Wicked (http://goo.gl/IN96Xq), a collection of short stories by award winning author, Mark Souza (http://www.marksouza.com/). My dark romantic comedy, Curse of the Seven 70s (http://goo.gl/VccnCl) is published through Booktrope– a new publishing platform in Seattle. (http://booktrope.com/)
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
Dr. Seuss, Jim Butcher, and Virginia Woolf.
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
It depends. If you’re fine tuning it—getting it ready to send out to a publisher, I would encourage anyone to send it out to a person who knows way more than you do about grammar, story, and plot. If you are just trying to figure out if the story is viable, I would send it out to a few people who know nothing about the writing craft and have them tell you which page they set the manuscript down. That might tell you something.
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
That’s a funny question—and a darn good one. Well, I think I’d have to pick Matt Bomer for Varo and Phoebe Tonkin for Cassandra.
I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
Okay, this is crazy, but the other day when I was on my way to the supermarket, I noticed I was running low on gas, so I pulled in line at the pumps and turned off the engine to wait my turn. Like everywhere else in the world, Skagit Valley is filled with everyday folks just trying to make a living. People are busy juggling careers, jobs, kids, spouses, and I know things get hectic. So I’m waiting in line and decide to clean out my car, you know dump the kids’ happy meals, empty the glovebox, anything to keep busy when the guy ahead of me started up a conversation. Ends up, he does a gig at the casino as Elvis. I didn’t really believe him, I mean, I guess he was handsome and everything, but Elvis, really? I asked him if he got paid well as an Elvis impersonator, he told me with a wink that he was the real deal. Ok, whatever. Just then, the woman waiting in line behind me honked her horn and yelled out her window, “What’re you waiting for?”
When I turned around, Elvis and his car were gone.
“Curse of the Seven 70’s” by Sharon E. Anderson
Sometimes love proves sweeter than revenge… even for a 15th century vampire.
Heartbroken, hungry, and a little bit drunk, Cassandra soon realizes that just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, sometimes they can get very strange…like finding a skeleton in the basement of her newly inherited cottage. But when that skeleton suddenly becomes a hot, romantic, and business savvy vampire named Varo…well, things start looking up. That is…until his infamous older brother shows up, and their centuries old sibling rivalry threatens her chance at true love.
Can their love survive her conniving ex-fiancé, his vengeful brother, and the Curse of the Seven 70s?
Available on Amazon: http://goo.gl/caKB0i
About Sharon e. Anderson
Sharon grew up in a haunted house in the sleepy wilds of Ballard in Washington, where front lawns seemed grander, roads wider, dad’s hands larger, and everyone was a friend… or at least a potential audience member. Sharon spent her time daydreaming and finding stories in the clouds to share with the neighborhood kids. As for the ghost… a less creative person might chalk it up to older house issues and an off-the-charts imagination…