Katrina: First off, thank you so much for joining us here this week. Why don’t you start by telling us a little bit about yourself. Married? Children?
Sharon: Married for 29 years to the man who makes it possible for me to write. He encourages, consoles, and loves me so I can keep coming back to the hard work of writing. I have four amazing children from ages 15-25.
Katrina: How has your relationship with the Lord affected your writing?
Sharon: I write because He is so awesome and multi-faceted, that I keep trying to find ways to express the things I discover about Him. My writing journey has also become the place that He does a lot of work to shape my character, deepen my faith, and stretch me.
Katrina: Does your family read any of your work?
Sharon: My husband in my first reader. My children have read many of my books. They help me brainstorm, too
Katrina: At what age did you realize you wanted to be an author? Did you do any writing as a child?
Sharon:I recently found notes in my journal from 8th grade where I dreamed of writing a novel one day I was an avid reader so authors were my heroes. I loved disappearing into the world of books. My first story I remember was written in second grade and was a derivative tale about three pigs.
Katrina: Thank you so much for joining us today. I look forward to learning more about you through out the week on the Christian Author Tour.
Katrina: Thanks for joining us again today as we host Sharon Hinck at this week’s featured author. Thank you for being here with us Sharon. Yesterday we learned a little about your personal life. Today I’d like to ask you more about the business of writing and how you handle it. Are any of your characters modeled after you or your emotions?
Sharon: EVERY character contains aspects of me —but exaggerated in various ways. Even cranky or meddlesome or bossy characters express bits of me I wish I could express in real life. And I certainly identify with Penny and her battle to cope with her life holds different struggles than most people.
Katrina: During your writing, are there ever characters that emerge uninvited?
Sharon: In a scene in Stepping Into Sunlight, a police car drove up with sirens blaring…and I never saw it coming until it arrived. The police officer inserted himself into the scene. Characters do that sometimes.
Katrina: Will any of your characters ever have their own BLOG/website as some characters have been known to do?
Sharon: I do have a special BLOG set up for Penny’s Project, so readers of Stepping Into Sunlight can participate with the character in doing small kindnesses for others. 🙂
Katrina: That’s an awesome idea. I’m sure many of your readers will take advantage of Penny’s Project. Do your readers ever express how your stories have affected their lives?
Sharon: I get wonderful reader mail that makes me and laugh and cry, and then get back to work at writing–because it shows me that it has value to the readers. C.S. Lewis said, “We read to know we’re not alone,” and I love when a reader says “Your book gives me hope that someone understands!”
Katrina: That’s so true. That’s a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? So, what’s next for you? Are you involved in any upcoming events we can look forward to?
Sharon: I’m headed out on a West Coast Book tour with seven other authors. You can learn about it at http://www.fantasyfictiontour.com
Katrina: I’ll be sure to check that out as I’m sure will our readers. What advice would you give aspiring authors reading your work?
Sharon: I have a page of advice and helpful encouragement on my website. http://www.sharonhinck.com/for-writers
Katrina: Oh, trust me…I’ve already stopped by several times. There is so much great advice there. Thanks. Where can we find your latest releases?
Sharon: All major bookstores and my website. You can order a personalized and autographed book by visiting my website and clicking on the “Signed by the Author” box in the bottom right hand column. www.sharonhinck.com
Katrina: Again I thank you for visiting with us this week, Sharon. It’s been great getting to know you and I look forward to seeing more great work from you. Have fun on the tour, stay safe, and please keep in touch. As for you readers…make sure you stop by Sharon’s website and let her know you saw her here. She’d love to hear from you.