Author on the Couch: Sharon Wray


biopicToday I’m conducting a session with…Sharon Wray!

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Any Shakespeare lovers here today? Sharon has graciously shared on the blog today some of her photographs from her trip to Verona and Juliet’s courtyard!

 

Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.

Sharon: This may sound clichéd, but having twins has had the most profound effect on my life. For the first thirteen years of my marriage, I was told I’d never get pregnant. I was only nineteen when I got married and by the time I was thirty-two, I’d seen every fertility specialist up and down the east coast who all said the same thing: We can’t help you. So when I ended up pregnant with twins, I was gobsmacked. (That’s the only work I can think of that even begins to explain how I felt!). There’s not a single day since that I haven’t offered prayers of gratitude. Having them has changed the way I look at the world. They’ve made me a better person because I probably wouldn’t have changed on my own. I’m more patient, compassionate, and much calmer. I’m still a Jersey girl at heart, but since the kids arrived, my Jersey (as the kids call it) only comes out in the most dire of circumstances. So if you see me visibly angry or upset, something is seriously wrong!

 

Me: Kids are game changers that’s for certain!shakespeares-wall-in-verona
What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?

Sharon:  I’m stubborn. It’s not necessarily a positive trait, but it means I don’t like being told what to do and I don’t like to give up. It takes a lot for me to abandon my goals and I’ve been known to spend years pursuing them. Writing is a perfect example of this. It took me eleven years to sell my books and there were so many moments along the way where I could’ve given up. There were so many reasons to give up. But I knew what I wanted and I just kept telling myself “One more year. Just give it one more year and we’ll reassess.” 2016 was no different and I pushed myself to keep writing and revising all the while knowing I’d “reassess” in December. Then, in the summer of 2016, I went on submission and sold to Sourcebooks. No one was more surprised than I was.


Me: 
Stubborn is a good trait to have when you are chasing your dreams.  Especially when they pay off. Congratulations! I’m so happy to be publisher sisters with you!
What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?

Sharon:  I’m sure I’m not alone in claiming perfectionism as my most difficult personality trait. Writing first drafts is a nightmare for me and then I’ll revise and revise for months if I have the time. All in the pursuit of perfection. I love the cutting and pasting and wordsmithing, but I hate the drafting because all I want to do is edit when what I need to do is get the story down. And getting the story down is akin to a bloodletting. It’s messy and violent and as far away from perfect as one can get.

Getting the story down is akin to a bloodletting. It’s messy and violent... @sharonbwray #amwriting Click To Tweet

Me: We are so alike in that!

What was your high point as a writer?

Sharon:  I’ve had a number of high points as a writer and my agent calls them my stakes in the sand. Because if they hadn’t occurred when they did, I probably would’ve quit writing. My favorite one is the day I was on a Skype call with my agents Deidre Knight and Kristy Hunter (at the awesome Knight Agency) along with Deb Werksman, the Editorial Director at Sourcebooks. My agents and I had agreed that we’d take the offered contract but there were a few things we needed to work out, hence the phone call. During the call, after all the details were agreed upon, Deidre told Deb we were accepting her offer. Deb, Deidre, and Kristy were so happy that I started to cry. I was thrilled myself, but hearing how excited these three amazing women were to work with me and my stories was the absolute best feeling I’ve ever had as a writer. While I’ve always written, it was the first time I truly felt like an author.

While I’ve always written, it was the first time I truly felt like an author. @sharonbwray #amwriting @abbie_roads Click To Tweet

sharonhorseMe: And what an amazing author you are! I can’t wait to read your books!
What was your low point as a writer—a time when questioned your path?

Sharon:  The worst moment I’ve ever had was when I was with a small critique group at a writers retreat. I didn’t know any of the authors and we were supposed to read our work out loud and critique each other. I was brand new to romance writing and had finaled in a few contests. The other writers ranged from newbie to advanced. When it was my turn, I read my three pages and waited for my critique. I knew it wasn’t perfect but I didn’t expect the vicious reaction from one of the published authors. She ripped apart my writing, my story, and told me I’d not only never be published, no one would ever read my work. The other authors stayed quiet while she destroyed my work. I’m still not sure why this author reacted this way, or why the others sat in silence, but I remember the pain. The public humiliation was so traumatic it changed me for a while. I refused to share my words or critique others for almost two years. While I’ve gotten over the event, I’ve never forgotten it. I honestly think It’s made me a better critique partner and contest judge. I’m hyper-aware of the difference between gently teaching and drawing blood. I always go for the former and avoid the latter.

 

Me: Oh, Sharon. I feel your pain. I’ve had something similar happen. Took a long time to get over it here too. I wish people were more conscious of how their words can wound.

Which of your characters are you most like? Why?

Sharon:  While I’m similar to Juliet Capel, the heroine in my first book When Next We Meet, I’m also like Sara Munro, the heroine in my second book Hope Craves an Execution. (These titles are still tentative. :)) Juliet is a landscape architect with a strong visually creative streak who owns her own business. Writing about a woman struggling to own her own artistic business is something I understand from my own experience as a former couture wedding gown designer. But where Juliet and I differ is that she struggles to rely on others while I’m always asking for help. Sara is the opposite of Juliet. Sara is an archivist dedicated to solving some of histories forgotten mysteries and has a strong geekish/academic drive. Although I share Juliet’s creativity, I’m also a librarian who worked as an historical archivist. Like Sara, I’m a control freak who likes her own way, I can’t let go of an unanswered question, and I don’t like it when people lie to me, especially when the liars are the heroes in my books. Both heroines are drawn from different aspects in my own life yet are truly their own women.

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Me:  You’ve lived a fascinating life! A couture wedding dress designer and a librarian! How cool!
What causes stress in your writing life? Why?

Sharon: Time causes me the most stress. Even though I write with an outline, it takes me a really, really long time to draft a book. I’m secretly a pantser trying to be a plotter. And the irony is I’m a character-driven writer who ends up with ridiculously complicated plots. It takes me forever to draft these books and I fight every word of the draft because I just want to spend all of my time revising. But since I spend so much time drafting, I never have enough time to revise the way I want to. In the end, I end up cursing Time. It’s all Time’s fault! (because it couldn’t possibly be mine. 🙂

I never have enough time to revise the way I want to. In the end, I end up cursing Time. @sharonbwray #amwriting @abbie_roads Click To Tweet

Me: Time is a magic word that I constantly spend (my time) chasing.
If you could have dinner with any famous author who would it be? Why?

bdbSharon:  J.R. Ward. She’s one of the hardest working authors in this industry and I’d love to learn where she gets her amazing self-discipline from. I’d also love to know how she structures her day around her family and writing business-related obligations. I’m in awe of her production schedule, the continuing quality of her writing, and her dedication to her readers. I want to be her when I grow up. Or something close!

 

Me: Me too! You know how much I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Tell me about your upcoming romantic suspense, When Next We Meet

Sharon:

Juliet Capel knows the devastation of true love better than most. Eight years after her marriage died and her Special Forces husband was imprisoned, she owns a landscape architecture firm and has promised herself she’ll never rely on—or love—another person. Except now that her ex-husband has returned, harder and sexier than ever, she must choose between protecting her new life and risking her heart.

Ex-Green Beret Rafe Montfort destroyed his marriage and went AWOL to work for a vicious arms dealer. He’s lived a dark, violent life since leaving Juliet and has accepted his penance of life alone behind bars. Until he’s mysteriously set free and finds himself both hunter and hunted.

Now Rafe must convince Juliet they have days to find a seventeenth-century vial that started the centuries-long feud between their families. A vial she knows nothing about but is their only chance to free Rafe from his deal with the devil and keep her alive.

While they seek a biological weapon last used during the American Revolution, the tragic lovers find forgiveness and joy in the one place they were afraid to look—each others’ arms.

#Author on the Couch @sharonbwray shares an excerpt of her novel that went to auction!Out in 2017 #mustread Click To Tweet

Me: <bouncing up and down in my seat> I can’t wait to read this!
Share with us a favorite paragraph or two from your newest release. Why do you love this paragraph? What makes it special to you?

Sharon:

I love this excerpt because it shows (hopefully) Juliet’s confused emotions regarding Rafe, her ex-husband who abandoned her eight years earlier. He’d sent her a brutal letter explaining why he was leaving her, and this letter haunts them both throughout the book. Before this scene, she’s already been attacked and saved by Rafe. She knows things around her are changing—that they’re far more dangerous than they were the day before—and she’s finally understanding that she needs his help if they both want to survive.

In this scene, she’s just woken from a nightmare about something that happened to the two of them when they were kids (he was 16 and she was 12). Rafe is there because he heard her screaming. 

 

EXCERPT:           

         “Rafe?” The word hurt coming out of her chest. Like knives carving each letter along the way­.

         “I’m here.” He still spoke with that soft droll that used to lull her to sleep.

         She rested her forehead against his uninjured shoulder. Now she knew the source of the heat. His body threw off warmth enough to reset the thermostat.

         Why was she such a coward?

        “That letter you sent me—”

        “Things aren’t what they seem. I can’t tell you everything that happened to me, just please trust that everything I’ve ever done has been for your safety.”

         “I’ll help you and you help me? Then you’ll leave?”

         “Yes. But there’s something else. We have one week.”

         She raised her head to meet his gaze. Before he left, she’d been able to read his eyes. His secrets and dreams. His unspoken desires. Now there only were shadows tinged with sadness and regret. The blazing fire she’d loved had turned to cold, gray ash. And for some reason she didn’t want to examine, it mattered. She blinked a few times, determined to keep herself together and him separate. “Then we start tomorrow—I mean later today.”

         He held her head with one hand while his other arm wrapped around her waist. Her breasts flattened against hard chest muscles. His breath tickled her nose, both warm and forceful. How could she consider being this close to him? Working with him? He brushed a kiss against her cheek. The sensation hit her system like the bottle rockets he used to shoot up to her balcony. Every nerve ending shattered into a million blazing fragments, and she closed her eyes. His lips traced hers and the tingle curled her toes.

         How, after all these years, could she still be so susceptible to him?

         Because he’d once been her husband. The one man in the entire world she’d loved beyond reason.

         She tilted her head and he pulled her closer until the brush became a demand. The demand became an ache in her womb. And the ache became need so great she threw her arms around his neck. Her world tilted under a blaze of heat and desire and bliss. His arms tightened around her while his lips explored hers as if he’d never kissed anyone else ever.

         He broke away suddenly, leaving her a shaky, disoriented mess.

         “Juliet.” The word rolled like a wave break. Forward, then retreating. His chest heaved and he ran his hands over his prison-shorn hair. “I’m sorry.”

         Those words stung more than his rejection. Of course he was sorry.

         Hadn’t he said so in his letter eight years ago?

        “You should leave.” She wrapped her arms around her waist and glanced at her clock. “It’s almost three am and we both need to sleep.”

        Without warning, he swung her up in his arms and laid her on the bed. “I don’t expect anything from you. But I’m asking you to help me fix what I’ve ruined. Then I’ll leave you in peace. Your life can go on as you want it to be, as it was before I came back.”

        Her eyes drifted closed. The nightmare’s adrenaline rush left as swiftly as it came in, leaving her shaky and depleted. She heard the words, but his face blinked in and out of time and space. The bed sagged and she scooted over so he could adjust his body. Then, just before the weight of sleep hit, she reached out to feel his warmth.

        No, she wasn’t happy he’d been released from prison. She wasn’t happy he’d come home. And she wasn’t happy he’d kissed her and she’d kissed him back.

But right now, she didn’t want to be alone. And that was going to be a problem.


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  1. Sharon Wray - Nov 07, 2016 Reply

    Thank you everyone for making my time on Abbie’s couch so incredibly awesome. I’ve used a random number generator to pick two winners and they are:

    Lacy Chaney & Sandra McMahon

    Congratulations! I’ll email you both shortly to congratulate you in person. Thank you all for commenting. I really appreciate it!

    Sharon

  2. India Powers - Nov 07, 2016 Reply

    Fabulous interview, Sharon! I’m so impressed with your background–a couture wedding dress designer and historical archivist. Wow! Congratulations on your sale. I can’t wait to read your books!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 07, 2016 Reply

      Thank you so much for commenting, India! I’m so happy to see you here. 🙂

  3. Amy DeLuca/Amy Patrick - Nov 06, 2016 Reply

    It has been so great to share some of this crazy writing journey with you Sharon, and I am absolutely thrilled about your book deal and upcoming debut release!!! A wonderful interview full of hope and helpful insights. Good job ladies. <3

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 06, 2016 Reply

      Thank you so much, Amy. I am so grateful to the Golden Heart contest for so many reasons, but meeting you is one of them. My daughter and I are heading down to Charleston this week for the YA’LL Fest YA book festival and I wish you were going to be there signing your Hidden Books!

  4. Krista Hall - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

    So excited to get my first peek at Sharon’s debut! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

      Thank you so much, Krista. It seems like it’s still forever away but I know how quickly time passes!

  5. Diana Belchase - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

    Wonderful interview! Sharon is the best writer I know. Watch out JR Ward!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

      You are the sweetest friend in the world! Than you so much, Diana. I’m in very talented company with you next to me. 🙂

  6. Alyson McLayne - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

    Twins…yes, I know what that’s like, Sharon. And the struggle to conceive. But I’m like you—stubborn. 🙂 Never give up!
    The book sounds amazing. And your hero…sigh. So fun to be along this Sourcebooks journey at the same time as you—so many coincidences!! 🙂

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

      I’m so sorry you had to deal with conception issues too, Alyson. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I’m so happy to be with you at Sourcebooks too! It’s going to be tons of work and so much fun! (And I’m so glad you like the hero. He makes me sigh too!)

  7. Tracy Brody - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

    Sorry I’m late to the party since I’m in mountains with our Dragonfly sisters doing that bloody and violent drafting. Wish you were here. Maybe after you get those miracle twins in college. 😉

    Mean people suck, but glad you stuck with writing despite that author trying to steal your joy. Loved that you were crying seeing how excited Deidre and Deb and Kristy were for you and about your book. Good things come in His time, not always ours.

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much, Tracy. I’ve been following the retreat photos on FB and love seeing you all together. Maybe in the Spring or next year. It looks like you’re having so much fun! And you’re right about His time–it’s always perfect. 🙂

  8. Miranda Liasson - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

    Great interview Sharon and Abbie! Sharon, I’m still outraged that those authors let that bully pummel your work and didn’t say a thing! Shame on them :). I completely understand your drive for perfection and the bloodletting for the first draft. You are speaking my language, girl! And being a panster who forces herself to be a plotter. Yes, yes, and yes. Thank you for sharing that. Many congrats for your success, I wish you a long and prolific career. Now off for more bloodletting:)

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Miranda. I wish you’d been with me that night. I could’ve used a superhero! I hope the bloodletting goes well today—I’m off to do the same thing!

  9. Carol Post - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

    Great interview, Abbie and Sharon! I can totally relate to the perfectionism thing. I could write so much faster if I could just get the words down and worry about editing later.

    Sharon, your story is amazing, as is your writing! You’ve got to let us know when this comes out. I’m definitely buying it!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

      Thank you, Carol. I’m glad to know I’m not a lone perfectionist. I just wish there was a cookie or milkshake or something that I could eat that would make the perfectionism go away!

  10. Heather Ashby - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

    SO great to see you here, Sharon! Can’t wait to read your books!!!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

      Thank you, Heather. I hope you love them as much as I do! 🙂

  11. Chris Taylor - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

    What a fascinating insight into a fellow Lucky 13s sister! Loved learning more about you. Congratulations on the contract! Thrilled for you! Can’t wait to read the book!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 04, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Chris. I always love learning more about my Lucky 13 sisters as well. It’s one of the reasons why I love going to RWA — the Lucky 13 lunches and meet-ups!

  12. Jacquie Biggar - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    Sharon, I’m so happy for you! You deserve this success, you’re amazing! I can’t wait to read your books!
    You totally sold me with the first line: “Rafe?” The word hurt coming out of her chest. Like knives carving each letter along the way­.
    sigh 🙂

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      You are so sweet, Jacquie. Thank you for your sweet words. I’m blessed to part of so many writers groups (including SoS) and if the writing makes you sigh it’s because of all the amazing writers who’ve taught me how. 🙂

  13. Nan Dixon - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    What a great interview ladies!
    Sharon, I’ve known you since 2010(?) and it’s always wonderful to find out new and fascinating things about you! What is the release date???

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      Thanks, Nan! I still remember meeting you as an Unsinkable, Nan, and it feels like yesterday. I don’t have a release date yet, but I hope to soon. But you’ll hear me screaming from inside my computer when I do. And I’ll be sure to put it in my Dreamcatcher (oops, Dreamweaver) update. (Sorry for the tease–I still think your acknowledgement story is hilarious!)

  14. Lauren Christopher - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    Great interview! I’m a big Abbie fan and Sharon fan, so this was a joy to read! 🙂 Your upcoming book sounds fabulous, Sharon, and I’m so happy you received such a warm welcome from your agent and publisher to make you feel like the amazing writer you are. And I’m glad you now have a great experience and memory to replace that terrible one of the critiquer. Sheesh! Write on, girl! We’re all looking forward to your books! 🙂

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much, Lauren! And I’m really looking forward to meeting my deadline and getting back to our Writer Wednesday Blog posts. I miss doing them. Writing blog posts is such a nice break from my complicated plots! 🙂

  15. bn100 - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    interesting excerpt

  16. Sheri Humphreys - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    Having been awed by your writing in a blog, I can’t wait to read your fiction! The above excerpt makes me impatient to get my hands on it. And this line: “Rafe?” The word hurt coming out of her chest. Like knives carving each letter along the way­.—-Wow! Great writing, Sharon.

    I loved your Skype story. What a wonderful memory to keep and to share!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much, Sheri. I hope you’re going to RWA in Orlando this year. I loved walking to lunch with you and catching up. I feel so blessed to have so many Golden Heart sisters. And they’re so generous in reading my blogs and commenting. I can’t imagine being published without you all. 🙂

  17. Carrie Padgett - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    Great interview, ladies! Sharon, it sounds to me like that vicious critiquer felt threatened by your fabulous writing.
    Oh, I’m super stubborn too, but I call it persistence or perseverance. Sounds nicer. 😉

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      You’re very sweet, Carrie. Thank you. And I’m glad to meet another stubbornista! We should form a club and walk around RWA Nationals in stiletto heels with stubbornista pins so everyone knows we mean business! LOL

      • Carrie Padgett - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

        Absolutely! I’m in.

  18. Darcy Woods - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    Oh, Sharon, I just adore you and your magnificent words!!! ❤️ Beyond excited your books will soon be gracing bookshelves! You deserve all things wonderful.

    And OMG DRAFTING. Hands down, least favorite part of the process. It’s like turning myself inside out through my belly button. Nice to know I’m in such great company. 🙂

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      That means so much to me, Darcy. Especially considering my daughter sleeps with your book under her pillow! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who hates drafting. And I love your description but for me it would be turning myself inside out through my PRE-TWIN belly button! 🙂

  19. Tammy Baumann - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    Wonderful interview, ladies!

    Congratulations Sharon. I’m so glad you’re stubborn and refused to listen to that bully crit partner, or to that other big bully, the business of getting published. Based on my own journey, it would have been far easier to walk away with our heads held high knowing we gave it a good fight than to endure one more rejection. By refusing to listen to the negative and by embracing the positive (I’m thinking of all those lovely Golden Hearts you so deservedly won) look what you accomplished! Brava!

    I can’t wait to read my first novel by Sharon Wray. When can that happen? Do you have a pub date, or better yet, a pre-order link? :0)

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      Tammy, you made me tear up. It’s still so hard to think that anyone other my dog and my CP will ever hear or read anything I’ve written, much less a whole book. Maybe it doesn’t seem real yet since I don’t have a pub date yet. But I hope to soon and will definitely let you all know. And I don’t know anything about pre-order links. I don’t even know how to get one! I must be the lamest newbie debut author ever but I just have to trust that it will all work out.
      And I’m so glad you didn’t give up either–look at the beauty you’ve given the world! <3

  20. Sandra Owens - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    Great interview Sharon and Abbie. Super awesome congratulations on your sale to Sourcebooks. I’m so happy for you. Go Lucky 13s!!!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much, Sandra! Still working on our Lucky 13 #teamworlddomination, even if I am a bit late to the party. 🙂

  21. sarah andre - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    Oh Sharon, all these ‘your turn’ signs! Thrilled you’re getting your excerpt out there,and I am DYING to read the whole series after all these years of snippets.
    “Getting the story down is akin to bloodletting”- so profoundly true and yet, when I’m at a cocktail party and someone hears I write novels they romanticize the hell out of it. I think I’ll quote you next time. 😉

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      Run with that quote, Sarah! I get the same thing at parties. If they only knew how hard it is to be stuck in the house in my robe, all tied up in knots in my head because I’m living in an imaginary world, with the dog lying next me wondering when I’m going to let him out again, they wouldn’t think it’s so romantic. And, just as I get into the writing groove, my kids are home from school. I’m so glad you’re excited about reading these books because I am too–I’ve had to rewrite everything and now have no idea what’s going to happen. So I guess we’ll see the stories unfold together! 🙂

  22. Lacy Chaney - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    Hi Sharon! I love your honesty, it’s refreshing, and I’m glad you never gave up! I’m so happy for you! Your plot is so unique, I think it’ll be an amazing story! I’ve shared your tweets and this interview on Facebook. I wish you every success in your journey <3
    @lacychaney28
    Lacy Chaney on FB
    Xoxo

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      That’s incredibly sweet, Lacy. Thank you so much. I don’t have a publication date yet (just a due date!) but I’ll be sure to put it out on Facebook and Twitter. I’m so glad you stopped by. 🙂

  23. Sandra McMahon - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    I am a huge JR Ward fan and Abbie Roads fan! This was a great Interview and I’m interested in reading your books Sharon! Good for you for being so stubborn and finally getting published!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      I’m a huge JR Ward and Abbie Roads fan too. We should start a joint fan club of them! Luckily stubbornness (in a good way) and perseverance are things we can learn along the way. I know I didn’t have the same self-discipline I have now even a few years ago. Of course it helps that my kids are older now. It’s so hard to write with toddlers around!

  24. Kay Hudson - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    I’ so looking forward to reading your books, Sharon, after seeing bits and pieces over the years. I can’t imagine why someone tore your work up, even in the early days!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Kay. I don’t understand it either, but I hate the fact I let it bother me for so long. But I’m older, wiser, and have a lot more snarky comebacks waiting and ready to go!

  25. AE Jones - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    Great post, Sharon! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!
    I’m always amazed at the writing process and how different it is for each writer!
    So happy your books are leaving the nest.
    AE

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      I’m so happy too, AE. It’s still so hard to believe that the book (and the others in the series) are going to fly on their own. I just hope they don’t crash into trees and then wander around dazed and confused. LOL. I really need to stop looking at the darker side of things!

  26. Laura Trentham - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    “Rafe?” The word hurt coming out of her chest. Like knives carving each letter along the way­.

    What an awesome first line!!! And BOO, HISS to that author that tore you down. I don’t know what motivates people like that…Abbie probably does since she’s a counselor, but it has to be tinged with petty jealousy.

    Can’t wait to read this!!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much, Laura. And thanks for the HISS. I just wish that I’d been able to grab my pages back and walk away with a scornful comment. But, alas, I folded like a daisy after a rainstorm with all my petals smooshed on the ground. But if it ever happens again, I’m ready. 🙂

  27. Erika Kelly - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    I can relate to so much of this, Sharon. First drafts are so painful, and there is nothing easy about this business. But I’m thrilled that you sold and so excited to read your first published book!!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      Thank you, Erika. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who finds first drafts painful. I’m always amazed when I meet authors whose first drafts are their published books. They must be brilliant or know a trick that I don’t because my drafts aren’t good enough to train a puppy. 🙂

  28. Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much for hosting me today, Abbie! I feel like a real author now that I’ve been on the couch. 🙂

    • abbieroads - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      Sharon!

      I’m so happy your on my couch today! I swear you wrote everything I’ve felt!

      I hate writing that first draft. I always feel like such a terrible writer. The joy for me comes from editing and making it into something pretty.

      • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

        I know. I wish I could write a draft in two weeks and spend the next 8 1/2 months revising. That’s my goal!

  29. Aleksandra Adamska - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

    i shared some quotes on twitter!
    Nice interview!

    • Sharon Wray - Nov 03, 2016 Reply

      Thank you, Aleksandra. I’m off to like your tweets. Thanks so much for tweeting!

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