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Sharla was kind enough to answer all my questions... thanks, Sharla!
I'm fascinated by your use of a ghost as hero. How did this idea come to you?
*laughing* It’s an odd thing. I was hooked on reruns of “Moonlight” at the time, which if you aren’t familiar with it, it was Alex O’Loughlin as a vampire, but a good one. There was a somewhat forbidden love between him and the heroine. I love tortured love stories. And I love Alex O’Loughlin. *G* I got to thinking about that same personality with the spunk and hotness as a ghost instead of a vampire, someone she couldn’t touch but had sizzling chemistry and deep rooted feelings with. And it grew from there. Ahem…Alex Stone was created. And yes….that’s where the name came from. :-)
Plotter or Pantser?
Pantser. *sigh* I would love to be plotter…I have plotter envy. I set it all up and it changes by the second page. So now I accept that I have to go with a loose idea, and plot as I go, which means constantly going back and rethreading information in. I don’t argue with it anymore, it works for me, but it does make getting info to my editor ahead of time a bit of a challenge.
Any interesting or unusual writing quirks, habits or superstitions?
If I write longhand, which do a lot of in the beginning of a manuscript, it has to be with blue ink, and if at all possible with my favorite pen I got from Colorado Pen.
What do you do when you have writer's block?
Read something else. Also switching from typing to longhand or vice versa tends to shake things up a little.
What's one thing about you we'd never guess?
That I’m petrified to speak in front of people or have the spotlight on me. I can talk online all day long, make people laugh, play the part of whatever I need to. But in person it takes everything in my being to gear myself up to be in a spotlight. If I were actually standing in front of all of you right now, I’d have something in my hand to squeeze to get me through it. :-)
What are you afraid of?
LOL, guess I jumped the gun on that question… the above fear of speaking to a group, and also I have a bizarre fear of heights and bridges.
Anything new coming up from you?
Yes! My second book, BEFORE AND EVER SINCE is coming this winter, tentatively scheduled for November. It’s about the family secrets a house can hold, and when it decides to tell them. I’m very excited about it.
Any question you'd like to ask our readers?
What do you like most to read about in a romantic relationship? The physical contact? The deed? The courtship? The tease?
In the small river town of Bethany, Dani Shane never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn't stop the talk. Now, with her sixteen year-old daughter Riley in tow, Dani is back in Bethany looking for a fresh start. Too bad her plans for staying under the radar are about to be thrown out the window.
Mischievous and sexy, Dani's old friend Alex still has the power to rock her world, but there's a big obstacle standing in their way—Alex has been dead for forty years. With a ghost popping up at inopportune moments and sparking conversations with her teenage daughter, Dani scrambles to find solid ground and get a grip—both on her sanity and her heart.
Sharla once hunted for crab in a Honduran jungle, and explored an unknown cave on her belly through a rabbit hole. Not in the same night.
Now, she lives in Southeast Texas by the Neches River with her family, an old lady dog, and 19 cockatiels. If you wonder how she writes with all that noise--the birds actually have their own house outside. THE REASON IS YOU is her debut novel.
When she's not writing, doing the day job, or doing the family thing, she's stalking her Twitter feed.
Sharla can be found at her website http://www.sharlalovelace.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sharlalovelace, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/sharlalovelace, and on Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/sharlalovelace.