This week I have the opportunity to introduce a fellow BTGN and paranormal romance author, Sharon Kleve.
Danica: Sharon, welcome to my blog! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Sharon: I was born and raised in Washington and currently live on the Olympic Peninsula with my husband, and our sweet cat Ardy.
I love romance. I love reading romance, living romance—who doesn't, but I especially love writing humorous paranormal romance. There's no greater feeling than watching my characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, I love giving my characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.
One of my favorite things is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing myself in the emotions between the characters. I hope someday to inspire readers the same way my favorite authors have inspired me.
My desire to write came in my youth—people were constantly telling me, “You tell a great story, you should write a book about your adventures.” I usually just embellished on the truth—to make it sound more exciting and funny.
I love to being an author because it’s a lot like being on a roller coaster ride—and I love roller coasters. The writing is like waiting in line for your favorite roller coaster; you shuffle along with anticipation and it seems like it’s taking forever. When you finally submit your manuscript; it’s like strapping yourself in to your seat and the slow ride up the first hill begins. Weeks or months later, when you get an email from your publisher with a contract—comes the incredible sensation of being suspended in air—then the screams of excitement, jumping up and down, cupcakes and champagne happen. Ok, maybe there aren’t cupcakes and champagne on a roller coaster, but you get the idea.
Also, I’ve never had a job like writing, where I constantly smile while I’m working—except when someone interrupts me, then I growl like a rabid badger, the drool isn’t attractive.
I love to write and one day I hope to turn writing into my full time career. For me, and I think many people, being an author is my dream job. Starting to write and then finishing the first book was a huge first step. Most people who dream of being an author find it so intimidating they never even start. I was like them, until I couldn’t stand the voices any longer. Once I published my first book, I was hooked. I’m so glad I took the first step, and now I’m on my way.
Book One, Flamingo Blues, Published December 2011
Book Two, Be Mine, Published February 2012
Book Three, Klutzy Love, Coming in June 2012