Interview with Sharon Irwin

What's the story behind your latest book?
Many years ago, after a car accident, I was given a sofa to sit on, a cup of tea in hand, and an enthralling account of the very many family deaths my rescuer had endured, all of which had been foretold in some way by the curious behaviour of birds.

This narrative obviously lodged itself in my subconscious, mutating slowly into a story of a woman who finds her Magic by learning to read the subtle gestures of those same creatures.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My current story is a novelette, plus while it is Fantasy due to the importance it places on Magic, yet there there is something about it that doesn't feel like it comfortably sits within the genre for me. So, I decided rather than try to place it with any publisher, I was just going to set it free!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I will return to this when I know better. It's early days yet.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The things that bubble up from the sub conscious that I had no idea were lurking down there.
What do your fans mean to you?
Making connections is important. Otherwise I would just write for myself.
What are you working on next?
Ah! My current work is longer. It's about a girl trapped in a very large house by well meaning locals who only want her to eat their sins in return for keeping her secret.Gradually, she finds that is not exactly working for her.
Who are your favorite authors?
All of them! I read a lot. I doubt I've missed any major Fantasy writer in the last 20 years.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, hanging out with my dog, friends, family. The usual.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow people on Goodreads who read a lot. This works well for me. Also I tend to follow down the rabbit hole of Amazon recommendations quite a bit. I read blogs, I listen to friends, I hunt down new books!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about dogs. It had a good moment or two, but I was very critical of myself back then so I couldn't see them.
What is your writing process?
Write, panic, rinse, repeat.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Discontented Pony! I loved it. It was a hardback first reader. It had a pony on the cover. I was entranced!
How do you approach cover design?
With great fear.
Published 2015-03-14.
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Books by This Author

Up Flew The Jackdaw
Price: Free! Words: 16,680. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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Gem is one of the unlucky ones, the one child in every seven that Magic forgets. Years later, her Gift finally surfaces, but to claim her Magical inheritance means rewriting her past. Then there’s Buddy, who died one night in a car accident, but is still turning up on Gem’s doorstep, asking for his Fortune to be read, desperately seeking a future when his life is already over.