Interview with Sharon Iggulden

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in high school, always finding it somehow necessary to put thoughts on paper. I started writing in earnest about ten years ago.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been great. I have sold a number of copies of various writings on their affiliates. I would never have had the patience or ambition to post on each of the affiliates individually.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is putting the "stuff" that rolls around in my head on a daily basis into some sort of coherent story. I find that when I'm writing I get to stop being me for a while. It's liberating.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. Without them there are no sales and no reason to go on. More than the sales, however, it's just a thrill knowing that someone has read something I wrote. Hopefully, they enjoyed it.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the third installment of the Christian Scott-Sarah Hunter series. The novel is finished, but it still needs a lot of editing!!
Who are your favorite authors?
I am enamored with Daniel Silva, James Lee Burke and John Sandford.. I don't generally like reading about political intrigue and usually find it tedious, but I am very fond of Gabriel Allon. The Dave Robicheaux novels of James Burke are my favorites, though I do also enjoy his Montana novels. Anything by John Sandford works for me whether it's Virgil Flowers or Lucas Davenport. I also enjoy Michael Connolly, Jane Haddam, Jonathan King, Elizabeth George and the Barbara Grimes Richard Jury series.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly I read mysteries for pleasure. I like a good murder and I like the characters process of solving it.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is something I have no talent for and therefore highly recommend Rita Toews. I can always depend on her to come up with something I like.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Just knowing I'm still breathing is good enough reason to get up every day.
Describe your desk
My desk closely resembles a land fill. Yet, in the total and constant chaos of notes and sometimes entire pages, I seem to find everything I need...usually.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I do not come from an optimistic people. I grew up in a blue collar town between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Life was sometimes a struggle to make ends meet or at least that's what I was told. I think the reality was that we were doing pretty good most of the time, but the Great Depression had permanently crushed the concept of "doing ok." My grandparents were Hungarian immigrants, right off the boat, and never spoke English. I was bi-lingual and had some "issues" adjusting some of my vocabulary when I got to school. I was the first family member to graduate from college. Childhood was an often difficult time and it gave me an outlook on life that I find even today is different from most other people.
Published 2013-11-20.
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Books by This Author

The Best Little Blow House In Nevada
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 122,410. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Julia Smith spent most of her adult life tending bar and providing dollar moments of pleasure to male patrons in the alley, when one of those lucky dollars bought a winning twenty-five million dollar lottery ticket. Julia is strong and savvy with a quick often inappropriate sense of humor who manages to succeed despite horrific odds to make what she considers a success of her life.
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 88,030. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
ASSASSIN is the fictional journal of John Robert Lynch, a stone cold killer with the uncanny ability to shoot things from long distances with deadly accuracy. Betrayed by the independent contractor he worked for, John must eventually align himself with the Mossad in order to stay alive. The novel is noir literature filled with subterfuge and a good deal of dark existential humor.
Time Changes Everything
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,300. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Ruth and her distant daughter Sarah, take one last trip together. In the process, Sarah realizes how much she's missed in her workaholic life and that her mother is funny, irreverent and tremendous fun.
A Better Tragedy
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 146,670. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Sarah Moore fantasized about being safe, but she never dreamt the price would be her brother's life.
Wire Mother
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 102,990. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Christian Scott's nightmares are beginning to talk to each other. That can't be a good thing.
A Pale Horse
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 66,000. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A Pale Horse, is a cautionary tale, filled with dark and quirky humor. The religious wars have begun and everyone, especially gays and intellectuals, get caught up in the sweep as opposing armies with logos on their guns, scour the land for non-believers to capture.
Life Moves Fast
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,730. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Emma Dunston, defiant daughter of multi-millionaire industrialist, Jonathan Dunston, has been expelled from another boarding school. Her father's uncontrolled rage at her lack of decorum leads him to incarcerate her in a home for wayward girls, where she fantasizes about shooting him.
Dashboard Jesus
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,230. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Abel has returned to Kansas to bury his father and his past. He finds not only his old car, but also Ellie his first love, whom he had abandoned alone and pregnant after graduation.
The French Tour Guide
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,060. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
The French Tour Guide is a love story. Remy meets Lauren when she is touring France in 1970. Lauren is a 45 year old widow and Remy is the 35 year old tour guide who sweeps her off her feet. They have a long distance relationship for two years when Remy announces he has "found" someone else. Remy shows up on Lauren's porch the day he is to marry and professes his undying love for her.