Interview with Sharon Short

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing fiction is how I explore the world through my imagination. It's how I work out my understanding of humanity, motivations, emotions and what makes people tick. I hope through the process of doing so, I craft stories that entertain, inspire, move and motivate readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my readers! I recognize that readers come to my work voluntarily. There are so many other books and authors they could be reading, so I'm both honored and humbled when readers opt to spend their time and resources with my stories.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a literary suspense novel set in the 1920s, inspired by a real-life woman. I can't share more, or I'll tell the story, and then I won't write the story!
Who are your favorite authors?
So many great authors to choose from! But to name just a few: Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, Stephen King, Sue Grafton, Katrina Kittle, Kristina McBride, Sharon Creech, Kirby Gann, Lee Martin, Hallie Ephron, Laura Lippman, Lori Roy, Nancy Pickard.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't exactly bound out of bed brimming with energy; I have to spend a bit of time meditating, have a good breakfast, and chat with my husband. But once I've done those things, I'm eager to work on my creative writing and to spend time on my 'day job' as Executive Director of the Antioch Writers' Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I love my 'day job' because at its core, it's about creating community among writers.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to spend time with my family and friends, just socializing and hanging out. I enjoy my work as Executive Director of the Antioch Writers' Workshop. I don't really have hobbies, but I do love reading, mild hiking and walking, and baking pies. I love to watch indie films and my current television guilty pleasures are Project Runway and Supernatural. (Wouldn't a mash up of those two shows be weird? And fun?)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, yes! I was six, and the story was about a fireman saving a cat from a tree. I titled the story, most cleverly, "The Fireman," bound it in red construction paper, inscribed 'published by Little Golden Books' on the inside front cover, and priced it at one penny. My aunt bought it! By the time my first novel, "Angel's Bidding," was published, my aunt had passed away. My uncle's second wife happened upon "The Fireman" in a box of cards my aunt kept, and she gave the little book back to me. It was a tender reminder of how important writing and publishing has been to me from my earliest years.
What is your writing process?
My stories start with an image or a 'what if' idea that just won't stop haunting me. My first reaction to such ideas is to try to out run them, hoping they'll go away. When they won't, I finally heave a sigh and start brainstorming characters, setting, conflict, motivation. I focus a lot on characters and their goals and allow plot to emerge from that. Initially, my process is a big mess... drafts of openings, character sketches, research notes, note cards with scene ideas. Eventually though, a narrative structure for a story emerges, and I have an idea of what to toss (most of it!) and what to keep. From what I finally know to keep, I can build and write the rest of the story. After that, I spend a lot of time revising, really paying attention to language choices and descriptive details.
Do you remember the story or book that first had a huge impact on your life?
For me, it was "Harriet the Spy." I read that novel thirteen times in a row in eighth grade! The novel affirmed that it was OK to be a little different, to want to spend a life on observing human nature and writing about it, and gave me the confidence to just be myself. I think that novel helped me survive junior high!
Describe your desk
My desk is a happy mess! I have notes, notebooks and note cards everywhere. However, I can put my finger on any particular piece of paper whenever I need it. Of course, I have reference books lined up. I have a few family photos, a globe from childhood to remind me of how great and glorious the world can be and of my own desire for adventure, and an old manual typewriter that my dad gave me.
Published 2014-08-23.
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Books by This Author

Sanity Check: The Dog Ate My Lipstick and My Houseplants Have Fleas
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 58,280. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Motherhood, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Sanity Check covers everything from shredding pantyhose for stress relief, to the family dog joyfully dancing with flying eggs, to the day Sharon realized she’d lost her lips. Sanity Check’s driving philosophy is that we all goof up... but laughing at those goof-ups with each other
Josie Toadfern Mystery Sampler: Three Stories and Thirty Stain Tips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,220. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
This Josie Toadfern sampler includes the two short stories (The Telltale Spot and Lint Trap) that preceded the novel series, as well as a never-before-published story, Spin Cycle, which satirizes reality TV as only Josie could. Also included are thirty of Josie's favorite stain-busting tips that were included in the novel series.
The Death We Share
Series: Patricia Delaney "eGumshoe" Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 73,990. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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PI Patricia Delaney is one of the first detectives in the 1990s to use computer technology to solve cases. But the hidden secrets of opera superstar Carlotta Moses challenge even Patricia's wits, intuition, and computer research skills when a tabloid reporter shows up, determined to undermine both Patricia and Carlotta.
Past Pretense
Series: Patricia Delaney "eGumshoe" Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 71,150. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
P.I. Patricia Delaney is tempted to turn down Gigi Lafferty's odd request to investigate her own past. And by the time she recognizes her old pal, Gigi has vanished, a body has turned up, and an amoral killer and her own painful past stand in the way of her solving the troubling case.
Angel's Bidding
Series: Patricia Delaney "eGumshoe" Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,650. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Patricia Delaney, first-of-her-kind "eGumshoe," uses her wits and computer research savvy in 1990s Cincinnati, Ohio to track a killer who threatens with antique hatpins... and kills with malice.
Downriver
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,110. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(5.00 from 1 review)
Rona looks back on the tragic events that led to her receiving a necklace that she thought would change her life. The necklace does so, but not in the way she would ever have imagined... or chosen. Short Story. (Originally print published in Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine.)