Interview with Sharon Chaconas

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The responsibility of my job and my family. It is a privilege to be healthy and able-bodied and to put in a full day of work. My profession is often as exhausting as it is rewarding. It is never boring and my students teach me something new every day. Though I admit that some days it is the value of patience.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my family is a priority. It seems as though every time I look at my son, he has grown. I enjoy getting together with my friends and laughing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It is amazing that one little blurb pulls me in so quickly. It may be a single word or a hint of mystery or romance that will intrigue me. I don't mind if it takes a few pages of a sampling to peak my interest...I love the journey.
What is your writing process?
Writing the basic outline of the story. Often when I begin adding details, the story changes and evolves into something very different then the first story line that I imagined.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was completely hooked on the Nancy Drew series. My neighbor up the street would lend me her books to read. I was intrigued by the girl detective. She was brave and I was so timid. Nancy Drew was a hero, and a role model to me.
How do you approach cover design?
I daydream quite a bit while I am writing. I try to capture a moment in the story that hooks me. This is what I try to reflect in the cover design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible is number one! It is so thrilling once you get passed all the "begats." There are so many different types of writing encompassed in one book and the language is very poetic. Little Women by Alcott, Jo March of course was my inspiration. Janet Evanovich's, Stephanie Plum novels are such a joy to read...I zip right through them while laughing out loud. I felt like a kid at Christmas waiting anxiously for the next book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I told everyone that I was buying them for my daughter, NOT! That is more than five books since I enjoy following Stephanie and Harry throughout their adventures.
What do you read for pleasure?
Young adult fiction is my guilty pleasure: Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games...I'm always looking for another series to add to my reading addiction.
Describe your desk
My "desk" is the couch, my bed, or my parked car. I need isolation to quiet my mind and hear the voices of my characters.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy and sorrow is to finish the book. It is very challenging to let my characters go and live their own lives.
Published 2016-01-05.
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Books by This Author

Tween Night and Morrow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,370. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Happily ever after is not always the ending to a great romance, many are left unwritten. What would you do if your first love returned to you? Taryn’s former boyfriend Sean professes that his love for her is unchanged. That would have been wonderful, except three decades have passed, and he has not aged. Two beings fell in love in the enchanted expanse of time Tween Night and Morrow.
A Life Untethered
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,310. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Is it possible to fall in love with someone without ever speaking to them? As tragedy strands an American girl in a remote area of Russia; a silent stranger emerges as her savior, companion, and friend. As their hardships bring the two broken souls together, their imminent parting becomes heart wrenching. Will they find their way back to each other?