Interview with Sharlay

When did you first start writing?
I have always been a writer at heart. I have been writing poetry, songs and scripts for as long as I can remember however, it was in 2012 that I realised my love for writing books. Now, I can't believe that I lived a life where I didn't write books!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is called 'The Boy Who Paints Me'. I've always wanted my books to not only be entertaining but deal with real life issues that people can relate to as well. I will write any book idea that comes to mind but it must always have an element of romance in it. This book idea came to me when I was looking out of my kitchen window at the shed in my neighbour's garden. He uses it to paint but you can't see the paintings clearly from my house, and I always wondered what it would be like if I got the chance to go inside. What would I discover...and then the book was born...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Once I discovered my love for writing I knew that I had to do it. I didn't know how or when but it had to happen. I researched...a lot! I knew that whilst being traditionally published would be a dream, I couldn't just sit and wait for that dream to happen. I wanted to experience people reading and buying my books. I wanted to know what it felt like, and when I experienced it, I just couldn't get enough. I love the level of freedom and control that I have. I have already published 3 books in 1 year! My fourth is set to come out by Christmas 2013 which is a month away!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's an escape. It's a chance to create your own world that you can live in. In life we can't choose the ending to our situations. In a book if I want a happy ending I just write it! I also love those moments when a reader messages me and says that a book that I have written has inspired them or changed their life...nothing compares to that feeling...it's amazing!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are absolutely vital. Without them there would be no writing. Your fans are your cheerleaders. The experiences that I have had with my fans have been amazing. Even when I'm down or feel like I can't write they send me messages of encouragement and kind words. They are amazing! I love them!
What are you working on next?
I am working on the sequel to my very first book 'Pretend'. The sequel is called 'Make Believe'. The book tells the story of the lives of the characters 8 years later. I'm very excited to get this story out.
What is your biggest inspiration?
God. I feel that he blesses each and every one of us with amazing talents that sometimes take us a while to discover. I feel truly blessed to be living this life and being able to do what I love, it's a blessing that not many people are brave enough to experience. I think everyone should get a taste of living their dream...
What is your writing process?
I don't plan...it sounds bad but I just don't. I don't write down a storyline at all. When a book idea comes to me, I literally can see it like a film inside my head. I spend days fantasising over the story and playing it out in my head and then I just write it down. Sometimes it changes along the way but as I get to know the characters more the story just develops and goes in the exact direction it needs to.
Describe your desk
My kitchen table. Not very exciting...I know!
Who is your favourite author at the moment?
Easy...Colleen Hoover. She's fantastic!
What other genre/s would you like to write?
I would love to write a sci fi or fantasy book but I always have to have a romance story in the centre. I haven't thought of one that I feel is good enough yet but once I do, fingers will hit keys!
Published 2013-11-14.
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