Interview with Sheree Sutton

What do you read for pleasure?
I read science fiction, mysteries, historical fiction - anything I can get my hands on. I usually have a couple of books going at the same time, choosing the read the one closest to me at any given time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A couple of years ago my kids gave me a Kindle for my birthday. I love it and use it daily.
Describe your desk
I am a clean desk person. It is easier for me to focus on one thing at a time, and I like order. However, there are many occasions when my desk has numerous projects going at the same time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved all during my childhood attending 10 different schools. In addition, I was the youngest in the family, so most of my childhood I was alone. The characters in my books were my friends. In The Link I describe Tylee as being the "invisible woman". She feels that she doesn't make much impact on those around her. That feeling of invisibility is something I experienced growing up. This made it difficulty for me to find my voice at first, but now my writing is easier, more organic.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing poetry during my high school and college years. I liked the imagery, and the brevity of poetry. I have written for newsletters, and in business for many years as I looked for the voice that I could use to really tell a story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
About 6 years ago I read an article about conjoined twins who shared a portion of their brains. They have shared sensation, and may be telepathic. I wondered how long it would be until I read about animal testing, and that occurred about 7 months ago. That is when The Link began to take shape.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to publish.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finding an outlet for my many thoughts, feelings and ideas is the benefit of writing for me. Telling a story, engaging a reader - being heard - are all motivations.
What are you working on next?
The Link will be followed by a sequel tentatively entitiled The Scream.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dean Koontz, Anne McCaffrey, James Patterson, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austin........
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dogs, my work, my need for system and order in my life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time, maintain my home, spend time with family and friends. I quilt, read, and garden. I attend church and am involved with activities there.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I find an author and read everything they've written systematically. I go to the library and check out books on CD for introductions to new authors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first poem I wrote was about puppies - very cheesy. My first novel was entitled Demon Stinger. It was awful but a great learning experience.
What is your writing process?
I spend time mulling over the story, developing characters and living with them. When I start typing I discipline myself to write 1000 words daily until the story is done telling itself. Then the editing process begins.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first Little House on the Prairie book is what comes to mind. That was when I realized that the characters could become friends that I didn't have to leave behind when my parents moved yet again.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Foundation Series because I am facinated by Asimov's ability to create a whole history of people.
The Pern Series because of the way Anne McCaffrey created a whole new world and culture that I could care about.
Jane Austen's books because of the emotion.
Brian Daley's Alacrity Fitzhugh series because of the color he used in his writing.
Dean Koontz because of the voice I hear when I read his work.
Published 2013-09-13.
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Books by This Author

The Link
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,330. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
When technology offers Tylee the chance to connect with others it seems too good to be true. Never able to connect with family or friends Tylee felt invisible until a new job opened a doorway to the link, a new technology that allows her to connect with others. It opened doors within her, too, but at what cost? Tylee finds answers, and many questions in the link.