I'm very happy to introduce this week's Friday Featured Author, the awesomely awesome Sharon Saracino! She's sweet, she's talented, she's gracious, she's adorable, I covet her hair, and if someone ever asked me to share a list of the people I was most happy to have met through this writing journey of mine, Sharon would be tops. So kick back and enjoy this little trip into the world of Ms. Saracino.
Thanks so much to J.M. for having me here today! It’s always fun to visit fellow authors, and being the pathetic blogger that I am, it’s also good to have friends who light a fire under my butt. I’m Sharon Saracino and I write paranormal fiction and paranormal romance. I’d like to tell you a little bit about my current release, and then J.M. is going to hit me with some questions designed to draw me out and make me think and all that good stuff!
My current release, Death Benefits, is a paranormal/fantasy fiction that has been called a snarky cross between A Christmas Carol and Ghost Whisperer.
Max Logan’s insecurities have consumed her to the point that she has allowed them to skew her perceptions of people and circumstances. She has grown progressively more bitter, sarcastic, and solitary since her divorce and feels as though she has spent a lifetime getting the short end of the stick through no fault of her own; still she trudges on. Things can always get better, right? Of course, it’s hard to cultivate optimism when she finds herself dead; the victim of a D.I.E (Death in Error) caused by an overeager Grim Reaper in Training. She brokers a deal to be sent back to Earth as a temporary substitute for the Superintendent of Spiritual Impediment. Can a girl who can’t recognize her own problems rectify the issues of the living impaired? Or will she discover that concentrating on their issues gives her a new perspective on her own?
Where can you find me?
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The next installment in the Max Logan saga, Life After Death, will release in January 2014 from Whiskey Creek Press. Undiscovered Angel, a paranormal romance and the first in my Earthbound Angels series, will release from The Wild Rose Press early next year.
If you could go back in time and have five minutes to speak with a much younger you, what would you tell yourself?
To worry less and savor more. It sounds cliché but life really is too short to sweat the small stuff. It’s taken me years to figure out that the things that kept me awake nights really aren’t important in the greater scheme of things and I would have suffered a lot less grief (and a few less wrinkles) if I’d been able to go back and warn myself! I’d also tell myself that a broken heart will not kill me and seriously, that guy I thought I couldn’t live without? Thank you, Karma!
When people discover you’re a writer, chances are good that they’ll pepper you with questions. What is the hardest question to answer?
The hardest question for me is “Where do you get your ideas?” If I could figure that out, they might be a little easier to come by. The bottom line is that an idea can come from anywhere…a character, a TV show, someone that you love, someone that you hate. Being what is commonly known as a pantser, meaning I pretty much write by the seat of my pants, I often have no idea where the story or the characters are going until we all arrive there together. I love surprises! Well, most of the time.
What genre do you write in, and why did you choose that one in particular?
I write primarily paranormal and paranormal romance. I think I’ve chosen the genre I write in because it’s a genre that I very much love to read. I was raised on mother’s milk and Harlequin romances, so the romance aspect was almost genetic. Add a little bit of magic, some supernatural twists, and a bad boy or two, and what’s not to love?
What genre would you like to write in that you haven’t tried yet? What is the draw?
I would like to tackle a historical someday, especially one that centers around a family. I find the details of life in another time fascinating and was even a history major in college for a while. Along with that, I’ve discovered so much about my ancestors while delving into my family genealogy and living in an area that was a big coal mining center, it’s no secret that life was incredible difficult for all but the very affluent. The everyday courage and fortitude of the immigrants who settled, survived, and eventually prospered here is incredibly inspiring and I think it would be so satisfying to produce something that pays homage to their lives.
If you could collaborate with any author on an exciting new project, who would you choose?
That’s a really tough question! There are SO many authors whose work I love and admire that it would be almost impossible to narrow it down. I think it would depend on the project. If I absolutely had to pick one and only one, project undetermined, I would have to say Adriana Trigiani. I adore her work and she is incredibly warm, charming, and hysterically funny. Oh, wait! J.M. Kelley, I meant J.M. Kelley… I adore her work and she is incredibly warm, charming, and hysterically funny. (seriously!)
Thanks so much for having me today, J.M. It’s always fun to stop by and hang out with you!