Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Interview: Sharon Clare

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week our interviewee is paranormal romance writer Sharon Clare.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

Last fall, I held a writing retreat at a lovely guest cottage up north on a lake. To get some exercise and stimulate the mind, we visited an abandoned mica mine. The ground sparkled with flakes of mica that glittered in the sun. It was like walking over tiny mirrors—quite spectacular. I pick up stones when I travel. Pink-streaked granite from the Algonquin Highlands, smooth water-worn, brilliant orange and yellows from Costa Rica, pure black and white from the Baltic Sea. They sit in bowls around my house. I am constantly awed by the beauty of the natural world.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

I used to be a night owl and had a hard time waking in the mornings. As I’ve gotten older, my sleep habits have shifted, and now I love the early mornings. I’m energized, the day is new and the house is quiet. I especially love waking up knowing I have a whole day to write.

What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?

The toughest part of the day for me is the afternoon—slump time. After lunch, I sometimes feel tired and back-achy. This is the time when I’ll either get on my body ball for a 30 minute workout or go for a brisk walk. I usually return to writing feeling energized in body and mind. I just wish I made this an every single day routine.

What do you wish your were more conscious of?

Current events. I can too easily get lost in my head, dreaming of character conflicts or plot points. I am happy to spend time alone as I imagine every writer is. There’s nothing worse than having my 20 year-old son shake his head at me when I’m not up on the latest world event.

How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?

I am a goal setter and list writer. Every week, I evaluate my goals and share them with 3 friends. My focus at the moment is to build a writing career, but I also try to keep balanced with family and friend time. When I get frazzled, I stop and think about at least five things I am grateful for. This seems to help put things into perspective.

Visit Sharon Clare: sharonclare.com

Sharon's book Love of Her Lives – published by Crimson Romance. Available at Amazon, Barnes & NobleiTunes,Google Play (for epub file) and wherever ebooks are sold.

12 comments:

  1. I love your Wonderstruck moments, Sharon.

    Especially those that inspired the delicious lunch you treated us to when we dropped by with a feisty little French Canadian "surprise" for you.

    Mornings are my time, too. My biggest challenge is the daydream factor of early mornings. Sitting outside, waiting for God to turn the lights on, listening to the birds.

    I must practice your post-lunch "slump time" wish-it-were-a-routine. Too often I simply give in and take a quick nap. Of course, Sherry Isaac called me on my sleep habits (up late to socialize) and "done sleeping" around 5 a.m. That doth not a full night's sleep make. [Forsooth ;)]

    And, I blame you for the page-turner Love of Her Lives for some of those late nights. What a read!

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  2. Sharon,

    I long for your spot under the maple with the fountain noises in the background. I'm so glad that lunch we had at your house lasted well into dinner. I miss you already!

    This week, I'm getting back into the habit of making lists: but lists for writing, not just for my everyday life. And I did get up earlier this morning, 6;45, and that for me is early. I was amazed at how much I got done before my tennis clinic at 8:30. ;-)

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  3. So glad to keep you up at night, Gloria. :) So many wonderful things to keep us wonderstruck and awake, aren't there? I feel like a kid sometimes--I don't want to go to sleep.

    Anytime you're in town, lunch is served!

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  4. Miss you too, Carole. I'm on my way to do some outdoor writing in a minute or two.

    Wonderful news that you were able to get up that early. The last few days I've been up late, sleeping in, and I do miss those early mornings. I may have to set an alarm.

    Hope the lists help.

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  5. Sharon,

    I love that you collect rocks as souvenirs from the places you've visited. What a lovely idea.

    I am currently a night owl who hates early mornings (part of it could be that I have littles who need to be fed, clothed, schooled, and taken places). Now I have hope that some day I might grow to love mornings. :)

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  6. Sharon, I practice five blessings, too. I wish I remembered to practice gratitude every morning--so much more fun that sit-ups! And I do love my mornings.

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  7. Rabia, I was exactly the same as you. A night owl when my kids were young because night times were quiet times.
    Have hope! They grow up and mornings will be yours!

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  8. Ain't that the truth, Sherry. Wonder if we'll ever feel grateful for sit-ups?

    Uh oh, is it sit-up time already?

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  9. Hi Sharon! I love your post. Thanks for the reminder about 5 blessings. I need to start doing that again. :-)

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  10. I hear ya on the afternoon slump and on staying up on current events. Ever since I stopped getting the newspaper, I have been woefully out of touch both locally as well as globally. I actually feel some shame about this. Probably need to add some online current event reading to my daily trip around the internets. :)

    I love that you remind yourself of 5 things to be grateful for when you get frazzled. Perspective is always a good thing. This is a good reminder to myself to do more of that.

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  11. Thanks, Rhonda. It's something I've mentioned to my kids too when their worlds are just falling apart ever so dramatically.

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  12. I can so easily get lost in my own world and sometimes I have to get over the news as in it makes me feel bad. That's not an excuse, but isn't there good news out there anywhere?

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