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 & Noble, iTunes,Google Play (for epub file) and wherever ebooks are sold.