Sharon Oliver is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and a former Systems Administrator for a federal government agency. The author focuses on penning Christian themed novels or cozy mystery books, both of which are cloaked in mystery and humor. She currently resides in the state of South Carolina.
What inspires you to write?
The inspiration truly comes from God and started with a love for books every since the days of fairy tales and Dr. Zuess. As I got older I fell in love with Agatha Christie novels followed by an avalanche of cozy mysteries. I’ve read so much until the desire to write grew more and more.
Tell us about your writing process.
There is no narrowed down writing process for me so I guess you could say I am a “seat of the pants” type of writer. I will say this though, my first book (baby) took exactly nine months to complete. Also, I refuse to force it. It’s okay to have writer’s block or a dry spell. You need to rest and refresh the old gray cells and once that dam unstops, the words and ideas will flow freely.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No (laughs), sorry I don’t. A lot of my characters are loosely based on someone I knew or a combination of people so it’s easy to come up with things they might would say or do.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. It takes time to write and build an audience. Also, be prepared to do a lot of researching, especially for promoting your product. For many, researching is the most difficult part.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I Started out going the traditional route with a bona fide publisher. A few short years later, we find ourselves thrust into the world of technology BIG TIME with e-books. Self-publishing e-books is an easy and fast way to go. However, as author, all of the leg work falls on me but I do enjoy it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Hard to say. Although I still love the look & feel of a print copy, e-books has practically cut out the middle man (brick & mortar bookstores, agents, editors, etc.).
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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