Sharon Ricklin Jones wrote her first contemporary romance novel while homeschooling her youngest son. After several long distance moves and eventually becoming an empty nester, it was finally time to get busy editing that book. That was in 2006. All was going well – until she had the most vivid dream she’d ever had in her life. This dream inspired the birth of the Ravenswynd Series, and Sharon started writing in a new genre: Paranormal Romance. Or as she likes to call it – Romance with a Twist. The entire series was published in 2013.
And…after spending most of 2014 engrossed in extensive rewriting, she finally got that contemporary romance published in February 2015! (Song of Memory)
River of Time (2013)and Garden of Time (2015), both time-travel romance novels, are stand-alone novels and not a series.
Sharon is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRa), the author of two blogs, and somewhat addicted to social networking.
Now living in a small town in central Wisconsin, her current work in progress is leaning towards being a mystery – but it may actually turn into another time-travel novel! (It’s still a mystery to her)
What inspires you to write?
Some of my books come directly from dreams I’ve had, and some are just my crazy imagination. I do tend to get awesome ideas while in the shower…
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m totally a panster. I’ve never once done an outline – which can be confusing if you have separate documents for different scenes, (which I do). I usually title each document with a before and after note to keep things in order. I also have a notebook where I keep track of my characters so that they don’t end up with blue eyes in chapter one and green in chapter ten. Sometimes I have no clue where the story is going, and other times I know exactly. More often than not, I end up writing the ending to my stories long before I’m finished with the middle.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t actually talk to them, but I listen a lot. Quite often, they dictate where the story is going…and sometimes in a direction I never thought of, at least not consciously.
Who are your favorite authors?
Diana Gabaldon is my all time favorite author. Her Outlander series is my favorite…
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I sent several query letters out with my first book around the same time that so many other authors were just getting into the self-publishing world. I follow lots of author blogs and have many author friends, and started to notice the new trends as far as self-publishing went. It was quickly becoming a more accepted option.
I also have a brother who had just self-published his first book, and it seemed to be doing quite well, so after a few months of rejection letters, I decided to go for it.
Since that first book, I’ve never even attempted to get an agent or traditional publisher, and I now have 6 self-published books. With CreateSpace, Amazon, Smashwords and all the other places to purchase e-books, I thought, why bother? This way I have complete control of where to advertise my novels, my books can be purchased in paperback or electronic, and I don’t have to share my royalties with a middle man.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’ve recently noticed a drop in my paperback sales, and it makes me think that most folks enjoy their Kindles or Nooks more than a physical book. And I, myself, have a Kindle – with many, many books loaded, but I do still enjoy a “real” book now and then. There are several of my favorites that I have in both paperback/hardcover as well as Kindle
What genres do you write?
Contemporary romance, paranormal romance, time-travel romance
What formats are your books in?