Author’s name: PJ Sharon
What is your latest novel called and what is it about?:
PIECES of LOVE is a Contemporary Young Adult Romance.
Sixteen year-old Alexis Hartman wants nothing more than to play her guitar and get high, hoping to escape the pain of losing her sister. But when her second arrest for pot possession leads to her mother’s breakdown, Lexi is sent to stay with her grandmother for the summer. While embarking on a Mediterranean cruise hardly sounds like punishment, being forced to face her demons and falling for a guy she may never see again gives Lexi a chance to discover what it means to love someone—even when you have to let them go.
Eighteen year-old Ethan Kaswell, the poster child for good sons, is stranded on the cruise when his father, a famous heart surgeon, is called away. With his own life perfectly mapped out, Ethan finds Lexi’s unpredictability irresistible. Although he’s smart enough to see that there is no future in falling for a “vacation crush,” Lexi’s edgy dark side draws him like an anchor to the bottom of the sea.
How do you feel about mainstream publishing?:
I’m glad there are so many opportunities to be a published author these days. Whether Indie, small press, or Big four-ish, there’s a path for everyone. I’d like to see traditional publishers get on board with treating authors more fairly in terms of royalty rates and contract agreements, but for those who are well-suited for the traditional model, I think it’s great. I know many authors who are doing quite well and are happy with the arrangement. I might consider it myself if the timing was right and I was offered an equitable contract.
When and where is the most inapropriate/bizarre time you’ve gotten a burst of inspiration to write? What did you do?:
The shower is my go-to place for inspiration. I think better around water.The tricky part there is that there’s no way to write anything down, so I have to dash from the shower to my desk to get it all down before I lose the ideas, dialogue bits, or internal monologue of the character. This means I’m often at my desk writing in nothing more than a robe, LOL.
Driving is also a place for my mind to wander aimlessly through my WIP and doesn’t allow me to write down my ideas without endangering myself or others (although I’ve been known to blindly jot down notes even as I drive). Unfortunately, I’m not able to dictate my thoughts into a recorder. My brain doesn’t seem to want to work that way.
What is your least favorite part of the writing process? What part do you like least?:
I love the beginning of a story. When the characters are coming to life in my head and their story is flowing onto the page so fast, my fingers can hardly keep up. The first fifty pages of a book are by far the most fun. Then comes my least favorite part…the sagging middle. Getting words on the page at that point is like slogging through mud. That’s usually the point where I have to blow something up or get the characters kissing to infuse some life into the manuscript. Although I used to hate revisions, they are now my manuscripts best friend. I embrace the whole process these days,having realized that the struggle is what makes the reward so great in the end.
Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure how to get out of, what was the last time you found yourself in such a situation? What did you do?:
Being on a seventeen day cruise with my mother-in-law could have been one of those moments for sure, LOL. She’s a wonderful woman and I love her dearly, but I really like my alone time and being in constant demand was more than a little challenging for me. Add to that the assaults from people wearing too much fragrance, crowded touristy sites,and the horrors of travel these days, and I was hard-pressed not to jump over board a few times. Most people would consider a Mediterranean cruise a dream come true. But not everyone is well-suited for travel. I’m one of those people who likes the “idea” of traveling the world. But down deep, I’m a homebody. I was terribly homesick–not to mention motion sick–for much of the trip. What i do to get me through such circumstances is try to focus on the good, have an attitude of gratitude, and repeat an old phrase my mother used to say…”this too shall pass.”
How many books have you published? Which is your favorite? Why?:
PIECES of LOVE is my fourth contemporary YA. I’ve also published two books and a short story prequel in a YA dystopian trilogy. The third book is due out later this year. I don’t know if I have a favorite. I love them all for various reasons, but I would say that ON THIN ICE is most like me and my personal story. Of course it is fiction, but Penny’s journey was one that I had to write. Because there were several plot lines and difficult teen issues she had to deal with, the book would never have been published as is by a traditional publisher. I’m so glad I stuck to my guns and didn’t cave into the pressure to make major changes to the book. This was a perfect example of why Indie publishing is such a wonderful option. I’m very proud of Penny’s story and it wouldn’t have seen the light of day if I hadn’t published it myself. I’ve gotten great feedback by readers who understand that life sometimes throws more than one challenge at a time at us.
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