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When I first began writing, I didn’t know any other writers at all, so when I finally found other writers, the experience was wonderful on many levels. Writers are among my closest friends and confidantes, and they don’t think I’m all that strange. Of course, we all know that it takes one to know one.
I found that I’m not the only person in the world with an over-active imagination. You know, the kind where your husband is a half-hour late and you assume that he has run off with a super model or has been abducted by a super-secret group of government operatives, so secret only the President and secretary of defence know about them. My husband, who is the most reliable of men, probably thinks I’m steps away from needing serious professional help, but other writers understand.
Being a writer with characters running constantly through your head is a deeply surreal experience. They live inside us, but we live inside them, too. And, as they come alive for us through the history, traumas, and story situations we invent for them, they become as real as... well, real people. Other writers understand and don’t act like you’re at all strange if you talk about characters from one of your books as though they are living, breathing people.
My oldest daughter came out of the womb dancing, which has been her life-long interest and passion. I feel that way about writing and story-telling, which all began with being a voracious reader. I was one of those kids who always her head buried in a book. The library where I grew up had a three-book check-out limit, which meant I went there at least twice a week. Reading is still one of my favourite past times.
I believe that romance novels touch so deeply because they deal with the basic human need to be loved and accepted. All of us, at some level, want to be seen for what we are, warts and all, understood even when we don’t understand ourselves, and accepted in spite of our frailties and our shortcomings. In a nutshell, to be unconditionally loved for what and who we are. In life and in romance novels, that deepest bond is usually with our lover. If we’re lucky, that lover is also our soulmate. Think about the popular songs, whether now or a thousand years ago – they exalt the power of romantic love when it’s present and pray to have it when it’s not.