Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California. Today I have the joy of interviewing novelist Sharon K. Souza. I met Sharon at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in 2009, the year she and Kathleen Popa won the Mount Hermon Writer of the Year Award. Sharon's writing receives much praise, and her group blog Novel Matters promotes taking our fiction to loftier heights. Definitely a blog to follow.
I've always had an artistic bent. When I was younger, it was expressed through drawing and painting. I can't remember back far enough to remember when I didn't draw. I did a very small amount of writing in high school and in my twenties, but I began seriously writing in my mid-thirties. Besides learning to write novels, I had a number of non-fiction articles published and worked on three non-fiction books with another author, all published. But writing women's fiction is definitely my niche. I love it, and I feel it's where my writing shines.
How many books do you have published?
I have three published novels, including a new release, Unraveled. My other published novels are Every Good and Perfect Gift and Lying on Sunday. I also have a Christmas novella titled A Heavenly Christmas in Hometown, which has been made into a full-length play.
How did you get your first book contract?
I attended my first major writing conference in 2004. I met some editors who liked my work, and that was very encouraging for me. In 2006 at that same conference, I pitched a novel to Jeff Gerke at dinner one night and was offered a two-book contract the next week. It was very exciting.