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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Sharon Srock Talks about The Women of Valley View: Pam. She'll Give Away an E-book and Shares a Link to a Free Novella

A warm welcome to the woman behind The Women of Valley View - Sharon Srock.

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Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

My father’s job moved us around a lot when I was growing up. I didn’t make friends easily, but I learned that books could move with me. I read a lot of different things. Probably my favorites were the Trixie Beldon series and Victoria Holt mysteries. As a young wife and mother I had my romance period as well. From there I moved to Science fiction and fantasy. Now, I don’t read a specific type of book. If it grabs my attention, I’ll read it.

Interesting to find someone else who reads all genres. So, you went from reading to writing.
Why do you write?

The short answer is because God told me to. The long answer is harder to explain. I never dreamed of being a writer when I was a child. I dreaded book reports and English assignments. One day I woke up with a story in my head and a desire to write it down. The bad news is that it was Science fiction and not the path God had for me. It took me 25 years to stumble out of space and into Garfield Oklahoma, where God introduced me to the Women of Valley View.

Neat Story. Tell us about your latest book.

The Women of Valley View: Pam is a story about forgiveness and the dangers of harboring unforgivness. This is a lesson I’ve had to learn in my own life on a lot of levels. The biggest message in Pam’s story is that the indifference of time and separation from the hurt is not forgivness.

A subject many can relate to. What themes do you write about?

I write stories about the things people face in everyday life. Self doubt, looking for God’s direction, forgivness, learning to hear God’s voice in the mayhem of our lives.

Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it?

I have a full time job, a part time job and now I write and market. I’m not sure I do a great job of balancing. My husband would probably tell you I do a miserable job at balancing, but I’m learning. I hope to get it right before I die.

Wow! It sounds to me like you're doing an excellent job of balancing. Are you a plotter or a pantzer?

If there is anything more extreme than a pantzer, that’s me.

Do you put yourself in your books?

Not intentionally. You’ll find bits and pieces of me in all the title characters but it’s more life experiences that actual parts of me.

What are you working on right now?

While I wait word from my publisher about The Women of Valley View: Samantha, book 4 in the Valley View series, I’m frantically at work on book 5, The Women of Valley View: Kate.

What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?

Probably going crazy from the voices in my head.

What is the coolest, wackiest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done?

Oh, let’s see. Parasailed in Hawaii, rode the mules to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Swam with the dolphins and stingrays in the Caribbean. I love to do fun and interesting things on vacation. This year my oldest daughter and I are taking an Alaskan cruise. We plan to see lots of whales and pan for gold.

That sounds, cool, wacky and lots of fun. Thanks for sharing, Sharon.

About The Women of Valley View: Pam
Pam’s divorce broke her heart. The cruelty of her ex-husband broke her spirit. A bottle of sleeping pills almost took her life. Four years later the scars of Alan Archer’s emotional abuse are beginning to fade under the love of her new husband. When Alan returns to Garfield, Pam must learn that buried secrets and carefully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness.

Alan Archer has returned to Garfield with a new wife and a terminal heart condition. His mission? To leave a Christian legacy for his children and to gain Pam’s forgiveness for the sins of his past.

Two hearts hang in the balance waiting for the delicate touch of God’s healing hands.

Buy Links for The Women of Valley View: Pam
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Pelican Book Group

Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty five years ago, she cut her writer's teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. Her books include: The Women of Valley View: Callie; The Women of Valley View: Terri; and The Women of Valley View: Pam.

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Sharon Srock said...

Gail, thanks so much for hosting me this week. I look forward to visiting with your readers.

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Sharon,

Having you is my pleasure.

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

It's so nice to see Sharon on your blog this week. I read her last book called Terri, and absolutely loved it. She knows how to put humor in her books. That's what makes it fun.

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June Foster said...

Sharon, You are a writer after my own heart. I love to read stories dealing with real life situations. "Pam" sounds like one of those stories. June

Deborah M said...

Love the interview and enjoyed the stories about your vacations. My brother and his wife went on an Alaskan Cruise and loved it! Hope you have fun.

Debbie M.

Connie Almony said...

Sounds great. Nice interview!

Sharon Srock said...

Linda, thanks for being here and hosting me last week!

Sharon Srock said...

June, I'd be honored if you added my women to your reading list.

Sharon Srock said...

Deborah, Vacation just can't get here fast enough for me. Alaska is one of my bucket list destinations.

Sharon Srock said...

Connie, thank for your visit.