Okay, so maybe not the one and only, but she is the only one I'm talking about today :)
I can't even remember when I officially met Shari, but I'm so glad I did. She's such a great support in the writing world. And now she's in my campaign group! Here's more about her from her awesome blog,
I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, writer, reader and appreciator of all things beautiful.
Totally relatable right? I mean, aren't each of us one of those things? So, you're not a wife...I bet you're a friend. And the main reason most of us are connected is because we are all writer's. Let's learn more about Shari's writing background!
Shari, how long have you been writing?
Since I could hold a pencil. Actually, I think I was telling stories before I could even write. I was a bit of a rambler. Plus I think I liked the attention. And I don’t think the stories actually made sense. Kind of like this response.
So, what made you want to write?
I have always liked writing. I wrote lots of sorry poetry and nonsensical stories as a child. I even did well on papers in school, but nobody told me that I could or should—write, that is. So I wrote stories for my children, and for the kids at church, until a friend of mine gave me permission to write seriously. She didn’t love my writing, mind you, but encouraged me anyway. That’s all I needed, and thus this crazy journey began.
(Thanks for sharing! I love seeing how other writer's were originally inspired. I definitely have those who don't love my writing but support me anyway. Sometimes we need the push and the learning comes after.)
If you could pick the setting of one book to live in, which would it be?
I have absolutely no idea. I live in the mountains. I like it there. What book is set in the mountains? That’s the one I’d pick. As long as it wasn’t a dystopian society. I don’t want to live in any of those. The thought just makes me shudder.
(Agreed. First mountain book that came to mind was the Eragon Series. There's a HUGE mountain in that. You'd make a great member of the Varden.)
Do you have any pet peeves while writing?
Yes, interruptions known as the telephone, doorbell and children.
If you could reread any book, which would you choose?
I can only pick one? ‘Cause there are a lot I’d like to reread. Hmm, let’s see. I’d better go check my shelves. I’ll be right back.
(Awesome, I'll just wait right here.)
Okay, I’m back now. I think it would have to be SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson. I haven’t read that in a long time and it was excellent!
(And I need to read it for the first time! Why does my TBR pile have to be so huge?)
Who's your favorite character?
I’m assuming you don’t mean one of mine because no one else would know who I was talking about. So, I guess it would have to be Junie B. Jones. Yes, she’s a chapter book character. But she’s hilarious. And I like her.
(Me too. And I'm so excited for my oldest daughter to read them. She's in first grade this year!)
Do you prefer:
Vampires or Werewolves? They both scare me. Can I choose fairies instead?
Dashes or Parentheses? I loves me some em dashes.
Mountains or Beaches? Definitely mountains. (Which is a good thing, because that’s where I live.)
Mornings or Nights? Mornings. I am without a doubt a morning person. Yeah, lots of people hate me, at least in the morning. Except my daughter. She’s a morning person too. But that’s probably more information than you wanted to hear, huh?
And last, but not least, fruity candy or chocolate? Are you kidding? Chocolate, hands down.
(Well, no candy debate there. I won't even try to sway you to the other side. You are so set :))
Thanks so much Shari! I hope everyone had as much fun learning about her as I did. Don't forget to stop by her blog, Think Dream Inspire. It's fabulous, just like Shari!
Have a great weekend!