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Interview with Sharon Wray

Sharon’s Path to Publication

Today I chat with the lovely Sharon Wray, the debut author of ‘Every Deep Desire’, who shares with us her path to publication. Her debut ‘Every Deep Desire’ was released March 6 2018!

Sharon Wray is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes about the men in her Deadly Force romantic suspense series where ex-Green Berets and their smart, sexy heroines retell Shakespeare’s greatest love stories.

Hi Sharon, I’m so excited to have you on my blog, and thank you so much for sharing your ‘Path to Publication’ experience with us all. I know so many of my readers will love to hear about how you went from an aspiring author to a published one, and many will gather inspiration from the journey!

Thanks so much, Maddison, for inviting me to your blog today! I can’t wait to get started. 🙂

  • How long have you been writing for?

I’ve been writing since I was in middle school, but I never considered myself a writer until I was an adult.

  • How long did it take you from when you started writing, to when you became a published (or soon to be) published author?

It took me 8 full manuscripts, 2 partial manuscripts, and 12 years to sell my Deadly Force series. It then took another 2 years before my debut book Every Deep Desire hit the bookshelves. .

  • Where do you write from, home, office, coffee shop, etc? And do you have any pre-writing or actual writing rituals (such as lighting a candle, listening to music, etc)?

I usually write at home. I have a small desk in the kitchen and then I move around between the couch, my bed, and then back to my desk. Sometimes, if I simply can’t get out of my own head, I go to a nearby coffee shop. The problem is that I live in a busy, congested area outside of Washington, DC and the coffee shops—and outlets—are often full. But if I can get there early, I can usually snag a seat in the corner.

As far as prewriting rituals, I do have a few. I scan my email and texts and make sure I don’t have anything to do for my editor or kids or husband (My main priorities, lol). Then I look at a few news sites, make a cup of coffee, check my to-do list so I don’t miss any appointments, and then sit down and write.

  • Are you a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in-between?

I am an in-between writer. I like to have an outline with all of the turning points and major scenes worked out. I’d like it to be more detailed, but it never works out that way. So I use my general outline and move forward, constantly readjusting between the turning points to make sure I’m not off track.

  • What is your favourite part of the writing process?

I hate the first draft because I find it so stressful. I much prefer to edit a page than face a blank one!

  • What is the most important part of a novel to you: plot, characters, or setting?

Characters are the most important because they’re the most interesting and drive all the action.

  • Describe your writing routine (how long do you spending plotting the novel, time spent writing, editing, submitting it):

It takes me nine months to write a novel, with the first 6 weeks or so doing all the background outlining work. The rest is drafting, changing things around, editing, and polishing and submitting. Every book is different, though. Some take longer to draft and others longer to edit.

I’ve written two full novels so far and am on my third. I’d say on average it takes me anywhere from 8-12 months to write the first draft.

  • How many books a year do you usually write (or are you aiming to write):

It takes me about nine months to finish a book, then another few months with my editor in revisions. I’d like to pick up the pace but right now I’m just a very slow writer.

  • How did you get your agent, or your publishing contract (if applicable)?

I’ll try and keep this short! It took me six years of querying, writing, learning, entering contests, and finishing manuscripts to get my agent. She’d already rejected me a number of times but had left the door open. So every time I had a new manuscript, I sent it to her. I guess you could say I bugged her until she finally signed me. LOL

            It took another six years of writing and rewriting until I sold. It all started with a tweet I sent about another author (a nice tweet!). Her editor saw it, contacted my agent, asked to see my current manuscript, and we decided to send it to her as well as other editors. We went on submission on a partial and the book went to auction about six weeks later.

  • How did you cope with rejection during the querying process?

I had many, many years of learning how to deal with rejection. After a while, I was so used to it that I turned it into a game. Every time I got rejected, I went out to lunch with a girlfriend. Sometimes, we’d even order a split of champagne! I was rewarding myself for trying and for not giving up.

  • Describe the time when you got ‘the call’ regarding publication:

We’d been out on submission for about six weeks when my agents (I have two in the same agency—it’s an unusual-yet-wonderful mentoring situation) asked to talk on Skype. I knew there were still two editors who hadn’t responded, but all of the other ones had passed. When my agents told me that two editors were interested, I was stunned and when the shock wore off I was so excited there aren’t words to describe it. I eventually went with Sourcebooks and my amazing editor Deb Werksman. She helped me craft the book into something I’m so proud of and that I hope readers will love.

  • What were your biggest learning experiences or surprises throughout the publishing journey?

1.To expect the unexpected.

2. Keep your eyes on your own journey and don’t compare yourself to others.

3. Even the smallest thing like a tweet can change your life.

  • Looking back, what do you think you did right that helped you break in?

I stayed active in the writing community and I never gave up.

  • Best advice you’ve ever been given, or have heard, about writing?

Everything that Stephen King says in his book “On Writing”. It’s filled with brilliant insights about what it’s like to be a writer.

  • Any advice for aspiring writers on writing and submitting?

This is from Winston Churchill. “Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” In the case of writers, the enemy is our own self-doubt

  • What advice can you give to other writers on building a platform and gaining a readership base?

When building a platform, do what you love. Talk and write about things you are passionate about –besides writing—and engage on platforms you’re comfortable with. And DON’T compare yourself to other authors. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

  • What’s up next for you, and what are you working on now?

I’m working on book 2 in the Deadly Force Series titled One Dark Wish. It should release in January 2018.

  • How can people connect with you?

Through my website and on most social media platforms. Although I hate to admit this, but when I’m under deadline I may not check in with SM for days. So please be patient with me!

They can connect with me through my website: www.sharonwray.com

I can also be found on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Sharon-Wray-Author-644867762246756/timeline/?ref=hl

Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/sharonbwray    And Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sbwray/

  • Anything else you want to add?

Thank you so much for hosting me today. I’ve enjoyed getting to know your readers!

Thank you so much Sharon for sharing your Path to Publication with us! What an awesome journey, with many more adventures to come. Good luck on your release of ‘Every Deep Desire’ – can’t wait to have a read 🙂

And for those of you who want to have a read of Sharon’s awesome book ‘Every Deep Desire’, was released on March 6th, 2018. Click on the pic below for more info.

‘Every Deep Desire’

He’s taking it all back
His honor, his freedom, and the woman he loves

Rafe Montfort was a decorated Green Beret, the best of the best, until a disastrous mission and an unforgivable betrayal destroyed his life. Now, this deadly soldier has returned to the sultry Georgia swamps to reunite with his brothers, and take back all he lost. But his wife Juliet must never know the truth behind what he’s done…or the dangerous secret that threatens to take him from her forever.

It took Juliet Capel eight long years to put her life back together after her husband was taken from her. Now Rafe is back, determined to protect her at any cost, and it’s not just her heart that’s in danger. The swamps hold a secret long buried and far deadlier than either of them could have imagined…

About Sharon:

Sharon Wray is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes about the men in her Deadly Force romantic suspense series where ex-Green Berets and their smart, sexy heroines retell Shakespeare’s greatest love stories.

Sharon can be found on the following platforms:

Website address:ww.sharonwray.com
Facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/Sharon-Wray-Author-644867762246756/timeline/?ref=hl
Twitter link:https://twitter.com/sharonbwray
Instagram link:https://www.instagram.com/sbwray/
Goodreads link:https://www.instagram.com/sbwray/
Buy link for your latest or soon to be released book:Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Every-Deep-Desire-Deadly-Force/dp/1492655600/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/every-deep-desire-sharon-wray/1126633208?ean=9781492655602

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/every-deep-desire/id1295142828?mt=11

 

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