Sharleen Scott stopped by to share intimate details of her life, and the release of her latest book.
Tangles is contemporary fiction and was released May 14, 2015. Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
Sharleen- The original idea for the book was to share our experiences while caring for my mother-in-law who was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. I began by journaling but soon realized just talking about it wasn’t working for me. I needed to show the realities of living with the disease and that required a fictional framework. So I tapped into my romantic-suspense writer arsenal and created a family to play it out. Along the way, Tangles became a multifaceted love story, mystery, and family drama.
Nancy- Describe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in?
Sharleen- Tangles is my first foray into contemporary fiction. I also write a romantic suspense series including Caught in Cross Seas and Caught in the Spin. A third book in the series will be released in 2016.
Nancy- When did you start writing toward publication?
Sharleen- I started writing seriously eleven years ago when a story idea wouldn’t leave me alone. I settled in with a yellow pad and started scribbling, but before I finished, another story idea grabbed be. At this point I ditched the yellow pad and moved to the computer, bought some writing books, and began to learn the craft. My first attempt went into a desk drawer where it will stay. The second attempt, Caught in Cross Seas, was published in May 2014.
Nancy- What is your writing routine like?
Sharleen- I don’t know that I have an actual routine. I have a day job so I fit my writing in wherever and whenever I can. I do have a writing process though. I usually have Word files for each book and I add to them as ideas occur to me, things like character profiles, location/setting information, and plot/scene ideas. When all of that has jelled and the scenes begin to play in my head like a movie, it’s time to sit at the computer and write the first draft.
Nancy- Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?
Sharleen- I get a real kick out of knowing people are reading my stories.
Nancy- Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
1) I love homemade macaroni and cheese.
2) We have two shelter cats, Snarky and LuLu.
3) I can spend hours researching my family’s genealogy.
Nancy- What’s next for you?
Sharleen- The third book in the Caught series will be released in 2016.
Book Blurb for Tangled
Can tragedy mend a wounded family?
While faced with the challenge of his mother’s escalating Alzheimer’s disease, Logan McKinnon discovers secret journals that leave him questioning everything he knows about his family. With no one left to ask, Logan must find a man mentioned in the journals to discover a truth he may not want to know.
More About the Author
Romantic-suspense author Sharleen Scott is taking a brief detour from her CAUGHT series with the release of Tangles, a novel dedicated to her mother-in-law who succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. Sharleen lives in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Brett, two college kids, and two spoiled cats.
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