Interview With Chapter Member Abigail Sharpe

Abigail~ Interview by Melina Kantor

Today we welcome chapter member Abigail Sharpe to the blog!

Welcome Abigail!

Q: You once dreamt of being a stage actress, and you’re still involved in community theater. How does theater influence your writing?

A: Ah, the lullaby of Broadway.  I love community theater.  The fact that the participants are just doing what they love is so similar to the writing world.  In fact, I have a friend who is doing some work in New York and we likened auditions to the query process.

The last time I performed was in 2010 in a production of Singin’ in the Rain.  It was my Golden Heart finalist year, and all I could think about was getting back to my computer.  I decided then to audition only for shows that I really, really, really wanted to do.  And I have, but didn’t get cast.

One of my first attempts at writing was with the advice of write what you know.  The hero and heroine meet during a production of Brigadoon.  He was the lead and she made costumes.  (Men in kilts!!!)  I didn’t get much beyond 30 pages, but it was a start.

Q: Tell us a bit about your latest novel, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor. Why did you choose a doctor?

A: My first book was Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy, so with the second, I wanted to switch up the genders of the character everyone wants to marry.  I work as a technical writer and as exciting as that is in real life, it didn’t translate well to my heroine’s profession.  I decided on a doctor because it was diverse enough for me to have her in the story’s situations.  (Yes, despite her killer red heels on the cover, the doctor in my story is a woman.  There’s a reason the hero is wearing the scrubs, though.)

Q: What types of research go into your books?

A: Oh, blessed Internet. 

How much would I have loved to take a trip to Wyoming for research purposes?  I had to make due with asking folks who had lived on a ranch or resided in Wyoming for help with the setting.

Quinn, the hero in Who Wants to Marry a Doctor, is a war reporter who was injured in Afghanistan.  He’s suffering from Acute Stress Disorder, which is a precursor to PTSD.  I needed the help of military personnel to figure out the process for getting him home, and I had to rely on a counselor to beta read the story and make sure I got my ASD reactions and treatment correct. 

Q: In your opinion, what is the appeal of contemporary romance?

A: It’s the fantasy that this could happen to you, here and now, on this Earth, and without vampires.  It’s the stories of modern men and women who can take charge and still love with all the passion in their souls.

I read all romance genres, though.  Bring on those historicals, paranormals, romantic suspense – I’m all over them. 

Q: What are you working on now?

A: I’m writing a proposal for the third book in the With This Ring series, Who Wants to Marry a Fireman.  It’s about a zoo keeper and a chef.

Okay, just kidding with that last sentence.

Q: Do you have any advice for authors just starting out or working on getting published?

A: Stick with it and learn all you can from whomever will teach you.  Go to RWA workshops. Be part of a critique group.  But also know what lessons to agree with for your voice and your style and tuck away the rest of it.

Melina (aka Melissa), thanks for having me here today!  I always enjoy talking writing and books.  And since I’ve been on the hot seat, I want to turn tables on the blog readers.  Tell me about an aspect of your writing where you imitate your life in your art?

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Abigail is having a giveaway on her Facebook page to celebrate her July 1 release of Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?  Join in the fun at  www.Facebook.com/AbigailSharpeBooks.

Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy. You can keep up with her on Goodreads, Facebook, or on her website – www.abigailsharpe.com.

3 thoughts on “Interview With Chapter Member Abigail Sharpe”

  1. Jim and Terri, thanks for stopping by!

    Jim, I’m sure writing Wish Upon a Star also gave you both a sense of healing? And I’m so glad to hear about the happily ever after. I’ve heard your story before and it warms my heart every time.

    Terri, I love that you can keep your beloved dog with you forever. <3

  2. I have to admit. I was stumped at “…zoo keeper and a chef.” LOL! Cute.

    As to the art imitating life, probably the most real to me life I’ve put in the books is my dog, Dozer. He has a starring role in my debut MEANT TO BE, nearly stealing every scene he’s in. Dozer was very real, was exactly as I describe him in the book, and I still miss him. It was nice to sort of immortalize him on the page, where he can live forever.

  3. Hey Abby, fun interview. My wife jokes that I don’t look much farther than down the street for my story ideas, so my stories have a definite “Real-Life Jim” flavor. I drew the most heavily from my own life for my upcoming novel Wish Upon a Star. Without giving too much away, it gave me the opportunity to write a story about the journey my wife and I took during her breast cancer treatment–with a happily-ever-after, of course.

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