August 14 – Sharla Lovelace

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Jeannie Moon is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

 

Why do you write books? 

I write because I always have characters living out stories in my head. LOL. I always have. Once I realized the joy of writing them down and structuring them into books, it got a little less crowded up there.

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

I don’t know about courageous, but for an introvert like me, public events where the spotlight is on me are terrifying. Takes quite a bit of gearing up mentally to get ready for those. Other than that, I did accomplish a bucket list item of ziplining through the rainforest in Jamaica this year. Which was both terrifying and so awesome! I loved it and will do it again, but I am hardcore afraid of heights so it was a big deal for me.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I have tried to write other genres or focus on plots without romance, and I just can’t seem to pull it off. Romance always finds its way in, I can’t help myself, so I embrace it and make it the best I can make it. I adore the push-pull teasing dance of romantic and sexual tension, and that “feeling” when characters look at each other and have that moment and you know that love has entered the building. Omigosh, I love that so much.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.

Oh wow, that’s hard, because to me, real life romance is the day-to-day stuff that we sometimes take for granted and have to back up and remember to appreciate. Cooking supper when I have to work late on the day job. Surprising me with cleaning the house while I’m at a conference and come home to that. Taking my hand as I walk through the living room and pulling me into a silly dance just for the hell of it. OH! And reading my books! My husband is not a reader at all, but he reads every one of my books anyway and helps me brainstorm when I get stuck. That would be the equivalent of me going deer hunting and shooting a deer for him if he was struck suddenly blind, so let me tell you, that’s about as romantic as it gets. LOL.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Don’t settle. Be fearless. Stand your ground. Don’t ever change who you are.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

When I first started the storm chaser Heart Of The Storm series, I interviewed a real storm chaser. Learning all the ins and outs was fascinating, because I’ve always been intrigued by storms, but I was a little bummed to find out that my favorite show, Twister, was a big groaner by storm chasers everywhere. Evidently, they got everything wrong in a chaser’s world, and that made me sad! I still watch it, though. 😉

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

Not too much of a problem until the end of a story. I’m pretty monogamous to the story I’m working on, those characters take over everything. But toward the end, it’s like people in a restaurant waiting for a table to open up and you’re sitting there too long just finishing your drinks. As soon as things begin to wrap up, they start staring at me and distracting me with their shiny new presence. I’ll write down quick notes and force myself to ignore the pretties.

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I’d love to go back to any time in the past and see what it was like, anywhere. But honestly, the first thing that came to my mind was that I’d love to go back about 20 years when life was crazy and my daughter was little and my parents were still alive, and really appreciate that time and soak it in. I’d give anything for a day like that, much less a month.

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

One of the most inspiring things as a writer is having readers that love my books. That actually read my words and tell me what they loved and gush about my characters and stories like they are real people, and get excited about them. It makes my day, my week, my everything when readers find me at a book signing or message me to tell me they just read something and they can’t get it out of their head and they loved it so much. It blows me away EVERY single time, because I’m just in awe. It makes all the work and frustration and hard times in this business worth it, because that’s what it’s all about. The words, and the readers. There is nothing better than that for a writer. I wouldn’t have (almost) 14 books out without my readers, and I am SO so grateful to be blessed with them.

 

Sharla recommends:

 

Pippa Grant   –    pippagrant.com    –   @Amazon   (hilarious and dirty/edgy/funny)

 

Jami Albright   –   www.jamialbright.com  –   @Amazon  (funny/brilliant)

 

Alisha Rai   –   www.alisharai.com   –   @Amazon   (sexy/snarky)

 


Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sexy small-town love stories. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her retired husband, a tricked-out golf cart, and two crazy dogs. Among her work is the bestselling novel Don’t Let Go, the exciting Heart Of The Storm series, and the fun and sexy Charmed in Texas series.

For more about Sharla’s books, visit www.sharlalovelace.com, and keep up with all her new book releases easily by subscribing to her newsletter. She loves keeping up with her readers, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as @sharlalovelace.

 

Buy Sharla’s books:

 

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Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

(more to come…)