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Monday, October 22, 2012

Author of the Week, Sharon Hamilton, Interview & Giveaway!

Sharon Hamilton

About the Author:

Sharon Hamilton loves all things paranormal: angels, dark angels, Watchers, Guardians, Upogenie and vampires. She also has developed a series of erotic Navy SEAL stories. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love -- not exactly what they taught you in Sunday School! 

Sharon has recently acquired an agent, and has finaled in several erotic and paranormal contests over the past 12 months. She regularly participates in seven RWA and California Writer chapters.

She lives in Sonoma County, California with her husband, sixty chickens and two Dobermans, and has been a lifelong organic gardener. When she’s not writing, she’s collecting blue and green eggs and getting vera vera dirty in the mud.




Holly: When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?

Sharon Hamilton: I’ve always wanted to write, but never had the time while I was running a business full time and raising 4 children. And I didn’t like what I had to say when I was younger.

Our house burned down in 2008, and it drastically changed my whole world. Out of the ashes of that tragedy came my new writing journey, and I’ve not looked back since. The change was forced upon me, otherwise, I’d probably still be in Real Estate sales with that wish some day to finish a novel.

Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your book Honeymoon?

Sharon Hamilton: Honeymoon Bite Blurb: 
Anne caught her husband cheating with the maid of honor before their wedding cake was cut.  She decided to take her planned, and paid for, honeymoon in Tuscany, alone. On the evening of what was to be her wedding night, she gets bitten by a female vampire.

Marcus Monteleone has waited three hundred years to find his fated female, only to discover her dying in his arms. He saves Anne’s life by turning her, and then works to gain her trust, to cope with being a newly formed golden vampire.

But when Anne finds out Marcus has not been completely truthful about his past, she vows to live as a human, and shuns the vampire world. Alone and unprotected, she falls prey to the very villainess who took her human soul, and who now takes the only man she’s ever loved.

Which lover will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the other before they both are lost?

Holly: Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

Sharon Hamilton: Definitely the characters. I got to thinking about a vampire waiting for 300 years to find his fated mate. Of course, he couldn’t be celebate, so he had to have a long-term lover, who of course was not his equal.  I set up rules about the fating: only true fated mates can breed, golden vampires are born human and become vampire by choice after they reach puberty, they can walk in the sun, etc. I created a “higher race”, which makes them rare. And because their children are mortal, they are protected and very vulnerable. Often used as pawns, like in my story.

The characters gave me their world, and then it was a matter of working out all the moving parts, the logistics.

Holly: What was the inspiration for this novel?

Sharon Hamilton: I love the aspect of immortality to vampires, their special needs and strength, powers over humans. But I like how they can protect what belongs to them, humans and other family. That aspect of the big, strong vampire male protecting the vulnerable is very appealing to me. My hero, Marcus Monteleone is so driven to breed with Anne, his fated female, he almost can’t bear it. But he is enjoined from doing so because she has an unfaithful almost husband. I liked that angst it created.

Holly: Your life is a horror novel; how do you save the day from the bad guys?

Sharon Hamilton: I love the statement that Every Villain is a Hero in his Own Story. The bad guys have something they want. Find out what that is, and lure them into a trap with it. Villains are seized with obsessive thoughts about what they covet, which can become their blind side. Similar to what a hunky hero has when he possesses all the strength and knowledge to overcome something, but goes weak at the knees for the women he loves.

Holly: Where can we purchase Honeymoon Bite?

Sharon Hamilton: Honeymoon Bite is available on Amazon for Kindle. It will be available later in the year in paperback.

Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2012?

Sharon Hamilton: I am finishing up Book 2 of the SEAL Brotherhood series, Fallen SEAL Legacy, which should be out soon. Then I am working on Mortal Bite, Book 2 of the Golden Vampire Legacy. Mortal Bite should be available in time for Christmas. Those two books will round out 2012.

Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?

Sharon Hamilton: My goal for 2013 is to release Book 3 and 4 in the SEAL Brotherhood series, and Book 3 of the Guardian Angel series, Book 3 of the Golden Vampire Legacy series. That would be 4 books next year.

Holly: Can you tell us a little about your first publishing experience?

Sharon Hamilton: I have been inspired by other authors such as Barbara Freethy, Tina Folsom and Bella Andre, who are SF RWA chapter sisters, and who have inspired me to pursue my Indie career. The wonderful thing about being Indie is that I can change my cover, my prices, even alter content with just a couple keystrokes. I’m not the patient sort. Waiting to query endlessly, getting drawers of rejections is just not my idea of fun.

I hire professional editing so my work is polished. I hire professional cover artists to make something I love looking at and will appeal to the romance buyer. I work every day to find readers and to take classes to increase my skill level. And I’m disciplined, since I’ve run several successful companies, to get myself in the chair every day. Talent is overrated. Persistence and never giving up is what I go for. I treat my writing career like a business, not a hobby.

I have been offered publishing contracts I have turned down.

Holly: Your life is a romantic comedy; what humors but very embarrassing thing happens on your first date/when you meet the love of your life?

Sharon Hamilton: My billionaire hero date has maxed out his credit card and I have to save him and never let him forget it. His Ferrari breaks down and he has to ride in my Chevy Nova with the spare tire on the passenger rear. We discover on our first date that I am able to read his mind and he is not used to this. Or, vice versa. I’m attracted to the hero and can’t keep visions of naughty things out of my mind.

Holly: Do you think you may ever go into another genre?

Sharon Hamilton: I think every author has strengths, genres that are easy for him or her to write in. I don’t write for fads. So if all superheroes had to be green toads, I’d be writing something else. Zombies and demons don’t do it for me (sorry), although I love the pictures of the zombie wedding cakes. LOL. Now that’s creative.

With my golden vampires, because they are immortal, they value human life as being short and precious, like a flower that blooms for one day. With my Navy SEALs, these men are trained to do anything and do so quietly. Their quiet confidence is what I love.

So, these are my favorites. Add a good vs. evil, and you have the makings for an unstoppable plot readers will love.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Sharon Hamilton: I like to write about good vs. evil, and of course, since it’s romance, good always triumphs. Another theme in all my writing through the two different genres I write (paranormal and contemporary Navy SEAL romance) is that true love heals all things. Not only do the hero and heroine get together, but they resolve unfinished issues in their lives. The quote on my blog is: True Love Heals In The Gardens Of The Heart.

Holly: Can you tell us a few do’s and don’ts for aspiring authors?

Sharon Hamilton: Don’t worry about being perfect. Get better every day at social media, writing craft, plot and character development, networking and time management. Another of one of my favorite quotes: We overestimate what we can do in a day, and underestimate what we can accomplish in a year.

When I used to coach business owners, I would remind them of that every day. It was good advice for them, and now it’s good advice for me.

Random Quickies!


Holly: When do you prefer to read?

Sharon Hamilton: Because I can be distracted easily, I don’t read when I’m writing a new book. I can do it when I edit, but not when I’m creating.

I prefer to read at night before bed. In the tub! I put my Kindle in double ziplock baggies for those rare times when I fall asleep!

Holly: Vampires or Werewolves?

Sharon Hamilton: Vamps!

Holly: Witches or Zombies?

Sharon Hamilton: Witches.
  
Holly: Fangs or Fur?

Sharon Hamilton: Fangs.

Holly: Horror or romance?

Sharon Hamilton: Romance with a heat level at least a 4.

Holly: Contemporary or fantasy?

Sharon Hamilton: Either one, if the world is compelling enough.

Holly: Favorite movie?

Sharon Hamilton: Last of the Mohicans. Saw it 23 times in the movie theater.

Books by Sharon Hamilton

The Guardians
#1: Heavenly Lover
#2: Underworld Lover

The Golden Vampires of Tuscany
#1: Honeymoon Bite

SEAL Brotherhood series
#1: Accidental SEAL
#1.5: SEAL Encounter

Coming Soon
Fallen SEAL Legacy
Mortal Bite

Awards and Recognitions

  • RWA Pro, member SF RWA, Black Diamonds RWA, Silicon Valley RWA, Redwood Writers, numerous contest finalist, represented by Jill Marsal.

Sharon has offered to giveaway a eBook copy in Kindle (MOBI) format of any of her works to every commenter! :)
  • To enter just leave a comment below!
  • Ends October 29th.
  • One entry per-person.
  • If you enter you are confirming you have read and accept the giveaway policy.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.


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