Today’s post is a bit late, but lets welcome Crissy Sharp, author of Love and Fat-Free Cheese and The Glamorous Life of a Mediocre House Wife.
Intro: What’s your name, what do you write, where can readers find you on social media? And just for fun, if you could be any mythological being, what or who would you be?
I’m Crissy Sharp and I write contemporary romantic mysteries.
I’m also one of the authors on https://www.facebook.com/groups/CleanRomanceHeadquarters/
- What got you interested in writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never thought about it for a career. After I had my second child, I needed some ME time, and writing became just that. When my children were napping, I began writing what would become my first published book, Love and Fat-Free Cheese.
- When did you become SERIOUS about writing?
After I had a completed manuscript and let a few family members read it, I started realizing how much I enjoyed creating stories for people.
- What inspired your book?
I see so many people, especially women, competing against each other. Instead of us being this amazing support to one another, there’s often these underlying feelings of judgement or resentment. I wanted to focus a little bit on how important it is for all of us to feel like we’re enough.
- What is the book about?
It’s about a woman whose marriage is failing, and she’s stuck in a life she’s not happy with. However, she must reexamine what’s important when her perfect, lakeside Montana neighborhood begins bustling with crime and she seems to be the target.
- What are the characters like?
Lotty Brooks is a witty, young mother who feels like she’s not good enough.
Jason Brooks is a lawyer who doesn’t understand his wife anymore.
They have several neighbors and quirky community members who have good intentions but end up complicating the mystery.
- Who should pick up your book and why?
Anyone who enjoys sweet romance or mystery will enjoy this as it’s a fun balance of both.
- Favorite quote from your own work?
This is hard for me because I don’t really love quotes as much as scenes. However, there are a few quotes that produce mental images I like. One is: “Still, her nerves were frayed and now she was allowing Jason to grab every loose thread and unravel them beyond repair. Her marriage wasn’t supposed to be like this.”
- Traditional or Self-publishing? Why?
I’ve done both. Traditional is nice because it feels like you have a team in your corner helping you along the way, but I enjoy the freedom self-publishing offers.
- If you could only write in one genre for the rest of your life what would it be and why? I love romantic mystery. I’ve always been drawn to romance, but I want more to the story than just love. I want another element there keeping me on my toes and surprising me while getting me to the happily ever after.
- Name one book that affected the way you write?
Locked in Time by Lois Duncan – It was one of the first mysteries I read, and I loved not knowing who I could trust and what was going to happen. It made me want to add that element to every story I write.
- Three authors you recommend and why?
Jennifer Peel – I’ve just started reading her books, but she’s amazing. The stories are funny and she does an great job of making you feel like you’re part of her characters’ lives.
Nicole Van – Nicole writes swoon-worthy romance scenes while keeping them PG.
Jenn Mckinlay – She writes murder mysteries that keep me guessing, but don’t make me scared to be home alone.
- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I want teleportation to be a thing! My family is spread out all over and I want to see them more often.
- What do you believe is your main purpose/motivation as a writer?
I want to write clean, uplifting books that can be read with your grandma or your daughter. I want to write clean books that don’t sacrifice quality content.
- What’s your favorite writing-related memory?
My favorite memory is probably the day I found out a publisher was interested in my first book. My mom was visiting, and we were in a dressing room trying on clothes when I got the call. I’m sure everyone in that room was curious why the crazy girl was squealing and dancing.
- What’s a favorite moment you’ve had with a fan/someone who’s read your work?
The best thing for me was last year when I was on an airplane and I saw someone reading my book. Also, it’s not one specific moment, but I love getting emails from fans. It never gets old!
- One fun fact most people don’t know about you?
I’m an introvert. I do the interviews and the speaking engagements, but I have to give myself some pretty major pep talks to get myself to do it. I spent hours preparing for my first live interview and a couple more hours decompressing when it was over.
- One piece of advice you would give to new writers?
As cliché as it may be, I’d say, “don’t give up!” I once read that the difference between a published author and an unpublished author was perseverance. If writing is what you love, just keep doing it.
Thank you, Crissy! Follow her on Facebook and check out her books on Amazon!
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