Did you always want to be a writer?

I’ve always loved to write term papers, business letters, birthday poems. Only after I began to write seriously for a living did I realize that I’ve always made up stories. Like I’d spot a twenty-something at the grocery store with a can of cat food, six pack of bud and package of Depends…suddenly their entire personal life sort of forms in my head. When I started to write as a career, I recalled all those crazy checkout line thoughts. Somehow, I knew I’d found the right job for myself.

There are lots of rules out there, like “show, don’t tell” and “don’t use adverbs”. Are there any rules that you break and why?

My husband will tell you that when someone says “don’t” I hear “do”(just like every “I Love Lucy” episode.) For example, there was the time he was cutting some wood and said “I’m going to the neighbors for a minute. Don’t touch that axe…” Let’s just say, I was lucky that day.

But when it comes to writing rules, I try to follow most but it is impossible to follow them 100 percent. I’ve never read a book that was all show and without adverbs for example. My belief is follow the rules but don’t stress if you need to break one. 

Do you feel you chase the market or do you write from the heart, knowing you’re writing the best you can and someone will eventually publish your work?

I write the story that comes together inside of me. I could never chase the market. It wouldn’t feel write and my writing would suffer.

Tell us three quirky facts about yourself that we wouldn’t normally find out.

  1. My mother made me go to camp the summer I turned twelve. I didn’t want to go so typed a letter (on a 1940 iron clad machine) saying the camp was cancelled and mailed it to her. She almost bought it…
  2. I ate two package of Smarties every single day while pregnant with my second daughter (she’s very bright, by the way).
  3. I’m one of those writers who isn’t a grammar geek. I always have to check rules. But I am a huge techie geek.

Blurb for THE HOURGLASS by Sharon Struth:

Can forgiveness survive lies and unspoken truths?

Until Brenda McAllister’s husband committed suicide, she appeared to have the ideal life: a thriving psychology practice, success as a self-help author, and a model family. But her guilt over her affair with Jack’s best friend prevents her from moving on. Did Jack learn of her infidelity? Was she the cause of his death?

The release of Brenda’s second book forces her into an unexpected assignment with arrogant celebrity author CJ Morrison, whose irritating and edgy exterior hides the torment of his own mistakes. But as she grows closer to CJ, Brenda learns she wasn’t the only one with secrets—Jack had secrets of his own, unsavory ones that may have led to his death. While CJ helps Brenda uncover the truth about her husband, she finds the path to forgiveness isn’t always on the map.

Excerpt from The Hourglass:

An unexpected gravitational pull swelled Brenda’s anger. Her cute quip ran into hiding. She no longer cared about winning this man’s favor. His rudeness left her feeling as if she’d been doused with hot coffee this time. Brenda clenched her fists. A year of internal browbeating over Jack’s suicide had left her easily irritated.

Brenda gripped the frail edges of her self-control. “I once again offer my apologies for the accident, by definition an unplanned event with lack of intent.” He looked down his sturdy, Grecian nose at her, so she stood and put her hands on her hips. “Shouldn’t you, as a writer, know that?”

Every line on his face tensed. “I could do without your sarcasm.” He leaned closer. “Thanks to you, I missed my meeting. Maybe tomorrow morning you could get room service.”

The brunette unleashed a tight smirk. CJ motioned for them to move on.

Brenda fumbled for a good retort. As he stepped away, the last word went with him. The same way Jack had the last word in their life together. A silent explosion went off inside Brenda’s head and propelled her anger forward.

“Mr. Morrison?” She raised her voice to be heard above the crowd.

He looked over his shoulder and arched a questioning eyebrow.

Brenda crossed her arms and fixed a phony smile as she nodded toward his companion. “It’s so nice of you to bring your daughter to the conference.”

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Author Bio and Links:

Novelist Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, received first place in the Dixie Cane Memorial Contest and second place in the Golden Heart. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut, along with her husband, two daughters and canine companions. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit:

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