Sharon K. Connell Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story welcomes back Christian fiction author Sharon K. Connell. Sharon was the very last guest I hosted back when this blog was a blogspot blog, before I launched Everyone’s Story on my new website on December 26th, 2015. It’s great to have Sharon back! Sharon speaks up, and candidly so, on looking back as a beginning author and seeing what went right as well as wrong and learning from it all. We’re both looking forward to hearing from you!

**Please check out a special invitation from me below Sharon’s blog feature.

 

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This just added (on June 17th):

BookGiveaway:

Sharon is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter  1 signed copy of His Perfect Love, US residents only or 1 ebook if outside of US.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.

 

Looking Back at my Beginning by Sharon K. Connell

Thank you, Elaine, for allowing me a second appearance on “Everyone’s Story.” I appreciate you and your promotion of authors.

When I started writing stories, I had no idea what I was doing. I just wrote. One of the people who most encouraged me was an author friend of mine in England, Alan. He was always telling me that my stories were as good as any he had read. Yes, he’s a reader of Christian Romance.

After going through a lot of heartache with some members in my family who were not so supportive of anything I did, Alan’s initial support gave me courage. I proceeded to write three novels, which were self-published in 2014. Through this entire process, I gained confidence in myself. Up until then, I had always thought I could do anything God wanted me to do, but this was a new realm into which I had ventured. Were my writing skills good enough? I did a lot of praying, and got peace about going ahead with my first story, even though I hadn’t had any classes in writing per se.

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Over a year ago, I took classes in writing and came to the realization that there was so much more to telling a story for someone else’s enjoyment than what I had done with my first three novels. While taking the classes, I also visited a local writing group and learned about the American Christian Fiction Writers. After I joined the ACFW I also became a part of the local Houston branch, where this year I have taken on the role of Treasurer.

Thanks to ACFW and their critique group called Scribes, along with so many authors who I now call my friends, I’ve become skilled at a craft I love and which brings enjoyment to others with my finished work.

The genre in which I write is Christian Romance Suspense, with a bit of mystery mixed in. My newest novel is His Perfect Love. Through all my stories, I try to show God’s mercy and grace. All my books are dedicated to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The heroine of my new release, His Perfect Love, is Patricia. She has been unaware of God’s mercy throughout most of her life. Without giving a spoiler, I can’t tell you the specifics of her journey. The question is this: Will she finally see God’s Mercy, and will she avail herself of God’s Grace.

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Currently, I’m rewriting my first book, A Very Present Help. It should be finished sometime this year and resubmitted for publication on Amazon. Then I’ll move on to the second finished book, Paths of Righteousness, and finally There Abideth Hope, the third novel.

His Perfect Love is written in the style of deep point of view, which I believe engages the reader much better than what I’ve written previously. That’s the reason I’m rewriting the first three novels. To me it’s important that I bring the best-written story I can to my readers.

Sharon’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Author @SharonKConnell takes a candid look at her #writing beginning. Can you relate? (Tweet This)

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Author’s Bio:

Sharon K. Connell, by birth a Wisconsin “Cheesehead,” grew up and went to school through college in Illinois. At one point in her life, she felt that God called her to be a missionary and moved to Pensacola, Florida, where she graduated from the Pensacola Bible Institute.

In 2005 Sharon caught the writing bug and never stopped en route to Houston, Texas. She continues to write stories about people who discover that God will only allow those things into one’s life that will help grow and or increase one’s faith. Sharon’s prayer is that God will use her writing to bring honor and glory to Him, to reach others with the Gospel, and to encourage others regardless of what they might be going through.

Places to connect with Sharon:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

Amazon Author Page

Links for Sharon’s Book Trailers:

His Perfect Love

A Very Present Help

Paths of Righteousness

There Abideth Hope

Sharon and I look forward to your comments.

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20 comments to Sharon K. Connell Speaks Up!

  • elaineadmin

    You’re very welcome, Sharon. It’s a pleasure to host you again. I hope this will be a fun and interesting week for all.

  • Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed the second interview with Sharon. I love her books and feel blessed to count her as a FB friend.

  • Hi Sharon! I’ve recently been feeling rather humbled myself and taken a more honest look
    at my wriitng. My conclusion: We are always in process and on the journey. I don’t think
    we ever arrive! Kudos to you for having the guts to go back and rewrite you novels and
    make them stronger. I sure appreciate your sharing.

    Elaine, another great post!

    • elaineadmin

      Well, Kathy, speaking for myself: I am perpetually learning the craft of writing. My editing rounds show me this in detail–LOL.

      Thanks for your visit and support.

  • Thank you all for your loving support and encouragement. Every day, I learn more about the writing journey from not only other authors, but readers. We never stop learning. I’m looking forward to the future stories my Lord gives me, and sharing them with everyone.

  • Hi Sharon. I agree with Kathleen–I don’t believe we ever arrive in writing. The more I write, the better I get. Looking forward to reading your stories.

    • elaineadmin

      I’m always learning and a while back have come to realize that there’s no need to be ashamed of this 😊

      Always a joy to see you, Pat!

  • Marilyn R

    Thank you for the interview with Sharon K. Connell. I’m not a writer except poetry at times to express my thoughts and feelings. But I believe, no matter what we do in life we are always learning. His Perfect Love sounds like a book that will be a page turner. I really enjoy reading books showing God’s grace and mercy through the lives of characters. which often become like family members and you wonder how they are doing months later. I’m adding this book to my ever growing pile of TBR. God bless you both as you continue to write, along with all the amazing authors that I’ve discovered through this blog.

    • elaineadmin

      Marilyn, thanks for the sweet smile regarding your experience through this blog (discovering authors 😊). Like you that’s when I know I’ve read an excellent book: thinking about the characters and how they’re doing months later.

  • Thank you so much, Patricia Bradley. Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I’ve been super busy trying to finish up my monthly newsletter, which came out today. Thank you also for all the reTweets you’ve given my interview.

  • Marilyn and Elaine, that’s exactly why His Perfect Love came to be. My main character, Patricia Campbell appeared in two of my first books (both to be rewritten), and she wasn’t a nice girl to say the least. But she wouldn’t let me alone. She became a part of my family of characters with whom I had a strong attachment. She kept telling me, “You can’t leave me like this.” So I couldn’t. I hope you enjoy her story when you get time to read it. And just so everyone knows, I haven’t been pestered by my other villains or accomplices the way Patricia pestered me, so you probably won’t see them in any future stories. LOL

  • Just wanted to remind everyone to check out my website and please sign up for my monthly newsletter. You’ll find plenty of articles for readers as well was writers. And I’d love to hear from all of you.

  • I admire your courage, Sharon, and agree that each of us should offer our best work to our readers, but firstly to God. Your tenacity in rewriting your first three books after having refined your skills and honed your God-given, God-inspired talents is a fine example for all of us who use the gift of storytelling which He has placed in our hearts to glorify Him.

    “Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” —Ps. 37:4-5 KJV

  • What a great interview! I am interested in what you mean by writing ‘in a deep point of view.” POV has always been a problem for me, which is why I write short stories. While I don’t seem to break the rules of POV, neither do I completely understand it. Your book is next to be read finally. The lyme has been at my eyes and I have not read anything in a while. Again, I really enjoyed this interview.

    • elaineadmin

      Greetings, Micki, and a warm welcome to Everyone’s Story. I hope to see you again 😊

      And if that’s Lyme disease you’re referring to, may He bless you with health.

  • elaineadmin

    A little early this evening due to unexpected circumstances…

    My returning guest this past week, author Sharon K. Connell, has been a delight to host just as she was the first time! Thanks, Sharon, for encouraging us all in not only our writing but in the ways of life. I hope this time on Everyone’s Story blesses you with many more readers.

    And super thanks for your BookGiveaway of His Perfect Love. And the winner of this novel is…

    KB. Congratulations, KB. Both Sharon and I will contact you shortly via direct email.

    Blessings to all.

  • Thank you, KB. I appreciate all that you said, especially that verse. It is one of my many favorites. I’m happy that you won the book and hope you will enjoy it.

    Micki, I’ll be happy to share what I’ve learned about deep POV with you. We can talk about it more on the group forum. And may I welcome the rest of you to our group forum on Facebook, where we talk about all kinds of topics, post our own works and recommend other books, encourage each other, and simply have a lot of fun (with a little silliness mixed in). Elaine is also one of our members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/writersandauthorsforum/ Drop on by and check us out.

    I’d also like to invite all of you to visit my website: http://sharonkconnell.com/ and subscribe to my monthly newsletter, Novel Thoughts. (Bonus…I’ll be interviewing Elaine in July’s issue, out on the 18th.)

    Thanks again for such a wonderful interview, Elaine. You do a great job of supporting so many other authors. We all appreciate you.

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