I love meeting new authors and so it's exciting to introduce Sharon Hooper, author of THE DIARIES OF AVALON ROSE: FIRST BLUSH. FIRST BLUSH is the highly sensual first volume in the series about Avalon's adventures, and her lineage that goes back generations. Romantic Times calls THE DIARIES OF AVALON ROSE: FIRST BLUSH "a promising debut" and Night Owl Romance says "Sharon Hooper has written a great story that is both titillating and scorching. It also leaves the reader eagerly turning the next page."
Sharon stopped by to chat with me and answer some of my typically probring questions.... So, welcome, Sharon! It's great to have you as my guest. Let me start this interview with question about childhood....
Erin: What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
Sharon: As a kid, growing up in Portland, Maine, most of my favorite activities revolved around being outside--ice skating in the woods, tobogganing, hay rides, camping at the lakes and going to orchards to pick apples in the fall. In the summer, the beach was the thing! As teenagers, my friends and I thought nothing of biking ten miles to the nearest stretch of sand, but I have to admit, we did call our fathers now and then, begging for rides home. I also loved to read and created hideaways at home with signs pinned to the blankets, daring anyone to disturb my privacy.
Erin: I think I had my nose buried in a book from the time I learned to read until...well...still do... Next
Question....Do you believe in ghosts?
Sharon: Absolutely, I believe in ghosts. When I was younger, my imagination (or maybe not) used to play tricks on me in the house where I grew up. It was a lovely three story Victorian, which was divided into two homes. The house was built in 1898 for a family with five daughters. When I lived there, one of the daughters (then quite elderly) still lived there on the first floor, but slept on the third floor. We lived in the middle floor. Every night at 9 p.m. we could hear her walking up the back stairs to the empty “attic,” still to sleep in the room she had been born in. Many times, in the dead of night, I was sure that I heard a swishing sound that echoed through the stairwell, but I couldn’t convince anyone that there might be a ghost.
When we lived in the Northwest woods for 12 years recently, I had many magical experiences. Indian voices frequently spoke to me. I even found myself in occasional trances which all involved Northwest Native American episodes. About ten years ago, before we moved to Sedona, we intermittently stayed in various cottages up Oak Creek Canyon. One night, I was sound asleep and I felt warm air blowing in my left ear. I sat straight up thinking my husband was playing a joke, but he was still snoring. Looking quickly to my left, I saw the form of a statuesque and handsome man with almost copper- colored skin, smiling, his body just beginning to disappear. I asked the proprietor about it the next morning. She said that a few women had had encounters with this person, who she believed was her father (and quite the ladies man) who had built the cottages.
Erin: Wow! My ghosts are mostly in my head--not complaining about that, though! Next question, If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
Sharon: Hmmm….My life has been so diverse, it would have to be a combination of drama, comedy, romance and action. I love having lived all these segments! I’ve never been accused of being a “drama queen” but have lived through much drama, including your usual challenging childhood, then the first marriage that was more drama than romance. However, I was blessed with my father’s sense of humor and indulged in more of a comedic/adventurous lifestyle once I got through therapy One can choose to excel through life’s adversities or cave in. I love being of service to others…and also being balanced and tending to my own diverse needs.
I’ve been madly in love with my second husband for 25 years and absolutely adore my two sons and three grandsons. I facilitate retreats, love being on retreat by myself, hike, travel, play African drums, am passionate about helping women succeed in life and business, carry books with me everywhere and love love love evening fires with marshmallows at the beach. Except for my own solo retreats, my head is always in action, thinking up new businesses, ideas and stories. And my other profession as a life and business coach allows me to indulge in all these concepts without having to personally make them happen! However, I am also blessed with reading wondrous unpublished books since my husband and I have our own publishing company. Yes, I am busy…and I know there is a special place in heaven for entrepreneurs.
Erin: I think my life would definitely be a comedy--the kind that makes you laugh so hard that you pee your pants. Can't complain about that. I've been married only once and to the same man for almost 22 years. Sometimes it feels like forever, but in a good way. Now, onto the most important question.... tell us about your latest release and why you think we’ll love it!
Sharon: My latest release, The Diaries of Avalon Rose—First Blush, was quite an adventure! I have to admit this “first” Avalon Rose is kind of quirky, but definitely captivating. All the characters have strong and amiable personalities. The book describes events that take place in 1877 at an English country estate southeast of London. When Avalon takes up employment as a domestic, she discovers that the staff is made up of unusually attractive men and women whose duties require more than just cleaning and cooking. She quickly falls in love with two men and leaves the estate after only one week when she receives a huge surprise!
Since it’s my first romantic enterprise, I was delighted when it got terrific reviews from Romantic Times Book Reviews, and even a “top pick” from Night Owl Romance. I had great fun letting the character lead me on a merry romp through my imagination and the keyboard. The book actually wrote me once Avalon’s name came to light in my mind. And when I decided to add illustrations throughout the book, it made the story feel more alive.
I labeled the book “Victorian erotica” because there are sexy scenes with women together and also many hot settings with men…and, well, maybe a few men and one or two women. There will be several books in the series, all diaries and journals from Avalon’s heritage dating back as far as the middle ages. I’m working on the second diary now, Entwined Desires (April distribution), the continuation of Avalon’s story in 1877 and her mother’s narrative of daring love and adventure which begins in 1840. Okay, a little hint about book two…the mother is sent to a convent in Italy for misbehavior, and then the fun begins—in fact, it leads her all the way to the Vatican!
Subsequent books will be much longer than First Blush. I’m excited about deepening plots and correlating more history with the Avalon Rose lineage…intelligent, empowered and merry women of romance and intrigue…and sometimes downright dangerous. Who knows which diary will take up the threads after Mother’s spicy exploits?!
Erin: Sharon, thank you so much for stopping by! It's been such a pleasure to meet you and learn more about your books!
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