Please give Sharon Cullen a warm welcome! She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about her new Loveswept release, The Notorious Lady Anne. After the interview, enter for your chance to win a digital copy of her book!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Sharon] Taxi driver to 3 busy kids, chef, laundress, mediator, beauty addict (eyeshadow and lip glosses are my vice) & historical romance author.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Notorious Lady Anne?
[Sharon] The Notorious Lady Anne is about a strong-willed lady pirate bent on vengeance against the father who left her destitute. Her revenge has been eleven years in the making and nothing will stand in her way. Except for an arrogant, sexy nobleman who is trying to regain his life after a near fatal accident. He doesn’t believe in vengeance. She doesn’t believe in the goodness of people. Together they will prove the other wrong.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Sharon] When I first started writing Lady Anne, there weren’t many stories out there about strong-willed, alpha heroines. I wanted to explore the concept. Except Nicholas refused to be put in the role of the beta hero. He became just as headstrong and obstinate as Anne. That’s when the story really took off and the sparks flew.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Anne?
[Sharon] Headstrong, obstinate, dangerous
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Nicholas had a theme song, what would it be?
[Sharon] Shipping off to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys. While Nicholas didn’t lose his leg, like the sailor in the song, he did almost lose his life in a naval battle.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Anne is never without.
[Sharon] Her dagger
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Nicholas’ pockets?
[Sharon] This was a tough question. I’ve never really thought about what he would have in his pockets let alone what he wouldn’t have. So I asked my kids the question and this is what they came up with: iPhone, iPod and makeup. I laughed so hard that I thought I’d share with you.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Anne’s greatest regret?
[Sharon] That she was never enough for her mother. After Anne’s father left them, her mother’s health and mental well-being were never the same. Anne always believed that she was never enough to keep her mother alive.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Sharon] Reading is a great influence. My family and my fellow writers are my other influences.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Sharon] Time, time and more time. LOL. Seriously, I can write with pen and paper, chalkboard and chalk, computer, whatever. But what I really need is the time to write.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Sharon] Ken Follett’s Winter of the World. I love, love, love that series–the historical wrapped around the fiction as he follows the lives of a few families–and am sad he can’t write faster so the next book will come out
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Sharon] Black Beauty. When I was ten I read the entire series and fell in love with reading. I was unstoppable after that, grabbing anything that had words in it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Sharon] I like spending time with my husband and kids. The kids are getting older now and aren’t home as much so a lot of the time its just my husband and I. It’s like we’re dating all over again.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Sharon] I’m addicted to social networking. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, my website and my blog
Twitter – http://twitter.com/SharonCullen
Website – http://sharoncullen.net/
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
About the author:
After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance and historical romance.
Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.