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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Interview With Novelist Sharon Partington



What type of books do you write? My current book is Science Fiction/Adventure,  but I also write Fantasy, Historical Fiction and Romance.  I also write a little poetry.

What is your newest book about? The Assassin Journals: Hunter is about one man's quest for revenge and personal redemption. Gage Brassan is an ex-soldier turned assassin who undergoes a series of personal trials that serve as a catalyst reminding him of his military past and a promise left unfulfilled.  As he unravels the mystery surrounding the betrayal and execution of the elite special forces unit he once commanded he is also forced to protect his estranged father from the personal fallout of his criminal life.

What inspired you to write it? It was actually inspired by a first line prompt  exercise through a writing group I once belonged to.  The line captured my imagination and the story grew from there.

What is the writing process like for you?  I'm a "pantser", so I can't work to an outline unless I get seriously stuck.  For the most part I allow the story to tell itself.  As long as the characters are speaking to me and the plot is moving in the direction I want it to go, it's fairly easy.  I tend to work on multiple projects at once – at this point I have three WIP's on the go.  If one isn't speaking to me another usually is.  I also try to write every day, and I belong to an awesome online writing group called Dreaming in Ink whose members are very supportive and encouraging. 

What did you do before you became an author? Anything that paid the rent ;)  Being an author is amazing, but it doesn't pay the bills for me yet.  That job is as a cashier at a grocery store.

How does it feel to be a published author?
 It's amazing!  There's nothing quite like holding your book in your hand and seeing your name on the cover!

Any advice for struggling writers? Don't quit.  Develop a thick skin.  Join a writing group – writing can be a very solitary occupation and it helps to have people (not your family) to support and encourage you.  As David Gerrold says: "Be your own biggest fan, and your own worst critic".

Where do you see book publishing heading? I hate to say it, but with the advancement of Ebooks, Kindle, Kobo etc, I think the time of paper and ink books is drawing to a close.  As an author that makes me a little sad, because as I've said there's nothing quite like holding your own book in your hands.   My personal wish would be to see a balance between the two formats, but I don't think that's feasible.  I guess so long as books are available in whatever format it's all good. 

About Sharon:
S.L. Partington is a multi-genre author who is most comfortable writing Fantasy and Science Fiction. Book one of her science fiction/adventure series The Assassin Journals: Hunter is currently available from World Castle Publishing, with book two entitled The Assassin Journals: The Cartel scheduled to be released soon.   She lives in Alberta Canada and is the proud mother of a grown son currently serving in the Canadian military.
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