Friday, November 16, 2012
Interview of Author Sharon Kleve
Latest Book: Klutzy Love
Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband. She loves romance. Loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve with a few bumps and bruises along the way.
One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.
When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.
Q: What’s the first thing you did when you received word you’d sold a book?
A: I work in an office filled with cubicles, not a lot of privacy. I grabbed a friend/co-worker and casually walked out the front door. The screaming, jumping up and down, and crying happened in the back parking lot, and then complete disbelief set in. I calmly went back to my desk and re-read the email from Books To Go Now again, just to make sure I wasn't delusional. Yes, it still had a contract attached. I called my husband who was so incredible happy for me. We drank champagne and called all our family members.
Q: What part of the book is the easiest for you to write? Why?
A: I write paranormal romance. Similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, with a psychic twist. My heroine speaks to a animals. I love animals, all shapes and sizes. The best part about writing for me is the dialoged that comes from the animals.
Q: Do you eat comfort food when writing? If so, what food inspires your imagination?
A: I spread a thin layer of Skippy peanut butter and raspberry jam on saltine crackers. I nibble as I write.
Q: What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
A: Driving around in my 1969 red convertible MG, waving at people like a beauty queen. We take her out every chance we get. We've even had her out in the snow. That wasn't the brightest idea, but it was fun.
Q: What is your favorite romance book that you’ve read?
A: Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard. I've read and re-read that book at least 15 times. There's a scene where the heroine is watching her neighbor, the hero, through her kitchen window. She has a wonderful side view of his naked body while he's drinking milk. Do you get the picture? Yum!
Q: Facebook, MySpace, Blogs, Chats, or Twitter. Which do you like best and why?
A: Well, when I started writing I had no idea that there was a whole other side to writing, that's the marketing side. You could have the greatest book in the world, but if no one knew about it, it wouldn't sell. That being said, out of all the social media sites, I like Pinterest best, Facebook second and the rest get clumped together. I recently signed up with Linkedin and enjoy them to.
Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an oversized rubber band. She’s still a hot chick, but her boss is dead.
Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After finding out Corny’s dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he doesn’t want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That’s his job!
Corny misses Steve, but she’s getting on with her life. She decides to get a month’s worth of dating out of the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things—men, food, and alcohol.
Steve’s big gun and cop’s intuition saves Corny’s life, but not from another trip to the emergency room. He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again—she agreed, but has her fingers crossed behind her back.
I raised my salty-rimmed margarita, "Let's make a toast to Mr. Langfield; he was kind, kooky, and had poor taste in women."
"Here, here. God bless the silly romantic fool," Kitty cheered and twirled her hair around her finger.
"I second that," Brenda clinked her glass to ours and munched on chips and salsa.
After a sip from my drink my sexy-guy radar started to beep. I did a quick scan of the restaurant and spotted my target. I discreetly waved my hand above my head and said, "Target acquired... target acquired." We laughed until we about peed our pants and then I leaned forward and quietly asked, "Do you think he heard me?" then giggled more. "I've seen my share of gorgeous men, but that guy is smok’n hot."
"Oh boy, is he ever," Kitty and Brenda said in unison and fanned their faces dramatically.
"He's been looking my way. I'm giving him my, 'you can buy me a drink' look."
All of a sudden Kitty rolled her eyes toward the bar and whispered, "Holy moly, he's coming this way."
Sure enough he made his way through the crowd on the dance floor towards our table. Before I hyperventilated from excitement, Kitty kicked me in the shin. "Thanks, I needed that." Kitty could be pretty levelheaded in stressful situations.
Anything else you’d like to add?
My recipe for Lip Smacking Pork Roulade was chosen to be in 'All Romance's Passionate Cooks Cookbook: Recipes from Today's Hottest Romance Authors' in October 2012.
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