Name Sharon L. Higa
Age 54 years young
Where are you from Born in Anaheim, CA
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
My family did a lot of travelling when I was young. I lived in Europe, visited Thailand and have been to all but 5 of the United States of America. Since I was six years old, storytelling has been a given in my family on both sides. Ghosts, hauntings, horror, the supernatural were very normal for us – I come from a long line of psychics and when I am not writing I currently ply my trade as a Tarot Card reader. I graduated High School at the age of 17 and have some college, but most of my education has been through travel and exposure to all kinds of cultures and people.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My latest book has just been published by JEA Press; ‘Rose & Steel’, a fantasy/action novel about a shapeshifting detective agency.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in earnest my sophomore year in high school. My English teacher, Mrs. Tobin encouraged me to write a short story and enter it in a writing completion. I did and took second place. From then on, I began to write my stories down.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Not until then. My family always said I had the gift of storytelling, but it wasn’t until I actually placed in the writing competition that I began to truly believe it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The story truly would not let go of me. I had the same dream for 6 months straight and it wasn’t until I sat down and started writing the plotline out that I actually quit having the dreams. Thus, my writing career was born.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
*Chuckling* I call my style ‘folksy’. People have told me my style is direct and honest, like I’m actually standing there telling them the story while they read.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
‘Rose & Steel’ are actually two main characters within the book. Read it and you’ll see why I picked that title! *Wink*
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My themes usually run ‘good vs evil’ with the concept that you may do bad things, but you never, ever get away with them. Either in this world or the next, you will pay.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I keep the actual locations realistic. I believe that even though my story is a complete work of fiction, certain things like vehicles of the time or locations need to be real and precise. Otherwise, you can lose the attention and interest of the reader.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would have to say a combination of the two.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
All horror, mystery, real life hauntings and the supernatural. Everyone from E.A. Poe’s the ‘Tell-tale Heart’ to the real life crime stories of Ann Rule. I am and have always been an avid reader and I do believe that every book I have read has influenced me in one way or another.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Stephen King, primarily because he does what I strive to do in my writing – take the absolutely mundane and give it a horrific twist.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I read three at a time. Right now, it’s Agent White’ by Michael Kanuckel, ‘Shivers VI’ anthology, and Stephen King’s ‘N’.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Quite a few of my fellow authors at JEA Press. There are some incredibly talented people there and I am honored to be amongst them. Just to name a few: Mark Woods, Tabitha Baumander, Jim GoForth and Ed Cardillo.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on a novel about an Asian Vampire with Narcolepsy (Dark Comedy), a short story about a cat and her revenge (Sisterly Love) and am polishing up a Novella called ‘Z-REGEN (Zombie Regeneration Project)’.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members
. My best and dearest friend, Sharon Huth-Sullivan. We’ve known each other since we were 7 years old and she’s always pushed me into writing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Most definitely. And I already love every minute of it!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m bad that way. I’ll write, re-write, re-re-write until I lose all focus of the book if I am not careful. So, at this time I will shut my mouth and say no – it’s good how it is. *smiling*
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Oh yeah. I was six years old when an older cousin of mine began to tell me horror stories. We would sit on our grandmothers back steps and he would tell me all kinds of scary stories that absolutely enthralled me. I could never get enough and that is when the writer in me was born.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
‘One Night In The Eternity Of…’ is an action/dark comedy/thriller about a vampire named Homer Chao who witnesses a murder. The murder victim is a drug dealer and now the three ‘killers’ are after Homer because they find out he saw the killing. The conundrum for Homer is does he deal with this as an ‘average’ human being or does he decide to allow the ‘vampire’ in him take over and deal with the killers?
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Having enough time to write! I will get up at 2 a.m. to write for three hours if something about my story literally wakes me up or I will write as much as possible in between doing things around the house – but there never seems to be enough hours in the day for me to write!
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Robert McCammon is one of my favorites. He writes incredible back stories into his work and keeps it on a down-to-earth level I like a lot. Another favorite is Brian Lumley – it’s hard, because I don’t have just one! *sigh*
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, not at all, thanks to Amazon, the internet and google! *laughing*
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A fantastically talented and wonderful illustrationist. Her pseudonym is ‘Velma Giggle Wink’ but her real name is Charlotte Morgan. She and I hit it off from the very first day we talked and the connection has held through her design and understanding of my visions for each one of the book covers.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Piecing it all together in one fluid tell. Sometimes I get a little over enthusiastic with commas, exclamation points, etc. and that’s where my wonderful editor steps in.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Patience and allowing things to come to realization in their own time. I have found this works with people, too.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never stop writing. Do not allow anyone or anything discourage you. Write for the love of writing and write what you know.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Many heartfelt thanks and blessings to you all for giving my stories a chance. I am both humbled and honored because without the readers/listeners there is no real joy in writing/telling the tale.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Oh yeah. *laughing out loud* – The Webster’s Dictionary at three years of age! Mom couldn’t get it away from me! Words have always fascinated me. I still read it for fun at times!
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Movies, nature watching, animal rescues (10 cats, 1dog and tons of wildlife around our home), food and books.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Action, adventure, mystery, horror, shoot ‘em ups. There are very few romantic comedies that I like. ‘Supernatural’, ‘Celebrity Ghost Stories’ and ‘Almost Human’ are among my favorite tv shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favorite food is Fried Chicken. Favorite Color is Blue and favorite music is ZZ Top.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would simply love to be able to continue traveling around the world.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My Website is http://www.leapingunicornliterary.com Please come check it out. It connects to my books, fellow authors and the two great publishing companies, J Ellington Ashton Press and Sirens Call Publications!