Name Sharon Black.
Where are you from Dublin, Ireland.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc After school, I took a degree in History and Politics, and then did a postgraduate in journalism. I worked on and off as a journalist over the years. I’m married with three children.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My first novel, Going Against Type, will be published by Tirgearr Publishing this September, 2014.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
As a journalist, I suppose I’d been writing for a long time. I also did a bit of creative writing, before I had children, and had some short stories published in women’s magazines.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
My earliest memories are of reading and writing. I remember filling copybooks with stories in school, and asking Santa Claus for a typewriter when I was nine years old…
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I won a short story competition, and the prize included a writing weekend at the Killaloe Hedge School, run by author David Rice. I had started books before, but that inspired me to complete my first book!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I tend not to write long, descriptive passages, although I enjoy when other writers do this well. I tune in to how people speak and what they say, so much of my writing is dialogue. So I suppose it’s quite fast.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My two main characters are opposites of what they’re expected to be. My heroine is a beautiful, funny, feisty sports journalist. And she falls in love with a tall, handsome and very sophisticated fashion writer. Both write anonymous columns for rival papers and are drawn into a war of words with each other. And both refuse to conform to type….
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
It’s a fun read, but if there is a message it’s in the strap line under the title: Sometimes finding the right person is not as easy as finding the right word.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I worked in newspapers myself, although I never worked in sports. So I understood things like press conferences and interviews and deadlines.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
That’s a hard one to answer. I’m in a book club, and we read literary fiction. I also read commercial women’s fiction, some historical fiction and short stories. However, I also love a bit of science fiction – in particular anything to do with time travel!
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
The Irish author Kathleen MacMahon gave me solid advice and steered me in the right direction at a crucial time.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have just finished Burial Rites by Hannah Kent and am dipping into stories in Edna O’Brien’s collection, The Love Object.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am working on my second book.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members
My fantastic agent, Peter O’Connell, TrueLit Agency.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I don’t think so.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was reading from a very young age and I was a very quiet child (I made up for it later). Writing was a way of expressing myself, I think.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
It’s in the same genre – commercial women’s fiction. That’s all I can say…
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I can only speak for the book I’ve written. I think visually, so I have to see the scenes. So sometimes that was hard.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t have a favourite author. In commercial women’s fiction, I love writers who can make me laugh while making it appear effortless. And I also admire writers who are not afraid to strip back their writing to the bare bones. That’s a brave thing to do.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The excellent design team at Tirgearr will be designing the cover.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The sports stuff, actually. Even though there’s fairly little about sport in it, my heroine is a witty sports columnist and I had to do a fair bit of research.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a bit about football! On a more personal note, I learned quite a bit about myself – and the importance of just going for it.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
I don’t feel I’m in a position to offer other writers any advice – they could probably advise me! But to somebody who has never written, I’d say if you enjoy it, don’t let anyone stop you.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It sounds twee, but I think it was The Tail of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I’m quite low key, really. I walk, and I see friends. I quite enjoy cooking and entertaining at home. Maybe I should take up skydiving or something…
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t follow any particular TV shows, although I love historical documentaries and stand up comics. Opposite ends of the spectrum, but there you go… And when I want to shut out the world for a while, a romantic comedy does it every time. One of my favourite movies in recent years was The Time Traveller’s Wife. I read the book first.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I am quite unfussy but I adore Italian food. Just not too much of it, especially the pasta! Green is my favourite colour although I tend to wear a lot of black and grey. It’s simple and I don’t have to think about it too much. My favourite music is probably Latin American.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I studied ballet when I was younger and fancied myself as a dancer until I was about 15. Then I realized I was never going to be good enough.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
(Sharon Black Author Page on Facebook)
Cathy Mansell said:
Wonderful interview Sharon. Interesting questions and great answers. It’s nice to get to know you here. You’re doing well. Keep doing what you’re doing well.
Reblogged this on Pepperedpot's Blog and commented:
Sharon Black is an Irish author whose first novel has just been made available on e reader.
Sharon Black said:
Many thanks for re-posting this…x Sharon Black.
Daithi Kavanagh said:
Great interview Sharon. The best of luck with your book and looking forward to the second one.