Saturday, 15 January 2011

Interview With Sharon Atkinson

I am very excited to have an interview with Sharon Atkinson who is a self published poetry author and has had poems published in anthologies.

You can find examples of Sharon's writing at Even Angels Cry.

My personal favourite is the microfiction:

I can’t believe David asked me to the prom, but so did Stephen, Tommy, Mike, Lee and Bobby. They always gave me the impression that they hated me, especially as they always made fun of me, pulled my hair, spat in my face and tripped me up so many times. I’m not sure who I will choose but in the meantime I can make my own prom dress. I will sow every stitch with care. It will be a masterpiece.

This time tomorrow I will be at the prom. I have decided to go with all of them. The one thing left to do now is, what do I do with their remains?

Questions and Answers

What inspired you into writing?
I didn’t start writing properly until 2001 when a friend said to me that I should write as I have so much inside me that people would like to hear. So she set me up with my website. It did encourage me to actually start writing. I started on the poetry and before long some of my poems were being accepted for publication in anthologies. It was certainly a great boost to the system and it encouraged me to keep going.

What are you currently working on?
At present I am working on my second book of poetry which is more of the deeper, darker gothic side, my first novel and a few short stories which I may put into a book of their own.

What do you want your readers to get out of your writing?
I want my readers to get a feeling of satisfaction. If the sad stuff brings a tear to your eyes, my words have reached your heart and the same for the romance and those with humour. I want them to press all of the right buttons in the reader so they feel the same that I possible do when I read others work.

Who is your favourite author/s? and why?
I have a number of authors that I like to read
Cecelia Ahern, a feel good author where you can relate to the heroine telling the stories
Charlaine Harris, writes well and enjoyable to read
Barbara Erskine, excellent writer, her words flow into your mind and you can picture the magic that erupts on to the page
Stephen King, my first horror writer experience
Graham Masterton, he grabs you with the opening paragraphs and you are hooked in to his world of macbre
There are many more authors that I love to read and I also enjoy reading works from authors I have never read before. They open the mind to a whole different range of writing.

What do you love to do when you are not writing?
When I am not writing, I like to obviously read a lot and listen to music. Music plays a very good part in my life. I attend a lot of music gigs.

What is your ideal playlist when writing?
I like a lot of the old 80’s hair metal bands/glam metal, so as long as it has Bon Jovi, Thunder, Europe, Dokken, Cinderella, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Skid Row, Yngwie Malmsteen and a must is Within Temptation. Depending on what I am writing at the time, I do tend to listen to a lot of Heavy metal as well.

You can buy Sharon's book of poetry 'From Dreams to Reality' here:


sharon said...

Hey Thanks for this Lisa.

Lisa said...

No problem- I enjoyed your poems so think other people should hear about them too!

sharon said...

I really do appreciate your feedback and encouragement. Thank you again.

Think I might be tempted to maybe give a copy of my book away on GoodReads in the giveaway section or maybe you could hold a comp on the UK Swap and I will sign it to the winner. Just a suggestion.

Lisa said...

what a brilliant idea! definitely. We'd love to have it on swap shop- but honestly you'd reach a wider audience doing it via the main GoodReads giveaways.