It's a Coffee Corner Christmas with Sharon McGregor (with Giveaway)
The Coffee Corner Welcomes
So, pull up a chair and stay awhile. We have a lot to talk about including her latest book...you, know, the one you may just WANT TO PICK UP FOR CHRISTMAS!
Let's get started with the interview...
RB: Hello, Sharon, welcome to the Coffee Corner. What can you tell us about your new book?
SM: Hi, Renee. I'm excited to be here. Thank you for having me.
All's Fair In Love And Arson is a Christmas novella. Bella has returned home to help her mother Izzie who broke her leg when she fell down a hill in the Nuisance Grounds. In addition to minding Izzie's store, Bella is coaxed into taking over her role in the Christmas production of Hercule Poirot's Christmas, which Izzie's best friend has decided to transform into a musical. Bella had hoped her homecoming might bring back a little Christmas spirit to her life, but things become difficult when she runs into Jake, her old high school sweetheart. Someone is setting fires in St. Christopher, a family feud is in full swing, and everyone is on edge. In the midst of all this, Bella is searching for the real meaning of Christmas.
RB: Wow, sounds like a lot is going on! What an incredible story. I can't wait to read it! What about you, folks? I love Christmas stories...almost as much as I love Christmas. Bella, Izzy, Jake...how did you come up with these names, Sharon? After all, I struggle with picking names for my own characters...anybody else have this problem out there?
SM: In All's Fair In Love And Arson, I began with the name Jake because it's always been one of my favourite men's names. I think this goes back to my younger days when I had an unrequited crush on a "Jake." It wasn't until after I'd settled on Bella and Izzie as the two diminutives of Isabel that I realized the pairing of Jake and Bella were reminiscent of characters from the Twilight series. By then I was attached to my characters so I decided to run with it.
RB: I've been there before. I have a novella with a similar name to another book I've written, but I can't bring myself to change it. I can't see him as anybody else but JB! Sometimes this writing thing is so difficult. (sigh) Like outlining...I HATE outlining. In fact, I don't do it. But now, I love the editing process, although it is rather time consuming. What's the easiest part of writing for you?
SM: What an interesting question, Renee. I'd have to say it's always the first draft. Once you get the story line in your head, it's so easy for me to just let the characters lead me along as I tell their story. The difficult part is the editing and rewriting that follows.