Interview: Shannon Srock

I’d like to welcome Shannon Srock to The Life and Lies for her book tour of Terri, the second book in her Christian romance series!
Why and when did you begin writing?
As strange as this might seem, I never wanted to be a writer. I love to read, but writing never crossed my mind as a serious vocation. I went to bed one night a reader and woke up the next morning determined to write a book. That was 20+ years ago and I didn’t have much success at it. The desire waned until about five years ago. Some stray words from a friend drove me back to my computer. I can only believe that God thought it was time for me to realize His purpose for me.
Did you base any of your characters on real people?
Not intentionally. In the beginning I think I might have used people I know as physical models, but not to the extent where I expected them to be recognized.
What’s the most exciting part about being a published author? What is the hardest part?
I write Inspirational women’s fiction. The most exciting part is hearing someone say that my story touched them in a positive way. I want to entertain, but the ability to touch someone’s heart is a heady experience. The hardest part? The added work. I have two jobs in addition to the writing. It seems I am always sitting at the computer.
Do you have any other books planned in the future? VBT Terri Book Cover Banner
There are six stories planned in The Women of Valley View series. Book three is contracted. I’m about a third of the way through the writing of book four.
Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?
I’m fickle. When I wrote the first story, Callie was my favorite. As I got into Terri’s story my affections switched. The same thing happened with Pam and now Samantha. I think you just get into their heads and they become part of you.
What advice can you give to young writers who want to publish their books?
Three things. Write, join a writer’s group, and find a good critique partner.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I like to read. I don’t get to do that as much as I used to.
Do you have any pets?
We have two big Labradors. Sara is Blonde, Ziva is black and brown. We’ve recently been adopted by a stray of unknown origin. She as big as the labs and solid black. We’ve called her Shadow. She is slowly becoming a part of the family.
What are your favorite (and least favorite) foods?
Anything chocolate and anything Mexican. I have two rules when I cook. If it’s sweet add chocolate. If it isn’t sweet add cheese. Least favorite…I don’t know that I have a least favorite food. I’m not a picky eater. I love to go to new places and try new things.
Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?
I’ve never met an activity that cookies and milk didn’t like.AuthorPic
What book are you reading right now?
I just finished Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes. Great book.
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I detest “reality” TV.
Thanks Shannon!


Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s debut novel, The Women of Valley View: Callie released in October 2012. The second in the series, The Women of Valley View: Terri releases in April 2013.
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perf5.500x8.500.inddAbout the Book:

Despite a bustling day care center and a new foster child, Terri Hayes hungers for a family of her own. Then a plumbing mishap leaves her homeless and questioning God’s plan. Steve Evans’s gracious offer of his basement apartment as a temporary solution is an answered prayer.
Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child. She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother.
Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store?
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Sharon will be awarding an e-Book copy of Callie, the first book in the series, to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop, plus a grand prize of a $20.00 gift card to the Pelican Book Group website to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
Check out the other tour stops below for more chances to win!
May 13:  Uplifting Reads
May 14:  Book 'Em North Carolina
May 14:  The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object
May 15:  REVIEW  My Devotional Thoughts
May 16:  Love, Laughter, Friendship
May 16:  REVIEW  Once Upon A Book
May 17:  The Ink Spot

1 comment :

  1. Very nice interview

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