Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Sharon Hamilton, author of the military romance SEAL Brotherhood series and other paranormal romance novels.

You can also find Sharon sharing her writing wisdom and blogging at sharonhamiltonauthor.blogspot.com

 Welcome, Sharon.!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

Author Sharon Hamilton

I had a very successful career in Real Estate for 25 years before becoming a writer. My manager was always accusing me of making the secretaries cry with my memos (not a good thing). Now I get to do it and be paid for it!

I always loved writing, and knew even as a young girl I would some day be a writer. But life intervened. Love writing paranormal, but also contemporary military heroes with my SEAL Brotherhood series.

I love organic vegetable and flower gardening, and have had a large garden for almost every year for the past 35 years. I also used to earn ribbons at the Sonoma County Fair for my Santa Rosa Plum jam and Plum-Apricot jam.

Sharon with other Navy Mom Jody working on Christmas pillow cases for Wounded Warriors.

I love to do anything that is crafty: collage, decorating blue and green eggs from my chickens, quilting, needlepoint, and knitting. If I owned a craft shop I would never write. Have to be careful not to get distracted there.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I like to write on the leather chaise, overlooking my garden. Upstairs has a fireplace, and my favorite knitted afghan. Also away from distractions of downstairs.

Sharon’s leather chaise, her favorite place to write

A shot of Sharon’s lovely garden

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

My desk area downstairs is for working on the business side of writing, paying bills, writing emails or sometimes blogs.

Sharon at her desk in the writing room

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Love my Jimmy Thomas calendar from last year. Also have my book covers done on canvas. Yum!!  Costco does it very cheaply. Had posters made of them as well, and had JT sign them so I could give them away as swag.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

Upstairs is light and bright. Music resonates well in the tall 24’ ceilings. I listen to Sirius, usually to the Spa Channel, sometimes Watercolors or Coffee House. I also have about 30 days of music on my computer and I listen with headphones if I’m having trouble concentrating.

I always write to music. Music puts me in the mood. In the winter, I write late at night by candlelight.

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Decaf coffee in the AM. Ice water at night. I’m off caffeine, all sugar and flour, so have no sodas. Do miss my strawberry margaritas, though.

 

Sharon’s commercial looking house rebuilt after the fire

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I don’t have any complete favorites. I graze. Kressley Cole, Darynda Jones, Diana Gabaldon, JR Ward, to name a few. I also love James Elroy and Anne Rice (the early books and her erotica).

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I like to write when the house is quiet. Usually morning or late at night. I write to music, and can write in a coffee house or restaurant very well. I like watching the people.

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I must be ADD. I get distracted at Libraries because there’s too much going on there. That’s why instrumental music works to help me focus. Without it, I can’t get deep into the story, the emotions of the story.

My daily goal is 2000 words. I have done as many as 11,000 in one day – one time when I wrote for 24 hours straight.

4. Why do you write?

Absolutely my most favorite thing in the world to create a new story and see how the characters show up, play with each other. They become good friends I go back and visit day after day.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Never give up. Never surrender! Keep writing. When you get rejected, keep writing. When you write something for a particular editor, and they reject it, keep writing. Write for contests. Write for critique partners. Don’t let any comment or review stop you.

Be patient with yourself. Practice self love/self care by encouraging yourself. Learn to discern what your voice is. Give the readers what they want. Listen to critiques but don’t take them to heart. Never believe the doubter in your head that says maybe you aren’t a good writer. Talent is overrated. It’s hard work, not talent that will make you a bestseller.

 

Sharon and husband Don,  at the “Afterlife” ball at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco

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Thanks, Sharon, for giving us a glimpse into your writing life.

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

 

 

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44 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Sharon Hamilton”

  1. mooderino says:

    That chaise looks like an awesome place to come up with stories. Great interview. This series has really been illuminating, great seeing how everyone works.

    mood

    • Mooderino,
      If I could channel that leather surface on the chaise, I’m sure there would be remnants of angels, dark angels, vamps and hunky SEALs running around naked, doing love battles. LOL. It is an amazing place and never ceases to inspire me right when I need it!!

  2. Wish our ceilings were that high!

    • Alex, for this, we had to endure a fire that completely destroyed my house. We had a metal building as a frame (because we had little money to actually build a real house), so after the fire, we just let those tall ceilings go. That bridge overlooks the living room. The outside of the house is the old roofing material we recycled. We reused everything we could to make it as green as we could. Now it almost feels like a cathedral. I’m making a mosaic in the entrance from the recycled tile from my kitchen and bathrooms. We call it our Phoenix House.
      But before this, there was a tremendous amount of pain. But got me to start writing.

  3. Karen Strong says:

    I agree with mooderino. That chaise looks like a piece of heaven. :) Loved what Sharon said about never giving up.

    Thanks for sharing this writing space Nutschell.

  4. Shelly says:

    Once again, I love these, Nut. And to Sharon what a great story. Life does get in the way. I wrote the first chapter to my first book in 1998 and stuffed it in my closet. Kept a journal here and there so I could raise five daughters on my own, work, and attend college. Amazing how life works out.

    Hugs.
    Shelly

    • You know, Shelly, that’s where all the stories come from, life experiences. I tell everyone I’ve raised 4 children and a husband. I didn’t like what I wrote (I journaled too) when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. But now, I have all that rich earth to cull. Pain and happy times. All of it is available to me, with the time to do it right. Focus has always been my problem. But even when I don’t focus, I collect things for future. I’ll bet you’re the same way.
      Glad you’re on this journey now!!

  5. Kathy M. says:

    What a fun and encouraging person and post!

    These are so fun. I would like to participate sometime, but I haven’t really written anything for publication … though my claim to fame is that I have around 50 blogs, true story! I just really like my workspace. I have switched it around several times, and now am going to keep it as is.

    Have a great week,

    Kathy M.

    • Kathy, you sound like my kind of person. I would be positively dangerous around 50 blogs. You’re writing every day. Don’t kid yourself!! You might be writing more than people who call themselves writers.

      For me focus is the issue. I can’t walk into a bookstore or craft shop without spending 4-5 hours there. Drives my family crazy.

      I say lasso those little bloggies and weave some tales!! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Brinda says:

    Jimmy Thomas is so easy on the eyes. I’d be distracted by such a calendar. :) It’s nice to meet you, Sharon.

    • Brinda, JT is my favorite, I must admit. I’ve interviewed him by phone (the interview is on my blog if you search his name). He’s my cyber friend and just as nice on the inside as the outside. Little nervous about meeting him in person, with all my blushing and looking down (and at my age, I should be ashamed, right?). I do look forward to a picture with him some day. Because you were nice enough to make this comment, I’d be happy to send you one of my signed posters, if you would like. Just email me off loop.

  7. Hi, Nutschell,
    Nice to meet Sharon. Must be pretty cool to have a place for the business end of writing and another for creativity. I’m green with envy. Amazing too how differently we work. Music distracts me while writing. Sharon seems to be a prolific writer.

    • JL, I can write fast, but not well. I have to edit a lot. Years of court reporting training, medical transcription have enabled me to type at close to 160 WPM with few errors. It helps, but that doesn’t a good book make!!

      Learning to like the editing, which is the slow part for me. Again, focus.

  8. michelle says:

    I love the inspirational words at the end… never give up.
    Sharon has written 11 000 words in one day… wow!
    Great interview! Thanks Nutschell.

    • That day was one of a kind, for sure. I was inspired. My first book (since re-written some 57 times) was written in rough draft form in 30 days (90k words).

      But this isn’t what makes a good writer. It’s just a tool. I wish I could type as fast as my mind and emotions speak to me. I hear every word.

  9. Karen Lange says:

    Thanks, Nutschell, for the intro to Sharon! Great interview – I love hearing about what other writers like to do, what makes them tick, and all that good stuff.

    Have a great rest of the week! :)

  10. Great interview! I like how Sharon has a business center and creative space — I’m the same way, carrying my laptop from the recliner to the dinner table. Only a few feet apart, but I keep the two zones separate. =]

  11. deniz says:

    Nice to meet you, Sharon! I love that leather chaise. It *is* hard not to get distracted by crafting, isn’t it? I wish I could knit and read at the same time, to give me more time to write!
    Writing 24 hours in one day? Wow, that must have been fun!

    • Deniz, I guess I’ll have to do the books on tape, but right now, I think they are pricey. As they get more popular, I think the prices might come down.

      The 24 hours thing was with lots of coffee, and I think I spent the whole next day in bed sleeping. I made it okay if I stopped, but then I got to 20 hours and I just thought it would be fun to do it the full 24, so I did. Can’t say as I was very alert, though, toward the end…

  12. Morgan Shamy says:

    Sharon, Diana Gabaldon & JR Ward are like… My FAV authors EVER!!!!!!! Love them. So much. Loved your interview! And I love your advice… So glad to get to know you! :)

    • Thanks Morgan. Nice to meet you as well. I think those two are my faves because of their strong voice. It is something I strive for. Can’t say I’m on their level yet, but working on it!

  13. Spacerguy says:

    Thanks Sharon I needed that! Whenever I return to my favorite writing place, I give thanks to the heavens above and kiss the floor.

    • Spacerguy, it is a special time when we connect with those powers out there that make us a creative, wonderful writer. Is sacred, as I’ve said before. Not used for anything else–well, maybe reading occasionally!

  14. Great interview!

    You wrote for 24 hours straight? That’s amazing.

  15. Very interesting interview! Nice learning more about Sharon.

  16. Thanks, Carol. Nice to meet you too.

  17. Ciara Knight says:

    I have this great writing space in my master bedroom next to a gas fireplace, but I have no where to sit. I’m thinking that chase would be perfect. 😉

    • Ciara, I used to think these things looked like something that belonged in a Victorial Lady’s dressing room. But it really works for me. I can prop my legs up, the leather gets nice and warm, I can snuggle beneath a cozy comforter or quilt, and the lap table I can adjust to be as close, high or low as I choose. That way I can change positions to adjust so I’m not sitting in one position.

      Funny how different ideas come to me when I’m “lounging” rather than sitting erect. And I save all that sitting for coffee shops and paying bills, or other emailing things.

      But when I want to dream or read, I like my feet up.

  18. Jemi Fraser says:

    Love that chaise! That’s what I’m hoping to get when I finally have room for it – not happening soon! I enjoy Sharon’s stories – they’re great!

    • Jemi, thanks so much for those kind words. Yes, nice to see you again, my friend. I’ve seen some of these pieces for not a lot of money, too. Even a one-armed couch might work (or a couch that could be customized like my SEAL would do!).

      Praying for one for you soon.

  19. Melissa Bradley says:

    I love that writing space. How gorgeous and inspiring. You know, I get distracted at libraries, too.

    • Melissa, you know, I lost some dates to some really smart guys in college. Grew up in Silicon Valley and who knows? They would take me to the library for study dates, and I was too distracted. (Well, yes, I distracted them too, I think). Nice to see there are others like me. In college I used the media center/listening room to study. No way I could do it otherwise. Must be an ADD thing.

  20. I LOVE the leather chaise. Looks so comfortable. Thanks for introducing us to another another. Have to check out Sharon’s books :)

  21. Laura Eno says:

    Distractions are everywhere! That chaise looks comfy. :)

    • I agree, Laura. Nice thing, though, when listening to music with the really good headsets they make now, is you can keep your heart in the story and your eyes don’t get engaged in the drama outside in the room or coffee shop. The visual seems just to add to the emotional stuff going on inside from the music. At least that’s the way I work.

      Probably everyone else is different. But it is how I cope with it. I’ve even thought about releasing a CD that goes with different chapters of the books, since each one was written to a different series of tracks.

  22. Nutschell thanks for hosting this ingenious interview. Sharon, what a fascinatingly relaxing workspace.

    • Thanks, Maurice. I was home when I discovered this spot. Not set up to do anything else but dream, read and write. And that’s the way it should be. Almost like everything comes bubbling up from the leather, whispering in my ears… Glad Nutschell was gracious to host me.

  23. I love the Galaxy Quest quote (actually, I don’t know if it was intended or not)! I find myself saying it all the time for extra encouragement. Thanks, Sharon and Nutschell. :)

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