Hiya! I’m Sharon, and thanks very much for visiting my website. Make sure you’ve got a cup of tea to hand, then settle yourself down for a good browse.
I’ve been writing ever since I learned how to form letters into words. The children’s books that stirred my imagination made me want to write my own stories, and I couldn’t begin to guess how many “Chapter Ones” I wrote over the years. I spent a lot of pocket money on writing pads! I was very good at starting a story. I just ran out of steam long before I finished it.
I always loved reading, and in 2009 I completed a degree in literature with the Open University – thirty years after I’d left school. As part of that degree, I’d done a module in creative writing, which stirred up the desire to write once more. Even so, it took me a couple more years of dabbling and daydreaming, and reading how-to books, and entering NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) before I finally had a finished first draft. It was a further two and a half years before the book was ready to show to anyone.
That book eventually became my debut novel, There Must Be an Angel, and since then I’ve written many more books which, thankfully, haven’t taken so long to finish.
I write uplifting women’s fiction – “love, laughter, and happy ever after”. My main characters will always get a happy ending – I guarantee it. Although, I make them work for it, bless them.
I’m a member of the Society of Authors, the Romantic Novelists’ Association, an Authorpreneur member of The Alliance of Independent Authors, and I’ve been a KDP All-Star Author on several occasions. How fab is that? I’m still in shock to be honest. It’s all thanks to my lovely readers who are a truly smashing bunch. I couldn’t do any of this without them.
Because of them, in 2018 I was lucky enough to be able to give up my admin job at a local medical practice, and take up writing as a full-time career. It was a risky move but I’m ever so glad I went for it. I love writing and I honestly think I have the best job in the world.
I live with my husband (the expert tea-maker) and our daft-as-a-brush German Shepherd dog, in a house that’s blissfully quiet now our five children have all left home. Yep, five children. Thank the lord someone told us what was causing it…
After many years of trying to write books while balancing a laptop on my knee in front of the television, I’ve now got my own little office, which I absolutely love. It’s my favourite room in the house, and all my “writerly” stuff is in there, along with my “how-to” books and many of my favourite novels. (Not ALL of them, though. I have so many favourite novels that I’ve run out of room and many of them are now stored in boxes. How sad is that?)
I’m a member of the blogging group, The Write Romantics, who took me under their wing back in 2015 and have been my writing family ever since. They’ve all gone on to have their work published – some traditionally, some indie, and some hybrid. All superstars in my book, and the nicest bunch of supportive female friends anyone could wish for.
Jo Bartlett, Jessica Redland, Helen J Rolfe, Jackie Ladbury, Alys West, Rachael Thomas, Helen Phifer, Lynne Pardoe and Deirdre Palmer – you are all brilliant!
One of the nicest things about the writing life is how you get to meet so many wonderful people. I’ve had loads of fun over the last few years and made some brilliant friends in the writing community. Here’s just a small selection of some of the fantastic writers I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with.
What else do you want to know? Well, I love Yorkshire Tea, I’m a bit obsessed with Doctor Who, and I absolutely love Cary Grant movies. I mean, Cary Grant – what a dreamboat.
I must also admit that I’m prone to all-consuming crushes on fictional heroes. Jamie Fraser, Poldark, Sherlock, Sidney Chambers … ooh, where was I?
Oh yes. I grew up and still live in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and the Yorkshire coast and countryside feature strongly in my novels.
If you’d like to know a bit more about the locations and settings for my books – real or fictional – head to this page for some stunning photos!
So, if you love stories with beautiful settings, lots of humour, romance and friendship, strong communities, gorgeous, kind heroes, and heroines who have far more important things on their minds than buying shoes, you’ll love my books.
My next book is The Whole of the Moon, which is the fourth and final novel in the Kearton Bay series. It will be published on 28th May, and you can pre-order it here.
As Charlotte Bronte, author of my all-time favourite book, Jane Eyre, once said: