Exclusive Interview with

Sharon Hughes

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When did you start writing?

From a young age I dreamed of writing a book, I wrote a few blog posts and an article for an online magazine but in 2018 I knew it was time to start writing for real!

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What makes writing your passion?

I grew up an avid reader with a passion for books. I love communicating through written words.

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How long have you been writing?

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

It was absolutely exhilarating and then it was terrifying. I thought, “what if my book stinks and no one reads it”.

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

The characters in my book are actually all real and quite a mixed bag of broken people that don’t know they are. Being that my book is non-fiction I felt compelled to tell the story of overcoming trauma and my faith journey in a way that would give others hope.

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

Stories, whether true , or fictitious are how we learn, grow, and communicate thoughts and ideas. Your stories need to be told. You quite literally could change or save someone’s life - so don’t give up.

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

Know who you are, that you matter, and are valuable. Don’t listen to the naysayers, or those that try to diminish your hopes and dreams. You undeniably have a purpose.

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

I do read them and haven’t had a bad one yet.

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

I’m so grateful to impact someone else’s life.

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Yes, my whole book!!!

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

I think the cover is a way to grab attention and needs to be the best you can make it. After all if you don’t grab their attention they won’t pick it up and consider the contents.

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

I love hearing from my readers.

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

Sometimes it catches me by surprise;it’s humbling to know that anyone would read my work and value it.

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

I really love Mark Batterson. He is a powerful communicator and storyteller, he has such a rich ability to draw the reader into his world.

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

I just want to write words that move peoples’ hearts and minds.

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

Oh yes, I think that’s the writer’s curse, you always wish you would’ve expanded more on key points and stories.

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If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?

I can’t say that I would switch places with anyone else.

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What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.

They probably need to read my book and do some soul-searching!