Wednesday 6 February 2013

Author Interview – Sharisse Coulter

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Genre – Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Rating – PG13

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Tell us a bit about your family. I’m originally from Lake Tahoe but went to grad school in Australia, where I met my husband (a musician). We’ve been married for eight years now and have a four-year old son.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? Ooh, that’s a tough one.  My favorite writing place is the Encinitas public library.  It has a view of the ocean, a coffee cart outside, and the perfect cozy chairs for writing. My favorite city is definitely New York, though.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? I grew up in the mountains and spent a great deal of time outside, playing sports. I learned a lot about pushing through the difficult times in order to achieve something I was working for and I think that mentality is what got me through my first draft.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve loved stories and reading since I was two years old.  I can’t remember a time I wasn’t interested in writing, but for a long time I was intimidated by all the wonderful writers I admired, worried I could never be good enough to compare.

When and why did you begin writing? I really started writing in college, particularly grad school.  I’d just been through a really traumatic experience—my boyfriend at the time committed suicide—and I needed a way to work through my grief and find a way to come to terms with it.  Writing saved me.

How long have you been writing? In some form or other, since elementary school.  Writing novels? About two years.

When did you first know you could be a writer? I don’t think there was a deciding moment.  It’s been something niggling me for many years, but I only started seriously writing when I stopped thinking about myself and started thinking about my story as its own entity.

What inspires you to write and why? Life.  People. Traveling.  Being frustrated and wishing I could control the world around me.  When I reach my limit, it’s time to create a fictional world that I can bend to my will.  It’s possible I have control issues.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? Contemporary women’s fiction.  I discovered my natural writing voice suits the genre and, as an added bonus, I am my own demographic. I find it easier to explore because I know what I wish I could be reading, and if I can’t find it, I write it.

What inspired you to write your first book? ROCK MY WORLD is my first book, and it started with the idea of Jenna and Alex, two of my main characters. They rattled around in my imagination for a couple years aimlessly, until finally, a year after having my son, I was struck by sudden inspiration and knew their story.

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