For our March debut author feature, we are in conversation with Sharon Wray about her writing process and her romantic suspense novel, the first of her Deadly Force series, called Every Deep Desire:
Rafe Montfort was a decorated Green Beret, the best of the best, until a
disastrous mission and an unforgivable betrayal destroyed his life. Now, this deadly
soldier has returned to the sultry Georgia swamps to reunite with his brothers and take
back all he lost. But his wife, Juliet, must never know the truth behind what he’s done
or the dangerous secret that threatens to take him from her forever.
(You can find it Here on Amazon )
How long did you take to write this book?
I drafted and redrafted this book for a few years, off and on, as I wrote other
things. Then I rewrote the beginning and my agent sold this book on proposal in July
2016. Since then I’ve been writing, revising, editing, and proofing this book while
writing book 2 in the series.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Tons. This series is about a group of ex-Green Berets trying to figure out who
set up their unit and had them dishonorably discharged. But the brilliant man
behind their disgrace is obsessed with history’s greatest mysteries. Each book
revolves around an obscure historical fact or event that will eventually tie in to
why these soldiers’ lives were destroyed. Despite the research, I fictionalize many
things for the sake of the story.
What did you remove from this book during the editing process?
A lot. I removed a bunch of scenes from a secondary character’s point of
view. I also removed a complete secondary story line.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Both. I do a brief outline of turning points, major scenes, etc. before I start
What is your favorite part of your writing process, and why?
Revising. Because I love the wordsmithing part more than the story discovery
What is the most challenging part of your writing process, and why?
Drafting. I’m not sure why, but figuring out the initial story details is
always the most stressful part for me.
Can you share your writing routine? (e.g. How do you carve out your writing
time? Where do you normally write?)
My preference is to write every day in the morning through early
afternoon. Then late in the afternoon until dinner. I usually write at home at
my tiny desk in my kitchen. But sometimes I go to a coffee shop or bookstore
Have you ever gotten writer’s block? If yes, how do you overcome it?
Yes, and it’s always during the drafting phase. I overcome it by sitting
down and writing anyway. I’m on deadline with three books. I can’t afford the
time that writer’s block steals from me.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Not to worry so much and that everything will work out at the right time.
What’s your favourite writing advice?
Don’t ever give up on your dreams. It took me over 12 years to sell
and almost 14 years to see my book in print. And it was worth the effort and
time and patience.
The book you’re currently reading
Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-
Are you a daytime or a nighttime writer?
I prefer writing in the morning and late afternoon but when I’m on
deadline I’m at my desk 24/7.
Are you more productive during certain seasons of the year?
I’m a winter writer. For some reason the cold, bleak Virginia weather
suits my writing habit. I always do my best work in the winter.
Sharon is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture
houses of Paris and now writes novels of suspense, adventure, and love.
A wife, mother of twins, caretaker of Donut the One-Eyed Family Dog,
she’s addicted to snapping photos and eating Oreos. She’s repped by Deidre
Knight and Kristy Hunter at The Knight Agency.
Find out more here at https://sharonwray.com/