Introducing a debut suspense author is always a pleasure on Suspense Sisters. Here’s a bit of bio about Sharee Stover and her brand new book, Secret Past, from Love Inspired.
Colorado native Sharee Stover lives in Nebraska with her real-life-hero husband, three too-good-to-be-true children, and two ridiculously spoiled dogs. A self-proclaimed word nerd, she loves the power of the written word to ignite, transform, and restore. Her Christian romantic suspense stories combine heart-racing, nail-biting suspense and the delight of falling in love all in one. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and Nebraska Writer’s Guild. Sharee is a two-time Daphne du Maurier finalist and the winner of the 2017 Wisconsin Fabulous Five Silver Quill Award. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, crocheting and long walks with her obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd.
If you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say?
I’m a devoted wife and mother passionate about Jesus with a serious writing obsession.
What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies?
I love to crochet but have to stick to things that are flat and don’t require any assembly since I can rarely make two things the same size. Granny square anything doesn’t work for me. Therefore, I stick to blankets. I love to read anything from historical to thriller and when I have time, enjoy paper crafts like cardmaking and scrapbooking.
What was your favorite book as a teen or child?
Island of the Blue Dolphinsand The Secret Garden. But I can distinctly remember devouring everything written by Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary.
Tell us three things about yourself that might surprise your readers.
I love Christian hard rock bands like Disciple, Thousand Foot Krutch and Skillet and enjoy attending their live concerts with my family.
I am a two-time cornea transplant recipient and grateful every single day for my sight.
I love Korean food, especially kimchi.
What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not?
I started out writing suspense and it morphed into romantic suspense. I never thought I’d write romance and some days, it still surprises me. I also wanted to write historical, but that book is collecting dust. Maybe I’ll go back to it sometime in the future.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism was being told an agent hated my heroine. I had to completely revamp the character. The best compliment was having a reader say she felt like she was watching TV because she could “see” the scenes in my book.
Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why?
I’d love to try writing mysteries too. I think it’s especially challenging to keep the book going with the who-done-it to be seen.
If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would it be?
I would have read every book on writing right away. I’ve learned a ton through conferences and reading craft books but much of it came after the fact.
Don’t give up. There are days when I’d think I was the biggest fraud pretending to be a writer. If you’re writing, you are a writer with or without a published book.
Thanks, Sharee, for the awesome interview. I know readers will love it!. ~ Mary Ellis