Saturday, 1 February 2014

Author Lowdown with Sharon Hamilton

There’s a spaceship leaving Earth and you’re allowed to take a suitcase of essentials and five other items, what do you take?
I’d have to take my fave cover model, Jimmy Thomas, J.D. Hart, my awesome narrator, and my husband. I can’t live without the great guys in my life that love me, get me, help advertise me. As an author, that is so important. I’d also take my computer and my Dr. Dre headsets.

As far as a suitcase of essentials – enough “tiny” cookies to keep me looking like a Size 2, sexy as hell and about 30 years old. Some great red lipstick, some silky underthings (I count them as ONE), a cappuccino maker, and maybe some flower seeds I hope some day to grow on another planet, or on board.

Who is your favourite author?
 Have to say Diana Gabaldon for her skill, Elmore Leonard for his wit and dialog, Nailini Singh for her paranormals that rock, Kressley Cole for her humor and paranormals, and the rest I just can’t decide. I have too many contemporary authors I love.

How did you start your writing career?
Our house burned down in 2008. Left alone in an apartment the insurance got us, my husband had to stay up at the property, and I was bored with TV and books. So, I sat down. 30 days later, I had my first 90,000 novel written (which has been redone 57 times)

Which character was the hardest to write and why? 
The two wounded heroes, Nick Dunn and Luke (new one in the anthology for Valentine’s day), because they were so tortured, were hard. They acted in inappropriate ways sometimes that broke my heart and I cried so much when they broke up with good girls because they were so damaged. Of course, I heal them in the end, or point toward their healing, anyway. I knew that, but it still was hard to write.

Why did you choose to write romance? Favourite style to write?
I like frank language, sex, and funny sex sometimes. People in funny situations, like in Justified (written by Elmore Leonard). I like the couple resolving their pain and differences to come to a happily ever after. I like fixing people because I sure can’t do them in real life!!

If you weren’t an author, what would you have ended up doing?
I was a very successful Realtor for 28 years, #1 in our region. I am competitive, driven and am not afraid to work hard. But romance fills a need for me to work with my artistic, creative side. That’s something I wasn’t doing in Real Estate. I’m good with people, and often difficult people I enjoyed the best in my career. I guess I get to use those emotions and “situations” since I don’t write my characters based on anyone, really, to make a deeper book people will care about. Being an older writer, it isn’t all La-La-La and OMG dumb stuff like that. That’s how a 20 year old writes. I write like a woman who as lived hard, loved fully, experienced all the pain of loving and losing, living and dying and raising a family. It is the natural outcome to the life I’ve been leading, and the people I’ve been fortunate to meet.

Do you have any rituals/habits when you write?
I nearly always write in the early AM or late at night. I always listen to music, especially during sex scenes and breakup scenes. I have favourite candles, nice shower gel so I can get a refresher and love the way I smell afterward (as opposed to 3 days of pajama eau-de-writer). I wear headsets when I write outside the house.

What would be the weirdest one?
Okay, someone is going to give me heck for this one. I sometimes turn myself on I have to take a shower. No lie! (OMG am I going to regret this?)

If you write under an alias/Nome de plume, how does it feel to have emails etc. addressed to your other name?
I don’t maintain much of a presence under my erotica name, Angela Love. Partly because there’s a good author by that name, and a porn star by that name. But my short, The Stimulus Package, for awhile, was selling more than the Congressional Stimulus package 2 years ago when I released it under Angela Love. I mean, one day I sold 600 copies without promoting it. I have a feeling it went viral in D.C. for a day. And whew! No one found me afterwards.

What is on your current and upcoming release schedule?
SEALed With A Kiss        Valentine’s Day
Cruisin’ For A SEAL         2/20 on pre-order now
Audio Honeymoon Bite     2/14/14
Will be finishing our SEAL My Destiny into a full length book in the summer
Book 3 in the Golden Vampires of Tuscany out this summer
Another SEAL book in the winter.

Where are your books available?
Accidental SEAL is available everywhere, plus print and audio.
Honeymoon Bite is available everywhere in eReader
Heavenly Lover is available everywhere in eReader
SEAL Under Covers all available Amazon/Kindle and audio as well as print.
                                                 SEAL Encounter     all available on Amazon/Kindle
                                                 SEAL Endeavor

Contact – FB, Twitter, website etc.
Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.


  1. Thanks, Amanda, for such a great opportunity to tell people about my stories and a little (maybe too much - I'm always doing that) about me. I have a feeling I'm just like every writer out there who can't believe her good fortune to be able to spend so much time connecting with people who love to read. I love making them cry and laugh and just want to stay inside that story for as long as they can stand it. Love the comments: Damned you. I stayed up all night to finish..." Those are golden. I didn't like anything I wrote (except some poetry) in my 20's and 30's. This is my prime. So, thank you!

  2. He He enjoy your showers Sharon love your sensual love scenes and all your marvellous heroes. J D Harts seductive voice brings the SEALS to life. All the best the the new SEAL releases and the audios

    1. LOL Julie. Yes indeed.
      Love bringing these heroes to life. We have a good time. Life is good!

  3. Can't wait for the next amazing release, "Crusin' for a SEAL" I know it will be as wonderful as all the rest in this great series, Sharon.
    Have to agree with Julie... JD's narration definitely brings even more life to these stories.

    1. No complaints from me, Gayle. He's the best I've listened to. I'm very lucky to have him in my corner. Thanks!