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Monday, October 29, 2012

Callie Comes To Life!

My friend, Sharon Srock's book, Callie, has just released! It is part of The Women of Valley View series.

Sharon answered a few questions about writing and then she talked with Callie about Hawaii! I love to talk with characters--don't you?? It's so much fun to learn about their past experiences--things we never read about in their stories.

Enjoy a peek into Sharon's writing world and then find her book on-line or in your favorite book store!

Sharon Srock

What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve never really been able to answer that question, even for myself.  I felt the call to write years ago, but it never really went anywhere. Before I started this project, I hadn’t written anything in years. One day, almost 4 years ago, a new co-worker stopped by my desk to introduce herself. In the course of the conversation, she mentioned that she was a writer. I told her  that that had been my dream a long time ago. She just looked at e and said “you gave up too soon.”  That night I started Callie’s story.

What is the writing process like for you?

I have a full time job and a part time job. I write in the spaces in between. I’m a pantser. I don’t outline and I don’t have a daily or weekly writing goal. I know how the story begins and ends and I get to fill in the blanks. My only goal is a word count goal for the story. I edit a bit as I go, but mostly I just write.

What advice do you have for new writers?

To learn patience from the first word. The whole process is a waiting game, and not for the faint hearted.  Join a writers group and pray for a great critique partner.

Callie and Hawaii!!
Sharon talked with Callie about Hawaii and asked her to
answer the following questions:

Have you ever visited Hawaii?
I visited Hawaii for a week a few years ago. I took my grandson and we had a marvelous time. A week was just not long enough. It’s definitely on my visit again list.
Tell me a little about your favorite part.
Hanauma Bay
We did so many things while we were on the island. We parasailed, we saw an Elvis show, we went to a luau. But my favorite thing was the morning we snorkeled at Hanauma Bay. I couldn’t believe that this beach could be so crowded and the fish still be “right there”. It was amazing and has become my favorite vacation activity.
How would you like to spend your time during your next visit?
We rushed so much on that initial trip. I didn’t get nearly enough time on the beach. I’d love to go back and take a cruise that visits the other islands. The volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii fascinate me, and I think I’d also like to visit Maui. A week on the beach with a good book is my idea of heaven on earth.
Pearl Harbor
Anything else you’d like to share about your "Island Experience?"

My father was in the navy when I was a baby. He visited Pearl Harbor and brought back such wonderful stories, I felt the need to go myself. It was a touching afternoon.

Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

The Hawaiian Island Detective Club

Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Book Two--Menehunes Missing
Releases February 5, 2013


  1. Cheryl, thanks for allowing Callie and me to visit your blog!

    1. You are so very welcome, Sharon! And I'm so happy to hear about how well Callie is doing. Aloha! --Cheryl

  2. Awww, great interview!
    And I think that writer gave Sharon some awesome advice. Congrats on diving back into your writing!

    1. Yes, Jessica--how sad it would be to think about what people might miss out on if Sharon had given up on her writing. Thanks so much for your support, Jessica. Aloha! --Cheryl

    2. Jessica, thanks for visiting with me today. I'm so glad I listened when God nudged me along.

  3. Hi...i'm here because Callie told me to come..but i want to say i like your blog. i am a new follower


    1. Thanks, Marianne, for your sweet comment and for visiting my blog! I hope you'll find lots of fun things in my blog posts--most all of them have some connection to Hawaii. I try to find interesting things to share with my readers. Again, Mahalo and Aloha! --Cheryl

  4. I'm sure Cheryl appreciates the follow.


I love hearing from my readers! Mahalo for visiting and commenting. Aloha! --Cheryl