Written Interview: Sharon Hamilton ~ Author of: "Cruisin' For A SEAL"


Author:
Sharon Hamilton



Cruisin’ For A SEAL






Rad-Reader:  How did you come to start writing books about Navy SEAL’s?

Sharon:  I like the fact that they are quiet warriors. They don't generally brag. Everything they do is in secret. My stores are based on these silent heroes, who feel very strongly about protecting the weak. And since the community is cloaked in secrecy, it seemed the right choice for curious readers.

Rad-Reader:  How do you get your information about the SEAL’s in order to keep it on course accurately?

Sharon:  There are many books out there on SEALs. Probably more information than there should be. Mine are all fictional accounts of things that could have happened, but didn't.


Rad-Reader:  Was there a reason you had Sophia no speak English when they first met?

Sharon:  She always did, but she didn't realize he was American, and so had spoken to him in Italian. Since she was already engaged, although unhappy, she decided to keep up the ruse because she never was going to see him again, or so she thought.



Rad-Reader:  Do you ever hear from wives, girlfriends or the men about the stories?  Or with even new ideas?

Sharon:  All the time.

Rad-Reader:  I know for the most part each book is stand alone, but do you find it difficult to come up with new storylines?

Sharon:  Not really. I have more stories than I can write.
Rad-Reader:  Was it any easier to write “Cruisin’ For a SEAL” with the action parts because it was on a ship or more difficult because of the accuracy of the ship?

Sharon:  I took that cruise and wrote 60% of the book on the cruise.

Rad-Reader:  Was it planned to have Marc meet someone with the same name “Sophia” as the woman he was grieving over? (Sophia Dunn)


Sharon:  Sophie Dunn (Nick's Sister) was a love that needed healing. I decided to make the Italian dancer Sophia, on purpose. Similar, but not the same name.

Rad-Reader:  How do you come up with or get ideas for the stories?

Sharon:  Usually I know what plot I want to come up with, then I fit the character into that plot.

Rad-Reader:  Do you write a story with a SEAL character in mind or do you figure that out later?

Sharon:  Always with a SEAL character in mind.

Rad-Reader:  How do you decide the female character for the SEAL you put them with?  Is there a process or do you just write and let them just emerge?

Sharon:  I try to write a woman who is complimentary, someone who is strong in places that will cause friction, but soft in places she needs to be. 

Rad-Reader:  Are you planning on writing any more SEAL Brotherhood books?

Sharon:  Yes I have several planned.

Rad-Reader:  Does your publisher let you come up with your own storylines or do they have some say in them? 

Sharon:  I am Indie.
Rad-Reader: The basic working definition at present on this site is that:  the author retains their rights in the work.  Either the author publishes in their own name, or sets up a publishing entity to publish, or is part of some co-operative, collaborative or company in which they have a significant input.

Rad-Reader:  How about the covers?  Do you have any input as to what they will look like or who will be on it? 
Rad-Reader:  My wife is a real stickler about the covers.  It bugs her when there are total opposites on the cover from the characters.  Like hair color, eyes, or things like that.

Sharon:  No, we try to get the covers correct with the character, or not use a character we can see the coloring.

Rad-Reader:  Was it difficult to get your first book published?

Sharon:  I am Indie.
Rad-Reader: The basic working definition at present on this site is that:  the author retains their rights in the work.  Either the author publishes in their own name, or sets up a publishing entity to publish, or is part of some co-operative, collaborative or company in which they have a significant input.

Rad-Reader:  After the first book did you already have other story lines worked up or did you need to do that?

Sharon:  Yes, I had 5.


Rad-Reader:  How do you come up with the place where you are going to have the story take place?  Are they all places you have been?

Sharon:  I try to weave in places I've traveled.




Rad-Reader:  How can our readers keep in touch with you and up to date with your books coming out?

Sharon:  They can sign up for my newsletter : My website has all the upcoming news and information as well.




Rad-Reader:  Where can they buy your books?

Sharon:  All the eBook retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble. Apple, Kobo




Rad-Reader:  Is there an item you cannot leave home without?

Sharon:  My computer! Always writing stories!



Thank you for taking time out of your day for answering our questions.  We appreciate you being with us and hope you continue to turn out those great SEAL adventure/romance books. 
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