1. Tell us about your newest release.
POSSESSED BY A WARRIOR is the first of a four-book series about a crack team of supernatural operatives (three vampires and a werewolf) who are code named after the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They each have a self-contained adventure, but the overall plot of the series concerns a royal wedding between two mythical countries. The marriage is a love match that will end centuries of war between the two nations, but there is a plot afoot to prevent it from happening. The Horsemen’s job is to make sure the prince and princess get their happy ending. And, of course, each hero finds love along the way.
The first book is Sam’s story (War), and he meets up with Chloe at the funeral of her uncle, Jack. Chloe didn’t know it, but Jack was also Death, and he’s left Chloe a mysterious, diamond-covered wedding dress in his will. The problem is, whoever has the dress ends up murdered, and Chloe is next.
2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
I was delighted by how funny these books turned out to be. There’s a fine line between writing comedy that’s light and quirky and pushing it over the edge into slapstick, and I’m happy to say I think I got it right. Although the characters are James Bond with fangs, they turned out to be very human and wry and their loves and losses are heartfelt. My werewolf character, who shows up in all the books, is a real comic.
3. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or rituals?
I work full-time, so I write in the evenings. If I have a long day, it’s hard to get motivated so I have a very strict routine: dinner with an hour of mindless TV off the PVR, wash dishes, sit down and write. I don’t let myself play on Facebook or whatever until my pages are done. It’s far too easy to look at the clock and realize it’s time for bed and I haven’t done a lick a of real writing.
4. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I’ve never had a question about being a writer—it’s something I’ve pursued off and on from childhood. Along the way, I’ve had good teachers and a lot of supportive friends. The greatest practical help I’ve had has come through the RWA. I’ve met wonderful critique partners and Jo Beverley, who was in my chapter for quite a few years, really helped get me through the publishing gate.
5. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
I think they wish I had more free time!
6. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
Music, costuming, historical cooking, fitness . . . I’m never at a loss for something to keep me busy.
7. Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?
Right now I’m finishing the fourth book in this series, and then I’m heading out on a summer holiday!
8. How can readers connect with you online?
Facebook Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/authorsharonashwood
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You can read full excerpts from the first two books of the Horsemen series here:
POSSESSED BY A WARRIOR
A dazzling dress is wreaking havoc—and costing lives?
The violent death of her uncle sends Chloe Anderson reeling—and rushing to his estate. As coexecutor of Jack’s will, she assumes that he has left her something. What she doesn’t expect is a bejeweled wedding gown with a note warning her to trust only his business partner—dark, mysterious and sexy Sam Ralston.
Chloe’s been burned in love, but never bitten, and there’s something about Sam that keeps drawing her in, despite her fears. The attraction is mutual, intense, and it takes all of Sam’s willpower to hide his fangs. With Chloe’s career at stake and murderous thieves hot on their trail, the vampire vows to protect her. But can he save her from himself?
POSSESSED BY AN IMMORTAL
Can a mother in jeopardy melt the heart of a jaded vampire?
After witnessing a murder, Bree Meadows is on the run with her young son. But the bad guys are in hot pursuit. Dropped in the middle of nowhere amid a torrential thunderstorm, things look pretty grim. To make matters worse, her son is in desperate need of medical attention.
Mark Winspear has been alone for too long. When the vampire senses a gorgeous female nearby, he discovers that her swift, selfless courage pulls at his instincts. The doctor has history with the same men who are after Bree—and he’s ready for revenge. Working together now, they discover an attraction that might save them both—if they’re lucky.
Sharon Ashwood is a novelist, desk jockey and enthusiast for the weird and spooky. She has an English literature degree but works as a finance geek. Interests include growing her to-be-read pile and playing with the toy graveyard on her desk. As a vegetarian, she freely admits the whole vampire/werewolf lifestyle would never work out, so she writes her adventures instead.
Sharon is the winner of the RITA® Award for Paranormal Romance. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is owned by the Demon Lord of Kitty Badness.