4/20/2013

Member Spotlight: Sharon Srock


Sharon Srock
Today, we're beginning a new feature called Member Spotlight. OCFW is packed with extraordinary members, and we'd love for you to get to know each of them. We're excited to shine our first spotlight on OCFW's treasurer, Sharon Srock.

Sharon lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s debut novel The Women of Valley View: Callie released in October 2012. The second in the series The Women of Valley View: Terri is available now.


--- An Interview with Sharon ---

What do you write and why?
I write inspirational women’s fiction. It has to be a God thing. I wake up with these stories in my head, things I would never see or think of on my own. He gets all the credit.

When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing for fun for 20+ years. I first started writing in response to the Star Trek books I was reading. SO many of them sounded as if the author had never seen an episode of the show in their lives. I just knew I could do better. I had a bit of amateur success with poetry and short stories in Fanzines. I gave up all writing for a number of years. God called me back to it five years ago.

How long have you been a member of OCFW?
I joined OCFW in the fall of 2010. They have been my inspiration and my encouragement. They took a rookie wannabe and patiently molded a writer.

What are you currently working on?
I’m about half way through the 4th book in The Women of Valley View series. I hope to have Samantha's story to my publisher by Christmas 2013.

What's you're favorite part of the writing process?
Writing THE END.

Your least favorite?
The third or fourth edit. By that point I’ve lost all objectivity. My readers and critique partners are in the same boat. It’s about that time I go hunting for new eyes to inflict my writing on.

Do you eat 42 pounds of chocolate to get through the first draft?
I do love my chocolate, but surprisingly, I eat less of everything when I’m writing. My scales don’t show it because my fannie spends so much time in a chair. I’m trying to do better with that this time. Not only will it help me physically, but I don’t care how the story is flowing, it does better if I take 2-3 10 minute exercise breaks a day.

How much of yourself do you write into your characters?
I don’t intentionally write any of me into my characters. That doesn’t mean you won’t find a little piece of me in all of the women. Callie teaches Sunday school and loves her guacamole, Terri is looking for God’s will in her life and arguing the whole way, Pam is learning lessons in forgiveness. Yep, there I am.

If you could invite a fictional character to dinner who would it be and why?
Oh, can I pick two? Merlin and Spock. Merlin because I’m captivated by the whole knights in armor, Arthur, slaying the dragon thing. Spock because…well…the idea of extraterrestrial life interests me. If we ever find life out there, I’d hope they would be a wise and beneficial sort like Vulcans. Not the “I’ve come to destroy your world” type we see portrayed 99% of the time.

What three things about you would surprise readers?
My favorite pet of all time was an iguana.
I hate reality TV.
I love to mow the grass.

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We hope you enjoyed getting to know Sharon. You can connect with her on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. And don't miss her current release The Women of Valley View: Terri. Click here to purchase.


Despite a bustling day care center and a new foster child, Terri Hayes hungers for a family of her own. Then a plumbing mishap leaves her homeless and questioning God’s plan. Steve Evans’s gracious offer of his basement apartment as a temporary solution is an answered prayer.

Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child.  She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother.

Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store?





4/06/2013

April Meeting

Susan Downs
OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host Susan Downs, senior fiction editor for Guidepost Publications and former editor of Summerside Press, on Saturday, April 20, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 

Ms. Downs will be conducting a Q&A on all things publishing.

Susan Downs serves as a senior fiction editor for Guideposts Publications. Included in her responsibilities is the oversight of a direct-to-consumer mystery series, which releases a book every four weeks. Until recently, she supervised a retail fiction line under Guideposts’ Summerside Press imprint.
Susan’s editorial career began at age 10 in Yukon, Oklahoma, when her newspaper-publisher father paid her a nickel for every error she could find while proofreading copy. As a multi-published author with experience as an acquisitions editor for another CBA publisher, she brings a well-rounded perspective to her editorial assignments. 

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond.