Sheila Roberts

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: October 28, 2010

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The Snow Globe | St. Martin's Press, Griffin | Women's fiction, romance

Please tell us your latest news!

This holiday season is going to be an especially exciting one for me. My novel "On Strike for Christmas" has been made into a movie and is set to air on December 5th on the Lifetime Channel. Needless to say, I'm going to be having a huge chick flick party, complete with "red carpet interviews" (We'll be having a read carpet contest in December so be sure to visit my website and check it out!) In addition to that, I'm celebrating the release of my new book, "The Snow Globe". I'm really happy with how this book turned out and I think readers will enjoy it. (So far, reviewers have, which is very satisfying to see.) Plus the cover is to die for.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

You know, I'm pretty darned pleased with how it turned out.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I grew up on Victoria Holt and Georgette Heyer - love them! When it comes to romance and women's fiction I love to read Susan Wiggs, Debbie Macomber, and Kristin Hannah. But I also love Elizabeth Peters and Donald E. Westlake. I've been a huge fan of Mr. Westlake's for years and have all his Dortmunder books. The man was such a genius. He died last year - a great loss to the reading community!

Do you have a specific writing style?

My promo material says "Read Sheila for a Good Time" - I think that about sums it up.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes . . . and an escape. I love to write!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I was writing stories when I was a little girl and doing my first book readings to my third grade class. I had a very encouraging teacher. Poor kids, they were a captive audience.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write, write, write, and learn all you can about the craft and business of writing. I'm still buying books and writing and checking out new how-to books at the library every time I go.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

My family is great. And my husband is my biggest supporter. He's also my live-in copy editor.

What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?

I've always written - but I've done all kinds of crazy things to earn a living - owned a singing telegram company, played in a band, sold Tupperware. You name it, I've probably done it. Now I write full time, but I must confess, I occasionally get the itch to be in a band again.

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

I map out my story before I start writing. I think it's important to have a map so I know where I'm going. I may take some side trips, but I always know where I'm going to end up.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)

Nope. I plunk myself down at my computer and just do it.

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place

Nope. How boring is that! Oh, well. Just so the books aren't boring. And I hope readers will enjoy "The Snow Globe". I certainly enjoyed writing it.

What main genre do you write in?

Mainstream Fiction, Romance


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