Author Guest Post
A Day In My Writing Life
A day in MY life always begins with everything BUT writing. My almost 94 year old mother lives with me full time. She has dementia and no short term memory, which means there is nearly always chaos and drama, but such is life and she is my precious Little Mama. I blog about her daily on Facebook, and she’s become better known than me.
After getting her fed, settled in her room with newspapers and a blanket over her lap, I answer email, do my daily blog, and then see what I need to do for the noon meal before I sit down to write. Sometimes I have errands to run, and I do them when Little Mama is asleep because it’s not safe to leave her alone much.
When I finally do sit down to write, I ALWAYS begin by rereading the last chapter I wrote, editing as I go, and by the time I get to the starting point I know where the story needs to go next. It’s a process I’ve developed over the past twenty-three years that serves me well. I’m fortunate that the story is always in my head. I dream the stories, and so the pieces of the book I don’t specifically dream, the characters always fill in for themselves. I’ve always said I’m just taking dictation and letting the story tell itself. When it actually does this, it’s SUCH a gift. Writers always know what I mean when I say this, so it’s not as unusual as you might think.
I also have to make sure that Little Mama’s meds are taken at the proper times, and that there is always chocolate on hand or some home-baked goodies for her sweet tooth. I love to cook, and especially to bake, so that’s not a hardship and it’s a good break from writing. As much as I love to tell stories, the physical aspect of it can be tiring and even painful. Stiff joints, stiff neck, aching wrists. It’s a hard life sitting on your backside, but someone has to do it. LOL
If Little Mama naps in the afternoon, I write some more, unless she’s kept me up so much the night before that I have to take a nap at the same time to play catch up. I’ll pick my grandson up from school and take him home at least one day a week because his mother is a school teacher and has to stay late for a teacher’s meeting.
I write the most at night. Little Mama’s dementia gets worse at night and sometimes it takes a long time to get her settled down to sleep, so I’ve learned to ignore interruptions and pick right up where I left off writing when I’m up and down taking care of her. Some day this will no longer be necessary, and I consider it a blessing that I am able to care for her in my home and know that she is safe, happy, well cared for, and loved.
My life is full, my days are busy, and I have the best job in the world; writing stories for people who love to read.
About The Author
Beloved by her brethren of fans, Sharon Sala, who also writes under the name Dinah McCall, has 99 books in print, is published in four genres: romance, young adult, western, and women’s fiction, and has sold more than 1.5 million books. Her books have appeared on USA Today, New York Times, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists 47 times, and have been published in many different languages. Sala was the 2011 recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Curl Up & Dye by Sharon Sala
Book 1: Curl Up & Dye Series
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Format: Paperback - 289 pages / Kindle - 1255 KB / Nook - 884 KB
Genre: Women's Fiction / Southern Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Sourcebooks Landmark and Author Sharon Sala.
My Book Review:
Readers, are you ready for Southern Fiction at its best? Well I have a sassy new novel for you! In The Curl Up & Dye, author Sharon Sala weaves a heartwarming romantic tale with enough sassy Southern charm and humor that is sure to make you smile.
Eleven years ago, LilyAnn Bronte was the Peachy-Keen Queen of Blessings, Georgia—the prettiest, smartest, and most popular girl in town, going steady with the star quarterback, a high school career on the fast track to success. Then Randy Joe was killed in Iraq, and somehow LilyAnn got stuck in the past and just let herself go to seed.
Ruby, Mabel Jean, Vera, and Vesta of the Curl Up and Dye have been itching to give LilyAnn a makeover, but she knows it would make more than a new hairstyle for her to get her life back.
Until one fateful day, when a handsome stranger roars into town, and LilyAnn has a revelation. But is this handsome stranger the one that will help LilyAnn forget the past and move forward, or could it be Mike Dalton, the boy next door who has carried a torch for her since the tenth grade?
I have been a fan of Southern Fiction for a while now, and author Sharon Sala's The Curl Up & Dye was just what I needed to keep me entertained during a recent snowstorm. The reader follows the emotional journey of LilyAnn Bronte as she finally lets go of living in the past, learns to move forward with her life, and unexpectedly discovers a second chance at love along the way.
Set in the small Southern town of Blessings, Georgia, the reader is treated to an eclectic set of townspeople who dole out Southern charm and hospitality with a dash of sass and sweet tea! This story has a great mixture of humor, drama, danger and romance that easily transports the reader smack dab in the middle of Blessings. You can't help but immerse yourself in LilyAnn's emotional journey, and with the help of quirky antics and small town meddling by the lovable townspeople, and humorous Southernisms like "bless your heart". The Curl Up & Dye is an enchanting and cozy romantic story that will pull at your heartstrings while keeping you thoroughly entertained.
RATING: 4 STARS ****