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FOCUS ON CREATIVE ENERGY: Novelist: Sharon St. George

Hello Friends,

A while back I put out the word that I wanted to add a summer feature to my blog called “Focus on Creative Energy.” I stated that I would like some guest blog posts that focus on other bloggers, writers, and artists.  I listed three questions you could pick from which are:

  • How long have you been a writer and/or artist 
  • What do you like to write about and/or create? 
  • Who has been the greatest influence in your creativity?  (This could be someone you know or someone you admire but have never met.)                

If you are interested, there is still time.  I will have this feature every other Monday beginning today.  I have since found a few people who expressed interest in being featured here.  My first guest is a writer named Sharon St. George.   You can find her online here::http://www.sharonstgeorge.com/

My husband and I met Sharon in our town in Northern California, at a local writing group called The Writer’s Forum.  She is the Program Director of the group.  She contacts guest speakers and schedules them to present at their monthly meetings from September through June each year.

In 2015 my husband bought her first book that was published that year called “Due for Discard.”  He has since bought all of her other books pictured below. Here is Sharon’s story. Enjoy!

Many years ago, when my children were old enough that they no longer required my constant attention, I decided it was time to do two things I’d been wanting to do for a decade. First, I got myself a cat. Second, I signed up for a fiction-writing course. I’ve been writing ever since, and I’ve always had a cat.

From childhood, animals have played a significant role in my life. I had my own horse and dog as a youngster. And there were always multiple cats on the little farm where I grew up. So it’s no surprise they’ve been part of the cast of characters in all my novels. My first fiction attempt was inspired by a race that pitted a young man in post-Civil War California against the father of his sweetheart in a race from a town similar to Redding to the town of Eureka and back. The catch was that the young suitor was on foot, and the father of the girl was on horseback. Needless to say, the horse came in second and true love won the day.

In my current Aimee Machado Mystery series under contract with Camel Press of Seattle, I chose to write from a hospital-based perspective, because that is where my professional background lies. Having worked in medical offices, hospitals and libraries before I began writing the series, the field of medicine, and particularly the behind-the-scenes intrigues involving the hospital’s administration and medical staff organization provided me with enough inspiration to write an endless number of books. My background in library work gave me the experience to make my protagonist a forensic librarian.

But how to combine medicine with my love for animals? That combination led me to create a setting where my hospital’s forensic librarian protagonist lives in a converted bunkhouse apartment over her grandparents’ llama barn. Aimee’s corporate pilot boyfriend has a drug-sniffing dog, her grandmother has a temperamental cat, her grandfather raises turkeys and keeps a pet king snake, and, of course, there are llamas.

Could any of the mysteries in the first four books in the series have been solved without the help of the animals? Of course. (Well, with one minor exception involving the dog.) However, none of the animals communicate with Aimee telepathically, nor can Aimee talk to the animals à la Dr. Doolittle. (My books are sometimes described as cozy, but they’re not that cozy.) Animals may not be essential to the plot, but because of the rural Northern California setting, it seemed they would add texture and realism to the world Aimee inhabits.

The result is that each of my Aimee Machado Mysteries combines animals, a hospital, a librarian, a mystery, and an evolving romance. And I should mention that I had immigrant grandparents on both the maternal and paternal sides of my family, so I’ve always been fascinated by people with a multi-ethnic or multi-cultural background. Even better, my grandkids are part Asian, so the icing on the cake for me is that my protagonist is half Chinese and half Portuguese. Oh, and she just happens to be a black belt in jujitsu. But that’s another story.

Thank you, Sharon, for being my first guest blogger!  I enjoyed reading your story, and I am sure others will as well.  

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

 

CREATIVES UNITE!

 

Hello Friends!

I am super excited to tell you that I have been encouraged and energized by two successful professionals today, one in person who is my new counselor, and the other is Jeff Goins whose blog is interesting which you can find here: https://goinswriter.com and whose new book “Real Artists Don’t Starve” can be purchased along with other bonuses here!  https://dontstarve.com/

I watched Jeff this morning on a Facebook video https://www.facebook.com/goinswriter/videos/1462288047125766/

It was confirming to me of being on the right path since I had just been encouraged an hour before about the same things with the counselor I met with!  I have been blogging here on WordPress for almost four years now.  I have a few hundred followers.  However, what I always wonder is exactly what Jeff mentioned as the #1 insecurity of most bloggers – IS ANYONE LISTENING?

I have blogged about many different things here.  I have shared many forms of art that I have done here.  My desire is to share my thoughts, struggles and art here.   This blog has been a safe place for me to share about who I am.   I am going to be setting just a few new goals for myself to keep myself focused on recovering from losses, continuing to express that journey in my writing and art, and moving forward and growing as an artist/writer.  I feel more excited today than I have felt in a long time about continuing on this creative journey.

I titled this post “Creatives Unite” because I have known for a long time that I need more of a community of creative people in my life.  I have met many talented artists and writers here on WordPress and on Facebook.  So what I would like to do is feature some of you on my blog!

This is something I have been thinking about doing for a long time but had to wait until I knew I would have a big chunk of time to do it!  Now that my daughter has graduated high school and is going away for the summer (sniff, sniff) I plan to be spending more time creating my art and writing/blogging!  I hope some of you will take advantage of this opportunity to bring more attention to your own blogs as well!  By the way, I know other bloggers do this also, and it has been something that I was planning, but I am excited to also tell you that on July 21st I will be featured on my friend Jill Weatherholt’s blog.  You can check out her blog here:  https://jillweatherholt.wordpress.com.  

I am planning to call this new feature on my blog “FOCUS ON CREATIVE ENERGY”

Please choose one, two or all three questions you would like to address and send me an e-mail to:   larrytheleatherback@gmail.com.

Or if you are on Facebook, send a message to me at https://www.facebook.com/PatsysCreativeCorner/

Here are the questions:

  1. How long have you been a writer and/or artist 
  2. What do you like to write about and/or create? 
  3. Who has been the greatest influence in your creativity?  (This could be someone you know or someone you admire but have never met.)                                           

I am planning to begin the posts in a couple of weeks and will be doing one post every Monday.

Thanks for reading.  I hope to hear from you soon!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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