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Sharon Ann Rowland was born in Southampton, England, and immigrated to Australia with her family in 1982. She found the transition between the two countries overwhelming and found herself turning to literature and writing to escape the harsh realities of adjusting to a new country and its people.

Sharon has been dreaming about the heroine of her books, Samantha Everett, as well as the other characters since she was thirteen years old, the same time she made her transition to Australia.  She has kept a series of dream journals by her bed to record all of her Crystal Channelers activities, adventures, physical attributes and mental musings.

Sharon had a successful career within the IT industry as a Business/Process Analyst and Training Manager which spanned two decades, working for a number of Australia’s top 500 companies. In 2008, when her health prompted her to take time out from consulting, she decided it was time to stop talking about writing her novels and to actually do it.

Three years on, Sharon is still joyfully unemployed, with three completed novels to her name, all reflecting her love of her adopted country, Australia.

She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two cats (Chester and Tigga) in Brisbane, Queensland.

Interview with Sharon Ann Rowland

Do you base characters on real people you have known?

I study people when I am out in the world. I look for odd mannerisms, distinctive voice patterns and anything that catches my eye. The more interesting of my work colleagues have supplied the various personality traits of my characters, however, I have never completely replicated one particular person. Significant dreams I have had since the age of 13 have shaped the characters within ‘The Crystal Channelers’ book series.

What is a typical writing day like for you? Do you have a work set schedule? What are your surroundings?

It depends on the book stage, plotting is different from actual writing you see. If I were in the writing stage I would start around 10am and work through to 2pm. I finish a scene a day, and review the previous day’s work before I start the next scene. I find I am more creative in the mornings and surrounded by people, but plot solutions or ideas filter through constantly during the plotting phase.

Do you ever write while intoxicated?

Never, although I have a champagne ladies luncheon once a month with some very good friends and I seem to have a lot of plot epiphanys following.

Did you ever read a book and then wish you had all that time back?

The thought has crossed my mind with a number of highly-regarded authors of late. I’ve learned to ignore book reviewers in the general press and search online for actual user reviews before purchasing a book.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

Sharing my work with others. Writing for me is an intensely personal experience, I put a lot of myself into my books and I worry that certain elements of a characters personality might be judged too harshly.

What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Write for yourself.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just completed the plot line for the fourth book in the series, The Crystal Channelers and the Shaman Wars. I’m also converting the second and third books in the series into eBooks.

How much interaction do you have with your fans?

I’m quite shy, but I’m doing readings at a number of book clubs and librarys at the moment, trying to improve my public speaking. I am very interactive online, participating in a number of blog discussions and viral interviews. I prefer one-on-one, but I understand I need to be more available.

What do you think of eBooks? Do you support digital publishing?

I think eBooks are a wonderful extension of the publishing industry. I myself prefer to read an eBook on my Kindle and iPhone to keeping a paperback copy at home. I am also a big fan of audiobooks as I am constantly on the move.

If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?

I already have a few, namely (a) the ability to load and unload a dishwasher; (b) the ability to pick up the post; (c) the ability to take down an answering machine message. Well okay, maybe they are not super powers, but I’m starting to think so as I’m the only one in my household that seems to be able to accomplish these wee tasks. If I had my pick I would want to be a superior thinker (Megabrain), but without the huge head of course. Mostly so I could solve a few of the problems plaguing our wonderful planet.

eBooks found: 2
The Crystal Channelers and the Revenge of the Kolob ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Sharon Ann Rowland
The Crystal Channelers and the Revenge of the Kolob
Sharon Ann Rowland
RowEaton Enterprises Pty Ltd, February 2012
ISBN: 9780987231062
Format: ePub
List Price: $12.00 Our price: $9.99
The Crystal Channelers and the Sohtym Stone Trials ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Sharon Ann Rowland
The Crystal Channelers and the Sohtym Stone Trials
Sharon Ann Rowland
RowEaton Enterprises Pty Ltd, January 2012
ISBN: 9780987231055
Format: ePub
List Price: $12.00 Our price: $9.99