Sharon Sant was born in Dorset but now lives in Stoke-on-Trent. She graduated from Staffordshire University in 2009 with a degree in English and creative writing. She currently works part time as a freelance editor and continues to write her own stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes across many genres, when not busy trying in vain to be a domestic goddess, she can often be found lurking in local coffee shops with her head in a book. Sometimes she pretends to be clever but really loves nothing more than watching geeky TV and eating Pringles. She is the author of a string of YA novels including Runners and the Sky Song trilogy.
What inspires you to write?
I write because I have to. I can’t walk down the street without a story idea popping into my head and if I didn’t get them out onto a page I’d explode!
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to get an initial idea that often comes with an opening scene, or some other equally crucial scene. Often the story grows organically from there. I make a sketchy plot, but it doesn’t often end up being the finished plot. Characters grow in the same way. I always get straight to laptop after a few written notes.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I practically live with them! I don’t tell them what to do, they tell me what they are going to do and I write it down.
What advice would you give other writers?
Not to listen to any advice I give them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have self-published and also traditionally published books. I’m impatient and always eager to try new things, so, although I had a traditional deal through a small publisher, I decided to try self-publishing via Amazon. For me, that helped to build a profile alongside my published book, but it is hard work and you do a great deal yourself that a publisher would ordinarily do for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that the landscape of publishing is about to change beyond recognition. I have absolutely no idea what it is going to look like, but I think that’s the exciting part about it. The self-publishing revolution will doubtless play a huge part in that.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
YA, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, paranormal
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print