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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Author Interview – Sharisse Coulter

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Genre – Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Rating – PG13

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How did you develop your plot and characters? I first thought about my main characters, so I started off sketching them out in my mind.  I asked myself what they would look like, what music they’d listen to, where they’d shop, what their houses would look like. Some of that was based in procrastination, but mostly it was a good way to learn how to think like them. Once I could think like them, I knew how they’d react to different circumstances and just tried to write their actions and reactions as honestly as I could.

Who designed the cover? I did.

Why did you choose to write this particular book? It was the story that came to me.  I heard the characters in my head and they weren’t going to stop bugging me until I wrote their story.

What was the hardest part about writing this book? Honesty.  Even in a work of fiction, there are themes that ring true to me, not as an author, but as a person.  There were some parts that I struggled through because I had to set my own issues and hang-ups aside in order to be true to my characters.

How do you promote this book? I am touring the country with my musician husband and our toddler son, doing signings and house concerts all across the country.  We’re calling it A Novel Music Tour and anyone interested can check out our website (anovelmusictour.com) for appearances, videos, blogs, photos, and probably some tips on life on an RV, as we learn our lessons, hopefully in an entertaining way.

Will you write others in this same genre? Yes. My next two novels are also based in the music industry.  One is more comedic and the other is an emotional love story.  I’m really excited about both stories so I’m not sure which one will come out first.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? If my readers could walk away with one message I would hope that it would be to make the effort to find out who you are.  No matter your upbringing or circumstances, in order to be happy, we all have to answer that question, if only for ourselves.

How much of the book is realistic? I think anyone in the music industry will find some familiar anecdotes in that part of the story. And there are probably some who will assume the book is pretty autobiographical, but that would be a mistake. I like to take things from my own life experiences and then warp them to suit my story’s needs.

How important do you think villains are in a story? Villains are wonderfully integral to any story.  As much as a protagonist should be likeable, the villain needs to be unlikeable.  They are the foil, the heart blood of the story that circulates to make the reader care about the protagonist’s plight.  Plus, they’re fun to write.

Do you have any upcoming appearances that you would like to share with us? Yes!  I’m touring the country with my husband and our son.  We’re calling it A Novel Music Tour (anovelmusictour.com) and we’ll be doing shows featuring original acoustic music from my husband, Lee Coulter (the SiriusXM’s The Coffee House “Discovery of 2011”) and I’ll be signing books and answering questions.