Sharon Ashwood is a free-lance journalist, novelist, desk jockey and enthusiast for the weird and spooky. She has an English literature degree but works as a finance geek. Interests include growing her to-be-read pile and playing with the toy graveyard on her desk. As a vegetarian, she freely admits the whole vampire/werewolf lifestyle fantasy would never work out, so she writes paranormal romances instead.
Sharon lives in the Pacific Northwest and is owned by the Demon Lord of Kitty Badness.
Welcome Sharon! Thanks for stopping by!
Being that you write vampire novels, have your ever dressed up as a vampire for Halloween?
Not that I can recall. My mom was very much in favour of the bedsheet ghost model—cheap and easy to re-use year after year. When I was old enough to organize my own costumes, I liked going as a gypsy because she’d let me wear makeup.
Do you have any spooky plans for this Halloween?
Not so far, but usually it’s a last minute thing! I go where the sugar rush takes me.
Unchained was recently released. Were you pleased with its outcome?
I’m very pleased with the book. Ashe and Reynard make an interesting couple. There is a huge amount of action but also lots of emotional depth.
Can you give us an idea of what to expect in Unchained?
Ashe Carver is a widow and a retired slayer trying to raise her young daughter. Reynard is an immortal guardsman who has been sentenced to watch over the supernatural prisoners in a dungeon. A thief steals his soul and flees into our world. When Reynard comes to Ashe for help getting it back, she has to choose between family obligations and honouring who she is—a monster-hunter. To complicate things, there is a huge amount of sexual attraction between the two. It takes a lot for this pair to let down their defences and admit they want each other. If Reynard finds his soul, he has to return to the dungeon. If he doesn’t, he’ll die. Either way, there’s no clear route to happiness for them.
How many books are planned for The Dark Forgotten series?
This arc of stories will end with the fourth, Frostbound, which will be released in June 2011. It brings the events that started in Ravenous full circle.
Do you have an idea of whose story will be next for "The Dark Forgotten"?
This is the story of Lore, the hellhound, and a vampire on the run named Talia. Lore has been the voice of sanity for a long time, but circumstances test him badly. For those who like the Perry the computer- professor werewolf, you’ll see him as an important supporting character.
Do you have any other series in the works?
Yes, and that’s all I can say right now!
Which supernatural being would you say is your favorite?
I’m definitely a vampire girl. I can’t seem to get away from them, either as a reader or a writer. They fascinate me because they are of our society but not part of it. They are the ultimate observers, but still feel the pull back to the living world—and that’s something they can never truly achieve.
A Few quickies before you go:
Writing or Reading?
There are definitely times for both, but sometimes I have to write before I have exactly the thing I want to read.
Music or TV?
Vampire Diaries or True Blood?
I assume you mean the show and not the books? Vampire Diaries, because I can actually watch it. True Blood is on a specialty channel I don’t get on my cheapie cable plan.
Halloween or Christmas?
Any excuse for a party.
Hot or Cold?
If it’s a bath or coffee, hot. If it’s the weather, cold. If it’s a guy, I make some allowances for vampires, but only in summer. In the depths of winter, werewolves get my vote.
What’s your favorite band?
I can’t say that I have one. I like Lacuna Coil and some groups of that genre, but I’m very bad at finding music on line. I need someone to give me recommendations. (If anyone has suggestions, please send them!)
What’s your favorite Zombie or Vampire movie?
Zombies just don’t do it for me—one the whole, they tend to lack significant character development. My favourite Dracula is the one with Gary Oldman. I’ve watched that version over and over. He gets both the horror and the romantic side.