Getting to Know Sharon Hughson
Sharon Hughson inhales words and exhales stories. Her characters face real–difficult, and sometimes heart-wrenching—issues. Just because it’s fiction, doesn’t mean readers can’t see themselves on the pages…and find the strength to be the hero of their own story. You can learn more about Sharon and her books here.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I grew up in St. Helens, Oregon. In fact, I’ve lived within 60 miles of that town (except for college and military days) for my entire life. I live about ten miles closer to Portland these days in a town called Scappoose. Most people would know Scappoose is a Native American word (and if not, the fact the high school mascot is the Indians would give it away). Most people might NOT know that there is a small airport in Scappoose that is the home of many small planes and even a couple barnstormers (pilots who fly stunts).
What is your favorite part about writing Sweet Romance/ Cozy Mysteries?
I love writing this genre because I can imagine my readers getting lost in the pages and finding happiness, contentment, escape and maybe even a dose of hope and encouragement to overcome life’s problems, like my characters do.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
My grandmother was my biggest cheerleader. From a young age, I made up stories. I wrote my first one in a green spiral notebook when I was in third grade, and she read it and encouraged me to dream big and write more stories. My biggest regret is that she graduated to Heaven before my first story was published.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
I would be dreaming about being an author. Oh, and I’d be teaching high school English and language arts. My college degree is in English Language and Literature, and I work as a substitute teacher (for most subjects) to supplement my author income.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
I have three cats. It’s not enough *husband glares and says, ‘It is too many.’* Mustang is a stray I adopted many years ago. The way he stumbled drunkenly away from our house when I brought him home from being neutered, I feared he might never return. But he always comes home, often with gifts like mice, rubber bands and hair clips. Cattin’ Hook was a feral kitten a friend of mine trapped. A slice of pizza lured him into a cage, and he’s been attached to me (and only me) for about seven years now. The only other girl in the house is Tweetie Paws. My youngest son and his wife gave her to me as a housewarming gift. (Hubby was traveling and was NOT amused. The kids were staying with us at the time and said they would take her when they moved into their own place, but there was no way I was letting her go.)
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
I believe I’ve found the closest thing to a happily ever after outside of fiction. We met in high school newspaper class the last semester of his senior and my sophomore year. We went on a few dates, but then he went to college 300 miles away. By my senior year, I KNEW I wanted him, but it took a while for me to convince him that I might be worth catching, too. We’ve been married for thirty years and live within an hour of our two sons, their wives and the trio of grand-puppies. He supports my writing so much that he told me to quit my regular job with the school and pursue it full-time before I had a single contract. A man who promotes your dreams over his own desires is a real romance hero.
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
Wow. So many books to choose from because I’ve always been a voracious reader. I think the answer to this varies given what book I’ve just read and what I’m struggling with in my life. I’m going to use two books (sorry).
When I was eleven, I discovered The Chronicles of Narnia. My parents were separated and they divorced a year later. I frequently escaped to Narnia (and other fictional worlds) during the next couple of years. The magic C. S. Lewis made me believe in kept me from straying too far from the principles my mother raised me to believe.
As an adult, I read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. This is a must-read for everyone who believes in God. It opened my heart and mind to a new perspective about “living my faith” and each time I’ve re-read it, I’ve discovered a new nugget of truth to help me.