How can I stand on the ground
every day and not feel its power?
How can I live my life stepping on
this stuff and not wonder at it?
~William Bryant Logan
The many gardens of the world,
of literature and poetry,
of painting and music,
of religion and architecture,
all make the point as clear as possible:
The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.
A garden is like the self.
It has so many layers
and winding paths,
real or imagined, that it
can never be known, completely,
even by the most intimate of friends.
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. ~Psalm 65:8 ✝
Sharon K. Connell is the author of Christian/romance/drama fiction and it’s a pleasure to have her with us today at 4writersandreaders.
What readers are saying
Christian/romance (fiction) novels by Sharon K. Connell
A Very Present Help by Sharon K. Connell
This book is artfully written and creatively weaves the plot from beginning to end. It is a great reminder that God is still involved in our lives. This is a must read and leaves the reader filled with hope! ~ Jennifer
It’s wonderful to have you with us today, Sharon. I can’t wait to find out more about you and your books. First of all, tell us a little about yourself.
Meet Author Sharon K. Connell
I was born in Wisconsin, grew up and went to school through College in Illinois. In 1988, I moved to Florida and graduated from Bible School in 1995. For most of my adult life, I have worked full-time in the clerical field. In December 2012, I decided to retire, and in March of 2013 moved to Houston, Texas. Since then I have been enjoying every minute of retirement from the clerical/business world and I have been writing full-time.
Today, I spend my time doing many things, which I never had the time to do before retiring. This includes at least one or two hours daily writing stories about people who discover (as I have) that God will only allow those things into your life that will help you grow and/or increase your faith.
At the age of twelve years old, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. There has not been a day that has gone by where I have been disappointed in that decision. Many trials have crossed my path, most of which I brought on myself. Nonetheless, God has been with me every step of the way. I have never once felt that He deserted me or does not love me.
How long have you been writing and what type of writing do you normally do?
The genre in which I write is Christian/Romance/Drama. I could possibly add Mystery to the end of that list with the publishing of my fourth novel sometime this year.
While still working full-time, I began my first book around the year 2000—A Very Present Help.
In my stories, I try to bring out some promises in the Bible. Humor always is added for entertainment, along with a good love story. Then there is the villain who adds drama and sometimes mystery to the lives of my hero and heroine.
Can you give us a brief synopsis of your book?
My latest book published in December of 2014—There Abideth Hope deals with the life of a former Navy nurse, Lieutenant JG Lynne Temple and the man she meets in Florida, a youth pastor by the name of Nick Livingston. They run into a treacherous villain who recognizes Miss Temple from a murder trial during her college days, one in which she was the prime witness. While the couple is trying to get to know each other, they wind up dealing with kidnaped teens from a local Rave gone bad, drugs and human trafficking, not to mention attempted murder. The story goes from Chicago, Illinois to the war in Afghanistan to Pensacola, Florida.
What prompted you to write your novels, Sharon?
This is an easy one to answer. My dear friend, Alan J. O’Reilly, author of Sound of Battle and Desired Haven, talked me into it. I call him my adopted brother. We have known each other since shortly after 1990. Through the years, we have corresponded, although never met. When I would relay a story about something that had happened, he would always tell me, “You need to write a story about that.” After Hurricane Ivan hit Pensacola, Florida and I went through it all alone, I told him every detail. Again, he told me that I should write about it. This time I took him seriously. However, I did not write about the hurricane. A story about a girl being lonely came to mind and I was off and running. That story actually became my second book, Paths of Righteousness, but stemmed the writing of the first, A Very Present Help.
Do you have a favorite line from one of your books?
“You came within a gnat’s eyebrow of going for a swim with those dolphins, and you’re worried about your heel?” from There Abideth Hope. (The heel is a high heel and the line is spoken by the hero to the heroine, after she almost fell into the water trying to get a better look at her first live Florida dolphins).
Who is your favorite character and why?
I guess my favorite character from my books is Kathryn Kendall from Paths of Righteousness. She is the heroine I first thought up and started writing about. She is honest, faithful, gentle, beautiful, and sensitive; yet with an air of pride that gets the better of her at times.
What was the hardest part about writing your books?
Keeping all the events in the lives of my characters in order and consistent.
Do you do anything besides write?
Yes, besides all my normal house duties, I paint, sketch, blog, take pictures of nature, am a spectator at RC racetracks, I am an active birder (amateur), exercise (mostly by walking the Houston Bayous viewing the many birds that live there) and do some moon and star gazing.
How can readers get copies of your books?
My books are sold on Amazon and Kindle. If you look up my Author Page on Amazon, you will find all three novels.
What’s next for author Sharon K. Connell?
Currently, I am working on my fourth novel—His Perfect Love— about a young woman who has lived a self-centered life, to the point that her family has all but given up on her. God starts dealing with her by allowing things from her past to catch up with her causing fear and doubt. She bounces from Illinois to Minnesota, back to Illinois and winds up in Houston, Texas. You will have to read the book to find out the rest.
After I finish this story and it is ready for all of you readers, I will be begin my next book about a young woman trying to keep her family’s farm in Nebraska from winding up in the wrong hands after her parents pass away.
Sharon, it has been wonderful having you with us today. I’ve already checked out your books and videos. I’ve purchased and downloaded “A Very Present Help” to my kindle and can’t wait to read it. I’m a fan of Christian fiction and your books all sound great. Happy writing!
Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. Sharon and I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to join the conversation (comments below) and be sure to take a look inside Sharon’s great books on Amazon. I think you’ll want to grab a novel or two.
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