Sharon Kay Roberts – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Olympic Gold for Cat and Toby is a young adult fiction book. This is the uplifting story of a girl’s struggle to find herself after tragedy nearly destroys her life.Fourteen-year-old Cat has devoted her life to figure skating and works tirelessly for Olympic Gold. while driving home from a skating competition, she and her Dad are involved in an accident. Cat awkens in the hospitl and learns the worst has happened: Her Father is dead and her leg was amputated below the knee.

A family Dr suggests hippotherapy. Reluctantly Cat consents to therapeutic riding. Inspired by the sight of a horse and rider practicing on a jump course, Cat decides she will learn to compete again.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was raised a military brat and have been in every US state and overseas. I graduated high school from Metlakatla Alaska. A shy girl I spent hours reading books and dreaming of owning a horse.

What inspired you to write this book?

My interest in animal therapy and love of horses.

How did you publish this book?

A first time unknown author I decided to go with a Print on Demand Publisher and I happened across Publishamerica while surfing on the net.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I have always loved books and reading but had no intention of ever writing a book. In 2003 I started waking up in around 2 am with a story in my mind. The only way to go back to sleep was to write the story down. This went on for several months. Honey, A Pony’s Story for tween readers was published in 2004.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Discipline. A writer should write every day. That is very hard to do.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

That getting you book to the reading public can be harder then writing it.

What types of books do you like to read?

Mystery, suspense, political intrigue, horse, scifi

Who are your favorite authors?

John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Isaac Asimov, Nicholas Evans

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Write about a subject you are passionate about. When choosing a publisher find out if and how they will market your book. POD publishers tend to leave the marketing to the author.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I have built two websites for independent authors to advertise their books. Writing my be a solitary pursuit, but marketing is best done by a group,

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?