MARGARET’S TOP WRITING TIP: Be prepared for a long road, and enjoy the journey.
A little over four years ago, Margaret Lynette Sharp made a big decision: She started to write again. Margaret had written many short stories and articles during her twenties and early thirties, but had given up writing. She credits her husband Ron, who is well-known in the world of music as the designer and builder of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, with encouraging her to write and says his encouragement and enjoyment of her work has been a major influence. Many of Margaret’s books are collections of short stories or novellas that have been favourably reviewed by respected reviewers such as Shelleyrae Cusbert, Brenda Telford, Sally From Oz and Cloggie Down Under. In September her short story The One That Got Away was highly commended at the Hurstville Discovery Festival of Arts and will be published in an anthology by the Discovery Writers Group. Margaret has finished the first draft of her twelfth title, a short romantic novel, and hopes to publish it within a few months. She lives in suburban Sydney, with her husband, their little Maltese rescue dog Chicki, and a pair of budgerigars named Albert and Victoria.
For more information about Margaret and her books, visit her blog. https://margaretlynettesharp.wordpress.com/
Why do you write? I like to engage with people: to make them think, to entertain them. I’ve written many, many short stories. Most reviewers have commented that they have enjoyed them. I relish the feeling of accomplishment at the end of writing each book.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? That’s something I don’t think about a great deal. I would probably spend more time playing the piano, painting in watercolours, or gardening.
What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Being self-published has brought with it many advantages that flow from having control over my own writing and its distribution. The biggest obstacle has been the effort and discipline required to produce work of consistent quality, likely to meet with the approval of reviewers. Other challenges have included the design and selection of covers, formatting and various technical issues.
What’s the best aspect of your writing life? Writing fulfills my urge to create. I’m not tied to any particular schedule, so in that respect it is convenient. And it’s a great feeling to know that one’s work has been read and enjoyed.
—the worst? Marketing is difficult, particularly for those authors who are not well-known. Maintaining visibility can be time-consuming, and it’s easy to become impatient when results are slow to appear.
What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? I don’t think I’d change anything.
What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? Had I been more aware of the level of competition in the marketplace, I might have been discouraged and never started. So it was probably for the best that I didn’t know.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Many people have encouraged me to keep writing, no matter what. I think that is the best advice.
Four young women: Michaela, Sally, Amelia and Lauren. All Australian. All destined to find that the course of real love is not smooth sailing. Four separate tales touching on a universal goal. Will career ambitions jeopardise their futures?
Michaela, A gifted student of music, is offered a long-hoped-for scholarship to study in London. Can the budding love between herself and Thomas be sustained over the miles?
Sally, a senior high-school student, finds that love is tested when her fiance begins his medical studies. Will their love survive?
Amelia, whose career ambitions have become a dominant force in her life, finds that married life with Steven is fraught with difficulties.
Lauren, young and vulnerable, finds her life undergoes a steep learning curve as she realises there is life after a broken romance.
“This is a series of compelling, highly readable novellas of Sydney author Margaret Lynette Sharp, whose skill as a short story writer has been recognised by respected writing critics. This series of longer works is no less engaging.”
Love, Desire and Betrayal is available from: http://www.amazon.com/Desire-Betrayal-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00L8KOKZM