Woot – we have Sharon Delarose here today!!! Sit back and relax for a few minutes while we get lost in her world for a bit!. 🙂
Sharon’s Author Bio…
Even as a kid I was known as “the strange little girl who lives down the street” and my writing often reflects that. When you’ve had as many bizarre experiences as I have, you cannot help but to be a little affected by it.
I consider my biggest success so far to be a comment from a mother that her son picked up one of my books and couldn’t put it down. He was an adult with a learning disability who didn’t like to read but my dog book captured his interest. To touch someone in that way is inspiring.
Thank you so much Sharon for joining us today! Let’s start with an easy question…have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. Even as a kid the words were there. Back then it was simple: poetry and a diary. I still remember a diary entry from when I was maybe six or seven years old. “The bird died tomorrow.” I figure the bird must have died and I went back to the day before to write the cryptic note.
As I grew older I started writing short stories and eventually, articles and full-length books. Everywhere I go I see words. No event is too simple to turn into a story or article. Our last road trip produced two blog entries and the notes for a third just for weird thoughts while driving down the road.
I’m extremely excited about the fact that you’ve written a book about Alien nightmares – are you a believer?
Absolutely. Alien Nightmares is non-fiction and unravels what I’ve come to believe are a lifetime of alien abduction screen memories.
I do not expect the book to convince non-believers. I’ve been around long enough to realize that people don’t change their minds on important issues. Christians don’t suddenly become Muslims. Followers of Judaism don’t suddenly embrace the Hindu faith. Socialists rarely turn capitalist. People argue their beliefs in the hopes of changing other’s minds but it just doesn’t happen.
Believers will see what I see – screen memories of multiple UFO abductions. Skeptics will scoff as they’ve always done. Alien Nightmares may, however, trigger memories in others who’ve had experiences that they were unaware of.
Can you tell us more about this project?
My inner voice has been telling me for quite awhile to embrace the stranger aspects of my life experiences. Encounters with aliens is definitely the strangest 🙂
When I first set out to write the book I believed that I’d had UFO encounters from about ages 5 through 20. Once I started compiling the years of handwritten notes I’d kept, I realized that the encounters started in my toddler years and continued all the way through age 41.
I know it sounds strange to not realize you’ve had encounters but as they are often disguised as dreams or clouded with screen memories you may not be aware of what is happening. As I sifted back through the bizarre “nightmares” where I’d wake up suddenly filled with sheer terror after dreaming of UFOs, I began to put the pieces together.
Then I went on a fact-finding mission wherever possible and discovered a series of UFO sightings by other people that coincided with my own dates. Finally, I was able to prove without a doubt that one of my childhood “dreams” was actually a resurfacing memory. That clinched it for me.
The book includes nightmares and various other experiences such as missing time and pregnancies. In each case I’ve attempted to analyze the experience and offer alternate explanations in addition to the alien abduction theory.
I can’t wait to read this. Really – I can’t. 🙂 Please share more with us about where the inspiration behind your writing comes from, if you don’t mind?
Almost everything I see puts words into my head. Our last vacation spawned material for two articles, six blog posts, and an eBook. I wasn’t planning on writing a word but I can’t help it – the words are just there.
I could see a caterpillar on a leaf and come up with an entire blog post about it and I’ve done just that. TV shows sometimes spur ideas as well. One show about ancient aliens had a woman who said, “We all want to meet an alien.” Responding to that one statement turned into a very long blog post.
So, about your characters; are they people you would be friends with in real life?
As I write mostly true stories, some of the characters are indeed friends though I’ve taken care to disguise their identities 🙂 Out of six books and a booklet that I’ve published so far, only one is fiction.
All writers know that story making it is a full-time job. BUT if you had an entire week to read uninterrupted, which books would you pick up and why?
A Dog’s Journey because I loved W. Bruce Cameron’s first dog book so much that I couldn’t put it down. Pets in a Pickle by Malcolm Welshman because it’s been compared to James Herriot’s books and he was a fave of mine.
There are a number of others but I might go with either Messages or From My Side of the Bed by the Romanek’s, or Whitley Strieber’s book Transformation which I’m sure I’ve read before but don’t remember. They represent other people’s alien encounter experiences. There are also several Indie books which I’d really like to read.
Interesting choices! Can you tell us about your writing process, do you have a daily writing routine?
Yes. Three days a week I write from the time I wake up until approximately 7 p.m. That’s our dinnertime. Sometimes I sneak in a few additional hours here and there.
Great schedule, I’m jealous! lol Sharon, do you have any advice for budding writers?
Write what you are passionate about. If you don’t feel it neither will your readers. It doesn’t matter if vampires are all the rage if they don’t personally grab you. What grabs you? What fills your head with words? That’s what you should write about.
Wonderful advice! So, what can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?
More dog books, a children’s book, two coffee table photo books, a health-related book, and a couple of others which are all in various stages of completion. If Alien Nightmares is well embraced, I might consider undergoing hypnotic regressions to bring out more memories which would become another book.
Logically I know that sticking to a single genre is probably more beneficial, but I have to follow the words. I get more done if I let the words dictate where they want me to go.
That’s a full plate, but excellent that we have so much to look forward to. 🙂 I know some of can fall into a writing rut…before we go, I’m curious – have you ever experienced Writer’s Block? If so, how did you overcome it?
If I get “stuck” while writing one book, I simply switch to another book. It may be that the story needs to percolate a little more before it’s ready to come out, while another story might be busting at the seams to get out. As long as I follow the words, I am never truly stuck.
This is a great idea, and I’m doing it myself right now…so can attest that it works! 🙂
So Sharon, It’s time for our Rapid-Fire Questions, are you ready?
Chocolate or Wine? Chocolate
eReader or Paperback? Paperback
Shower or Bath? Shower
Bra or No Bra? No bra
Beach or Pool? Beach
Shoes or Bare Feet? Shoes if flip flops count, bare feet otherwise
Pink or Blue? Blue
Cats or Dogs? Dogs, two at the moment which give me no end of stories to tell 🙂
Dogs sure are excellent muses. 🙂 Thank you so much for being here today Sharon – I had a great tim! I wish you the best, and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your book. You can learn more about Sharon and her work on her Website.
Alien Nightmares: Screen Memories of UFO Alien Abductions
(Available on Amazon)
True-life chronicles of a UFO alien abductee as revealed through vividly creepy dreams and screen memories. Walk the scary trails with me, haunted by creatures who followed me for decades with night terrors, monstrous visitors, bizarre visions, and fright nights that had me turning on all the lights afraid to go to sleep.
I lived in an amazing world full of terrifying creatures, whirlwinds, bizarre tasks and puzzles, and night visitors who took me and left me feeling drugged. UFOs flew in and out of my dreams for decades and I’d wake up knowing that this dream was not like the others, especially when they left me utterly terrified. There was no such thing as a safe place and I knew it.
Who were they? What did they want? Remember the old saying, “Judge not,
lest ye be judged?” Well it’s coming home to roost and it’s riding in on a UFO. Are the aliens the antichrist that the Bible warns of? Or are they our lifeboats to a brave new world? Do they bring a message of empowerment, or are we just rats in a maze? Whoever they are, one thing is certain: We cannot handle their truth.
If you are a believer, you’ll see screen memories from an abductee. If you are a skeptic, you’ll see a child with a big imagination and an adult who experiences extraordinarily vivid nightmares. Either way, God help you if the nightmares ever come and haunt you…