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Sharon Maria Bidwell
Lastest work(s): Well Nigh Impossible
Last work(s): The Teacher; Mundus Cerialis, Space: 1889 and Beyond
A writer from the UK, Sharon doesn?t get out much these days. She?s too busy creating vibrant worlds and characters to share with others. She still writes darker stories (although feels her romances can be quite dark at times) but equally loves the romance industry, which allows her to work with the type of cross-genre writing she favours. She?s called her website Aonia because in Greek myth that is where the muses lived, and she?s delighted and grateful for each and every idea that comes to her.
When people ask me to explain my work, only one word springs to mind: Diverse. I?ve written fact and fiction in almost any genre. So far, I?ve been extremely lucky in that I have had the opportunity to do this, but I?ve also, often, had the pleasure of crossing genres. Thus, crime, horror, fantasy, action, adventure, fairy tales, gothic, erotica, non-traditional romance, and slipstream, are themes I?ve use in any combination.
Not so long ago I was asked a question ? to explain why I write. I replied that there?s a simple answer to why writers write: because they have to. To some, it is simply like breathing. Deep down, I?ve never wanted to do anything else, but as well as an art form it is a process whereby you are constantly learning, improving, and ever seeking out new challenges.
Most of us write at some stage in our lives ? whether it is the day-to-day record in a diary, a carefree note to a friend or even a necessary but unhappy letter of complaint. I believe the ability to read and write are our most basic and necessary skills. Reading and writing opens a door of discovery, access to knowledge, an ability to express ourselves, to communicate and educate. The purpose of storytelling is not solely one of entertainment, though pardon me for shocking anyone if I say I want to do that too! I grew up reading horror. I admit I was reading books for age-groups long before I should have done so but I?m grateful for it. Whenever the world around me let me down in an odd way those books kept me sane. They were pure escapism and at heart, I still just like to tell a good story.
I think some stories can be life-altering but I see nothing wrong with just being entertained. Life can be wonderful; for all of us it can be hard. It can be miserable at times. It can be dull at best. Stories have never failed me. Ideas, opinions, glimpses into another way of life ? all these things and more can be expressed in even the most simple or the most outrageous of stories. Many writers have been visionaries.
Mistletoe and Whine (sequel to Hounding the Beat)
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