by Carole Brown
It’s good to welcome Sharyn to our site today! She’s a talented person besides being an author, and a sweet fell0w Ohioian ACFWer. Here’s a bit about her:
Sharyn Kopf didn’t discover her voice until she found a way to turn grief into hope. For her, that meant realizing it was okay to be sad about her singleness. In doing so, she was finally able to move past her grief and find hope in God.
It also meant writing about the heartaches and hopes of being an older single woman. She published her first novel, Spinstered, in 2014, and a companion nonfiction version titled Spinstered: Surviving Singleness After 40, in 2015. Her work has also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Splickety Love magazine.
Besides writing and speaking, Sharyn is an editor and marketing professional. She loves to connect with readers and singles on Facebook or email. In her spare time, she enjoys goofing off with her nieces and nephews, making—and eating!—the best fudge (CB: I can testify to that! Lol) ever, long hikes through the woods and playing the piano.
Read on to find out her thoughts about writing another book and how easy it is . . . or not!
Sharyn . . .
Someone once told me when people say they want to write a novel what they mean is they want to have written a novel. They want it to be done without going through the pain and bleeding of actually doing it.
I totally get that.
As of August 24, I’ve officially finished four books—two novels, one nonfiction work and a novella. And each time, when I’m still getting started, I wonder how “the end” will ever happen. Seriously, if feels like an impossible task.
Now, I always have ideas. Scenes roll through my head, but they’re just pictures, snapshots, really, of what will happen but without substance or context. I wonder if I can find the words—the right and perfect words—to string all those photos together, adding more scenes until it comes to life, a dream turned into reality.
But until it’s done I don’t know what’s going to work. It’s a journey, an exploration of thoughts and words. Because even though I have those images, each sentence is a surprise, creating a new, unexpected photo.
All reasons why finishing a book is, to me, a tiny miracle. One moment I wonder if it’s ever going to come together and make sense and capture everything I intended … and the next moment it’s done.
It happened again when I recently finished my second novel, Inconceived. After years of it being nothing more than a scrapbook of ideas, it came together. I’m still somewhat in awe about that. Some incidents I knew were coming; others threw me as completely off-guard as they did my characters. Health issues. Relationships ending, beginning and starting over. Trips home and broken hearts and true forgiveness—the kind that can change a person’s life.
But somehow by the grace of God it did come together. I’m stunned, again, to have this moving picture of a story complete.
And now it’s time to start again with book three!
Sequel to Spinstered (Amazon)
Realizing you’re a spinster is one thing; understanding what that means and how to handle it is another. And it would seem Jolene, Uli and Catie still have a ways to go before they truly comprehend what God is trying to show them not only in their desire to marry but in their longing to have children of their own.
As one relationship ends and another begins, Jolene Woods realizes she needs to finally deal with the guilt and regret of her past if she’s ever going to move on. And so she embarks on a journey she hopes will bring forgiveness … but may, in fact, only lead to more regret. Did the mistakes of her youth forever destroy her chance to be a mother?
Uli Odell has her own journey, though it’s more of an escape from the pain and embarrassment of a broken engagement. She ends up at her mother’s home in Iowa, separated from her friends and desperate for money. But there are some problems she just can’t run away from.
Though Catie’s heart is in a stronger place since she met God on a mountain three months ago, she still doesn’t have answers to many of her questions. Then the possibility of an unhealthy relationship and the reality of a life-altering medical diagnosis makes her wonder if she’s figured out anything at all.
As their lives head off in different directions, each of these friends will need God—and each other—to find their way to healing.
Readers, how hard do you think writing a book is? Have you ever thought you’d like to try to write one?
Thanks for joining us, Sharyn. Readers, be sure to check out Sharyn’s books and her social links!