Today on the FlipSide, I’m pleased to feature an interview with author Sharon L. Higa. If you’re not yet acquainted with Sharon, here’s a little information about her…
At six years old, Sharon L. Higa became obsessed with the supernatural, compliments of an older cousin who fascinated her with stories of hauntings and horror. Travelling the world with her family, the fascination grew, resulting in creating and telling her own stories. She wrote intermittently for a number of years, but it was after she and her husband moved to East Tennessee that her family and friends convinced her to write and publish her works. She is a newly published author with one novella, The Dam and one novel, Number 6, both published by JEA Press. She also has one short story in an anthology, Mental Ward: Echoes of the Past with Sirens Call Publications – with many more stories bubbling on the mental burners. She now writes full time. She resides with ten cats, one dog and Mark, her patient and loving husband of twenty two years.
Welcome Sharon! Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.
A supernatural thriller that has been described as a grittier…
(Editor’s Note: The Author gave me more than 10 words so I shortened it to be fair to all other authors and besides, it makes it more interesting this way doesn’t it? 🙂)
What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
I would love something specifically created by Danny Elfman to go with the tone of the movie. I’ve loved Oingo Boingo since the first day I heard their music and couldn’t think of anyone I’d feel more honored to help create the proper musical piece for my story.
Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
George Romero. All my friends have told me time and time again that my life story would have to be claimed as a work of fiction, because no one who didn’t know me would ever believe the comedy/tragedy and sometimes downright horrific events that have really happened to me. As for whom would I like to play me? Kathy Bates. She’s an incredible talent and can do any type/style of story around.
What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
Definitely a Pantser. I get ideas on the fly all the time, that’s why I keep a notebook with me everywhere; in the car, by my bed, the cat room, in the kitchen and yes, even the bathroom! If an idea hits me, I want to be able to catch it right away, in its’ purest concept. Then, I can flesh it out and set it up onto the word processor at a later time.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
Don’t let anything get in the way of your writing. Don’t use excuses – just write.
What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
E.A. Poe story – Murders in the Rue Morgue; Charles L. Grant – Horrors, Shadows, Nightmares anthologies; Tales From The Crypt Comics. That was in my pre-teen years. I love anthologies because a lot of now well- known writers started out with short stories in anthologies – that along with my family and friends encouragement really gave me the boost I needed to start writing my own ‘tales’.
Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Whatever’s available immediately!
- Cats or dogs? Both
- Snow or sun? Sun
- Print books or eReader? Print Books- love the feel of paper and turning pages!
- Nachos or potato chips? Potato Chips – wavy, of course, for dipping!
- Baked or fried? Fried. I’m from the South!
- Candy or chocolate? Chocolate…anything else is a sin!
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror, oh yeah!
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Action (I’m no girly-girl! Hubby says I’m more of a marine than he was!)
- Classics or Modern? Eclectic! (heeheehee!)
- Old World or New World? Old World
- Sweet or spicy? Sweet, dahhling!
- Comfort or Speed? Comfort – I write in my jammies, what does that tell ya?!
Now let’s take a look at Number 6… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!
Ida Moreno had a good life. Head Curator of the New York Public Library, lots of friends and acquaintances among her co-workers, a nice, cozy apartment close to her work and the simple company of her cat, Tansy.
All that changes in one horrifying moment.
Raped and murdered by someone in the middle of the night, Ida’s soul discorporates from her body at the time of death and witnesses the final moments. She’s angry, and her emotional anger ties her to the killer. It’s now up to her to figure out how to use her ‘new spirit body’ to find out who he is and bring him to justice.