Hello my friends. It is my pleasure to introduce to you one of my newest friends and first-time Indie Author, Sharyn Bradford Lunn. Not only is she a fantastic person to know, she is also an amazing reader with an eye for detail with the credentials to back her up. So, without further delay, here she is. My friend. Sharyn Bradford Lunn.
“About the Author”
I was born in Sydney, Australia, and that’s where I started my formal education, but when I was nine years old my family moved to a small country town where I always felt like an outsider – never one of the locals. That’s the way small towns were then; it didn’t matter how long a person had been living there, unless you were born there you just weren’t a local. As the saying goes, I never really fitted in, but I must admit, with hind site, I was pretty dorky. In many ways I still am. Anyway, we returned to Sydney ten years later and, after briefly working in a telephone exchange then a kindergarten, I started a career in nursing during which I gained additional certificates and university degrees. Somewhere along the line I developed a passion for genealogy (probably after reading Alex Haley’s “Roots”) so, just for my own interest, I undertook a diploma in Family Historical Studies, and later, again for myself and with a new interest in writing, I undertook a Master of Art (Creative Writing). Somewhere along the line I also developed a love of history, something that went hand in hand with genealogy. It was natural for me to want to write in a genre where I could express these. All that said, I still have a lot to learn about the craft of writing – I think it’s an ongoing process for all authors.
How long have you been writing?
It’s been very much an “on again, off again” thing, but for at least twenty years. I became disheartened countless times and gave up just as many times. Now, with my first book published, I’m so glad I kept going back to it. Somewhere deep inside I just couldn’t let go of it – or, more precisely, the story idea. It just kept going around and around in my head so I guess you could say this series gas had an extremely long gestation.
What was your life like before becoming an author?
Being a Registered Nurse my working life revolved around health care. I initially specialized in Coronary Care and Intensive Care before venturing into management.
Who or what inspired you to write?
It was actually the Australian author, Colleen McCullough. I’d always loved her book, “The Thorn Birds”, then, one day I heard that she had actually once worked in the facility where I was working at the time. I never actually found out if the story was true, but it was enough to make me think, “Gosh, I wonder if I could ever write?” Of course I’d never in my wildest dreams compare myself to Colleen, but she was definitely my inspiration.
Do you have a specific writing style or genre?
I love reading historical fiction, especially when it encompasses a good family saga. Because of my love for history and genealogy this is also what I want to write about. One of my favorite books, and also something that inspired me, is “The Great Alone” by Janet Dailey – not one of her many romances, but a single. It’s a wonderful family saga set in Alaska and skillfully encompasses Alaska’s history.
Tell me about your latest book? What’s it about?
I’m writing a series called “Southern Skyes” which, naturally, is Australian historical fiction and a family saga. The first book, “The Soldier’s Seed” is about a private in the New South Wales Corps, a bit of a ladies’ man, who regrets the situation in which he finds himself and so embarks on another adventure that turns out to be even more perilous.
“The Soldier’s Seed”
by Sharyn Bradford Lunn
What was your favorite part of the book to write?
Definitely the romance between the hero, Nicholas, and his obsession, Maggie. I’ve never been ‘big’ on reading romances, but I think authors often fall in love with their central characters, and for me, these two were special. I can’t say too much without giving the plot away, but it was fun to write that part.
What was the hardest part to write?
Many years ago I was very moved by the fate of the First Tasmanians so I wanted to include some of their story in the series, but for a non-aboriginal, it was a real challenge to represent them accurately and with respect. I certainly hope I was able to achieve both.
The most difficult part to write is always the historical component. I wanted it to be both informative and entertaining while also being an integral part of the story. Conversely, doing the research was fun and totally absorbing.
What do you find most rewarding in writing a book?
This is probably the same for all authors; actually finishing the book and seeing it published. That’s very satisfying.
Do you have any other books in progress?
Yes, two more books in the series will be released soon: Book 2 – “All That Glitters” is due for release October 2012 and Book 3 – “Jagged Waters” is to follow. There are still more books after that – some are almost complete now.
What are your future plans in regards to writing?
My main goal is to finish the current series of “Southern Skyes” as planned. After that there may be more stories because there are openings for off-shoots from the main series, but if I need a change I may move on to something else before coming back to those.
Are you listed on the major social networks like facebook, twitter, goodreads, etc…
Yes, you’ll find me at:
Twitter – @bradfordlunn
Facebook Southern Skyes – http://www.facebook.com/southern.skyes.series?ref=hl
Blog – www.sharynbradfordlunn.com
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
My best advice would be, “Just stick with it. Don’t give up no matter how hard or up-hill itseems. Only you can make your dreams come true – no one else – so keep plugging away at it. There’s such great personal satisfaction when you finally type ‘The End’ and sigh, ‘I did it’.”
Outside of writing, what is your most favorite thing to do and why?
Oh, there are so many things I enjoy it’s hard to choose, but the main ones include reading, swimming, family history (I’m always tracing someone’s tree), painting, knitting in front of the TV (because can’t stand to be doing nothing) and, of course, relaxing with family and friends.
Thank you, Sharyn, for sharing your wonderful story with me. You are an extremely interesting person and I am so thankful to have had the chance to interview you for myself and my friends. It has been a treasure and I certainly look forward to more news and information in concern to your present and future works. My best to you always and thank you again for being my first author to interview for my blog. Keep chasing that dream and I will be right here cheering you on all the way! Tracy J.