Romance, Self-Help, and Suspense
Favorite sports team:
Baseball. That’s a sports team, right? I grew up watching my much older brother coach his five sons through little league (which adds up to a lot of baseball, in case you’re wondering) so the over-sugared smell of bubblegum and the THWACK of a ball hitting a bat really squeezes my heart.
Stepping through the red gate from my preschool into Westbury Square, where there were import stores from all over the world.
Novelist you'd love to sit next to on a cross-country flight:
You, of course.
The best thing about being an editor:
When one of my authors goes, “I’ve never understood that before, but I get it now.” And I can see from their work that they really do.
Sharon credits the girl that sat next to her in 10th-grade English with her passion for editing. Taking one look at Sharon’s essay on Walden, the girl pronounced it hogwash and then taught her to write. A few years and a degree in Lit later, Sharon adores assisting a fantastic manuscript to emerge, whether it’s a children’s book, romance, suspense, or self-help.
Since she’s a working writer, she’s familiar with the other end of the editing process, with published articles covering topics from diminishing aquifers to Brigitte Bardot. That diversity applies in her editing as well since she edits for a romance publisher and for a local arts and entertainment magazine.
When she’s not mucking about with words, Sharon’s curled up with her tuxedo cat, Mr. Knightley, listening to audio books and knitting.
Memoirs and other nonfiction, mysteries and thrillers, and romantic suspense
Favorite sports team: I don't follow sports but as a third-generation graduate of Texas A&M, I always hope the Aggies win.
Earliest memory: Visiting Mike the Tiger on the campus of LSU, where my father was a student the year I turned 3. Maybe that's why Michael and I have four cats!
Novelist you'd love to sit next to on a cross-country flight: Nora Roberts would be fun to talk to! How in the world does she write so much? Or Harlan Coben.
The best thing about being an editor: When we're about 60 percent through the process and the client is ready to give up since they know they're no-good, awful, writers--probably the worst writer ever to walk the earth.
But by the time we're finished, they see that they truly are good (and sometimes extraordinary) and that the world is a better place because they told their stories.
Ann says nothing is more fun than turning to page one of a brand-new manuscript and diving in.
She comes up for air a few pages later with lots of practical advice to help the author turn a draft into a polished product.
While memoirs and murder mysteries are especially close to her heart, she's done it all in her thirty-plus years of editing.
Probably the nonfiction book that was named one of the ten best books published in China in 2006. And the romantic suspense series set in the Hill Country of Texas.
When she's not editing, she's pampering her four rescued kitties, tackling her first murder mystery, or on motorcycle trips with her husband, preferably in the mountains of Arkansas or the Hill Country of Texas.