Interview with sci-fi author Sharolyn G. Brown

My special
guest today is Sharolyn G. Brown
to talk with me about her new sci-fi dystopian novel, The Heaviness of
Knowing.




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Bio:
Sharolyn G.
Brown is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan who decided the best way to
deal with all of the characters in her head was to give them stories and put
them in a book. She lives with her husband in Houston, Texas where she divides
her time between working, writing, and spending time with him.
For more
information about Sharolyn, check out her website www.sharolyngbrown.com. You
can also connect with her on Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram. To keep up with the
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Welcome, Sharolyn. Please share a little
bit about your current release.
The Heaviness of Knowing is
primarily about an alien woman named Roxal who knows the gods on her planet,
The Keepers, are fake, but chooses to continue serving them because not doing
so would endanger her life. In service to them, she manipulates an Earth woman
named Lauren, through her dreams, to do The Keepers’ bidding. You also get to
meet Lauren who finds out about Roxal (and other things) and has to figure out what to do now that she knows about
these aliens and their planned invasion.

What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to write The Heaviness of
Knowing
by a conversation with a friend who told me she never dreams. It
made me wonder why some people remember their dreams, and others don’t. My
imagination took over and came up with an idea involving aliens who were using
our dreams to invade the Earth.

Excerpt from The Heaviness of Knowing:
“What are you doing back here? I told you it was dangerous
for them to find you here. How did you get to this place? I did not initiate
this link.”

The voice sounded the same as the one from her dream-like
meditation from two nights before. Lauren wondered why the presence spoke to
her like she knew her. Also, what she was saying didn’t make any sense to
Lauren.
“I’m here because
I was guided here. Why is it dangerous to be here?”
“No one can guide you here but me,” Lauren heard the
presence say, while at the same time, Estella was asking, “Lauren, are you
talking to someone?”
“Yes, Estella. There’s a woman here and she’s telling me I
should go because it’s dangerous for me. And she wants to know how I got here
in the first place. I told her you guided me here, but she says you can’t do
that.”
“Who are you
talking to?” The woman now sounded as if she were confused.
“I’m talking to my
therapist, Dr. Estella Olivier.”
“A therapist?” The
voice was quiet for several moments. “Are you awake, Lauren?”
This woman was asking the strangest questions. And though
she didn’t want to answer, there was just something about her that Lauren
sensed she could trust.
“Yes, I’m awake. I’m at a session with my doctor to
determine why I can’t sleep. She led me to this room to figure out the answer
and then you started talking.”
Both the woman and
Estella were silent.
The woman’s voice broke the silence. “Lauren, we have never
spoken before while you were awake.”

What exciting story are you working on
next?

I’m working on Book 2 of the Conscious Dream Series. Roxal and Lauren had to
make tough decisions in Book 1. Book 2 will show what happens as a result of
the decisions each woman made.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I didn’t consider myself a writer until someone in my writer’s group told
me I was one. Seriously. I knew I wanted to write a novel, so I joined a writer’s
group. After writing and sharing a few short stories I told them that one day I
hoped to be a writer. One of the members
then questioned whether I had written the pieces I’d shared with the group.
When I answered yes, her reply was, “Well that means you’re already a writer.”
From that point on I made sure never to make
that mistake
again.


Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you
do other than write and how do you find time to write?

For now, I write part-time. I’m a full-time engineer for an oil company. I try
to set aside about two hours a day during the week, and as many hours as I can
find on the weekend to write. Occasionally, I’ll have all-day writing sessions
on Saturday. However, I try to avoid the all-day
writing sessions because I have a life outside of writing (husband, friends,
TV) that I enjoy very much.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I have to write in complete silence. I can’t have a TV or music on in the
background. When I write, it’s like I’m seeing
the scenes play out in my brain, and I’m simply trying to get them down in a
coherent form. So having any sound on while I write interferes with my process.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. In fact, I’m an engineer
because my Dad has a degree in engineering,
and my Mom said I should be one because I was good at math and science. I chose
Mechanical Engineering as my major in college and never looked back. I still
enjoy being an engineer, but writing is something that I absolutely love.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I just want your readers to know that I thank them for checking out my interview and excerpt, and I hope they’ve
enjoyed reading them. Also, I’d love to connect with them on Facebook, Goodreads, or Twitter. The book can be found on Amazon.

Thank you for being a guest on my blog!

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