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Monday, August 5, 2013

Interview with Sharon Buchbinder


Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I write under my real name for all of my work, fiction and non-fiction (I have 3 best-selling textbooks). After working in health care delivery for years, I became an association executive, a health care researcher, and an academic in higher education. I had it all--a terrific, supportive husband, an amazing son and a wonderful job. But that itch to write (some call it an obsession) kept beckoning me to "come on back" to writing fiction. Thanks to the kindness of family, friends, critique partners, and beta readers, I am an award-winning author published in mystery, horror, science fiction, as well as contemporary, erotic, paranormal and romantic suspense. When not attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, I can be found herding cats, waiting on a large gray dog, fishing, dining with good friends, or writing.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My latest release is Obsession, a paranormal romantic suspense that takes place in Baltimore, Maryland and the Mexican Sierra Madre.

A year after a barbaric childbirth, complete with a near-death experience and an encounter with her guardian angel, Angie Edmonds is just happy she and her son, Jake, are alive. She's finally in a good place: clean, sober, and employed as a defense attorney. But at the end of a long work day, she finds herself in a parent's worst nightmare: Jake has been kidnapped and taken across the Mexican border by a cult leader who believes the child is the "Chosen One."

Stymied by the US and Mexican legal systems, Angie is forced to ask the head of a Mexican crime syndicate for help. Much to her chagrin, she must work with Alejandro Torres, a dangerously attractive criminal and the drug lord's right-hand man. Little does she know Alejandro is an undercover federal agent, equally terrified of blowing his cover—and falling in love with her.

Are you a mom (or parent)? If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

I'm a grandmother and I love it! Our grandson is a joy and I have the honor of babysitting for him 2 days a week while his parents work. When he is here and awake, that boy is the focus of my attention. When he's asleep, I slip in some promo and marketing. I find it hard to focus on writing a story when he's here because I'm always listening for his little voice. Did I mention I love being a grandmother? Makes me so happy I didn't kill my son when he was a teenager. LOL!

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

Yes, the message I want readers to take away from the book is: "You are the hero of your own life."

I often hear people say, "If only..." If only I were thinner, prettier, smarter, taller, richer, etc. Many people have tremendous obstacles to overcome in their lives. They may come from dysfunctional families and poverty, have a disease, are abandoned and cast off, however, they overcome these obstacles and do great things because they never give up.

In my book, Angie Edmonds is the epitome of the abused child. Her father is a cult leader, and her childhood and young adult years are filled with terror. She becomes an addict, and stops using when she becomes pregnant. She resolves to be the mother she never had. Then her crazy father kidnaps her son, Jake. The US and Mexican governments are useless. Does she give up? Not a chance. She calls in a favor from the biggest, baddest boss of a Mexican drug cartel to get her kid back.

If this was you, what would you do to save your child? You are the hero of your own life. Take charge, take control, get healthy, and kick some butt along the way to take care of your family.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

I'm about one-third of the way through a historical fantasy. Structured like Katherine Neville's The Eight, where the reader goes back and forth between historical and contemporary times, my work-in-progress, Kiss of the Virgin Queen, takes place in the spaces between history, religion, and the paranormal.  Kiss of the Virgin Queen explores that space and the effects of the epic romance between King Solomon and Queen Makeda that continue to ripple down the centuries to their descendant, Homeland Security Special Agent Eliana Solomon, aka the Jinni (Genie) Hunter.

What book are you reading now?
I am beta reading two wonderful books. Sharon Saracino's paranormal romance, Angel Unbound , has sizzling hot fallen angels, lots of wonderful world building , all set in Rome, Italy. Rayne Golay's literary novel, The Surviving Sister, is a moving story of an woman's struggle and triumph in overcoming the devastating loss of her identical twin sister.


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Obsession 
Sharon Buchbinder

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Page Count: 288 
Word Count: 71392 

ISBN : 978-1-61217-867-7

Amazon


Book Description:

A year after a barbaric childbirth, complete with a near-death experience and an encounter with her guardian angel, Angie Edmonds is just happy she and her son, Jake, are alive.

She's finally in a good place: clean, sober, and employed as a defense attorney.

But at the end of a long work day, she finds herself in a parent's worst nightmare: Jake has been kidnapped and taken across the Mexican border by a cult leader who believes the child is the "Chosen One."Stymied by the US and Mexican legal systems, Angie is forced to ask the head of a Mexican crime syndicate for help.

Much to her chagrin, she must work with Alejandro Torres, a dangerously attractive criminal and the drug lord's right-hand man.

Little does she know Alejandro is an undercover federal agent, equally terrified of blowing his cover--and falling in love with her.



About the Author Sharon Buchbinder

I’ve been writing fiction since I was in high school and have the rejection slips to prove it.

After I graduated with a BA in Psychology and no job, I realized my dreams of working in the attic writing great prose would have to take a back seat to the simple pleasures of eating, drinking, and having a roof over my head.

Fast forward a few decades, and I had a career path that would make all but the kindest say, “What were you thinking?” After working in health care delivery for years, I became a researcher, then an academic. I had it all– a terrific, supportive husband, an amazing son, and a wonderful job. But that itch to write (some call it obsession), kept beckoning me to “come on back” to writing fiction. I spent one whole month away doing nothing but writing fiction, the first of many drafts of my first novel.

My genres include horror, mystery, romance and weird blends of the three. For a sampling of my work (fiction and nonfiction), click on “Stories and Links“.

When not attempting to make students and colleagues laugh, I can be found herding cats and dogs, golfing, deep sea fishing, or writing.



1 comment:

Sharon Buchbinder said...

Thank you for hosting me on your beautiful blog!