1. Why did you want to be a writer?
I wanted to be a writer because I absolutely loved reading books and being in libraries. I wanted to help other children find the joy that I found between the pages of so many wonderful children’s books.
2. What’s the best thing about being a writer?
There are many great things about being a writer, but the best thing for me is when children come up and say they love a story I wrote.
3. What’s your favourite New Zealand book?
My favourite NZ book is The Terrible Q by Tanya Batt.
4. What do you love most about New Zealand?
The thing I love most about New Zealand is how easy it is to get to the sea. I love the feeling of looking out over the ocean and imagining what’s on the other side.
5. What book changed your life?
The book that changed my life was a picture book that I was reading at bed time to my two toddlers. I don’t know what the story was but it was probably something by Lynley Dodd. While reading it to the children, I suddenly realised that I had forgotten to be a children’s author! I was already 40 so I very quickly started writing stories and sending them to Learning Media. Before long I was a published author and I haven’t looked back since!
Sharon has been writing for 10 years and has had stories, poems, plays and articles published in the School Journal. Her latest novels, Sabotage and No Survivors, are in the New Zealand My Story series and tell the stories of two girls growing up in New Zealand at the time of the Rainbow Warrior bombing and the Erebus crash. Sharon has also written her own joke book called It’s True! You can make your own jokes, because her son kept trying to make up terrible jokes.