It seems weird, I know, but being a writer has made me a
healthier, fitter me.
I started writing 18 years ago (That sounds like a long time
even to me!). When I started writing I knew I needed to treat this as a career if I wanted to be
successful. To treat it as a career I couldn’t allow excuses. I had to sit down and write every
day and it had to become a PRIORITY.
The plan worked. To this day I write every day (when I have a
book due) and I treat it as a career because, well, by now it is a career. I have given up things
like TV and reading for pleasure (while a book is due. When I don’t have a book due then bring
on the TBR pile!). I have told my family no to doing so many things. I have put words before
many other things.
Over 18 years I have learned discipline. I have learned
sacrifice. I have experienced the satisfaction and joy of a job well done.
It’s all been worth it.
About seven years ago I knew that I needed to get healthy. I
needed to lose weight. Strangely, enough, the things that made me a successful author, were
also the things that were going to make me succeed in my get-healthier goals.
I treated each gym session as a doctor’s appointment. I
didn’t cancel on my doctors and I wasn’t going to cancel on my gym time. I learned to eat
sensibly. I counted calories. I weighed and logged my food and the results started appearing.
Like what happened when I started writing, I soon fell in love
with weightlifting and the muscles started appearing.
A few years into this new healthy lifestyle I came to a
crossroads in my life. I started working full time and I didn’t know how I was going to continue
writing 2-3 books a year, work 40 hours a week, manage three kids and a husband and get to
And I wasn’t willing to give ANY of that up.
So, I became something I never thought I would ever
become. I became a MORNING PERSON! What???? Yes, you read that right.
Now my days consist of the gym from 6am-7am, work 8am-
5pm, lunch hours are my writing time and evenings are my writing time.
You see, in writing, in weight loss, and in life, in general, you
have to show up. You have to be consistent. You have to perform even when you don’t want
If you’re consistent, I promise results will come. You WILL
And this brings me to my final point. DO NOT RELY ON
MOTIVATION! Motivation is a fickle beast that will abandon you in a heartbeat.
A smart person once told me that if you rely on a temporary
emotion like motivation you will get temporary results.
Don’t wait for your muse to tell you to start writing. Just
start writing. Don’t wait for motivation to tell you to get to the gym. Just get to the gym.
Don’t wait for life to come to you. Go out and grab it.
Mayfair Men of Mystery Book 1
Jacob Ashland’s life has taken an unexpected turn. He’s now the Earl of
Ashland and expected to marry. But he’s done that before and had his
heart ripped from his chest. When Charlotte shows up at his door
needing protection, he offers to marry her––in name-only.
Charlotte, an orphan, suspects her sinister cousin of terrorizing
London. When her maid disappears, she fears for her own life and runs
away. Lord Ashland offers marriage, and it’s the perfect solution. But it
isn’t long before she finds herself falling for her new husband.
Unfortunately, he won’t allow himself to love anyone ever again. And
she knows her dark secret could destroy everything.
Romance Historical [Entangled, On Sale:
March 25, 2019, e-Book, ISBN: 9781090714084 / ]
After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her
head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until
years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then
she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and
Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffeur, laundress, cook and mediator to her three
very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood
although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her website.
She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her!
Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.
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