For those who have not yet read, nor are familiar with, author Sheila Roberts, you are missing out on a huge talent. I first fell in love with Ms. Roberts’ writing with Angel Lane (Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009) and have not missed a book since. Her writing is truly delightful and life-touching. I am also thrilled to death to let readers know that Ms. Roberts’ novel On Strike For Christmas, another not-to-be-missed novel of holiday spirit and friendship, is in the works for a movie presentation on Lifetime Channel, in December. Her newest release, The Snow Globe is sure to be a huge hit as well, and I am anxious to delve in!
Sheila Roberts can be found writing about those wonderful things dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate. In addition, Ms. Roberts loves to hang out with her girlfriends and hit the dance floor with her hubby.
Ms. Roberts resides in the Pacific Northwest and can be found at the following places:
Please tell us a bit about your book: The Snow Globe — characters, plot, etc.
This book is my new favorite because I think it’s both fun and encouraging. The Snow Globe tells the story of three friends who find a magical snow globe in an antique shop. When its owner shakes it, this snow globe shows her possibilities for her life. Of course, each friend has a different need, so the stories are a mix of fun and poignant. At least I hope they are!
If you could meet, in person, any of your characters, who would it be and why?
I’d probably like to meet Suzanne. I’d tell her, “Quit worrying about making your life perfect and just enjoy it!”
If you could fictionalize yourself and put yourself in any situation, how would it play out? Could you give us a scene/scenario of such an occurrence?
Ha! Dancing with the Stars. I’m in perfect condition, and I win the mirror ball trophy?
Do you have any particular habits that you do while writing? Places you write the best, foods, drinks, etc that help set your “writing mood”?
You know, I love to write, so I don’t need any special rituals. I sit down at my computer and get to it. Writing has always been both play for me and escape. A few years back, when we were going through some tough times, I found it very therapeutic. My writing world was one place where I had total control. And I felt like I was doing something positive to help my family’s finances.
Writing, journaling – both are great ways to express your feelings and work out your problems.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished reading Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins, the third book in her Hunger Games trilogy, and really enjoyed it. Lovely writing!
Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books?
I am a huge fan of Donald E. Westlake and Elizabeth Peters. Also love anything written by my friend Susan Wiggs. Also Debbie Macomber, who is both a wonderful storyteller and a wonderful person.
If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Donald E. Westlake. I loved his novels about bumbling crooks. He’s no longer alive, and I’m sad to think he won’t be creating any new stories. Would love to meet Steve Martin, too. I thoroughly enjoyed his memoir.
Okay, here are a few “get to know you better” questions:
Please share with us a favorite memory.
Playing crazy games with my extended family over the holidays. We have such a great time together!
Please describe a perfect meal – including menu and those present.
Oh, wow, that’s hard because I LOVE food, especially chocolate. Perfect meal: Probably Thai food. But let’s make sure we have something chocolate for dessert. Or cheesecake. I LOVE cheesecake. Or frosted Christmas cookies. Love those. Or apple crisp with whipped cream or . . . anything with sugar. I LOVE dessert. (Obviously!)
What are some of your favorite ways to relax?
I really enjoy playing parlor games and board games. (I could play Word Scramble on my iPad until my brain melted!) And, of course, I love to watch chick flicks. My book On Strike For Christmas has been made into a movie, so this December I’m especially looking forward to watching that on TV.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’m already living there. I love the Pacific Northwest. (Although I wouldn’t object to having a little condo in Nashville.)
If you could only read books by one author, who would it be? *I know, this is an inconceivable thought, lol.
That is beyond inconceivable. But if I have to choose it would probably be Jane Austen.
Share with us a few of your dreams. Also whether they have been fulfilled or are still a work in progress.
You know, I’ve got to say, my biggest dreams have all come true. I have a happy marriage, great kids, and am really enjoying my writing career. God has been amazingly good to me!
What are some of your guilty pleasures?
Girlie Drinks. I love Pink Ladies and Pina Coladas! Oh, and Champagne. Don’t indulge very often though – only on special occasions. When the movie comes out we’ll definitely be drinking some champagne!
If you could leave the world with one piece of advice, what would it be?
Love God and live each day like it’s precious… because each one is!