Sharon Lipman
Paranormal Romance Author

By: Fantasia Cover Designs | May 25, 2016

In conjunction with Letitia's latest release, Vibe/Sync, we thought we'd take the opportunity to get to know a little more about the author. Here's what she had to say:

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

I was born in Hawaii and somehow ended up in rural Illinois, with a few stopovers in between. My life is all about reading, ‘riting, running (I run marathons and ultramarathons), recipe-ing (I like to cook and eat), and roaming (traveling—it was a stretch to find an “R” word for this one). I have written three books: Sidewalk Dancing, a novel-in-stories published by Atticus Books in 2013, Trace, a paranormal mystery and Book 1 of the TraceWorld Series, and Vibe/Sync, the second in the series, both published by Cantraip Press.


What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

Vibe/Sync has just been released into the world this month. It was inspired by a couple of odd little factoids I came across at different points in my life. I remember reading an article about a theory that dogs are so in tune with human emotions because their hearing is so acute that they can actually “hear” brainwaves. That was the inspiration for one of my characters: a guy named Eric who can kind of do the same thing. I also remember my father talking about some old books his grandfather had, books of what he called “white magic.” These books were about how the body’s ability to heal itself is a lot stronger than we think it is, and it is possible for someone to be put in a sort of “hypnotic trance” to heal the body. That was the inspiration for Emjay, another character in Vibe/Sync. The problem is, Eric and Emjay aren’t always sure what to do with these abilities they have.


TRACE
She knows what happens when you die.

Nola Lantry is a tracist: she can sense the particles of energy that are released when the human body expires. It’s a somewhat gruesome ability, but Nola uses it to bring some meaning to her otherwise drab life in upstate New York by assisting the Redfort Police Department on missing person cases. When the richest man in town, Culver Bryant, disappears, Nola finds herself in the middle of a case that is both baffling and increasingly dangerous, the danger appearing in the form of death threats as well as the missing man’s brother, Grayson. Does Grayson Bryant pursue Nola to seduce her or to stop her—and why does Nola feel a connection with him despite her mistrust?

VIBE/SYNC

Barely a week has passed since she solved her last case and Nola Lantri is already involved in several new mysteries—with a couple of people who may be just as unusual as Nola herself.

Part 1: Vibe
Eric Lafferty has returned to Redfort City a little too late for his father’s funeral but just in time to get mixed-up in a mystery that involves Nola Lantri, Grayson Bryant, a dead girl and a missing woman. Eric’s ability to read the vibrational changes in brain waves should be an asset, yet it only seems to make life more difficult for him—and given that he and Nola might be the next victims, things are difficult enough.

Part 2: Sync
Emjay used to steal things—nothing big, just enough to get by—but after a terrible accident changes her life, Emjay has only one thing on her mind: revenge. Suddenly private investigator Nola Lantri appears and questions Emjay about her past—and informs her that the mysterious man she works for has a complicated past of his own. Emjay must figure out the best use of her odd ability to “sync,” a technique intended to help people heal—but one that also can cause a lot of harm.

What authors or books have influenced you?

I think everything I’ve ever read has probably influenced me in some way, and I really do enjoy a very wide range of writers. I like Alice Munro for her character development and the compassion she shows for those characters, and I also like Neil Gaiman for his absolutely boundless imagination. Those are two of so very many wonderful writers I’ve enjoyed!


What are you working on now?

I’m working on two books, one fiction and one nonfiction. The fiction is a YA novel about genetically engineered human beings; the nonfiction is a memoir about taking a road trip around the country with pets—lots of them.


Do you have any advice for new authors?

Read. That’s always my first piece of advice. Read everything. Keep reading. But get your nose out of a book once in a while and experience the world, too. Writing isn’t just typing; it’s observing and thinking. Do plenty of that.


What is the best advice you have ever heard?

My father frequently used to tell me “you are your own worst enemy.” It’s not the most rah-rah morale-boosting advice ever, and it took me years to understand and appreciate what he was telling me, but I get it now: I can be a very self-defeating person at times, and I need to cut it out, get past that, and keep going!


What's next for you as a writer?

I really enjoy writing nonfiction but I haven’t done much of that until recently. I enjoy writing short personal essays on my blog, so I’d love to get more into that.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I strongly encourage readers to actively and avidly seek out books from small independent presses. I love a lot of big-name writers just like everyone else, and I believe these writers deserve their praise and success, but there are huge numbers of brilliant writers who struggle to sell even a handful of books, not because they lack talent but because their books don’t fall into neat categories that are easy to market. Seek these writers out. You won’t regret it.


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Letitia L. Moffitt

Posted on : May 25, 2016

Thank you for posting about my books! I enjoyed answering your interview questions.


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