Sharon published her first book in 2006, The Secret Life of Becky Miller, a humorous contemporary novel, followed by the sequel Renovating Becky Miller (2007). Symphony of Secrets and Stepping into Sunlight were released in 2008. The Sword of Lyric trilogy (The Restorer, The Restorer’s Son, and The Restorer’s Journey, was released in 2007-2008, and The Restorer, Expanded Edition was released in 2011. An Expanded Edition of The Restorer’s Son will be released next month (April 2012), with an Expanded Edition of The Restorer’s Journey to follow.
Sharon’s awards include:
- “Writer of the Year,” Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference (2007)
- The Secret Life of Becky Miller won second place in the Lit category of the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Book of the Year contest (2007).
- Finalist in the 2008 Christy Awards
- Reviewer’s Choice award from Road to Romance reviews
- The Restorer’s Journey and Symphony of Secrets won ACFW Carol Awards in 2009
As you can see, she’s been a busy lady.
Sharon was kind enough to provide me with answers to some questions regarding the creation of The Restorer, Expanded Edition.
What was it like developing new material for this new edition?
I loved these stories and characters so much that it was a treat to revisit the world beyond the attic. It was fun playing with scenes from new angles and exploring other character voices. The interactive devotion guide was rewarding to write, because it helped me dig deeply into the Biblical themes that inspired elements of the books.
How did you decide what bonus elements to add?
It was important to me that people would feel that it was worth the investment to own The Restorer-Expanded Edition, even if they had a copy of the original edition. I drew from all the mail I’ve gotten from readers about these books and created the things that I felt would do the most to enhance their experience of The Restorer.
Since many readers share that the spiritual themes had a big impact on them, I created the devotion guide to show the foundation of those themes – and also to give more glimpses into the way that Susan Mitchell is loosely inspired by Deborah in the book of Judges. The Bible study and journaling and prayers allow readers to go on their own spiritual adventure as they are reading the novel.
I also had fun creating new scenes from the perspective of minor characters. Since the book is in Susan’s first person point of view, it was fun giving other characters like Wade, Tara, Kieran, Nolan, and Tristan a voice. My publisher had suggested including “deleted scenes,” but anything that had been deleted from the original manuscript when the book was first published needed to be deleted. So writing fresh material from a new slant seemed like the way to go. I hope it’s as fun for readers as bonus material on a DVD is for me.
We also tried something innovative in using QR codes so that people with smart phones can hover over the symbol and go to a page to heart the music of a song in the story, or read a recipe for a meal that is described in the book.
Besides an entertaining read, what do you hope people experience in The Restorer-Expanded Edition?
God can use ordinary people in unexpected ways. I truly believe that many women live lives of quiet heroism – whether their battleground is caring for aging parents, raising a child with a disability, fighting a long-term illness, volunteering at their church, or supporting a friend through difficulty. My hope is that Susan’s adventure in an alternate world breathes inspiration into anyone feeling that the road has been difficult in his or her world.
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Thanks for joining me on this three-day exploration of Sharon and her books. I’ll be bringing you more information on The Restorer’s Son, Expanded Edition as it becomes available.
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