Interview with Novelist Sharon E. Anderson (Curse of the Seven 70s)

Sharon grew up in a haunted house in the sleepy wilds of Ballard in Washington, where front lawns seemed grander, roads wider, dad’s hands larger, and everyone was a friend… or at least a potential audience member. Sharon spent her time daydreaming and finding stories in the clouds to share with the neighborhood kids. As for the ghost… a less creative person might chalk it up to older house issues and an off-the-charts imagination…

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curseofthesevenInterview with Sharon E. Anderson:

Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novel?

Sharon E. Anderson: Curse of the Seven 70s is a paranormal romantic-comedy – Lite on the romance – heavy on the comedy.

MT: Why should people buy your novel?

SEA: People should only buy my novel if they read for escape, read for well-developed characters, read to laugh and cry. If people don’t want to do any of that, they should stay away!

MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?

SEA: Quirky fun

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

SEA: The Princess Bride… O Brother Where Art Thou?… or uh, Mulan… Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, …ah, Camelot…(with Richard Harris)… Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music… or maybe Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer…. Did you say just one movie?

MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?

SEA: Yes. I remember making up stories when I was a little kid, gathering up neighborhood gang to tell them my ghost stories. It was crazy fun. But it was also something I kept secret for way too long, thinking somehow it was out of reach for me. I know better now.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

SEA: Have you read a novel more than once? Once and Future King. Cannot get enough of that. I re-read novels if I don’t understand something, or if the story is so rich I need more resolution. The Outsiders. I think I read that six or seven times. Probably more. Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Cave, had me from the opening lines. One favorite book? Only ONE? Hahahah…

MT: What motivates you to write?

SEA: I get itchy if I don’t write. And my husband will tell you I get a little cranky. Now I understand that itchy/crankiness is from Story inside of me that can’t quite get out unless I sit down and do the work. I feel elated afterwards. A freaking tornado could wipe out my house, but if I put words on the page that day, well, there’d be a smile on my face.

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

SEA: Good question! I’d love to dine with Diego Velázquez and ask him about that crazy moustache. But I’d also love to ask John Singer Sargent how used bread in his paintings… I never understood how that worked.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

SEA: Family. I love to spend time with my family. A perfect day would be to watch a movie, go for a hike, eat hamburgers with those people I love (all this, of course, after I’ve spent time on my work!).

MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

SEA: Keep writing. Whatever you do, don’t stop. Nora Roberts said something like you can fix anything but an empty page. I agree with her! Write fast. Turn off the inner editor. Keep writing like your hair was on fire and the only way to stop it is to write, write, write. (just a little dramatic, I know…) Hal Croasmun of Screenwriting U tells his students that the worst thing you DO write, is BETTER than the BEST thing you DON’T. It’s not perfection, it’s progress!

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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