Sharon Ashwood: Christmas Stories in a Dark Paranormal World_BSW013 181127


Sharon Ashwood is one of my favorite paranormal authors, so I’m over the moon  excited about this interview. She’s written for Penguin’s Signet Eclipse (before the line was closed), Harlequin Nocturne (which recently closed), and Del Rey, publishing18 trad novels, plus novellas, essays and shorter pieces. She began her professional writing career as a freelance art critic for several publications, including Monday Magazine and occasionally for the Globe and Mail. As a result of a cover article she wrote for the local RWA conference, she joined the chapter and began learning the crucial step of moving from under the bed manuscript to professional submission. In 2005 she got her first traditional contract with Penguin by winning the local chapter contest for unpubbed writers.

She’s tremendously talented and successful, but she claims,: “I still don’t know anything about this business!”

Show Notes

  • the paranormal world  has the same excitement and angst about Christmas
  • humor is a really valuable tool when you write dark stories
  • paranormal stories offer a terrific canvas for comedy and social commentary
  • she’s always been drawn to stories with magic, swords and unicorns
  • paranormal stories allow you to be super creative
  • plays on the contrast between everyday life and the otherworldly – the friction between the fantastic and the mundane
  • she describes the honor of accepting the Rita (the biggest award in the Romance world)
  • in the writing/publishing world you can be on top of everything one second and in  the basement the next, and then on top again
  • recently became a hybrid author and is learning the world of Indie publishing
  • she started in the Indie Publishing world with the Corsaire’s Cove Series, a shared universe she writes with friends
  • she has a demanding full-time job, so she manages her writing by planning in a paper notebook with lots of lists in it
  • considers herself a “plotter” as opposed to a “pantser,” but she’s a plotter who let’s herself lie
  • using her Nanowrimo time to create a new Urban Fantasy series

Tip: Prepare to constantly be learning.

Last Comment: The real secret to success is persistence.


Who says the holiday season is just for humans?

For all the holly-jolly times, family gatherings are complex no matter who—or what—you are. When you’re hunting for the latest “it” toy to stuff a stocking, it doesn’t matter if you’re alive or Undead, fanged or furry—you’re just as desperate to be the cool dad. And then there are the family grumps who never send cards, the ones who eat all the good candy, and those who drool and dig up the neighbor’s yard.

No, the Yuletide Season isn’t for the faint of heart—and sometimes it’s downright demonic—but holiday miracles make it all worthwhile. Chance encounters and unexpected forgiveness remind us that joy doesn’t come in a gift-wrapped box.

This novella from the Dark Forgotten world catches up with favorite characters for a fresh take on the holidays. Those visiting the world for the first time will understand why Chicago Tribune called it “simply superb.”

Grab this book and return to the world of the Dark Forgotten. Santa Claws is waiting!

Who is Sharon Ashwood?

Sharon Ashwood is a novelist, desk jockey and enthusiast for the weird and spooky. She has an English literature degree but works as a finance geek. Interests include growing her to-be-read pile and playing with the toy graveyard on her desk. As a vegetarian, she freely admits the whole vampire/werewolf lifestyle would never work out, so she writes her adventures instead.

Sharon is a winner of the RITA® Award for Paranormal Romance. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is owned by the Demon Lord of Kitty Badness.

Contact Info:

WebsiteEmailFacebook / Twitter /

Instagram / Pinterest / Goodreads

Bookbub / Newsletter


A Drink She Invented for a Series

The Cat’s Purr 
Put in a largish mug:
3 TB of Calvados or other apple brandy
1 TB Frangelico
Fill with hot chocolate
Top with dash of cinnamon and a generous splash of cream.
Note: for The Corsair’s Cove series


As always, Canva

Help me keep this podcast going:

Click on the image for the link.

The Podcast’s weekly newsletter, BS & Words, delivers you information about the latest episode and writing tips.

Click here to sign up.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *