Monday, March 5, 2012

Author Spotlight: Interview with Sheila Horgan

1.  Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Title:  Consequences
Genre:  Fiction (a dramedy - laugh-out-loud moments mixed with tears)
30 words: Jennifer was a child that fell through the cracks of a broken system.  Nora took her in when no one else would.  That act of kindness could cost her everything.

2.  How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

The meaning behind the title:  It is a single word that envelops the concept of the book.

3.  Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Nora - she lives her beliefs with integrity and humor.

4.  How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

Blanca's father (spoiler)

5. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

I write terrible blurbs.

6.  Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

The Christmas gift story is true - the child being me, the mother being my mother.

7.  Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I've never met a teen I didn't like. I enjoy parenting teens.

8.  How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

9.  What can we expect from you in the future?

The Tea Series is up to book number six.  I am writing Promises, the book that follows Consequences.  I am starting three other series.

10.  Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Readers:  eBooks are perfect for serial novels.  Watch for them.  Writers:  Enjoy the journey.

11.  Is there anything else you’d like to say?

I wrote my first book (Hot Tea) thinking it was for my family to read.  When I sold one a day, I was thrilled.  By the time I was selling hundreds a day - I decided to get more professional and get my books edited and formatted.  I will be forever grateful for all the readers that had the grace to allow me that learning process and the kindness to stay with me through the learning curve.

12.  And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

This is the letter that started it all --

Dear Editor,

Your recent series Introducing Dr. Nancy Jordan concerns me. I have read each of Dr. Jordan’s books. I have followed her progress through the media for several years. I’ve paid particular attention to her self-proclaimed expertise in the building of healthy minds, specifically those of “special” children. With each new book or article, I find myself more concerned.

I am not an expert; however, I have welcomed many “troubled children” into my home. Differing problems, differing backgrounds, but many shared a history including desperate parents that tried everything available to them including Dr. Jordan’s programs. Not one of them benefited from Dr. Jordan’s approach.

In my opinion, for children who have serious mental health challenges, Dr. Jordan’s program will drive the caretaker to desperation, but do the child no good.

For those children that have behavior issues, which is (by far) the more common problem in our society, Dr. Jordan is creating patients needing treatment out of kids needing limits.

I have been unsuccessful in my attempts to acquire any real information regarding Dr. Jordan’s qualifications, other than those as an author and self-promoter. I think an investigational series about Dr. Jordan, and her programs, would be of interest to many of your readers, and a service to the community at large.
Nora McCarthy

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Thank you Sheila for taking part in my Author Spotlight interview!  I hope your writing continues to flourish and we hope to see more of you in the future.
If you or an author/illustrator you know is interested in being interviewed, feel free to send me an email at

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