By Sheila Roberts
Moira Wellman has always loved makeovers—helping women find their
most beautiful selves. Funny how it’s taken her five years with her
abusive boyfriend, Lang, to realize she needs a life makeover. When
Moira finally gets the courage to leave Lang, the beachside town of
Moonlight Harbor is the perfect place to start over.
Soon Moira is right at home, working as a stylist at Waves Salon,
making new friends, saving her clients from beauty blunders and helping
the women of Moonlight Harbor find new confidence as well as new looks.
When she meets a handsome police officer, she’s more than willing to
give him a free haircut. Maybe even her heart. But is she really ready
for romance after Lang? And what if her new friend is in hot pursuit of
that same cop? This is worse than a bad perm. Life surely can’t get any
more difficult. Or can it?
With all the heart and humor readers have come to expect from a Sheila Roberts novel, Beachside Beginnings is the story of one woman finding the courage to live her best life. And where better to live it than at the beach?
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What initially got you interested in writing?
First of all, let me say thanks for having me. It’s always fun to talk books and writing.
Speaking of, I’ve been writing stories since the third grade. I guess that desire has always been there.
What genres do you write in?
I write women’s fiction – with a little romance thrown in and some humor.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I think you often write what you enjoy. I’ve always loved reading books for women and about women. (Starting with Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables.) That’s my world and I like writing about it.
How did you break into the field?
I’ve been around since dust, have crashed my career twice. Had to reinvent myself and start over. (But starting over isn’t always bad thing.) I fell into publishing while trying to make it as a songwriter. Came up with a book idea and, just for fun, wrote it. A friend of mine was already published and she helped me find an agent. I sent the book to the agent and it turned out she was happy to take me on. Turned out she already had a publisher in mind. Pretty easy beginning. But in this business you pay your dues somewhere along the line. I did all my dues paying during the middle of my career. J
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I hope readers will come away with a smile and feeling encouraged. Life has its problems, but most of them can be overcome and all of them can be dealt with. I’m a big believer in happy endings.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Hearing that my readers have enjoyed a book or been encouraged by it.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Getting the word out. With so many people writing so many good books the key word these days is discoverability. Like all writers, I want people to discover my books, sit down, spend a little time with me and let me tell them a story. Not so easy to do these days. Maybe that’s why I appreciate blogs and bloggers. You all do a wonderful service to writers.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Don’t be in a hurry to publish. Really work on learning your craft before you look for an agent or publisher or self-publish a book. Put your best foot forward so readers will want to let you in the door.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I love humor, so I gravitate toward books that make me laugh. But I also love legal thrillers (I’m a John Grisham junkie!) and action novels. (Currently going through all Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels.) One thing I don’t enjoy are books with depressing endings. I don’t want to struggle through an entire story with my hero only to have him die in the end.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Hmm. Maybe the songwriting. I still dabble with that, and my songwriting buddy and I wrote a song for one of my novels several years ago. If you want a chuckle, go to Youtube and search for Merry Christmas Mama by Sheila Roberts. You’ll see me in there getting hauled off by Santa.
Also, I beat the big C. I was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2013. I’m very thankful to still be here. My new hair came in white and sometimes I really miss my brown hair. But then I remind myself to be grateful I have any hair. Nothing like being bald for a while to make you appreciate something you’d been taking for granted all your life.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
I hope readers will visit my website: www.sheilasplace.com – lots of fun stuff there, from book excerpts to recipes and contests. My favorite on line hangout is Facebook. Please look for Fun With Sheila and come hang with me. Same with Instagram, which I also love.
her books published in a dozen different languages and made into movies
for both the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. She’s happily married and
lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not hanging out with
girlfriends, speaking to women’s groups or going dancing with her
husband she can be found writing about those things near and dear to
women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.
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