Monday, November 12, 2012

Beach Chat with Sharon Hopkins

If the “Hopkins” name in the blog title has a hint of deja-vu to it, it’s because we just chatted with her husband Bill last Friday.  Sharon is the second half of The Deadly Duo, a husband/wife mystery-writing household.  I can’t imagine their dinner conversations, can you?  But Bill's at home while we chat with Sharon today. 

Full name: Sharon Woods Hopkins

Recommend a Beach Read: The Devil’s Madonna, a suspense/ thriller by my friend Sharon Potts.

Most cherished beach memory: Going to the beach with my Uncle John when I was about seven. He taught me to swim, but not before he nearly drowned me.

One author, living or dead, with whom you’d like to sip Mai Tais with on Waikiki Beach:
Sue Ann Jaffarian, because she has a similarly quirky sense of humor as I do. I’m just sure we would find all kinds of funny things. Especially after about three Mai Tais

Worst non-writing job you ever had: Making cotton candy at a concession stand in a park, when I was a senior in high school. I always managed to get ten pounds of spun sugar in my hair.

Favorite quote or saying: "If you want to get something done, get a busy person to do it."

Song that you dance to (when no one is watching): "Rock Me Gently” by Andy Kim (go ahead and dance…we’re not watching…promise!)



Three of your favorite things: coffee, more coffee, better coffee

Two secret vices: Muscle cars, and coffee. Oh, did I already mention coffee?

One pet peeve: when my favorite convenience store runs out of my sugar free cappuccino.

Author Bio:
Sharon is a branch manager for a mortgage office of a Missouri bank. She also owns the original Cami, the car featured in her books.  She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Southeast Missouri Writers’ Guild, and the Missouri Writers’ Guild. Her short story, DEATH BEE HUMBLE, appeared in the SEMO Writer’s Guild Anthology for 2012. Her first book in the Rhetta McCarter series, KILLERWATT, was nominated for a 2011 Lovey award for Best First Novel, and was an Indie Excellence Award Finalist for 2012.  KILLERFIND is the second book in the series. The third book, KILLERTRUST will be available in 2013.
Sharon has been a regular contributor to www.wheel-emag.com and was a regular contributor to the Appaloosa Journal. She spent 30 years as an Appaloosa Horse Club judge, where she was privileged to judge all over the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
She also spent time in the air as a flight attendant for American Airlines, fifteen years as a real estate broker, and ten years in retail management 
Sharon lives on the family compound near Marble Hill, Missouri with her husband, Bill, next door to her son, Jeff, his wife, Wendy, and her grandson, Dylan, plus two dogs, one cat, and assorted second generation Camaros.
Besides writing, Sharon’s hobbies include painting, fishing, photography, flower gardening, and restoring muscle cars.

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