Friday, May 31, 2013

Guest Post: Author Sharla Shults

 Sharla Shults' writing is reflected through two different purposes. The first message is inspirational from the heart inspired by life, love and whispers of yesterday. While some thoughts are fact and others fiction, the recollections are rooted in moments to evoke a personal emotion, set a purpose for tomorrow, and provide an insight for reflection. It is a means for sharing love, dreams and inspirations to send a heart racing, free a heart of grief or perhaps even offer a path for forgiveness. Two books of inspirational poetry include Echoes (2004) and Remembering (2009).

The second is a message to and for America, our country, your land and my land: A message of sacrifice, a message for freedom, a message for those who have served in the past, presently serve or will serve our military forces in the future. A grave price is being paid every moment of every day of the year for all the freedom America has to offer. Let us not forget those who have fought or are fighting for our nation; they are the epitome of the human spirit called freedom! Her most recent book release, Awakenings from Then ‘til Now (2013), is reflective of historical poetry.

How/why did you start to write?

Through the years leading up to the publication of my first book in 2004, I never envisioned myself as a writer. I was a mathematician, an educator, content on teaching and working in various arenas with youth in middle and high school. Yet, in a way, that is where it started: creating curriculum that went outside the basic equation into the realm of creativity. Have you ever been given a poetic math challenge? My students were given just that: a challenge where imagination reigned and creativity soared. As a result of that unusual beginning, I am now on the verge of publishing my third book...WOW! Number three! As I look back to my writing's inception, I realize more and more what a gift I have been blessed to share with others. It comes by way of poetry: a way of transcending the boundaries of conscious thought where, like my students, imagination reigns and creativity soars.

How did you become an author?

After compiling my first manuscript (collection) of poetry, I begin investigating various avenues to get my work published. I contacted a Christian publisher who was interested in my writings and it was soon after that I signed a contract for the publishing of my first book.

What was your first published piece?

My first published book is Echoes. This book of poetry echoes from the heart inspired by life and God’s love that whisper of yesterday.

Where was it published?

I was published by Xulon Press, Maitland, FL

How long ago?


What inspires you?

I am inspired by life, all that is around me, family, experiences, adventures, nature.

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