Author Interview with Sharla Shults

I’m so happy to present to you Sharla Shults and her new book Awakenings. She is an amazing poet and loves the historical little facts that some of us may not know.

Sharla has also been kind enough to offer her book as a Kindle Giveaway to one lucky commenter! Yippee!! :-)

Sharla and I met through this wonderful world of blogging. Her blog is Awakenings

Please provide a brief synopsis of your book.

             Title: Awakenings from Then ’til Now

Genre: Historical Poetry

Awakenings from Then ’til Now is reflective of America’s history over a span of five centuries (17th – 21st centuries). It is written in poetic verse for the nature of history itself is extremely poignant. Within its pages are accounts of extreme sacrifice and heart-rending emotion from the time the first immigrants set foot on the shores of America to present day.

We seek to find knowledge that identifies who we are. Ignorance of the past leaves us naïve in the present and stagnant in our images of the future. In an endeavor for each reader to identify from whence he or she came with an understanding of tremendous sacrifice, intermittent reflection pages afford a time for personal connections. Whisperings from the past activate this time inciting discovery and inquiry directing energies toward understanding one’s America heritage.

Poetry is the icon of freedom, but freedom is not free. The cost of freedom is priceless with payments being made every day through undying devotion and sacrifice. Readers are invited to indulge themselves in the reading of historical events presented with poetic finesse. It is America’s story, it is their story.

What is the ‘back story’ to your book cover and title?

           There is an immediate need for a wake-up call ensuring the principles and honor upon which America was built remain steadfast. Thus, the title: Awakenings from Then ’til Now. Our life’s blood stems from our fathers whose fathers’ fathers lived and died to make this country free. And, their mothers endured pain and suffering beyond our imagination. Thus, the book cover, which is depictive of quilting reflective of each person not as isolated individual but a thread binding together with countless other threads to create a rich and colorful tapestry of life.


Click on the book to be taken to Awakenings on Amazon

What made you want to become a writer? (What was you motivation and inspiration?)

Through the years leading up to the publication of my first book in 2004, I never envisioned myself as a writer. I was a loving wife and mother devoted to family (still that today!), mathematician and educator, content on teaching and working in various arenas with youth in middle and high school. I enjoyed writing little poetic notes and wrote my first poem to my husband (Jim) on his birthday in 2004. That was the beginning! From there, I began to challenge my students: 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. 188

Did you employ an editor for the storyline, proofreading or editing?

I did not employ an editor since this service was furnished by my publisher.

Are you self-published or traditional/ Why did you choose to publish this way?

I had two manuscripts accepted by a traditional publisher. My knowledge of independent publishing was non-existent at that time.

Sharla Shults

Sharla Shults

Do you have any hints or tips that you have found in marketing?

Distributors and bookstores respond to demand. There will almost certainly be hiccups in supply from time to time. A book may disappear and reappear on certain sites from release date on, depending upon whether or not the distributor has books in stock. This is normal. It can be frustrating, but it is a normal part of a new book’s life.

What was your most amazing moment in writing your book?

There were actually several. Since my book is of a historical nature, it required quite a lot of research. In doing so, I expanded my own knowledge back beyond just the surface of knowing an event happened. I learned why it happened and the impact it had on making America what it is today.

If your novel was to be made into a movie which actor would you like to play the leading role?

Since my writing reflects poetry, inspirational and historical, I would not categorize it as movie material. However, within the poetic writings of Awakenings is story after story that has already made it to the silver screen or perhaps is in future movie making. There is a lot of warmth and compassion within the writings of Awakenings and begs the question, “What story has ever been written or produced without some connection to the past with words of a poetic nature?”

If the occasion ever arose for an actor to read or recite some of the poetic writing, it would have to be someone with a strong voice capable of showing extreme emotion, happiness, sorrow, joy, pain, sacrifice: maybe Gary Sinese.

Is there a sequel forthcoming or any new book in the works?

Yes, there are actually two more to complete a total of five volumes of poetry. The fourth volume is catnipoflife: Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest! The fifth is Reminiscent of Chocolate: Nourishment for the mind, body and soul with whispers of yesteryear! This last volume is to be co-authored by my husband, Jim. He is the chef!

Do you have an inspirational, motivating or funny anecdote you would like to share?

“An invincible spirit lies in the whisperings of past events. Within surmounting challenges are whispers that keep the heartstrings taut, the mind sharp, and the soul forever nourished.”

You can find Sharla at:

Blog: Awakenings

Facebook: Sharla Shults

Amazon: Awakenings

26 comments on “Author Interview with Sharla Shults

  1. Pingback: Awakenings Featured Interview | catnipoflife

  2. THis woman is amazing. Even if you are not a Christian, and even if you don’t share her somewhat conservative political leanings, you have to read her writing and get inspired. I get her blog in my daily feed, and now that you, dear reader, have read her interview, you will enjoy the “Catnipoflife” – !!!!


  3. HI,
    Congratulations Sharla and thank you Claire for a closer look at Sharla and her book. It is also my opinion that we are all threads bound together in what I call a family.


  4. Sharla is an awesome writer who wakes us up to history in a manner that is easy for everyone to understand. It makes me appreciate this country ALL THE MORE in reading this book. I haven’t finished it, but I don’t think it’s a book you actually finish, you might read it all, but you go back as a reference when your feeling low or deprived. Poetry especially like this is a reminder to us all of the great country we live in. Thank you Sharla,
    And introduce me to that publisher you have:)


  5. Everything that Sharla writes has a poetic quality even when she’s not writing poetry. She’s what we call a “natural”. Awakenings will occupy a most important place in American literature, and we are fortunate to see it rise.
    Claire and Sharla, thank you for this wonderful interview.


  6. What a magnificent interview…thank you Claire for recognizing the gift that Sharla has and bringingit to others attention. Not only is Sharla a wonderfyl story teller and poet but an encouraging, inspiring person as well. she has through her blog helped me cope with many difficulties on a personal and professional level by her encouragemnet and faith. I would love to get the free book but the benefit to me is to be part of the wonderful circle of those that are in sharlas world. She is truly a blessing to all that ‘know’ her. God Bless you both.


  7. As a former math major (I quickly changed it to English, as I was born with the ambition to write novels!) I was most interested in finding out what a poetic math problem would be like. Good interview & I’ll certainly check out Sharla’s epic poetry!


  8. This is such a great interview! Thank you for sharing this! I learnt some more about Sharla and found the information about her book very intriguing. I’m still not far enough with reading the pile of books that I could get to hers, but it’s added!! Well done indeed!!


  9. This is an exceptional review of sharla and her works. I have two of her books and reviewed one–still reading the second one. Sharla is the first poet I know who can transform poetry into history and make it flow so beautifully while educating at he same time.


  10. Thank you Claire for interviewing Sharla. She is an amazing resevoir of information about our country and its roots. I always enjoy reading what she has to say about our country. I love not only her way with words, but the subject matter she chooses, some of it very nostalgic! I am curious, Claire, two questions above seem to have the answers cut off, as only one number ‘188’ and one word, ‘The’ appeared at the end of her response. I hope that if there was more, you will repost or delete the error (I am an editor by day and an author by night so things like that jump out at me). Good luck with the book, Sharla!


  11. Remembering who we are is basic to being able to make good decisions. Without memory we have no judgment. Thanks Sharla for finding a new way to remind us of who we are and thanks to Clairecappetta for featuring her work.


  12. Claire has a caring heart of gold so what she pours out into her book and any subsequent books, poem or writings you can rest assured she does it wth a caring and genuine love to present something reliable and true that will embrace the readers mind with a beautiful radiance that will stay with them! Thanks Sharla for the interview!


  13. Love your book my sweet friend…I love all your work! So glad to see the spotlight on you for a change. You are so generous to others…KUDOS for this accomplishment!


  14. Thank you or sharing this amazing poet and woman. I have had to privilege of knowing her and love everything about sweet Sharla. Her poetry flows from within her heart and her words express it so well. Sharla’s dedication to family, friends and work are certainly to her credit.


  15. I just love the cover of your book, Sharla. Congratulations on the book and on your interview! I am fortunate to be published by Tate Publishing, too. They also bought my next book (releases in a couple of months.) I absolutely the folks at Tate, don’t you?


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