An Interview with Sharon Struth

Harvest Moon CoverTell us about your current series.

The Blue Moon Lake Romances are about small town in Northwestern Connecticut. I live in a small town in this state and learned fast after I moved here this place has a personality of its own. It’s neighborly, but definitely quirky. I loosely modeled fictional Northbridge after what I see here, but the story and details are made up. This is a story about people finding their way in life and having second chances at romance.

Tell us about the hero in Harvest Moon.

Trent Jamieson is a recovering addict and a musician on the side. He has moved to the fictional town of Northbridge to earn a living as the Marketing Manager for his brother’s vineyard. Trent can come across as cocky, but it’s mostly to make up for the lack of love in his his life. In Share the Moon (series book one), we learn about how Trent became an adopted member in the Jamieson clan (no spoilers here). His decision to leave the city and head to a job in the country is for a fresh start where he hopes to find a piece of himself always missing.

Tell us about the heroine in Harvest Moon?

Veronica Sussinham runs the town library. Not her life’s ambition, but in graduate school an attack sent her back to the safety of the small rural town where she was raised. The attack left her scarred and unable to trust. Only lately, she’s begun to form a friendship with a man on the Internet who she likes, even wants to trust. She also meets a new man to town, Trent Jameison, who unravels her in ways she can’t figure out. What she doesn’t know, is he’s the stranger she’s been falling for on the Internet.

What is your typical day like?

I wake at 6:15 without an alarm clock, shower and get dressed. After a quick breakfast, I’m in my upstairs office by 7:45 and hard at work.  I’ve usually got two books going; one in edit mode and another in the first draft stages. I usually do a little marketing. Breaks are taken to walk the dog, visit the refrigerator (ugh, too many of those!) and of course, check Facebook and email. I close shop around 6.

Sounds pretty glamorous, huh?

Do you have critique partners?

I have two who I work with by exchanging chapters on a regular basis and I one where we tend to exchange entire novels for critique. It’s a tool that writers should use and listen to. The advice of a peer can go a long way to making a better book.

Do you have a favorite dessert/food?

I love cheese. Any kind. I’m an equal opportunity cheese eater.

Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like?

I have a view into my back yard, trees and the back of a neighbor’s house. My space is cozy and makes me feel special because I’ve surrounded it with the accomplishments of my writing labors. Here’s a picture.

Do you prefer to read in the same genre you write in or do you avoid reading that genre. Why?

My reading tastes are eclectic and have never been only about romance, the genre my titles fall under. In fact, I love mystery and suspense. I do read a lot of women’s fiction, too. Rarely pure romance, and yet, I love stories where people fall in love. This might explain why my books are about romance, but there are always elements of mystery and a woman’s story woven into the plot.

Excerpt from Harvest Moon:

This kiss. Oh, this heavenly kiss. Veronica patted herself on the back for pushing aside her first instinct to remove Jim’s hands from her waist in a public place. The way he’d whispered “sexy” drove a warm blast straight to the core of her belly.

This time when they kissed, his mouth molded perfectly to hers, not his usual awkward preamble. He was strong and demanding, yet not too pushy. His relaxed lips lulled her into a quick surrender, a surrender she strangely didn’t mind at all. His hand slipped to the back of her head, and she sighed into his mouth, wishing this kiss would never end. Slowly and surely, however, he pulled away, but she kept her eyes closed, clinging to the sensation a few seconds longer as his breath landed near her ear.

“God, baby,” he said, low and husky. “I can’t wait to get out of here with you later.”

Not. Jim’s. Voice.

Her eyes flashed open. She slapped her palms to the stranger’s chest, pushed him away. “What the hell!”

He stumbled back a few steps, his mouth agape and brows furrowed. “You’re not Angie.”

“Well, you’re not Jim! How dare you touch—”

“Calm down. I thought you were my date.” He blinked a few times. “Hey, I know you. From—”

“The elevator.” Her head spun as she stared into his crystal blue eyes. His gaze swept her from head to toe, making his dark lashes flutter. “Thank God you kept your lips to yourself then.”

“Don’t be ridiculous.” His smiled dropped. “I’d never do that to a stranger.” With a slight cock of his head, a grin creased his cheeks and he lowered his voice. “Although I’m pretty sure we both enjoyed what just happened.”

Her face burned, as if set on fire. “How dare you suggest that I—”

“Hey! You guys are early.” Sophie entered the bar area, Duncan in tow.

Veronica tried to speak but found herself more flabbergasted when Sophie walked right up to Hotlips and they hugged. “Hi, Trent.”

Veronica pinched herself in a bid to wake from this surreal dream. Before she could gather her bearings, Duncan surrounded her in one of his big bear hugs. “Ronnie, you look beautiful. New dress?”

She blinked, nodded.

Sophie came over and hugged Veronica. “You okay?” she whispered in Veronica’s ear.

“I’m fine. Happy birthday.” From over Sophie’s shoulder, Trent watched them. Veronica narrowed her gaze, but he only grinned, like the devil might if he learned your biggest secret.

Duncan slung an arm around Trent’s shoulders. “I see you’ve met my brother.”

“Yes. I have.” The heat of her cheeks still simmered.

Trent winked in her direction, and a sizzling blast assaulted every inch of her skin. “Pearls made me feel right at home.”

“Pearl? That’s not my name.”

“Pearls,” he corrected, an extra emphasis on the s. “Like your necklace.”

She reached up and touched the smooth, hard jewels near her collarbone. A few other guests arrived and snagged Sophie and Duncan’s attention. While she clutched the hard beads and tried to digest what just went down, she glanced at Trent. He watched her closely, but a playful twinkle in his eyes suggested the case-of-mistaken-identity kiss hadn’t upset him a bit.

Trent inched closer and she braced herself, but for what, she wasn’t certain. He quietly said, “You wore pearls the first time we met, too.” He arched a single brow and tipped his head toward the doorway. “Come on. We’re heading to the banquet room.”


Book Blurb:

 Getting past the librarian’s guard…

Trent Jamieson isn’t one for virtual romance, but there’s something about the intriguing woman he meets on the Internet he can’t resist. Then the small town bachelor discovers the mystery woman who shares her secrets with him online is the laced-up librarian in his self-defense class! Veronica Sussingham may just be his toughest student yet. Because how can he show the vulnerable beauty that some men are worth letting your guard down for?

Veronica returned to her hometown seeking shelter for her shattered spirit. The last thing she needs is a blue-eyed charmer who wants to show her how to live—and love—again. Then she discovers Trent is not just another admirer, but a man who knows her deepest secrets. Now Veronica must choose between running from her past—or finding future happiness with the kind of man she swore she’d never fall for….

 “Struth has a gift for layering stories within stories while keeping them all connected.”—Library Journal

“Sharon Struth writes a good story about love and loss. She knows her characters and has a path she wants them to take.”—Eye on Romance

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Sharon Struth Author Pic About the Author:

Bestselling author Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best first Book. Her follow-up release, SHARE THE MOON-Book one in the Blue Moon Lake Novel Series-is published by Kensington Books and is a Barnes & Noble romance bestseller. The series also includes Twelve Nights (11/15), Harvest Moon (12/15) and Bella Luna (2016).

She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut, along with her husband, two daughters and canine companion. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit

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