Lykaia – Interview with Sharon Van Orman

Lover of The Pink Panther, and all things historical, Sharon Van Orman is an author you don’t want to miss.  Did you know she once lived in Italy?  Reading and writing is a passion for Sharon, she cannot remember when pen and paper was not a part of her.  She recently launched her new book Lykaia.  Take a look at our interview to discover more about this amazing woman.

“For it would seem – her case proved it – that we write, not with the fingers, but with the whole person. The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver.” 
― Virginia WoolfOrlando

If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would be the best fit?

Something fruity, with a lot of nuts.

Tell us your latest news?

I am currently working on book 2 of the Sophia Katsaros series. And I wrote a zombie apocalypse book called “Season of the Dead” with 3 other writers. There is exciting news coming on that front soon….

When did you first consider yourself a writer

I don’t know that there was ever a moment. It’s just part of who I am.

What is your greatest inspiration?

I find inspiration in everything. Music and lyrics, the outdoors, my children. Inspiration is impossible to quantify.

Do you have a specific writing style?

No, and my writing style has certainly evolved. When I write historical novels, I tend to write out of order and focus on historical points in the story, and then fill in the rest. When I wrote Lykaia, I wrote from page one to the end. It was a new experience for me and certainly helped the pace of the book.

How did you come up with the title of your newest book Lykaia?

Lykaia is the actual name of the ceremony that celebrates the wolf form of Zeus. A ceremony where it is rumored Man may become Wolf. [Soft Break]

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book?

Because it will take you on a grand adventure.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

At the heart of Lykaia is the story of King Lykaonas and his queen which is a story of love and betrayal and magic gone wrong. For Sophia it is a journey of self-discovery and as the story goes oneshe learns that there is so much more out there than can be explained.

Did you have to do much research for Lykaia?

Yes, I did. I researched the myth itself and then all of the brothers. In Lykaia Sophia finds Dimitri’s notebooks. Those are actually my notebooks and they are as she describes them.

Sophia is a forensic pathologist. Clearly, I’m not. So I needed to do some research to make her credible.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

There is a bit of me in every single character that I write.

What are your current projects?

I am currently working on Book 2 of the Sophia Katsaros series. It is called Erato. In this book we learn more about the dryad, who she is and what role, if any, she will play in Sophia’s life. Also, Sophia is back, as is the Lykaonas pack. The wolves are being hunted and based on the events of the last book Sophia is the packs main suspect. The enforcers are sent out to deal with what they perceive to be a threat. Some innocent people are caught up in the crossfire. So in an effort to protect those she loves Sophia makes a deal with the Alpha to help them find the real killer. What remains to be seen is if she can find the killer before the Enforcers find her.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I have to be careful not to overcomplicate it. To just let it flow, and get out of the way of the story.

What is one book everyone should read?

Gosh, I don’t know that there is such a book, and I will resist the urge to say mine.

Who designed the Lykaia ‘s cover?

Chris Paradis,. There is an urn in the Louvre that has a man wearing a wolf pelt in the hopes he will become a werewolf. In Lykaia the werewolves are wolves that become men. So Chris took that idea and drew a wolf wearing a man-skin. The result is stunning. I love it.

Do you have any advice for new and aspiring writers?

To just write. The more you do it, the better you will get. And when you gather the courage to query, and that first rejection comes, celebrate it. Because that means that you have finally gotten off the couch and are chasing your dream.

Tell me about one of your proudest moments:

With regards to writing…seeing my book go live on Amazon.

If you could create the ideal writing space, how would it look? Please describe.

A hammock on the beach…

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Again, with regards to writing…. That you don’t have to start writing at the beginning. Just go where the story leads…

Hidden talent?

Some things should stay hidden…

Night owl, or early bird?

Night owl, but I have kids, so I’m a disgruntled early bird.

One food you would never eat?

Rocky Mountain Oysters.

If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline say?

I can’t stop laughing long enough to figure out a response to that question.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would  you go and why?

There are loads of places I’d love to see, but I really just want to find a beach and sit in a chair and relax. That’s all, nothing complicated.

Name 3 things you would love to receive as gifts?

I’m not really into things… I just want to be happy and have my kids grow up to be happy well-adjusted people.

Who or what makes you laugh until your sides hurt?

My girlfriends. I could name them, but I’d have to change the names to protect the ‘innocent’

Where do we go to get our hands on your newest book and the Trilogy?

The e-book is currently available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The print book should be out in a month or so with the audio book to follow.

Amazon US:  *  Amazon UK  * Barnes & Noble *  Spore Press Author Page * Facebook

Sharon lives in Nebraska with her family and a collection of animals including ones that were chosen and others that did the choosing. After the birth of her third child she left her job as a commercial risk manager to be full time mom. In between soccer games, hosting the neighborhood children and taking in stray animals she finds the time to write.


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  1. RoseMary Beliveau

    September 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Sharon’s strengths come from her ability to research
    thoroughly and her ability to meld history with storyline.
    She has grown amazingly in a short period of time
    in her ability to produce believable characters by
    providing the type of detail needed to see, hear and
    feel her characters.

  2. What a great interview! It was great to learn more about you, your writing and your books!

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