‘Going Against Type’ – sounds like a cool summer read from Sharon Black


I’m delighted to welcome Sharon Black as a guest author on my blog today to discuss her new release, ‘Going Against Type’.


Hello and welcome, Sharon.Going_Against_Type_by_Sharon_Black_200

  • I’ve been reading a little about your book ‘Going Against Type’, and I see that your heroine, Charlotte Regan, spends some of her time surfing in the Atlantic. Do you have any personal experience of surfing either in the Atlantic or elsewhere and what made you choose this as a hobby for Charlotte?

Hi, Violet, thanks a million for having me here today. I think that’s the most original question I’ve ever been asked about my debut. I have absolutely no experience surfing anywhere, although I do know people who regularly surf, especially on the West coast of Ireland. I deliberately made Charlotte very sporty, because I admire people who make sport a part of their lives. Also, as part of her back story, Charlotte went to college in Galway, which is right on the West coast. It was there her love of surfing began.

  • What do you think particularly appealed to your publisher about this book, and of course, what do you hope your readers will enjoy about it?

I hope what appealed to my publisher was firstly the writing, and secondly the story itself. My inspiration was the 1940s movie Woman of the Year, starring Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracey. But that’s where the similarity ends. My story is set in contemporary Dublin, and rather than have traditional roles for my heroine and hero, Charlotte is the sports journalist and Derry, her rival from another paper, is a fashion journalist.

  • What made you want to be an author in the first place and how did you get your first break in the publishing world?

My own background is in journalism, but I always dabbled a bit in short stories, and was lucky from time to time to have them published. And I’d tried my hand at a number of novels down the years. This time I just didn’t give up. And I was fortunate enough to find an agent also.

  • How would you describe your novel in terms of genre/sub-genre?

‘Going Against Type’ is contemporary romance, and definitely a romantic comedy.

  • What was the best thing about writing it?

I had very firm ideas when I began about what drove my characters: how they would behave, why they would do something. I loved that their story unfolded along those lines. I also liked the challenge of writing the columns. I had written a column for a short while, when I was a journalist, but I never worked in sport. Charlotte’s columns were extremely difficult to write, because they had to be opinionated, but not silly, and very sharp and witty. They were rewritten again and again, and when they finally came together, I was really pleased.

  • Is there any character in the book that you would like to trade lives with? Even for just a day?

I think I’d happily trade lives with Charlotte for a day. She actually lives quite an exciting life and of course, she’s dating Derry.

  • Has the work of any particular writer influenced or inspired you and if so, why?

I think the writing of British author Catherine Alliot, will always influence me a little. Her heroines are very funny, her characters are well drawn and her plots are superb. When I’m not sure what I feel like reading, I quite often reread one of her novels.

  • Can you work anywhere, or do you have a favourite place to hideaway and write in?

Actually, I can pretty much work anywhere, but I prefer to write with background noise and people. I write long hand every morning, and quite often do that in my local café. It gets me away from my laptop, and it’s warm and buzzy there.

  • Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer?

Read lots and read critically, write every day…never give up.

  • And finally Sharon, what next? Can you tell me a little about your work in progress?

I am working on something now, it’s another contemporary romance. That’s all I can say, really.

Thank you Sharon for joining me today and taking the time to answer my questions so fully. I really enjoyed reading about your book and your writing. ‘Going Against Type’ certainly sounds like my ideal summer read.




Charlotte glanced quickly about, hoping to engage with the other women, but to her frustration she found they’d drifted away. Leaving her with this egotistical… ‘So as an experiment, do you think we’ll work? Derry said, interrupting her thoughts. ‘Um, will what work?’ He shot her an arrogant smile. ‘Fiona’s matchmaking attempts. Either Cupid will be on target or we’ll end up throwing bread rolls at each other.’ Charlotte gritted her teeth. ‘I’m a crack shot with a bread roll.’ This guy was definitely making fun of her. What had Fiona been thinking? She’d kill her. She forced a polite smile. ‘You’re a journalist?’ He grinned wickedly, as if well aware of her struggle to be civil. ‘The Irish People. I’m a fashion writer.’ Charlotte hid her surprise. ‘I really only read the sports section. That sleaze The Squire put me off the whole paper. He had a go at a friend of mine, Miranda Greene.’ Derry frowned, as if trying to place the name. ‘The socialite? She’s a friend of yours?’ ‘We were in college together. The Squire wrecked her marriage. She and her husband were trying to put a bad patch behind them and make things work. The Squire milked that model’s revelations for weeks.’ Charlotte stopped suddenly. ‘You probably know The Squire?’ ‘Not at all,’ Derry said, taking a sip of wine. ‘They don’t tell us who writes that. That’s a beautiful dress, it’s a Louise Kennedy, right?’ Charlotte glanced down at the dress. Dammit, she sounded like rent-a-rant. No wonder the guy was keen to change the subject.                                                                        # BLURB

Some would say Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan has it all. Beautiful, smart, athletic and a great job working as a journalist – in the almost exclusively male sports department. But Charlotte is not quite as sure as she seems. Recently split from her overbearing boyfriend, she escapes for weekends, surfing in the Atlantic, and spends her free nights watching sports, roaring at the TV. Derry Cullinane is a fashion writer, gossip columnist and sophisticated man-about-town. The go-to guy for any woman seeking expert advice on what fabulous outfit to wear for any given occasion. He’s also tall, dark, good looking – and straight! So what’s the snag? He has a track record of dating glamorous, vain and shallow women. Charlie gets an opportunity to write a new column under the pen name Side Swipe, but is soon drawn into a war of words and wit with a rival paper’s columnist The Squire – and their verbal fireworks get readers and editors talking. Yet neither Charlie nor Derry knows just whom the opponent is… When Charlotte and Derry meet at the Races, the attraction is instant. As their relationship develops, so much more proves at stake, than protecting their alter egos. But a blunder puts Charlotte’s job in jeopardy just as Derry’s past makes front page, and Charlotte begins to doubt her feelings. When Side Swipe and The Squire are finally forced to reveal themselves, will they revert to type – or confound everyone’s expectations?                                                            *          *          *


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SHARON BLACK                                                         



IRISH author Sharon Black is a diehard screwball comedy enthusiast. Her first novel, Going Against Type, a contemporary romantic comedy set in Dublin, was e-published by Tirgearr Publishing in September, 2014 to great reviews. She has had short stories published, and won the 2010 Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition. She worked for a number of national newspapers. She writes a regular blog, This Funny Irish Life, featuring light, fun, personal columns, and tweets at Authorsharonb. When she’s not writing, she reads, walks, sees friends, and drinks far too much coffee. She co-founded a local book club 15 years ago. She loves theatre, old Hollywood films, every romantic comedy ever made, and edgy stand-up. She hates shopping. She lives in a Dublin coastal village, with her husband and their three children.

Find Sharon: Blog: http://sharonblackauthor.blogspot.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SharonBlackAuthorPage/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Twitter: https://twitter.com/Authorsharonb Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Black/e/B00RPI1I10 *****


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2 Responses to “‘Going Against Type’ – sounds like a cool summer read from Sharon Black”

  1. Sharon Black says:

    Lovely to be here today, Violet, and thank you for a wonderful interview, and all the kind comments about Going Against Type.

    • Violet Fields says:

      Thanks for visiting my site, Sharon, and for answering my questions so fully. I really hope that Going Against Type will do really well for you and that your readers will love it. x

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