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I’m Featured Author

9 Mar

Good news! I’ve just discovered that my interview with Fiona McVie 1964 is live!

Here’s the link http://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/here-is-my-interview-with-margaret-lynette-sharp/

Those of you who would like to get to know me a little better may enjoy it!

Thanks, Fiona. 🙂

Happiness Is: Two Lovely Reviews in One Day!

21 Oct

Happiness is: Two lovely reviews in One Day!

Certainly true if one is a newly-emerging writer…..

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Short-Australian-Stories-ebook/dp/B008H457FY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Zara’s Reviews > Long and Short Australian Stories

Long and Short Australian Stories
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

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Zara‘s review

Oct 20, 13

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Read from October 01 to 20, 2013
I loved this book.

It was made up of a number of different stories of varying lengths (hence the title “long and short”) about different peoples’ relationships and following their dreams in spite of what people might think or try to talk them out of doing.

It was written in a way that made it easy and quick to read. The dialogue between people was well structured and set out.

If you’re wanting a light, fun and easy read for those lazy days on the beach or in your favourite reading spot then I recommend this book. You’ll be glad you did.

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http://www.amazon.com/A-Taste-Life-Love-Australia-ebook/dp/B008FOEG12/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Jake Taylor’s Reviews > A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

A Taste of Life and Love in Australia
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

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Jake Taylor‘s review

Oct 20, 13
Read in October, 2013
Ms Sharp has again provided us with a group of very charming short stories. From the young man who was too shy to make his move to the older gentleman who got a second opportunity many years later. In some cases, a door is shut while other opens according to the whims of Cupid. In other cases, interest gets involved. In A Taste of Life and Love in Australia, the author includes these lines: “So you would put an inheritance ahead of me? Ahead of our marriage? Is that what you’re saying?” This reminded me of Don Quixote and his squire Sancho during the Wedding of Camacho, the rich one (Don Quixote, Part II, Chapter 20) who while attending the festivities heard one of the players say: “I am the one that is mightier than Love… for I am Interest” (“Soy quien puede más que Amor… Soy el Interés”). There are other stories that seem to say: I make my own decisions. Others kindle an old friendship; others bring back an old love. Another great line of Ms. Sharp is: “Wasn’t mature love a horse of a different colour?” Almost as asking: Is there such a thing as mature love?
But I must confess that two of my favorite lines were: “life can change in an instant” and “you never know what’s around the corner” (most especially in love matters). Therefore, in closing, I sincerely hope that whatever happens to be around the next corner that can change your life in an instant is as lovely and charming as these stories. Nice reading, Five Stars, Jake Taylor

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Thanks to these reviewers for sharing their thoughts!

Watch This Space…..

4 Jun

Birds fly, fish swim, singers sing, and writers write…..

These past weeks I have not been idle.

In fact, I have been working in something quite new and exciting!

In the beginning, I wondered if I could actually do it.

Half-way through, I was still wondering….

But now I have a fait accompli!

Watch this space!

Want to Learn about my Secret Life?

11 Apr

Secrets! Don’t they conjure up a niggling desire to know?

Today, my secrets are revealed!

Just wander over to the wonderful blog of one of Australia’s top novelists, Rachael Johns, and check it out.

My Secret Life is on display for all the world to see!

Here’s the link: https://rachaeljohns.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/my-secret-life-with-margaret-lynette-sharp/#comment-4751

‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ : Shelleyrae’s review.

24 Feb

When you’re a writer, reviews of your own work engender a plethora of emotions. There’s the waiting and wondering, particularly for early reviews. Then, there’s the inevitable reflection on their meaning and potential outcome, and the hope of words that reflect one of humanity’s deepest desires, approval.

In other words, reviews matter.

Some say that reviews are mostly for the benefit of potential readers, but the reality is that well-founded observation, positive or negative, can help the writer, too.  Seeing through the  eyes of another can alert an author to points perhaps previously unrecognised.

So, I say a big ‘Thanks you’ to Shelleyrae at Book’d out for her thoughtful review.

Here’s the link:  http://bookdout.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/review-long-and-short-australian-stories-by-margaret-lynn-sharp/

 

‘Encore’: its first review!

20 Feb

What a day!

This morning, the newest addition to my family of books was assessed  by the very well-read member of  Goodreads, Mark. Here’s what he had to say.

Encore
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

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Mark‘s review

Feb 19, 13
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At Sixteen: Annie’s Story
(the truth, but not at seventeen)The first story of this elegantly-crafted collection authentically captures the moods, from wistfulness to defiance, from petulance to heartbreak, of a teen in transition, as seen from the perspective of an older sister left to be in loco parentis, who proves actually to be a better parent than the ones who call it in, from Paris. This piece sets the tone for the rest of the volume, a highly readable, page-turning anthology of vignettes, probably Sharp’s best to date, that offers characters and outcomes that are always a bit more complicated (and better) than we’re led to expect.A synopsis of a vignette that doesn’t spoil the story has to be a brief one, and perhaps a little enigmatic, but these are a few of Encore’s other tales of emotional entanglement:Swansong, as the title suggests, is the tale of one last moment. Most bad prospects don’t know what they are. Bradley, at least, cares enough to accept it.Dear David is a wonderful epistolary tale with three embedded twists on the way to a satisying outcome.A Time for Decision: A Time for Love is a genuinely warming resolution to an encounter with an utterly loathsome person.My Love Story is, oddly, about the cue and the impulse to write one, which clearly the author feels with regularity — and here, her character manages also to bring one into being.

All of these stories are emotionally satisfying, and all of them quick, compelling reads. Highly recommended.

What can I say?
If you like to support Australian women writers: here’s a chance to be amongst the first to read a fresh  collection of Australian vignettes and Short Stories.
If  your reading interest runs to love stories and contemporary romance, so much the better!

‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’ now on Kindle!!

4 Feb

I’m delighted to announce that my third collection of Short Stories and vignettes, ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’, has just been released on Kindle.

The Essence of Life and Love in Australia

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BACZ7UK

Written following ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’ and ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’, this volume continues in a similar fashion, with twenty-eight engaging tales, overwhelmingly  with romantic themes.

All my published books are edited by my husband Ronald Sharp, the Creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Here is the review of U.S.A.  Goodreads member, Mark.

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Margaret Lynette Sharp untangles small knots in our emotional constitution, of hesitancy, of love and affection, of wistful regret and of loss acknowledged, but not without hope.This is a collection of stories and of finely-wrought encounters, sometimes between two people almost in love or partly in affection, sometimes just between the protagonist and her own feelings, each one playing on a familiar but resonant theme and dissecting a vexing unconscious puzzle, in the way that dreams do.Sharp likes to hone in on her characters’ fraught needs, and she likes to meet them. The need of a person immured in the wrong relationship to find an out, or the need of someone alone to find an in, a place to be or a partner to be with. There is a daughter who can’t seek a life because of the needs of her mother, but finds the strength, and a mother prevented by her daughter from returning to the forty-years-gone love of her youth, about whom, it turns out, not all is known. She buys the ticket, anyway. The author will not leave her own “children” stranded.So read these for diversion and emotional resolution of the sort that our unconscious minds try to give to us in sleep, but the stories are in no way sleepy. They’re hyper-alert, they’re aware of the intricacies, and they’re uplifting. A nice way of disposing of the toxicity of living the day.(less)

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If you’re looking for a highly readable volume of romantic Short Stories and vignettes, why not consider ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’?

Getting There…..

8 Jan

There’s nothing like reaching a goal to put a smile on one’s face.

Today, I finished the first revision of my soon-to-be published book: and, as each milestone is reached, a sense of intense satisfaction overtakes me.

Doubtless, many activities in countless fields of endeavour are capable of producing such good feelings.  Be it literature, music, art, sport or anything else: what beats reaching the goal, and being happy with the result?

I have dabbled in many things: in fact, all of the above: but somehow writing seems to capture my greatest sense of purpose and meaning.  For me, nothing beats the glow of delight in holding a brand new title in my hands.

Part of the pleasure in this lies in the fact that it’s the end product of collaboration between myself and Ron, my husband. His role as editor and cover designer are vital to the quality of  finished project: and, with customary talent, he performs these tasks admirably.

The title is still top secret: but, hopefully by February, all will be revealed.

Watch this space.

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What I Love about Fiction Writing

14 Nov

Fiction writing is a passion.

It opens up endless scenarios involving characters of my choice. In other words, I’m  in control:  I  can bring ecstacy or disaster.  I can conjure up tales that entertain, strike a chord, or even offer guidance to those in a similar situation.

At another level, fiction writing allows exploration of the scope of language. Evocation is my aim, and within the meaning of words comes the substance of its creation.  Mood, theme, character and location: these pose wonderfully intriguing challenges.

And what a buzz I get  my own work pleasurably engages me! I guess we writers share this reward: it’s the proverbial icing on the cake.

Then, there’s the thrill of learning what others make of it: family, friends, readers and reviewers. The mind-boggling wonder: is it being read ( and hopefully enjoyed) at this very moment?

Finally, to behold my stories packaged as a book: to hold it my hands, and see my name as author: is one of the best moments of my life. Small wonder I love to write fiction!

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Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out’s Review: A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

26 Jul

Oh: Happy day!

Early this morning, Shelleyrae at Book’d Out published a beautifully presented Guest Post featuring me, my family, and my writing.  Not surprisingly, she has set it out in a lovely and professional manner.

Late this  afternoon, Shelleyrae revealed her insightful and well-expressed review of my second book, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia.’ In it, she speaks of each story as a ‘window into the nature of relationships’, and describes each as ‘thoughtful and charming’.

Pointing out quite correctly that the tales are often vignettes rather than Short Stories, she states that ‘the writing is evocative, inspiring emotion with well-crafted prose and natural dialogue.’

So, all in all, I’m absolutely delighted! As a self-published author, the road is proving to be uphill. Thank goodness that dedicated people like Shelleyrae are there to help smooth the way.

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