Meet Sha Renée
As you may know, I’m an author, a Navy Veteran and a dental assistant, all of which I love. But do you know what my dream job is? Or why I didn’t go to my high school prom? Continue reading to find out.
1. Do you write full time or do you have a day job?
Like most authors, I would love to be able to write full time. But when I’m not writing, I’m a dental assistant…and a mom.
2. What’s your dream job?
I would love to be a driver in a car commercial. Or a television announcer… the ones that say, “Tonight on Grey’s Anatomy.” I’m told I have a nice voice. (although not when it comes to singing.
3. Where did you grow up?
4. Are you from a large family?
I’m the youngest of four – one brother and two sisters.
5. What was the last book you read?
Fifty Shades of Grey. That was a while ago, though. I don’t get to read nearly as much as I’d like to.
6. What was the last movie you saw?
Blank Panther… several times.
7. Did you like school when you were younger?
I didn’t dislike it. High school was okay. I went to an all-girls Catholic high school. Not my choice, but I did enjoy it. The only thing I resented is not being able to go to my prom. We were not allowed to attend if we didn’t have a date. I’ve always believed that stipulation to be idiotic for two reasons: Why would you encourage teenage girls to focus on finding a date instead of just having a good time with their classmates? And since it was an ALL-GIRLS school, where the heck were we supposed to whip up some dates? So I missed out on my prom because I didn’t know any boys… you know… on account of attending an all-girls school.
8. What were your favorite classes?
I don’t remember having any favorites in elementary school, but in high school I really liked psychology, sociology and chemistry. Latin was my least favorite, but again, looking back, I’m glad I studied it. Oh, and algebra.
9. Do you ever suffer from writers’ block?
Occasionally. But not in a typical way. You can read about it here.
10. What made you decide to join the Navy?
My grades in high school were okay, not great. And my SAT score wasn’t 1600, so I really didn’t think I’d get into a decent college. I was also bored with the same routine school provided so I decided to do something different. The Navy was new, exciting and adventurous.
11. What does success as an author mean to you?
Well multiple published books and a hefty bank account would be lovely, but honestly, I’d consider myself successful when people recognize and enjoy my work. When readers – other than friends or family – discuss my characters or a particular scene in one of my stories, or if someone comes to my table at a book signing and they’re already familiar with my name or my work, then I’ll consider myself successful.
Sha Renée is a native New Yorker who joined the US Navy right after high school. She now lives in New Jersey where she creates stories on the pages where duty, honor and passion unite.
A true nature lover, Sha enjoys spending time outdoors, usually with a camera in her hands. She’s has a passion for motorcycles and sports cars and is a fan of auto racing, military air shows and The X Games – pretty much any activity with fast wings or wheels.
She hates cooking, loves music and believes every day should include a cup of hot coffee and a glass of chilled wine.
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