Between taking care of her injured alcoholic mother and work, Sarah Wright, a pediatric nurse researcher, hasn’t a minute to herself, much less time for romance. But unbeknownst to Sarah, two little old ladies -- her aunt and her ex-fiancé ’s mother--are conspiring to reunite Sarah with Dan Rosen, a brilliant and demanding surgeon. When her aunt goes missing, Sarah is convinced it’s a kidnapping, but the police refuse to investigate. Dan flies to Sarah’s side to help her, and it looks like things might come together -- until Sarah is arrested for her aunt’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against her, Sarah must find the real culprits and unravel decades old family secrets along the way.
Paranormal Romance Guild Best Mystery/Thriller, 2012
“SOME OTHER CHILD has a little bit of everything that makes a book a fast read: family drama, long-hidden secrets, lifelong friends and long-lost love.”~Joya Fields, Author of 4 1/2 STARS TOP PICK RT BOOK REVIEWS Beneath the Surface
“SOME OTHER CHILD grabbed me at page one and didn't let me go until the very end. A captivating read laced with humor and heart.” ~~Sharon Saracino, Author of Death Benefits
After working in health care delivery for years, Sharon Buchbinder became an association executive, a health care researcher, and an academic in higher education. She had it all--a terrific, supportive husband, an amazing son and a wonderful job. But that itch to write (some call it an obsession) kept beckoning her to "come on back" to writing fiction. Thanks to the kindness of family, friends, critique partners, Romance Writers of America, and Maryland Romance Writers, she is now published in contemporary, erotic, paranormal and romantic suspense.
When not attempting to make students and colleagues laugh, she can be found herding cats, waiting on a large gray dog, fishing, dining with good friends, or writing.
Killer Kisses, Romance Anthology available as Ebook or Print
Desire and Deception, Erotic Thriller and Sequel to SOME OTHER CHILD, available as Ebook
An Interview with the Sharon Buchbinder
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Sharon, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Some Other Child and is one suspense-filled tale. Where did you get the idea for this incredible story?
SB: Having lived in Baltimore, Maryland, I wanted to tell a story that would intrigue, entertain, and show some of the quirky sides of the city and surrounding areas, particularly Pikesville. I worked in children’s mental health and child abuse neglect and prevention, and knew many sad and inspiring tales from that part of my life. SOME OTHER CHILD is a story about a stolen baby, the woman who lost the baby, her life-long friendship with a difficult person, and a young woman who is determined to find out what happened to her missing aunt.
HH: What do you like best about Sarah and why will readers be cheering for her?
SB: I used to call her my Goody-Two-Shoes. Devoted daughter, sacrifices her romance to take care of her ailing, alcoholic mother. Then I was called to task by a reader who said, “She’s a good person. Her entire family rejected her mother, yet she stood by her side. “ Now I call her my Goody-One-Shoe. Kidding. She’s smart, hard-working, loyal to the death, and has a sense of humor. She grows in the story, determined to unravel the secrets, and becomes stronger with each page. I love that she resonates with readers.
HH: What do you like best about Dan and why will readers love him?
SB: Well, he’s hot, for starters. Smart, patient, but a bit set in his ways at the start of the book. comes back into Sarah’s life when she desperately needs a lifeline. It’s no coincidence. He’s not a stalker, but he has been keeping an eye on her through the two little old ladies who scheme to get them back together. He changes over the course of the story, too, and becomes more flexible and lovable.
HH: What do makes their relationship unique among all those you've written to this point?
SB: Their romance is is a reunion story. We all have those people in our lives, don’t we, that we wonder about? It’s fun to play with the notion of love lost, love found, and in this story, that theme is played out at many levels, in many relationships.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
SB: OBSESSION is my forthcoming paranormal romantic suspense story about a recovering addict who must work with a Mexican drug lord to rescue her one-year old son from the clutches of a cult leader who believes the child is the Chosen One. OBSESSION is heading to galleys as we speak with The Wild Rose Press and I am hoping to have a cover to share soon.
HH: What is your writing schedule like?
SB: I have more of writing sprints than a writing schedule. I have a day job that I love. That day job enables me to fulfill my goals of educating the next generation of health care managers. It also requires a LOT of writing. I’ve written three textbooks, one of which is in its second edition. I have great writing partners for those books. We get a contract, we stay on deadline, we deliver, we promote, the publisher is happy.
At this point in my fiction-writing career, I am not getting contracts for novels on book outlines, as I do with non-fiction. My novels must be completed and polished before submission. It’s a different process—and a slower one for me. Now that my latest textbook is out (February 15th), I’m looking forward to OBSESSION coming out. And, in the meantime, my next book, KISS OF VIRGIN QUEEN, is 100 pages along and whipping my butt. And, I just got 2 more story ideas. I don’t have writer’s block. I have too many ideas, not enough time! LOL!
HH: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
SB: The research! I’m a research junkie. To write one sentence involving a particular factoid, I may have to read two books on the topic. Sometimes when I am stuck, research shows me a different better path to take in the story. I love layering my research in my books so people are entertained, but also educated about particular topics -- without a lecture!
HH: What keeps you writing each day?
SB: The readers -- and the voices in my head! LOL. I get up and think about the project I’m working on, whether fiction or non-fiction, and think about how I can make it more engaging to the reader. Did this work? Did that? How can I do it better? I’m constantly striving to improve my writing to bring the reader into the story, whatever that story might be.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself to this point in your career?
SB: Numerically, my goal now is to reach the magic number (I’m told it’s 5-7) of books that get you noticed as a novelist.
Qualitatively, I want those books to be great stories for the majority of my audience. I know not everyone will love SOME OTHER CHILD. I hope the majority will.
Fantasy goal: USAToday and New York Times Best Selling Author. Hey, it’s my fantasy, right?