Today it is my privilege to welcome Sharon Struth, author of Share the Moon, as my guest. Sharon is sharing with us not only her kinship with the moon but how the moon and its phases tie into the characters in her new book, Share the Moon.
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Full Moon Rising… by Sharon Struth
One of the things I love about having a dog is the time spent walking my furry friend. I’ve been witness to some spectacular glowing moons of various shapes, hanging high in the sky on a clear dark night. Each moon has its own personality; haunting, romantic, mystical. At the risk of sounding cliché, I now understand the phrase of being “moonstruck.”
My kinship with the moon is deep. Perhaps because my astrological sign is Cancer, and the moon rules Cancer. Might explain why I’m a bit of a crab sometimes, too. I also have fond memories of watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon in 1969. I was ten years old and visiting my nana. The adults let me stay up past my bedtime and I curled up on the sofa in my PJ’s to watch the history-making event.
Even in my life as an author, the moon continues to follow me. A while back, I started a novel about a small town on a lake in Connecticut. From the start, I kept “hearing” whispers of the moon in my ear in relation to this book, yet had no idea why. The result? Share the Moon was penned, a story taking place in Connecticut in a fictional town called Northbridge located near Blue Moon Lake.
The character’s paths even develop like the moon phases, starting with the nearly invisible new moon, where the book opens. I ended up doing lots of lunar research and learned a few things, like:
- A full Moon in April brings frost.
- If the full Moon rises pale, expect rain.
- The Moon has been associated with madness (lunatic comes from the latin word Luna)
- Many animals and plants follow patterns around the moon. A few examples; coral mates at the full moon, Herbivores ovulate around the Full Moon. Zoologists in Alaska noticed that animals: bears, caribou, and salmon moved at the Full Moon.
- The presence of a Full Moon can be associated with accidents. Hospital accident and emergency units see about 10% more patients. 13.8% of casualty nurses and 64% of doctors believe the moon adversely affects patient behavior. Even crimes of violence have been shown to increase at the full moon.
So next time something unusual happens, look up at the sky. What may seem like a random act may, in fact, have more to do with the current moon phase. It certainly does in Share the Moon.
Thank you, Sharon, for sharing these beautiful and intriguing insights about the moon and your characters in Share the Moon.
What about you? Do you feel a kinship with the moon or know anyone who does? What other books have you read where characters are so a relationship to the moon? Begin a discussion with Sharon now in the comment section below.
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About Share the Moon:
Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.
Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.
Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.
“Heart-tugging small town romance with real emotion. Struth is an author to watch!” —Laura Drake, author of The Sweet Spot
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About the Author:
Novelist Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best first Book. Her next release, SHARE THE MOON-Book one in the Blue Moon Lake Novel Series is published by Kensington Books/Lyrical Press.
She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut, along with her husband, two daughters and canine companions. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit http://www.sharonstruth.com or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle Ages & More at www.sharonstruth.wordpress.com.
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