What’s Your Number? with Paranormal Author Sharon Clare

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Please welcome guest author, Sharon Clare to Jessica Aspen Writes. Sharon is a fellow Margie Lawson enthusiast who I met through Sherry Isaac (my fellow WOO-HOO-U grad from Margie’s deep immersion class).  Sharon’s last post on Jessica Aspen Writes was a hysterical dive into our cultures struggle with women’s sexuality: Have Two Paroxysms and Call Me in the Morning. I loved Sharon’s first book, paranormal romance Love of Her Lives, where she introduced her mischievous elf, Finn. Read HERE for my review of Love of Her Lives on Goodreads and add it to your TBR pile. Now Sharon has come out with another fun Finn adventure where the elf once again meddles in the lives of two lonely people in dire need of some romance. Introducing, Sharon Clare and her new book Rhapsody.

Delve Inside Personality With Numerology

A few years ago, I spent a week in Beijing with three friends. With our own personal tour guide, we learned about China’s ancient history, the forbidden city and the great wall, it’s emperors and empresses, tombs and drums, pearls and silks, hot pots and rickshaws and a thread that wove through most everything—numerology.

The Chinese aren’t the only culture that believes in the mystical significance of numbers. Pythagoras, the father of mathematics, saw numbers as archetypes rather than just numerals.

I learned calculus from a brilliant mathematician who after explaining a mathematical theory exclaimed, “there’s proof of God’s existence right there.” He saw numbers in ways I’ll never comprehend, yet with a wide open mind, I’m drawn to both concrete and metaphysical concepts. I like learning about most anything, and I like wondering what-if. It makes for great story fodder.

So what if numbers gave us insights into our life purpose?

NumerologyIn a nutshell, http://www.numerology.com/ defines numerology as this: ‘Numerology is the universal language of numbers, and each of us was born with a set of numbers unique to us. These numbers unlock the door to the depths of our personality and reveal the way we interact with others, lessons we’ve yet to learn, opportunities we’ll be given and challenges we’ll face at specific periods of our lives—or throughout life as a whole.’

I believe we create our own realities. However we focus our thoughts (mindfully or habitually) will become real for us. Perhaps numerology does just that—triggers and focuses a thought. We see the number 8 and think prosperity. And then, voila, we find $20 in our pocket. Okay, maybe not. Perhaps it can work more as a prompt to remind us to invest that $20 wisely.

Or is there more to it?

Apparently, your birth name affects your numerology. I plugged my name into this site: http://www.paulsadowski.com/Numbers.asp. The results were remarkably accurate. My number is 3, described in part with this: ‘produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing’. Yep, that’s me. My soul number is 7 which means: ‘you are very fond of reading, and retreating to periods of being alone and away from the disruptions of the outer world. You like to dream and develop your idealistic understandings, to study and analyze, to gain knowledge and wisdom.’ Wow, again, accurate.

I’m a fiction writer, so I couldn’t resist seeing this as a tool to help develop my characters. I plugged in the name of the heroine from my latest release, Rhapsody, to see how close my representation of her matches her numerology. Isabelle Carson. Hmm, as I read, I see potential, possibilities I could have developed to strengthen her character.

I set Isabelle up as a woman with outer strength, but who inwardly feels she’s never taken seriously by men who can’t see past her sex kitten body. This belief pushes all her buttons when she’s caught in an Elven game of seduction she must play to win her freedom.

I’m always looking for ways to get deeper inside my characters’ heads, and I think I’ve found a fun one with this numerology site. Check it out. Is your numerology accurate?

A little about Rhapsody, published by Crimson Romance:

Rhapsody Book CoverIsabelle plans to escape the real world when she takes a tropical vacation. But escape becomes too real when Paradise Resort disappears. To win her freedom, she must break an oath and out-play her opponent in a game of seduction. Her self-control is resolute until her traitorous body decides this is a game she wants to play.

Jonathan’s needs are simple: break down Isabelle’s resistance, win the game, and get back to the real world where an emergency waits. Desire grows between them as each roll of the die reveals secrets, truths and skin, until Jonathan is forced to confront his worst fear or forfeit Isabelle to the dark mastermind of the game.

Rhapsody buy links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, itunes

Author Bio:

Sharon Clare lives in Ontario with her husband and three wonderful grown-up kids who come and go from the nest. She fell in love with writing at the University of Toronto where she graduated with a science degree in psychology and professional writing. She writes light paranormal romance and has published short stories, art reviews, newsletter and magazine articles. Her favourite place to write is outside under the maple trees beside the lily pond. Find out more at: www.sharonclare.com

Check out Rhapsody’s trailer HERE.

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15 responses to “What’s Your Number? with Paranormal Author Sharon Clare

  1. That is very cool how you have used this with writing your characters. I need to plug my name in on the site. 🙂

    • Good Morning Brinda! Sharon is pretty talented at finding cool ways to explore writing. Using numerology and second life to discover her characters is pretty cool!

      • It’s fun, Brinda. I’m always looking for ways to give my characters a little more depth, but at the same time, I’m intrigued by numerology concept.

        Thank you for your praise, Jessica! You’re pretty talented yourself. As a matter of fact, we are surrounded by talent right here on your blog!

  2. Fascinating, Sharon. I tried it and my name produced results that are a bit ‘off,’ probably because I’m adopted and didn’t receive a name ‘at birth.’ My birth date information is right on target. Good idea to use this as a character development tool.

    • That’s pretty interesting. Did your results seem close enough for you to feel like you had a good reading?

      • Isn’t that interesting that the results weren’t quite right, Rue. I’d think it shouldn’t matter whether your name came right at birth or not. Your name resonated with your parents and should be right for you.
        When I choose a character name, it has to resonate. Some names are just not right.

  3. Wow! Two of my favorite authors on the same blog. Gotta love it. Sharon, you always have a new slant on the world, particularly your characters’ world, and I love it. I’m off to find the wizard, the wonderful wizard of numbers!

    • Love to hear what your results were when you plug in your name. I think it’s a pretty cool idea for characters, Sharon is so smart!

      • Yes, Elaine, do share! I’d love to know if it reflects who you see yourself as and who you see your main characters as.
        When I plugged in my pen name, it gave me a different facet of myself–the caretaker. A side I’ve been resenting a bit lately which was interesting.

  4. I agree with your calculus teacher, God is the master mathematician and scientist. Calculus is my constant reminder to hand all things that give me a headache over to God.

    Funny, I took an online class on numerology about 2 years ago as an avenue to characterization, and my interest soared. How come we’ve never talked about this, Sharon?

  5. Jessica, thank you again for having me as a guest today, and thank you to everyone who commented. I loved reading your responses. It’s all great fun!

  6. Hi Jessica

    Do you know about this site? She says in this piece that she digs werewolves so I thought about you. Maybe you’d get your books reviewed or something?

    Elaine

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