'Knit in Comfort' Weaves a Winning Tale
did you first realize you wanted to be a writer and how many books do you have
under your belt?
always wanted to be an actress or a singer, but it just never panned out. I
tried on the corporate world for size and that didn’t fit. While staying at
home with my first-born son, I nearly went out of my mind with boredom, so I
started writing. I’ve written three novels for HarperCollins and 27 for
I’m going to make you pick a favorite.
Tryst of Fate would have to be my favorite, because
it was set in Maine,
one of my favorite places in the world. But Knit
in Comfort is a close second. I enjoyed exploring the world of knitting and
researching the Shetland Islands for the
you a knitter, or did you just pick a hobby out of a hat?
mother taught me, so I am a knitter—but a binge-purge knitter. The book inspired
me to attempt knitting lace. But lace is extremely complicated!
have to admit I was pretty skeptical about reading a book with a knitting
agenda, but I was instantly hooked. Are the experiences of the characters based
on someone you know or events in your own life?
most people’s lives aren’t quite theatrical enough. I grab a trait here or
there, but I was able to relate to the feelings of not being connected with
another person and feeling stuck. Actually, I think most people have felt that
way at some point.
I think your book is easy to connect with on so many levels—the bad habits we
all have when we assume, expect or hesitate. What do you have to say to your
readers out there?
book is about making choices. What do you do if they aren’t the right ones?
Everybody is challenged by this idea, whether for a job, a marriage or just
about anything. In the book, Megan is trapped in her life and Elizabeth comes along and helps her find a
way out. Choices are fluid, and Elizabeth
reflects this ability to those who do not have the courage to change.
You can meet Isabel Sharpe at her book-signing event on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at Boswell Book Co., 2559 N. Downer Ave.