Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. For those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit the clubhouse is via membership or an invite to the clubhouse tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation I’ve had with a guest over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, about their work in progress, or latest book release. I’ll be talking to all sort of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers.
Welcome to the clubhouse tearoom, Sarah. It’s lovely to have you here. Let’s order our drinks.
Thank you for having me over for a chat and drinks, Paula. I would like an Australian Shiraz, please.
We’ll start our chat as soon as our refreshments arrive. Ahh, here they come. Thank you. Right Sarah May I ask When you first began your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?
Honestly, when the idea came to me, it wasn’t necessarily in my favorite fantasy genre. A good friend pointed out to me after he finished reading an early draft. And so, I added elements…a tish of paranormal with the telepathy with animals.
Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?
I’ve been thinking about it for a while. Total sci-fi/fantasy. Humans colonizing a new planet with two races ord different beings and the subsequent destruction that follows. Inside Voices eludes to one race, massive winged horse-like beasts. The world-building has required quite different research, as you can imagine.
How many unfinished projects do you have on your computer?
I have five unfinished projects on my laptop and an additional one on my phone. I jot down notes or scenes when inspiration strikes. I’ve found that when I hit the “writer’s block” for one project, I can turn to a different one and write for as long as time allows.
Were any of your characters inspired by real people?
I want to say not really, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. Eelyn (not Ellen, EElyn haha) is a veterinarian, like me, so I could easily get into writing her character. Her daughters are identical twins, and although my own girls were mistaken for twins a time or two, they are not. Penny, Lucy, and Eelyn, while sharing similarities, are vastly different from their real-life inspiration.
What did you learn when writing your book?
In writing it, how much research did you do? I learned a lot about caring for polar bears, wolf hybrid genetics, shamanism, Native Alaskan culture…how much time do we have? Ha!
Is there anything about you your readers might be surprised to find out?
Let’s see…I am terrified of and people touching my feet. And I can do magic tricks.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Yes, especially if there is content in the story I don’t want my pastor reading! Ha!
How do you select the names of your characters? Do you know everything about them before you start writing their story?
Naming characters is so fun! I consider so many things…heritage, characteristics, unique names…I quite possibly waste more time than I should on names. I think I know everything about them beforehand, but then when faced with challenges, I learn more.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The mass shooting was the hardest to write. It was very emotional for me as a mother. School shootings-how could they not be profoundly gut-wrenching for anyone? To write a character who watches it unfold from the sidelines and later helps her injured classmates…the shock and mental anguish she feels…can you imagine? Only to then to have it all amplified by the loss of her father. Penny is a character that is flawed and still hurting, and I want to help her. Give her a hug. But I won’t. And I can’t.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I’ve only finished the one, Inside Voices, which took me 6 years from start to finish. I work full-time, have children that need chauffeuring, and pets and livestock that need feeding, so I wrote during stolen moments. Hours when I could. If we are talking total time to write the first draft, probably only 4 weeks. The editing…that part took time, two editor gems, and many wonderful beta readers.
I appreciate the opportunity to “chat” with you, Paula.
Thank you Sarah for join us today. If you would like to find out more about Sarah please check out her links below.
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