Fiona Blake: What made you decide to take the plunge and start writing your first novel?
Sarah Curtis: I always loved to read. I think most writers start out as avid readers. I dreamed of writing. But it was a life goal I never thought would happen. Fast forward many, many, many years *wink*, hubby and I sold our business and the kids were grown. What should I do? With the industry making room for self-published authors, it was the perfect time to try and live my dream. I had no idea if anyone would like what I wrote--I was scared to hit the publish button--but I was at a point in life where I was finally willing to take a chance. And I'm glad I did. I love writing.
Fiona: What writers inspire you?
Sarah: Many writers affect me for a variety of reasons. My favorite authors, Tijan, Georgia Le Carre, Lynda Chance, Lisa Kleypas, and Bijou Hunter--just to name a few--inspire me to write better. My author friends motivate and encourage me to keep going. And all the rest? Just knowing I’m not alone, that there are other authors out there in the big, wide world, doing what I do, is what drives me to write every day.
Fiona: How do you incorporate your life into your books?
Sarah: There's a tiny part of me in all my heroines and a little bit of my hubby in each of my heroes. Other than that, my stories are daydreams, floating around in my head, waiting--sometimes impatiently--for me to write them.
Fiona: What is your writing process?
Sarah: Ideas come to me from everything I see and do, but after that, the rest of the story is left to chance. I may have an idea of how I want the story to pan out, but my characters have a habit of taking over, and even if I want them to do things a certain way, we butt heads until I give them free rein.
Fiona: What does your day-to-day schedule look like?
Sarah: Not as productive as I'd like it to be! Social media is my downfall. Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, and I like to yap with my friends. I do set a goal of at least 1000-2000 words per day and won't stop until I've accomplished it. Oh, and coffee. Copious amounts of coffee.
Fiona: What is the best sentence you’ve ever published?
Sarah: I'm not sure if this is the best sentence I've ever written, but it is one of my favorites: "My body longs for you. My heart beats for you. My soul lives for you. You're the light to my dark, without you I am blind, but with you I see." - Cole Garrison, Freight Trained.
Fiona: What exciting projects do you have in the works?
Sarah: I've got three things going on right now. A short story for an anthology, a novella I hope to release for the holidays, and my current WIP, All-In, that will be released sometime after the first of the year :D