Welcome to my book blog ~ it is my pleasure to feature Twenty-one Steps of Courage by Sarah BatesTwenty-One Steps of Courage by Sarah Bates
Praise Twenty-One Steps of Courage by Sarah Bates
Buy Twenty-One Steps of Courage by Sarah Bates
Follow Twenty-One Steps of Courage by Sarah Bates Tour
Thanks Sarah for joining us for an interview:
* When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was a high school sophomore, I had a job after school each day that interrupted my sleep. I tried to stay alert through my classes but each afternoon I nodded off during my English course. When my teacher threatened to drop my grade I asked for makeup work. “Write some poetry,” she said. I did and have never stopped writing. Although I no longer write poetry, that incident set my path.
* How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
A couple, maybe…while I interviewed for jobs in advertising agencies. My career in advertising ultimately led to freelance non-fiction writing followed by fiction, which is my primary writing objective now.
* What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
My habit of creating a Time Sheet on which I log the hours I write might be more of a necessity for me than a quirk. If I’m headed to the end of a novel, that Time Sheet is the whip snapping over my head!
* Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
Ideas often emerge unpredictably. Sometimes I jot down an idea and never pursue it, other times the idea grows in importance and might become a novel or a short story. Characters are all around me, all the time. A fictional character might have the mannerisms of a friend, the physical description of a stranger.
* How do you decide what you want to write about?
If an idea is compelling and I become obsessed with it, a story usually surfaces.
* What books have most influenced your life?
The Bible has influenced my personal life: my ethics and attitudes. Beyond that, books by authors Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Carver, and contemporary authors Stewart O’Nan, Colum McCann, John Jakes, Tim O’Brien, Donna Tartt, and Barbara Kingsolver influence my writing life.
* What are you reading right now?
I am fascinated by the historical novels of John Jakes and am coming to the end of The Kent Chronicles. As I usually do when I find an author I can learn from, I plan to read everything else Jakes has written.
* What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Few days go by when I am not writing so I’ll answer in that context. To get my mind off a particularly knotty writing dilemma sometimes I binge watch cooking shows on TV or pull weeds in my garden. If I’m really stressed, my husband and I take a day off to wander around
where we live, or if that’s not enough, we fly someplace to site see. San Diego County
* What is your favorite comfort food?
Pasta with basil pesto and anything made with fresh tomatoes.
* What do you think makes a good story?
Conflict, believable characters, perfect word choices makes a good story.
* Who would you consider your favorite author and why?
My “favorite” author is usually the one I am obsessed about at the moment. However, I always go back to Fitzgerald when I need to remember how a well-told story can influence a reader.
Fun random questions:
• dogs or cats?
• Coffee or tea?
Coffee for sure.
• Dark or milk chocolate?
Dark chocolate, ummmm.
• Rocks or flowers?
Rocks. I return home with a rock as a souvenir of my travels.
• Night or day?
Day. I’m up when the morning sun hits the horizon of my back yard.
• Favorite color?
• Crayons or markers?
• Pens or pencils?
Pencils. I have a coffee mug full of sharpened pencils that I offer to the members of my writers’ critique group.