Name Sarah Daltry
Where are you from New England
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Well, right now I am shifting into different genres. I really love YA and fantasy and horror and they are all genres I read and have written. So I’ve been working on a variety of things in different genres. My novel Bitter Fruits is still full of erotic elements but is urban fantasy. That’s being released 12/1 from Escape Publishing. And then I am co-writing a novel called Backward Compatible with Pete Clark. It’s a comic gamer geek romance coming out 12/12.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I don’t remember starting to write. I just sort of always did. And I write because I have things I want to say and books were important to me growing up. I’ve always been very introverted and so my closest friends – and sometimes only friends – were books. I want to be able to give a little back, to give someone that feeling that there is another human being out there who thinks the same way, even if you feel alone.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t consider myself a writer. I should because I’m now traditionally published as well, but I just don’t. I feel like I’m just a person.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Which one? As Sarah? Bitter Fruits is my first novel as Sarah even though it’s coming out after several others. I don’t know what inspired me, really. The story just came to me.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I mostly write in first person present. I think it’s because I read so much YA in my actual life. I know some people don’t like that, but I don’t choose the voice. The characters do, and that’s how they speak to me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Bitter Fruits comes from a line by Byron. The Flowering series are names of flowers and the idea is flowering or blooming, coming of age. And Backward Compatible is a gaming and tech term but the characters are awkward and a little “backward,” yet cutely compatible. So it fit.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Depends on the book. Bitter Fruits is about fighting for what you believe in, even if it’s a little social unacceptable. Flowering is about finding hope in the darkest parts of our lives. And Backward Compatible is fun but also about knowing that everyone deserves a chance at a little happiness.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Bitter Fruits is based on theology, so not really. Flowering draws on elements of my own life. And Backward Compatible is pretty realistic in my circles.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well, I spent a lot of time in college and grad school so I guess that’s why all my books are about college kids.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
The Sun Also Rises because it is beautiful without a happy ending. And The Catcher in the Rye because it was the first time I didn’t feel like a freak.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Hemingway, but he’s dead. And Courtney Summers, although she has no idea who I am.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’ve been reading The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta and it’s amazing.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not off the top of my head, but as soon as I finish this interview, I’m sure I will think of some.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Oh I am doing too much. I have a few more titles in both series, plus a literary novella, a YA fantasy romance, and some other secret projects.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My family, other than my husband, doesn’t support me at all. I’d say Facebook friends, because they’re really the only people I talk to except my husband and a few friends.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. I think it’s a profession and I treat it with the same dedication I treat any job. I believe in working my hardest and doing my best.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t know. Wave a magic wand and get people to care that it exists? I’m happy with it.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
No, it was just an organic extension of my passion for reading from an early age.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Haikus are strike three. One, being rude to the hostess. Two, asking me on a date that’s clearly a date and calling it a nondate. Three, haikus. Also, haikus are Japanese. I think.
I don’t know how many strikes one gets. I don’t play sports. I have bad knees. I’m 21 and I have bad knees. Hmmm. Maybe I should reconsider the strikes. Perhaps we’ll call it two and a half strikes. Can you have a half strike?
I feel like I’m being bratty, but I’m overtired, and I don’t do well with guys. Or people. But especially male people.
“My name’s Katie,” I tell him, since he hasn’t asked. I figure he should know. I mean, if he’s buying me dinner. Oh, damn. I told Anna ten minutes. “Hold on,” I say, as if there was some brilliant retort to my first name just waiting to burst free from his lips. Which are chapped. Although I would still let him kiss me. Anna’s probably right. Maybe I do need some action.
I text Anna that I’m having dinner. She responds by asking if I have a ride home, because Chad wants to go bowling. Do people bowl anymore? Maybe that’s like code for sex. Although usually Anna just says sex.
“Do you have a car?” I ask George.
He nods excitedly, which I guess is normal. Guys like their cars. I wonder if he’s done all that pimp my ride stuff. Then I look at him again.
“Can you give me a ride home?”
“As long as you don’t live in China,” he says and laughs. It’s a sputtering sound and I think he might have a heart attack, but he drinks his glass of water, which must have appeared magically while I was texting, and then drinks mine. This guy loves drinking things that don’t belong to him.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The marketing part. I hate it.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Hemingway because he tells it like it is.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No. I am really antisocial.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Shoutlines Design, except Bitter Fruits. That was done at Escape.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I’d say the hardest part of writing Lily of the Valley was putting that much raw honesty into something and Backward Compatible is tough because it’s a huge departure and what if I alienate people?
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Just that I really hate marketing! J
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be yourself. For a long time, I had this idea that I had to be this concept and not a real person. But that’s exhausting. And if people don’t like me because I’m sarcastic and moody, too bad. Because I’m also pretty awesome under all that! (Kind of kidding.)
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading anything I wrote.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies
Playing Xbox and hanging out with my cats.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I really like indie movies. And I love The Big Bang Theory and Chuck, although it’s gone now.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Pizza, purple, and punk (I also like alliteration)
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Well, I have done a lot. Finance/accounting, teaching, mental health counseling… but I really, really want to be a curator at the Met in New York. So if anyone just wants to give me that job I am completely unqualified for, that would be cool.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?