Name / Sara Drake
Age / 40
Where are you from / Bedford UK
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc / Married to Ben for 8 years have two young boys with him and have four older children from a previous marriage. Left school at 16 with English my favourite subject. Have pretty much spent my whole life in Bedford, but dream of being able to live somewhere with better weather.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have been writing a collection of poems recently that I am thinking of putting into a book. I have entered one, titled Hell’s wife on Tallenge and I am also writing a second novel.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I would always daydream about stories and plots, finally about five years ago I decided to try and write them down.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably in the last two years.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My brother knew I was writing stories and told me he had an idea about soul mates being reincarnated. My response to him was it has been done before, but that night, I started thinking about Quest for Eden.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Freestyle I would say.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I went through a few that did not feel right, but finally settled on this one after it summed the book up in just a few words.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That we are never truly alone and to never give up.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I think it is only realistic in the fact that as humans we seek out special bonds with others.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes a few, I think all writers go through life and think oh that could fit in my story.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
PS I Love you By Cecelia Ahern and Dick-King-Smith books.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just started The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Clark West Cooper.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Other than the poetry, a novel called Empty Shell.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes I do.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No I don’t believe so.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When I was 9 I started reading Dick-King-Smith books and remember thinking I would like to write stories like this.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is a poem I did just today.
I tried to digest his beating heart
It made me sick now I see them hiding in the dark
Somehow I destroyed all my inner spark
But life was never a complete walk in the park
Tears of blood fall like rubies from my eyes
I don’t ever like saying too many goodbyes
A thousand secrets were sold in his blood ties
My soul is cursed now by so many lies
My only true enemy is the tick of time
Each stolen breath almost a crime
But even I will hear deaths chime
It will pull me towards its enchanting rhyme
All I seek is a parole for my soul
To be able to fill this gaping hole
Remove my heart from this lump of coal
Make my darkness have to claim on the dole
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Wanting to be different.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Anne Rice her imagination seems endless, she also writes whatever she wants even if means taking a risk.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No not yet, but hopefully.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
For Quest for Eden I came up with the idea it was then designed by Leah Hutchinson.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Juggling writing with kids and family life.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That you need to listen to other people’s criticism, but have real faith in your writing.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
If it is from inside your heart never give up!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy what I write and take something from it that will stay with you.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Magnus Power mouse by Dick-King-Smith.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Watching movies, reading, listening to music and going new places.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Vampire diaries, Originals, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Ring movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Chinese food/ colour blue/ Safety Suit, Bo Bruce, Rebecca Ferguson.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Worked with children.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? Not yet but hopefully soon, at the moment I only have a Facebook page for Quest For Eden