Name : Sarah Robinson
Age: 24 (25 on Sept 23rd!!)
Where are you from: Originally born in the Washington, DC area then moved up and down the east coast for a while but then came back to DC and have been here for almost 8 years now!!
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc
-I was born the oldest of 5 children and left home at an early age. Have you ever heard the phrase, it takes a village to raise a child? Well that was me! My grandmothers and aunts had a huge part in raising me since my mother left when I was young. They all stepped in and became my mothers. I feel like I have more mothers than most people and it is wonderful! My father and younger siblings live in New Jersey now and are doing very well, I try to visit as often as I can. One of my sisters in on her way to becoming the world’s youngest master sommelier- she is my best friend!
I went to college for 7 years after high school and received a Bachelors in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology. I’ve worked every job possible from waitress, to retail, to tutoring, to resume writing, to therapist, and the list goes on. Now I work writing grants for a national cancer research foundation attempting to provide funding for ground breaking cancer research.
In 2012, I met a wonderful man online and met him a week later. Two weeks later we were living together, a few short months later we were engaged, and then we eloped and have now been married for 6 months! He is a police officer and the love of my life! We live in Fairfax, Virginia with our 2 dogs, 3 cats, 4 kittens, 5 turtles, and an insane amount of baby fish.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
-My latest news would be that my 3rd book, Tainted Pictures (The Photographer Trilogy, #2) is being released on April 18th!! This entire month will be jam packed with daily blog takeovers, giveaways, promotions, and other exciting events!! April 18-25th will be the official blog tour for the book release! I am extremely excited- this book has gotten amazing reviews already. I can’t wait for the world to read it!! If you haven’t read Tainted Bodies (The Photographer Trilogy, #1), hurry up!! April 18th is almost here!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
-I have been writing since I was a child, since as long as I can remember. I wrote poetry for a long time and was published quite a few times for that in literary magazines. Then I moved on to writing prose and longer worker and things spiraled from there. I love to write, because it’s an emotional release, a distraction from reality, a way to stop the characters running around in my head! I have so many stories just floating around, if I didn’t write them down I think I would go nuts!! Plus my writing is all about redemption, love, loss, and hope…it’s stories that I hope a broken person would read and become whole again. I want my stories to bring people the same peace and healing that they have brought me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
-The very first time I held the paperback copy of my first book in my hands. I couldn’t even believe I was looking at my book. A full freaking book! By me! In my hands! Yeah, that was definitely the moment.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
-Poverty! Weird answer, I know, but I had been laid off and was writing short stories for a publisher for a while when they asked if I was interested in earning more money through writing a full length novel. I jumped at the chance not realizing how much I would love it. Here we are now, 3 books later!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
-I think my writing style has slowly evolved with each book and as I have grown in my skill set. I think I often write in the third person though and I am very descriptive. I want to paint a full image in the reader’s mind. I also draw a lot from my psychology background to show the depth of a character and the intricacies of humans and their flaws.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
-Sand & Clay was based off the last names of the characters as well as the mixing of those two elements and how that represents those characters. The Photographer Trilogy was named based off the main villain in the book (The Photographer) and the books all have the word “Tainted” in them which you can only understand once you have read the book and experienced what Kate experienced.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
-Flaws and forgiveness. My characters are not meant to be loved the whole time. They are meant to be disliked, irritating, endearing, heartwarming, loving, and every other emotion possible. Just like your relationship with any human being- it’s never black and white. I like to show characters that make huge mistakes, like seriously moral wrongs, but show you how they redeem themselves from that. We all make mistakes, we are all flawed, we are all tainted. Life is about what you do with that, do you grow out of your mistakes or do you fall under the pressure?
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
-Sand & Clay is a rockstar romance and entirely fiction. Tainted Bodies is about 75% a true story. The remaining two books in the trilogy are complete fiction though because the true story doesn’t have as kind of an ending or as dramatic as an ending as Kate does.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
-The Photographer Trilogy definitely is. I know the people who the characters are based off of and was involved in their lives during the ordeal and witnessed everything.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
– I think it would be impossible for me to pick one. My favorite book growing up was from middle school and it was called The Cay by Theodore Taylor. I don’t know why that book stuck with me so much but it was the most emotionally powerful book I have ever read.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
-To be honest, I don’t think I had one. I really think I went into this on my own. It wasn’t until the last two months before my third book came out that I even began meeting other authors. Once I did meet other authors, I quickly found many great friends and wonderful inspirations!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
-I just finished reading Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover and Waking Up by Renee Dyer. Now I just started Black Box by Cassia Leo!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
-I don’t know about new authors, but I have recently discovered people like Pepper Winters, Ella Fox, Cassia Leo, Renee Dyer, and some other fabulous indies whose characters I have fallen in love with!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
– I am currently finishing the final book in The Photographer Trilogy and starting a stand-alone book after that. The book after this trilogy has me so excited, it is an AMAZING story.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
-My fans! My readers!! They are my support and everything I will ever need.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
-I hope so, maybe one day! It’s not financially feasible right now, but you never know. I love my current job so I am in no rush.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
-Nope. Not a thing.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
-It was always an artistic and creative outlet for me. I just always enjoyed it. I grew up reading all the time because we didn’t have a television so I just loved it!
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
-All I can say is to get Tainted Pictures on April 18th!! And read Tainted Bodies before that! You have to get it DAY OF in order to not hear the spoilers about how insanely dramatic and intense this book is! It’s so good!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
-Finding the time to write when I don’t have to work and I am also not too exhausted to stare at a computer screen. Life is busy!
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
-Currently I love the author of the Hunger Games. I know that might sound cliché since everyone and their mother will say that right now but I really loved those books. The story was unique, it was thrilling, it was heartwarming, it was heart breaking. It approached the world in an entirely new way and it had a happy ending that wasn’t even a happy ending. She was able to capture so much into this fictional story that most writers wouldn’t be able to tackle.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
-I have a few signings scheduled for next year (2015) but I have not had to travel as of yet since I am still so new.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
-My previous published designed my first two covers. Tainted Pictures cover was designed by the fabulous and brilliant author and graphic designer S.K. Hartley.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
-Handing it over to the beta readers. It’s so difficult to hand over that piece of yourself and expose your work to the world. You just don’t know how people will react to it and my books are my babies!
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
-That not everyone will like me and my books. The topics I approach are difficult and some people have had life experiences or have personalities that just don’t make them emotionally capable of absorbing my work the way it is meant to be taken. Some people have found the subject matter to be too difficult but that’s life. Life is difficult and I write reality.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
-Don’t read bad reviews and just keep writing. Never stop.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
-I just want to thank them for all that they have ever done for me and for just supporting me. The love and dedication of some of my fans has just been overwhelming. I love them all and wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
-Probably the Bible! I am not sure, but I have been reading since I was very young.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
-Reading and being with my pets. I have a lot of pets and I adore them all!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
-Anything comedic I love. I love thrillers and suspense, but not gory and no zombies ever never ever. I love romantic comedies and some dramas. I love a lot of ABC shows like Grey’s Anatomy!
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
-Any Greek food, my ancestors knew how to cook! My favorite color is blue! I love almost all music but I do have a certain silly affinity for musicals! I think I know every word of Phantom of the Opera by heart.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
-I would probably still be working as a counselor/therapy.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?