Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Hi Fiona, thank you for inviting me!
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Sarah J. Brooks, I’m 30 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in Florida,but I love to travel and can’t stay in one place long, so I would describe my life as one big Eurotrip.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I grew up on a farm actually, that’s why I love animals. Unfortunately my parents went through a divorce when I was 14, but I still have a very good relationship with both of them. Other than that, I love my little dog Maya who always sleeps on my lap when I write 😀
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
A few days ago, the box set I was working on with 15 of my friends/authors was published, I was privileged to write a short story called “Damaged” that was a part of it. At the moment, I am writing a book that will be published in about two weeks (hopefully).
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Books were my main interest ever since I was a little girl. I loved reading, so one day I decided to write my own story, just to see if I can. This was a few years ago and I started publishing in 2015.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The first time I told myself – Oh wow, I’m a writer – is when I saw my name on the cover of the book. To this day, I am always so happy when someone tells me how much they loved my book and talk about their emotions while reading them. Don’t get me wrong, I also appreciate negative feedback, because I can learn something from every feedback I get.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Love, do I need to say more? My first book was inspired by this guy I was involved with. No, he wasn’t a billionaire, but there are some similarities to the character from my first book.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first book is called “Why He Wants It” and it just came to me from a conversation I had with a friend of mine. At the time, my relationship was almost finished and she said – You need to figure out why he wants it. This IT being to break up. I was very young and kept asking myself what I did wrong, I had my insecurities just like every other woman.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I think I have a certain writing style. The thing that changed with years is the way I describe my characters. When I just started writing, I think I gave more attention to the plot than to the characters, but now I try to level the two. The challenges vary, sometimes the challenge is to write anything at all, sometimes it’s to stop writing, but I think that every authors has his/her doubts when it comes to the story – Will the readers like it? Will I make someone angry? and many more.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
This is a very complex question. Since I write about bad boys and billionaires, businessmen, there are some elements of reallife, but most of it is just a figment of my imagination. I just write the stories that I would read myself.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Well, actually, no, I don’t HAVE TO, but, as I already mentioned, I like to travel. My books are written in many different places, you couldn’t imagine. A part of my book called “His Huge Rock” has been written at an airport, because my flight got delayed, so I managed to somehow find a spot to plug my laptop in and just started writing.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Actually a good friend of mine, who is also called Sarah, is an awesome designer.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My books are meant to be a way to escape reality. For the past few years, I have been in touch with my readers and heard so many different stories about their lives and most of them work so hard, they deserve to relax, to let go. I like to say – pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy reading. So, the message would be – You deserve to take some time off, you deserve to love yourself and to just put everything else aside and read.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
This question is pretty hard to answer. There are so many new authors in my genre, I’ve tried to keep up with their work, but at some point, it became impossible. I like to get to know new authors and just touch base with them, I am always open to promote their books, but what I like most is when one of my readers becomes an author. This just reminds me of my own story J
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend, who I know ever since we were little. She always believed in me, even at those times when I had my doubts and thought about giving up. She is the one who listened to me talk, I cried on her shoulder and owe her a lot. I’m sure she will read this, so I don’t want to mention her name. Love you, M.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I certainly do.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
When I hit publish, I usually remember that I could’ve changed something. Sometimes it drives me crazy, but that’s the way I am.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
During the time when I was working on my latest book, I got to spend some more time in casual conversations with a few of my fellow authors, which was really refreshing, we talked about life and everything that came to mind, for a change.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Let’s say my book “The Deal” was supposed to be made into a movie. In this book, there is an older guy called Jason, he would be played by George Clooney and the young girl, Anna, would be played by Blake Lively. I just like her and I can see him playing this part very well.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Eat regularly, sleep more, cut down on the coffee, look for inspiration in the nature, in other people. If it’s not your day, don’t force it and try not to stress too much.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I think my readers know how much I love and appreciate them, because I call all of them my VIPs, I like to pamper them, give them lots of free books to read, talk to them, hear their stories and support them and even though I do thank them from time to time, I think I would like to do it again, so THANK YOU for every kind word, every comment, every review, every like, every heart and every kiss. You mean the world to me!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am reading J.H. Croix’s new book called “Burn For Me”. This is one of the authors I am friends with and we support each other very much.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes. “The Little Prince” was the first book I ever read. It also had some doodles I made on most of the pages, I loved to do that, to this day, I doodle when I talk on the phone with someone for a longer period of time.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A good joke, GIF, meme, picture makes me laugh. Injustice, a sad movie, a sad story makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
To be honest, one day I’d like to talk to Brendon Burchard in person. He’s one of the best personal development coaches in the world and I often watch his videos on youtube when I need some inspiration.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I like to watch DIY videos and make some of those stuff at my home and I recently started to experiment with cooking.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Give me a rom-com with a HEA and that’s enough for me.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I recently started liking pizza again, the color pink (you can notice that on my logo and in my newsletter) and as for music – I listen to almost everything, from pop, rock to classical, depending of the mood.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I can’t imagine that kind of future.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She was happy.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I think the best way to connect with me is to join my newsletter. I try to answer each mail I receive personally. You can join @ http://www.sarahjbrooks.com/
I also have a Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/sjbrooksauthor
Thank you again for inviting me!