Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Sarah: I’m Sarah Baethge and I’m 36 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Sarah: I’m from Houston Texas.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Sarah: I got a scholarship to college, but never finished my time at school because I was in a bad car wreck. I started writing short stories as a way to amuse myself, and got into the easy internet self publishing.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Sarah: In June I’m crowdfunding the publication of the first full-length novel I’ve written so I recently put together a Facebook event for it: https://www.facebook.com/events/184703645501949/.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Sarah: I was reviewing other people’s books for awhile, but I kept thinking up ideas for story changes that I would like better, and one day I decided to try writing my own ideas down.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Satah: When I published my first book on Amazon. I had actually already put a few short stories on Smashwords, but I was never really serious about them.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Sarah: I was bored and writing seemed like a fun thing to do. As I had no other job, it seemed better to say I was a writer than to say I’m unemployed.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Sarah: I thought it sounded interesting. I’ve never had much of a problem coming up with titles.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Sarah: I like to write fantasy but I always try to work it so that it almost seems to be possible in this world.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Sarah: Not much, I try to have some of my characters react like I think I would, but my ideas are more of a game to amuse myself.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Sarah: I’ve never written anything that I needed to travel for.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I tried to make my own covers, but they just looked cheap, so I ended up using the KDP pre-made covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Sarah: Not really, I just like to have good things eventually happen to good people, and for the bad ones to get what they deserve.
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?
I like Stephen King because no matter how outrageous the idea of his stories get, he just goes along with his telling, as if there is no reason to even give it a second thought.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I like the people on Twitter some of whom are often interested when I talk about what I’m writing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Sarah: It’s what I’d like to do. I’m not really doing anything else, so I guess it is my career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think so. I like how it came out.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
What I enjoy apparently isn’t what impresses literary agents.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Sarah: I don’t know, how about Niel Patrick Harris?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Sarah: Wright what you enjoy!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Sarah: I’d be happy to explore any unconventional werewolf ideas that you think might make a good story. Tell me what you’d like to see.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Sarah: The passage by Justin Cronin.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Sarah: The first book with chapters that I read was one of the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. The first book at all? I don’t know. I had a lot of little kid picture books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Sarah: Stuff that sounds like it could actually be real can get to me.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Sarah: Let me meet Edgar Allen Poe, he wrote some interesting stuff.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Other than writing? I like to stay aware of current events.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like a lot of sci-fi. I know some people were disappointed in it, but I even liked the newest season of The X-files.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Sarah: I like cheese, yellow, and my Pandora station I’ve really tricked out so that it will play just about anything.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Sarah: I don’t have a clue…
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would like to spend the time with my little niece and nephew.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Something that would make its readers get out of a cemetary and stop focusing on death.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?