Hi Sarah, thanks for coming over today. I loved your debut book, Getting Wild. I was hoping to read more about the characters in this book. Can we convince you to write a sequel?
Thank you J It was certainly fun to write. There is a strong possibility of a sequel.
What’s next on the horizon for you book wise?
I have a new novel coming out in June titled ‘Deadly Secrets’. It’s a lot of fun, but being a romantic suspense, it also has a darker side and more than a few scary moments…
You’re heavily involved in the rural lifestyle. What do you like about living on the land?
Everything. I love the land, the animals, the space. I even love the physical work.
Where do you do your best work?
In my sunroom, with a cup of coffee beside me. From there I can look out over the property and dream up my stories. But only once the animals are all fed, the kids are at school and enough of the housework is done that I don’t feel guilty that I’m not doing any.
Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants writer?
A little of both. I generally start with the characters. I have them pretty solid in my mind before I write anything. Then a build a loose plot around them, and start writing. Sometimes things pan out as I expected, sometimes their stories takes some major detours. I like that about writing fiction.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Seriously? OK, how about… generally reasonably normal?
How do you come by your ideas?
I’ve been told I have an over-active imagination. Always have. But I figure that’s a good thing…
What advice do you have for writer’s just starting out?
Don’t do what I did. I started writing in my teens, but was too scared to even tell anyone about it, let alone try and have anything published! It took me twenty years to submit a manuscript and when I did, it was picked up straight away. Then how silly did I feel! You need to get your work out there and not worry about what anyone else thinks. And make time to read. A lot.
How important do you think it is to belong to a writers group or hang out with likeminded people?
It’s incredibly important: for learning, expanding your ideas, improving your writing and feeling like you’re part of the industry. Simply having a chance to discuss your writing with other writers – with people that have your same interests, is priceless.
Bio: Sarah Barrie lives with her husband and children in a rural area on the Central Coast of NSW. She divides her time between writing, being a mum and her position as editor at Vink Publishing. When she finds a spare moment or two, she enjoys spending time with her Arabian horses and the various other animals that call the farm home. Though her writing career has traditionally revolved around producing articles for various publications, her true passion lies in fiction and she enjoys writing contemporary romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00EB603BA