We are so hon to have the lovely, talented Sarah Dosher here.
1. What inspired you to write?
I’ve always wanted to write, but honestly I never thought that writing a novel was
something I’d be able to do. But seeing other new indie authors gave me hope I could at least get my story down on paper, even if it sucked in the end.
I heard Blown Away by Carrie Underwood one afternoon and immediately the
story for Dean and Lily came to me. I knew that was the time to finally put something down on paper.
2. What advice would you give new writers?
Start writing! Don’t wait until you think you are ready or your story is complete, just start writing. That’s what a writer does, they write! The entire story will come to you and flow as you continue to get the words out of your head and onto paper.
3. What is your favourite part of any book?
I would say the happily ever after, but then that would mean the book was over and that is definitely my least favourite part. The climaxing and then the resolution
are definitely the most fun part to read as well as write.
4. When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
Yes, to some extent.
Lily Grace: Lily means purity and Grace is pretty self explanatory.
Dean Haven: Dean means from the valley. So my interpretation of valley is low area, or in my Dean’s case a low, depressional state. Haven, of course, means a place of safety or refuge.
Kolby: which is the name of their town means dark or darkness.
5. How many people did you talk to when you were researching?
Not too many. I did a lot of my own research for things on the internet and then would run certain topics by friends that had knowledge in a particular area.
I also made it a point not to venture too far from my comfort zone with
my first book.
6. Who was the most helpful person you interviewed and what did they tell you?
Probably the most helpful person I talked to was a friend that works in social services and deals with child welfare. Lily relationship with her father is the basis of a lot of the book. I needed to know the ins and outs of how the child welfare system worked and what exactly would happen in Lily’s case. I wanted it to be believable. I know that to some it still does not seem like enough action was taken, but I can assure you that my research was done and verified.
7. Would you ever write a book of a different genre?
Absolutely. I already have a paranormal in the works but currently on hold. It was actually meant to be my second book, but it just didn’t feel right as the follow-up for HftS. Then I got the idea to continue HftS as a series and instantly knew that was right because it felt right.
8.Do you have any further books planned?
Currently I have 4 more books planned. The two to finish out the Storms of Life series (the next being Sanctuary from the Darkness which is Adley and Derek’s story), a paranormal romance, and then a more edgy contemporary romance. But I get book ideas everyday that I jot down in my notebooks.
9. Five words to describe your next book?
Happily ever after
10. If you could work with another Author who and why?
Oh man that’s a tough question. I don’t now that I’ll ever be one to write a book with someone, and I love the authors that I currently talk to on a daily basis and assist me in whatever I may need. I love to make new author friends
because I think we each have something we can learn from each other no matter
the size of the lesson.
11. Top 5 books/authors
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
Easy by Tammara Webber
The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
It’s very hard to list just 5, but these are novels/authors that really stick with
me. Their novels get under my skin and really make me think. I like novels with a lesson in them that go deeper.
12. How often do you take a break from writing?
All the time. Anytime the words aren’t flowing I stop. Towards the end of
HftS I stopped for about two weeks because the words just weren’t there for
me. I knew exactly how it would end, I just couldn’t get it down on paper like I wanted. I deleted pages over and over and finally just took a break and
read. Reading helps me by moving into another world for awhile before coming back to my own.
13. How do you spend that free time?
Reading, obviously. Sleeping! Watching tv, playing with my 3 year old twins, hanging out with my husband and family. Playing on Facebook. Nothing exciting, I’m very much a homebody.
Thank you so much for taking your time to interview with us. We love Haven from the storm.