Welcome to The Five Question Interview series on Another Hartman Author! I decided it was time to pay it forward but didn’t know how. I don’t have any free books to give away. Nor do I have editing skills someone would covet. So The Five Question Interview was born! Its mission: to give back to the writing community one interview at a time. Without further adieu, let’s learn a little bit about:
How do you manage your time between writing and normal life?
I usually write later in the evening around 7:00 pm. I’m pretty busy – I work a full time job as a front-end developer and marketer and then part time, I also moonlight as a pet sitter and dog walker. Thankfully, most of my pet clients are low-key so if I’m staying over with them, I can usually sit down and write.
Otherwise, I squeeze in time during my break at work. I write mostly digital and use Scrivener or Google Docs. I carry around my iPad when I’m traveling to make it easier to write and I also have laptops and a desktop to use.
Cake, pie or neither?
Probably pie. Cake gets a little dull after a while, the texture is a lot to handle. But pie can come in lots of different forms and a lot of different combinations. Plus you can’t go wrong with fruit and chocolate or peanut butter!
What genre(s) do you write? Do you ever experiment with anything outside your comfort zone?
I mainly write (and read) young adult science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. As an adult, I haven’t branched into adult that much. I don’t know, I just find the young adult market to be much more exciting. I would love to see more New Adult as well, so a lot of my characters are in that range of 20-somethings.
I do sometimes experiment outside of my comfort zone. I would love to write a thriller, mystery, or even a rom com some day. But I think I need to read more in those genres before I can write them. I’ve started trying to put a little more mystery into my current stuff.
Are there any authors who’ve influenced your work?
What books of theirs do you recommend?
I LOVE anything by Tamora Pierce. Hands down, read everything you can get your hands on from her. It’s all amazing high fantasy. Otherwise, I absolutely loved Liani Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Her writing style was absolutely beautiful. I have been trying to read more of her work. I also love The Sight and other books by David Clement-Davies. Wonderfully written. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee is another beautifully written novel.
For science fiction, I love almost everything I’ve gotten my hands on from Scott Westerfeild. And I have a collection of science fiction short stories I love. Otherwise, I try to read widely in my favorite genres and I’m inspired by books that take creative looks at tropes. Like Marissa Meyer’s lunar chronicles I loved because it looks known fairy tale tropes and completely did something creative with them.
What’s the hardest lesson you had to learn when it comes to writing? Do you have any advice for those just beginning their journeys?
Not everything you write will be great and sometimes you won’t like the story anymore by the time you finish.
For beginning writers, I would say finding a support network is key to not going insane. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary adventure.
My second piece of advice would be to read widely and not just in your genre. And experiment with what you write.
My third piece of advice is to learn as much as you can about writing. Follow blogs and other writers. Don’t give up and remember that everyone started where you are at one point. You’re doing great no matter what stage you’re at. If you’re looking for a community, there are a lot of writing community websites out there to join, Twitter is also great, and feel free to contact me about the group I’m apart of.
Sarah Price (who writes under Sareh Lovasen and can also be found under her alternate name spelling, Sareh Price) is a young adult/ new adult author focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. She’s been published in 3 editions of her university’s literary magazine, published a collection of short stories, and has experience as a journalist reporting on local news and as a blogger. She can be found at her local library or hanging out with like-minded people online or in person. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing video games, programming, designing, kendo, volunteering, activism, hanging out with animals, blogging, and of course, writing novels. Contact her through her website www.sarehprice.com or via her email sarehprice at gmail dot com.
Link to her epub file of my short stories: MISS DIRECTION.
*for reading pleasure only, do not copy and replicate somewhere else*