Topic: Author Interview
Sara Thacker the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Kind, Intense, Leader
2. How do you think others would describe you?
I think people would describe me as funny but driven. They would say that I'm generous and caring. I will step up and take the leadership role in most situations so some people might see me as pushy while others are glad that they don't have to lead.
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
Jesus is the first thing I am passionate about. The other is serving at my church.
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
We have a dog, Jackie. She's a puggle. Her pictures can be found at http://jackiethepuggle.blogspot.com
5. What is your most precious memory?
My most precious memory was the day I gave birth to my daughter. We decided to have her at a birthing center. The center was housed in an older home that was decorated in period peaces. Not at all the kind of style I have my house decorated in, but it was wonderful to give birth under the white canopy of the old bed in a room decorated 19th century furnishings.
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
There are so many to choose from. Until about 8 years ago, some words just didn't make sense to me. I could see the letter but they just didn't come together unless I could put my finger under them. Ordering from a menu on the wall has always been difficult. Carob chips were absolutely murder for me to pronounce. The ‘B' shifted spots in my brain and I just couldn't pronounce it. I know, what am I doing writing a book if I can't even read correctly and letters jump around? I have to edit, edit, edit just to make sure I don't have the letters wrong and say quiet instead of quite. I've mispronounced so many words and it's so embarrassing. Thank God for spell check and grammar check, if only I had one of those for when I talk.
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
Maybe forensics. But I'm not sure I could stand the detail work. If not forensics then I'd work at Starbucks. I love the atmosphere. All of those people in and out, it would be fun.
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
She loved the Lord with all of her heart. Sara used
to the limit the powers that God granted her; she was worthy of love
and respect. Her life has been lived well and there are no regrets.
(I paraphrased some from Eleanor Roosevelt)
Sara Thacker the writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
When I held my first paperback, Coiled Revenge, in my hand, that's when it hit me as being for "real."
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
Edits, lots of edits. Once I finish editing Smooth Lies and Princess Slave, I'll get back to work on writing a political thriller. I'm also working on getting a Christmas story up on my website in the next few days.
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
I would like to be able to finish two full length novels a year and about five shorts under my Sara York name.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
Lots of coffee. I try to wake up before everyone else does. This only works for me about half of the time. When I'm in hammer down mode I try to wake up at about four in the morning. I'll work until the kids get up. Then I'm mom until about mid afternoon. Once they settle down and as long as we don't have to go somewhere, I can work for about an hour. If I have a specific deadline then I go to Starbucks, see more coffee, and work there for a few hours.
13. Why do you write?
I love making up stories. I think I would have been a Bard if I had been born before there was widespread access to paper and pens. I love the enjoyment that people get from reading a new story. Bringing hope and love to others is very rewarding.
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
I've recently become more aware of Stephen King's influence in my work. Not that I'm into gore like he is, but in my suspense books you get a bit of gore. Lisa Gardner and Debbie Macomber both have influenced my writing. Mrs. Macomber inspires me the most though. Her personal story is amazing and the stories she writes are filled with wonder and love.
15. How do you define your writing?
My suspense novels are dark. They focus more on the deep, dark recesses of the human mind. My work as Sara York is dark erotic.
16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
Wow, fifty years. Hopefully I'll still be working. I want my work to stay contemporary to the time. So I hope that people will say that my writing is relevant. I hope that people will still want to read my work and that I'll be able to encourage others to become more than what they were before.
Sara Thacker the details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
The best way to reach me is to click the email me button on my website.
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
The only book that is out right now is Coiled Revenge. Early next year Smooth Lies will be out and my Sara York line will have Princess Slave.
20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
They can expect a spine tingling ride that will leave them wishing they'd slept with the lights on.
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
Life is too short to waste. If I could leave people with one thought it would be to encourage them to seek their dreams. You control your attitude and your actions are determined by you. If you don't like what you see in your life, then change what you are doing. Remember that you can make your dreams come true.