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21 Aug

A housewife of 3 kids who believes that fantasy has no boundary, meet Sarah Sanchez…

 

JR: Tell us about yourself, and how would you describe yourself?

ST: I am from Dallas, TX.  I love Texas. I am married and have three kids. I have a bachelor of arts in Spanish from the University of North Texas. Mexico is my second home, I love the people, the culture and of course the food.  Reading had always been a passion and I love hiking and being outdoors. And of course, I write!

 

JR: When did you first realise you want to be a writer? Who spotted that talent and what was the first thing you do knowing that?

ST: I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until I was in my twenties.  It had taken me a while to get here.  I wrote a few books that will never see the light of day.  However, I kept writing, until I got Sunwalker.  It’s a YA vampire novel.  It’s got excitement, suspense, a little romance.  It was the first book that I really liked everything as it came together.

 

JR: Do you have any formal education in creative writing? Do you think formal education in writing is necessary?

ST: I don’t have any formal education in writing.  I took honors English in high school, and the required English classes in college, but that’s about it.  I feel like the most important characteristics for a writer to have are imagination and perseverance.  You need an original idea, and then you have to be willing to put in the work to get it there.   If you’re like me and you don’t always get your comma’s in the right place, then find a good editor.

 

JR: Are you a full-time author? Do you have other activities as main source of income? How do you organise your schedule and time in writing a book?

ST: I would love to write full time, but at the moment it is just my side job.  I work part-time for a school district and want to be there for my kids.  Hopefully in a few years I can shift into full time.

 

JR: What made you decide to start writing something? What or who influences you?

ST: I really just started writing to see if I could.  Once I typed out my first book, it gave me the confidence to keep going.  If I get an idea I see how far it will take me, it doesn’t always result in a novel.  Most my ideas end after a few chapters, and are just put on a shelf, possibly for a later time.

 

JR: What is the greatest lesson you have learned and/or greatest achievement you have reached as a writer?

ST: The most important thing I have learned is to keep writing.  Sometimes things have to be reworked and a complete rewrite is necessary.  Don’t rush it.  Work at it until it is the best book you can put forward.  Take your time and keep at it.

 

JR: Do you have habits in writing? Any specific time and/or place to write?

ST: With three kids, I write whenever I can find a spare minute.  It can’t be too quiet.  I need music on or even the tv on low in the background.  Chocolate doesn’t hinder my writing process either.

 

Sunwalker (Sunwalker Trilogy Book 1JR: How long do you normally finish writing a book? What is the hardest part in the process?

ST: My first book Sunwalker took about a year to write and then another year of beta readers, editing and then getting it published.  The Portal Keeper, another novel, I finished the first draft in under a month, which is incredibly fast for me.  So, it just depends.

The hardest part is letting others read my work.  Especially the drafts.  It feels very intimate to me.  I am sharing something I have poured countless hours over.  It’s very personal.  Everyone has a different opinion.  Not everyone will like it.  That’s the hardest part.

 

JR: Do you have professional editors to furnish your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

ST: I have an excellent edit, just don’t keep her too busy.  I still have lots for her to do.

Her Name is Courtney Johansson, you can contact her via e-mail.

Cjohanssonedits@gmail.com

 

JR: How do you think you have evolved creatively?

ST: I write fantasy, so I really think I get more creative with each book.  That’s what I love about fantasy, there are no limits.

 

JR: Do you ever face Writer’s Block? If you do, how did you overcome the situation?

ST: I think everyone gets writer’s block at one time or another.  I find the best remedy, is to take a break.  Go do something you enjoy, and come back to it.  Eventually it passes.

 

JR: Do you have professional designer to design the cover and/or interior of your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

ST: I am really blessed in this department.  My editor Courtney Johansson is also an amazing cover designer.  I almost don’t want to recommend her.  I am afraid once people realize how talented she is, she won’t have time to work with me anymore.

 

JR: How do you involve in promoting your books? Any marketing technique you can share?

ST: I am just starting out.  So far goodreads and facebook has been a great start.  Really word of mouth is the best.  Find people to read your book and ask them to write honest reviews.

 

JR: Give your thoughts about traditional publishing Vs. self-publishing?

ST: I am an indie author, so I haven’t had any experience with traditional.  I am sure there are benefits.  I love that with self-publishing I am in control of everything.  Don’t waste your money on a self-publishing company.  Save that money for advertising.  You can do everything they can do for a lot less money.

 

JR: How many books have you written (published and non-published)?

ST: Sunwalker book 1 of the Sunwalker Trilogy, is my only published novel.  I currently have two in editing.  Nightwalker book 2 of the trilogy, which should be out in Spring 2018 and The Portal Keeper, which I don’t have a release date set for yet.

 

JR: What genre that you normally write, and what draws you to this genre? Do you always write in the same genre?

ST: Fantasy, Fantasy, Fantasy.  I love it because there are not boundaries.  Anything can happen.  I am trying my hand an action/suspense novel, but it is quite different to write in a different genre.

 

JR: Of all the books that you have written down, which book that you think the best one? And what do you think readers will find most appealing about this book? What’s the “real story” behind this book?

ST: I love Sunwalker, maybe that’s why it was the first book I chose to publish.  It is a vampire novel with a twist.  I have always wanted to delve into the origin of vampires, and I get to do that here.  Lilly is a Sunwalker.  She is born through a rare genetic mutation.  She has human parents.  Lilly lives in a world where humans are aware of vampires.  They hunt them down and kill them.  So, Lilly has to pretend to be human.  There is a lot more to the story, she knows nothing about her kind, so she has to discover that, and the trouble that brings into her world.  It was fun to write, I have been getting good reviews, I hope readers will enjoy the ride.

 

JR: Any other works in progress?

ST: Nightwalker, the sequel to Sunwalker, and The Portal Keeper, a fantasy novel about a secret world, filled with magic and mayhem.

 

JR: What advice would you want to give to an aspiring writer?

ST: Don’t give up!  You will have good days and bad, ups and downs.  It’s work.  More than likely you will not be an overnight success.  Keep at it.  It’s worth it.  I love it when a reader comes up to me and tells me that they have enjoyed my book.  There is nothing like it.

 

JR: How can readers discover more about you and your works?

ST: They can visit any of these below

Website   facebook.com/sunwalkertrilogy

Blog   sunwalkertrilogy.blogspot.com

Email    mailto:sunwalkertrilogy@hotmail.com

Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/Sunwalker-Trilogy-S-T-Sanchez/dp/0999001612/

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sunwalker-s-t-sanchez/1126407829?ean=9780999001615

 

 

ST Sanchez