Author Interview: Sarah Anne Carter
1. What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve been writing stories since I was a little girl. When I was 10, I had a teacher who encouraged me to write more and even submitted some of my poetry to an anthology for military children and they were published. I also love to read and always hoped one day, it would be my book I’d see on the shelf.
2. What's your favourite book of all time?
I read so much in so many different genres, it’s hard to pick one favorite. I have loved How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell as a child, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte as a teen, The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans as a young adult and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer as an adult.
3. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Make writing a priority and do it often! Schedule the time to write so that it gets done. It’s easier to write a little bit every day than a lot every once in a while.
4. What is the most frustrating thing about being an author?
It is very frustrating to try and get published today. It’s hard to find an agent. I’m glad there are other ways to publish today, but then it can be hard to market your book.
5. What's your favourite movie?
I love fairy tales that involve history and romance, so my favorite movies are First Knight, Sommersby and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
6. What's better, dogs or cats?
I have always been a cat person! I love how they can be independent yet let you know when they want attention.
7. If money was no object, how would you spend your life?
I would travel around the world and write.
8. Do you draw from personal experiences when you write?
I usually find inspiration from some small nugget of something that happens or I see or read in my own life. The Ring is based on some of my experience being a military wife and, unfortunately, current events where we are still losing military members overseas.
9. What is more important? Strong characters or a strong storyline?
I don’t think you can choose between the two. Both the characters and the storyline have to be strong to take the reader into the story.
10. What advice would you give to first time writers when submitting their work to publishers or literary agents?
Edit your work thoroughly first and have a few people read through it. Present your best work!
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