Sarah Tate [stswiss]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I began reading at an early age and was an Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl fan as a child. My all time favourite book is Jane Eyre I discovered my creative writing flair at school and have written poetry since I could pick up a pen. I've always written poems as a way of expressing myself, and this then naturally graduated to writing short stories as time went by. I've now written two books based on real life experiences, and am about to commence writing my first novel.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
I've have very eclectic taste but I love psychological thrillers and historical fiction.
My main website is www.sarahtateauthor.com and you can check out my blog at:
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I'm very much 'in the zone' when I write and I found with both books that they almost took me over whilst writing. Both were penned relatively quickly. I find once I know which direction I'm going to take with my writing, the rest falls into place and I cannot stop until I've completed the project.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Well, with my first book I was very much inspired by reading similar stories of abuse and survival. It made me want to get an important message out there which may help others who find themselves in the same situation.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Sharply drawn characters the reader can relate to, warts and all. A sequence of events which keep the reader wanting to read on for more, and an honest protagonist who the reader can empathise with.
What well known writers do you admire most?
The Brontè sisters, Jodi Picoult, Cornwell, Jane Austin, Robert Browning, Stephen King, Cecilia Ahern, and I'm currently fascinated by Emma Donoghue
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Well, myself. Certainly the first two books were born of the idea to 'self therapy'. Now I am getting credited for my work I want to write more and reach a wider audience.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
For me it most certainly is, and I think it always will be. I definitely believe some of my best poems have been written when I was hurting. That's when the raw emotion comes through and it makes the work believable and honest.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes, very much. I love to read what people think about my work. Constructive criticism is essential if you are to grow as a writer.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes, I have two people who's opinion I value who take a look at my work as I write it. Their encouragement and advise keeps me focused.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I believe I was searching for it for many years, and I have most definitely found it now!
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I'm quite strict with myself and I set myself ambitious deadlines without being unrealistic. But like I've said, once I get going I can't stop until it's done.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Nothing. Just me, the laptop and my notes.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write onto the laptop. I do not print but I back up each chapter as it is completed. I correct on screen.
What are you working on now?
I'm just completing the final edit of my second book 'Renaissance - A Journal of Discovery'. Once that's done I intend to begin work on 'In the shadow of an Angel' straight away.