Today I am interviewing Sarah Williams, author of “The Brothers of Brigadier Station. This romance novel is the first book Sarah has published and her up and coming book launch will at Riverway Arts Center (in Townsville) on the 9th of June at 6.30pm.
You can find her website at sarahwilliamswriter.com
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was 14 when I read my first adult book. It was an historical romance by Janet Dailey called “This Calder Range”. I was hooked by page 4. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a writer.
What is the first book that made you cry?
That same book as above. It was very emotional.
Were you good at English?
I was average. I’m still not good with grammar.
Which writers inspire you?
I read voraciously so it changes a lot! Barbara Hannay and Joanna Penn are my “mentors” One for writing and one for business.
What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?
Romance. I love a good love story.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when the muse is flowing?
I try to write at least 4 days a week. I can usually get 1000 words in an hour on a first draft. Editing takes a lot longer though.
Where do your ideas come from?
I have way too many ideas. I get them from talking to people, watching TV, reading magazines. I have an ideas book which is almost full.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you? If someone else, how did you choose them?
I read my book several times while editing. I also read it aloud to myself. When I am happy with it I send it to my editors then beta readers.
Tell us about the cover and how it came about? Who designed your book cover?
I looked at a lot of other rural romance covers and thought hard about what I wanted it to portray. The man in my story needs to remain a mystery so he is a darkened figure. My designer is also my formatter. Her name is Lana Pecherczyk and I met her through the Romance Writers of Australia. I have made a lot of contacts through this amazing organisation.
What do you think of “trailers” for books? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I made my own youtube trailer. Was really easy and free. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk2AUrZwyZWZ68Eyviku5TA
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Getting the language and voice right. My heros are all from the outback so there is their accent and slang. In the end, because my book is aimed for the US market (with US spelling) I had to take out most of the slang but still try to keep their Aussie voice.
Do you hide any family secrets or jokes in your books that only a few people will know about?
No, but everyone keeps asking me if this is a true story! No, it’s fiction.
How do you relax?
Netflix and Foxtel.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Nope. Butt in the chair, hands on the keyboard. You can’t edit a blank page.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I plan to publish 2 books a year, every year. I would love to see my stories on TV or movies. This is my career and I love it.
What, if any, literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
We went out to Julia Creek for research when I was still outlining. I also go to the annual Romance Writers of Australia Conference. This year it’s in Brisbane.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about your genre?
That it’s trash. Romance is the biggest selling genre in the world and romance readers read heaps more than anyone else. The possibilities as a romance writer are endless and the community is so supportive.
How and when can people purchase “The Brothers of Brigadier Station?”
Print editions are out now. They can be found in the TWPC (Townsville Writers and Publishers Center) office for $15. They are also on Booktopia, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble etc.
I am going Kindle Unlimited for 3 months with the ebook, which means if you want the ebook you have to order it through Amazon, or wait until mid august! This is a marketing strategy.
If you could ask your favorite author one question, what would it be?
Hmm. Barbara Hannay is always a good read. I was lucky enough to be able to interview her last year with Jennifer from TWPC. It’s on the TWPC youtube channel. I just take her advice – Keep on writing.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
As well as writing and running the Townsville Writers and Publishers Center, I also own a business with my husband and have four young children. I’m very busy but manage to organise my time. If I can do it, so can you!
Thank you for your time.