Rae: If we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a spiced latte with Coconut Milk. What would you order?
Sara: I’d order an Iced Latte with Hazelnut and Soy milk. ((Not because I’m lactose intolerant but because it takes delicious)).
Rae: For those who have not read your backlist or current release, can you tell us a little bit your books?
Sara: I really love quick witted, natural humor and banter between my characters. All my books have it—I love focusing on dialogue and build my books around that…
Rae: Where do you find your inspiration?
Sara: Chemistry is my inspiration. Between the characters and my own relationships.
Rae: How do you keep all of your characters from crossing over into other books? Do you use a series “bible” or have files of notes?
Sara: I don’t, LOL. I interweave them when I can, sometimes because I forget the names I’ve used in previous books. It’s not always on purpose.
Rae: The release of How to Date A Douchebag: The Learning Hours was kept tight under wraps regarding the hero and heroine. I read an ARC and loved it. I enjoyed reading about a group of college kids finding their way and the insanity that unfolded. What sparked the concept for this series?
The series was built around the series title HOW TO DATE A DOUCHEBAG and developed from there… I loved how it sounded and liked how it looked, and love guys who talk s#$t and pairing them with girls who can give it right back.
Rae: How many more books will there be?
Sara: Right now I’ve written a 4th novel and plan to keep it at 4….
Rae: When you are writing a book, do you plot it out page by page, chapter by chapter? Or, do your characters guide you?
Sara: I have a rough outline of the story and how I want it to look, but for the most part, I fly by the seat of my pants…
Rae: What was the defining moment that you realized you wanted to write?
Sara: I’ve always dabbled in it; journaled. I have tons of notebooks from when I was younger, the stories crack me up. So I guess in a way I always have been a writer, I just never knew I’d want to turn it into a career.
Rae: What are you releasing in the first half of 2018?
Sara: THE COACHING HOURS!!!! February 5th, Switch Hitter March, 15 – and Jock Row coming in May (TBD)
Rae: Thank you for hanging out in the cafe today!
1. What is a must read book and why? The book that I’m always recommending people read, that I absolutely love, is Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles. To me, it’s the quintessential “opposites attract” story; the male hero is flawed to perfection. The inner dialogue is spot on… There are a few scenes in the book that I know are coming, and I wait for them, heart pounding.
2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown? We have a small ski hill in town that’s lit up at night. And in the winter, you can see the lights glowing for miles around.
3. Do you take-in or cook? If so, what is your “go-to” dish? My husband is the cook in our house, and if he didn’t feed us, we would all starve. For real.
4. What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you? I have really random collections that make no sense. History fascinates me; I lay in bed at night and take photo tours of abandoned landmarks and homes from the Gilded Age. I’m obsessed.
5. Hard Rock or Classical? Favorite Band or Artist? I love Spotify; I always hit the “Discover” button, and my favorites are undiscovered artists that re-create covers by popular singers.
6. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go? I have no idea. I’d probably want to rent an old English estate, ala: Pride & Prejudice, and stay in the middle of no-where.
7. What is your guilty pleasure? Binging on Netflix.
8. What are you afraid of? I’m afraid if I every had to tell someone off, I’ll free up and not be able to. Is that a weird thing to be afraid of? I talk a good game, but I worry deep down inside, I’m a huge wimp.
9. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one? None, I’m so boring and afraid of needles. But I love when people have them; I love them all and find them very attractive, especially on men, LOL. Can I say that?
10. Organized or Free Floating? I have what I refer to as “organized chaos.” My husband keeps me organized… I’d be better at staying on task if the voices inside my head would leave me alone.
11. Binge watcher or weekly viewer? Which show(s)? Binge watcher! Because I usually forget to watch whatever it is I love watching: Schitt’s Creek, Shameless, 90 Day Fiance. Leah Remini.
12. What’s on your playlist? Kiss You Now, by Andy Grammer. Hailee Steinfeld. The Pitch Perfect Soundtrack. Alex G. Kelsea Ballerini…. Its an eclectic mix
13. What play or musical do you want to see next? I’m taking my daughter to see Les Miserables in Spring!
14. Are you a crafter? You wouldn’t even believe the amount of crafting supplies I have in this house…I don’t why, but there is glitter on my front walkway.
15. What’s your favorite TV show and why? I don’t watch a ton of tv, but if I happen to catch something I love, its reality. Below Deck. Other than that… I’m terrible. Friends, The Office. Comedies, mostly
16. If you could pick a book you’ve read and make it into a movie, which book would it be (besides yours)? I’m going with Stupid Girl. I would give anything to see that turned into a movie.
17. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why? When Pride & Prejudice is on (the Kiera Knightly version) I drop everything and go wild for it. I’ve also seen Anne of Green Gables 8,000 times. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
18. Would you rather see a movie in the theater or at home on DVD and why? At home, because there just aren’t enough offerings at the movie for me to eat. We like to sneak food in, and sometimes it’s impossible to walk in with containers of steaming hot Noodles, or a salad.
19. What is the one thing you can’t live without? My flat pillow (I mean, besides my family), my black, Papermate Flare Pens.
20. If you could invite 5 people to dinner (not friends and family – that’s too easy) who would be at your table? Where would you eat? This is a tough one, and I had to give this some serious thought. Couldn’t come up with anyone but family/friends so: I would collect a small dinner party cast of complete strangers, from the various cities I’ve visited. For example, I bet the guy driving the horse drawn carriage in Central Park has some amazing stories to tell. We’d eat somewhere Italian, and loud, at a big round table eating pasta and drinking wine. Then I imagine we’d part ways and always look back on that unusual dinner that only happens once in a lifetime.
21. If you could try any career for a day, what would it be? First I was going to say “Starbucks,” because I bet I could whip up an amazing Coco. Then I was going to say, “Any career where I could talk through a microphone.” My mind kept going to retail, but I’ve already done that (I used to own a children’s boutique). So I’m not sure. Why is this question so hard?