**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with L.A. SARTOR
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
Hi Karen, thank you for having me this week. I’ve reached the 2nd milestone in my new career. I have three books out with the release of Be Mine This Christmas Night.
You’re probably asking why this is my second milestone when it’s the third book? Isn’t every book a milestone?
Well, yes. But my goal was to publish three in a little over a year. The first book release, Dare To Believe, was simply awesome. I have a great editor and a talented cover artist and to see that book out in the world literally made me cry. The second book came from a screenplay and was so difficult to write. Maybe it was the dreaded second book syndrome, but Stone of Heaven is a fast paced romantic adventure. Now to sell the script! It’s won some great awards….hello, anybody out there reading this need a great script or five?
Anyway, reaching number 3 is a huge milestone for me. Thanks for helping me celebrate.
1. How did you get started writing?
I actually started when I was very young. Then I had a teacher in Jr. High School tell me that I’d never be a writer because I didn’t pay attention to the grammar. Stopped me cold. I started again in my twenties.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Romances and a new cozy mystery series. I love the tension in relationships, and how true it is. The HEA (Happily Ever After) is part of it. Come on, isn’t what we all want?
I’m also a contracted screenwriter, and I write in Family, Romantic Comedy, Mystery/Suspense, and I have adapted non fiction books into screenplays. No easy feat. 🙂
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Yikes. All of it? Not really true. There is a point when I am so sick of the story I can’t see straight. That’s usually the time it goes to my editor for her first read.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Burnout from the story I’m working on. When I’m done with the edits. I don’t want to read that story ever again. Then of course in a few months after it’s been published, I do crack open my iPad and skim the story.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Not to be trite, but literally everywhere. A newspaper article started Stone of Heaven, a writing prompt started my script Iokaste. The magic of Boulder’s Christmas Star played a huge part in BMTCN.
6. What is your typical day like?
Well, I’m retired…meaning I don’t work outside of the house. That is a luxury and it took me well over a year to realize I’m in charge of me and not to feel guilty that I actually could sleep in or play with crafts, learn how to use my new camera etc.. So I really have no typical day. When I’m writing, it’s a minimum of an hour a day, sometimes more, rarely less. But I don’t write every day. In fact, I’m taking December off to play and do research.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Conflict. I hate it. I cower from it in real life. It makes me sick.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Be Mine This Christmas Night is my next book. 🙂 I have two planned for 2014. Book 2 in the Carswell Adventure Series—Stone of Heaven is #1. This book follows Abby…and the second book in my Star Light~Star Bright series, of which Be Mine This Christmas Night is #1. This story will follow Jennifer.
Links to L.A.’s website, blog, books, etc.
I’d love to have you come to my website and sign up for my newsletter. I send them out about 4 times a year. www.LASartor.com
And please check out my blog: www.anindieadventure.blogspot.com
Facebook: : http://on.fb.me/NxXQPL
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lesann415/boards/ (my new addiction)
Amazon Author Site: http://amzn.to/1e10fkd (Christmas book is only here until after the new year)
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about L.A. and her holiday release, BE MINE THIS CHRISTMAS NIGHT, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: L.A. will give away one Kindle copy of BE MINE THIS CHRISTMAS NIGHT to one of her lucky readers who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Don’t miss this chance to read this holiday story!! Thanks, L.A., for sharing your stories with us!