**Author Peek** Interview with Sarah Butland
INTRODUCING…. Sarah Butland.
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 to introduce yourself.
1. What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
The freedom I’m allowed in exploring the worlds of my characters is my favourite part of the process. The set-up, the location, music or silence isn’t as much of a concern for me – give me the time and I’ll write so it’s the experimental process with finding out who my characters are that’s the best!
2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
I’d love to be able to be in two places at once – not only that dreamy hot vacation while working but simply just being able to write while getting everything else on the to-do list done.
3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
I only get stuck by the lack of time I dedicate to my writing. It’s definitely and excuse I’m working at overcoming as I know everyone has the same amount of hours, minutes, seconds in a day and many do much more than I do. I get out of this “I have no time to write” funk by ensuring I take baby steps – even 15 minutes a day to write and it keeps turning into more.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Carving out the time and getting into the zone is my least favourite part. Being inside my own head with many other obligations that I feel should take priority is the worst distraction of all.
5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Prepare? No, it wouldn’t be fair for me to prepare something for you when we have world renowned pizza available for order. But if you were early and they were closed I’d make a good old fashioned meat and potatoes kind of meal.
6. What do you wish you’d done differently when you first started the publishing process?
I’m not sure I regret anything I did actually. We researched options for closer-to-home publishers/printers, did a thorough job in editing and getting feedback for my first story (Sending You Sammy) and, I feel, picked the most amazing artist I could have to depict my vision of BananaBoy!
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Dialogue! I struggle with when and how the characters speak to each other. I’m a talker and consider myself a great listener now in real life so am not sure why I can’t get the voices where I want them but that’s something I want to work on.
8. A penguin walks into your office, right now, wearing a sombrero. What does he say to you and why is he here?
“I’ve come to teach you how to relax and have fun!” And he’s here for that purpose. I stress a lot, it’s who I am and I’ve never really been able to let loose and be crazy though I definitely someday want that feeling.
9. If you could wave a magic wand, what ill in the world would you solve and why?
Cancer of every kind. It hits close to home and chemo/ radiation just doesn’t cut it. It’s such a cruel disease and has no bounds in who it takes away so I would definitely cure that, with no hesitation.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? Please provide links to your website, blog, books, etc.
My next book is another young adult/ adult mystery with a working title of Dancing to Silence. It’s about a mom who recently lost her husband and child to a killer who cannot be found. She’s learning how to start over and how to find herself without the two people she loved the most.
That’s all for now as it’s just in the very beginning stages and I’m not sure when it will be released but will let my newsletter subscribers know more as soon as I do.
Be sure to come back to learn more about Sarah Butland’s novel, ARM FARM, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
Links to Sarah’s website, blog, books, etc.
My books include Arm Farm https://www.amazon.com/Arm-Farm-Butland-Sarah-ebook/dp/B006Y2R88K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488755257&sr=8-1&keywords=arm+farm.
Blood Day the Novella (ttps://www.amazon.com/Blood-Day-Novella-Sarah-Butland-ebook/dp/B012KT01N4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488755335&sr=8-1&keywords=blood+day+the+novella) and, as mentioned, Sending You Sammy for the kids https://www.amazon.com/Sending-You-Sammy-Butland-Sarah-ebook/dp/B00YIEQ17K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1488755547&sr=8-2&keywords=sending+you+sammy) and many more!
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Sarah is giving away a print signed copy of Arm Farm to a reader in Canada or US who comments on her **Author Peek** or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs.. (If international she’ll gift an ebook copy.) A second winner will get a copy of Blood Day the Short Story ebook.
Thanks, Sarah, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!