Welcome to my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, scriptwriters, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with children’s author Sarah V Richard. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Sarah. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Morgen: Oh dear. I don’t think most Brits would know where you’re from anyway, to us an American accent is any actor appearing in Dallas. 🙂 You write children’s books, was there a reason to choose this genre?
Sarah: Most of my children’s books are through www.diskuspublishing.com/sarahrichard.html. After I studied elementary education in graduate school, I became interested in writing fun stories for children that weren’t boring, but made them laugh. Five Little Duckies, for example, has a surprise joke at the end!
My latest release is for young adults, however. It is very suspenseful, and the goal of this story, Locked, was to make readers JUMP! http://www.wildchildpublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=402
Morgen: What have you had published to-date?
Sarah: Besides the children’s and young adult stories, I have written workbooks for teachers. How I Taught My Kids to Read is available at http://www.everythinghomeschooling.com/Ebook_store.aspx
Morgen: What age group do you write for?
Sarah: Everyone – I like to write a wide variety of things. It keeps my mind active.
Morgen: Do you think it’s easier writing for children than adults?
Sarah: Hmm… it takes a lot more time to write for adults.
Morgen: Do you get a second opinion on your stories before they’re published – if so from adults, children or both?
Sarah: The editors, ha!
Morgen: Do you have any tips for anyone thinking about writing for children?
Sarah: Marketing is hard… so very hard!
Morgen: It is. It’s usually the answer to ‘What’s your least favourite aspect of your writing life?’ Have you self-published? If so, what lead to you going your own way?
Sarah: No, I am signed with several different publishers: DiskUs, Everything Homeschooling, Wild Child, and a couple of others.
Morgen: Are your books available as eBooks?
Sarah: I believe eBooks are the wave of the future, so my books are all eBooks.
Morgen: Do you have a favourite of your books or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?
Sarah: Locked was actually written as a low budget screenplay, but it found a home as an eBook. The four characters are locked away in a house…they may or may not survive. Maybe we can just throw the cast of Real Housewives in there and see what happens.
Morgen: That would be fun. Did you have any say in the title / cover of your book?
Sarah: Yes, I love the cover for Locked. It is great!
Morgen: I like it, especially the title font. What are you working on at the moment / next?
Sarah: Locked II… the story isn’t over!
Morgen: Do you manage to write every day, or ever suffer from writer’s block?
Sarah: I suffer from writer’s overload. Make the voices stop…
Morgen: <laughs> Me too, although I don’t want them to stop, just the clock to slow down. Do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and run with it?
Sarah: Run with it… but ultimately it has to be organized and plotted.
Morgen: Thank you, Sarah.
I then invited Sarah to provide a synopsis of her novel…
Tristan’s old home old home is not what it appears, and her friends have no idea what this visit will turn into. When the room Tristan’s mother always kept locked is opened, chaos breaks loose. One by one, they are locked away.
Will anyone survive?
After studying elementary education in graduate school, Sarah became interested in writing for children. She enjoys infusing her writing with humor and making readers laugh. Several short stories are available for sale at www.diskuspublishing.com/sarahrichard.html for the emerging reader’s ebook reader! Everything Homeschooling has published a workbook series written by Sarah that outlines step by step how she taught reading, but the older teens are not left out with an enticing suspense story, Locked, through Wild Child Publishing. More information can be found, along with Sarah’s Virtual Story Café, at www.sarahvrichard.zoomshare.com and Locked is available from http://www.wildchildpublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=402.
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