Friday, January 25, 2013

A Moment With Sara Brooke



Tell us about your most recent release. 

Cursed Casino is a genuine ghost story. Some readers have described it as a combination of “The Shining” and “The Fog.” It’s been tremendously fun to write and truly does take the “haunted hotel” theme to a whole other level


What else do you have coming out? 

At the moment, I’ve just started writing my next novel. 


Is there anything you want to make sure potential readers know? 

My novels are designed to scare and surprise. I don’t write typical vampire, zombie kind of material. If you enjoy Stephen King, Bentley Little, or other authors who write about the supernatural…then you will enjoy my work.


When are you going to write your autobiography? 

Well, given the newness of my writing, probably not for a while. I think people who write autobiographies need a good story of their own, and mine is still “in the making.”


Are the names of the characters in your novels important? 

Not really. I just call them whatever the story dictates.


What are the titles of your novels? 

I’ve written four to date, and in this order: Still Lake, Kransen House, The Zyne Project & now…Cursed Casino. 


Are there any occupational hazards to being a novelist? 

Yes, lack of time! It seems like I’m always writing, reading or doing interviews 


What's your favorite fruit? 

Blueberries.


Do you believe in a deity? 

Yes, I do. Just not 100% sure on the details. Ask me in a few years ;)


Do you ever write naked? 

Actually, I’ve only done that once. It was while I was writing a guest post for a blog and needed inspiration. I usually write in my pajamas or in something extremely comfortable and loose.


What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? 

Don’t try to get it all done in one day. When writing, your brain will eventually go into “freeze” mode, so just do a little bit ever day. Also, don’t read all of the public’s comments about your books or you’ll go nuts. Try to stay away from checking sales of your books on sites like Amazon and don’t compare yourself to others. Just do what you do. 


What is the single most powerful challenge when it comes to writing novel? 

Editing.


Do you research your novels? 

Yes. Before beginning any novel that involves science or historical relevance, I’m always digging away and trying to peruse the internet for as much information as possible. Readers are sharp. They catch even the smallest mistakes so you’ve got to do your research.


Do you laugh at your own jokes? 

Sometimes. I’ve been told that I have a terrible sense of humor. 


Do you admire your own work? 

Not really. I think my work is good, but there are much better writers out there.


How do you feel about being interviewed? 

Honestly, I’ve been doing it quite a bit this past year, so I don’t get nervous or tongue-tied. But it does require me to delve inside and be real. That’s important. I’ve met several bestselling fiction authors who are quite arrogant and I find it hilarious. All they’re doing is telling very good stories – it’s not brain surgery. Be happy your readers love what you do, and be humble!


Have you ever found true love? 

Yes.


Are you jealous of other writers? 

Not at all. If anything, they inspire me with their creativity. Most of my friends who are authors are amazing, gentle souls with large imaginations. Very proud to be a part of their community.


What makes you cry? 

Cruelty to children or animals.


What makes you laugh? 

Great comic writing and the movie Elf (love that one!)




Bio: Sara Brooke is a horror and suspense novelist living in South Florida. A lifelong avid reader of all things scary, Sara's childhood dream was to write horror books that force readers to sleep with their lights on. Her first novel, Still Lake, was released Spring 2012. Sara's influences and favorite authors include Bentley Little, John Saul, William Blackstone, and Joe McKinney. She is presently working on her next novel.



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