Today we’re sitting down with indie author Sarah Sutton, her social media links will be down at the end of the interview so if you want, you can check her out and she might just be your next favourite author. Anyway, let’s get into the interview.
Tell me a little bit about your book. Let’s focus on your characters. Who are they? What are they doing in your novel?
My latest novel, Out of My League, follows Sophia, a high school journalist about to lose all of her newspaper program funding to the baseball team. She decides to write an exposé on the team to expose their dirty little secrets, but she needs insider information.
After an opportunity arises, she realizes who better to get information about the team from than the team captain, Walsh?
Sophia’s trying to save her journalism program, but as her friendship with Walsh begins to grow, she realises she’s ultimately going to have to choose between them.
What and who inspired you to write this book?
Graduating high school actually inspired this book. I really wanted to do a farewell piece of high school, and though the events that Sophia experiences are drastically different from my own, it still feels like there’s a connection. I guess some favourite authors would be Kasie West and Cassandra Clare.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
My writing schedule can be quite chaotic. I do my absolute best work at night time after my other family members have gone to bed and the house is quiet. Sometimes I’ll be up until four in the morning, just writing. However, when I have to work at my day job, I try to squeeze time in whenever I can, and that’s usually before dinner.
Why is it important to support indie authors?
It’s a tough world, especially when people can be so harsh. Being that safety net and warm grip for someone can keep them going, keep their train on the track, where without someone they could derail. It’s especially important for indie writers because they don’t have a publishing company backing them up—they are their own support system.
That can be very challenging when everything seems so overwhelming. If you know an indie, it’s so important to uplift them any way you can, and shout their books from the rooftops if you enjoyed them. It can be hard to get their name out there!
If you had to give one piece of advice to a newbie writer, what would it be?
Learn everything you can about the craft. Absorb everything given to you. It’s so important to constantly be learning and growing, especially when just starting out. Read books of fiction, books on the craft of writing, resources on the internet—absorb as much information as you can.
When did you write your first book/story and how old were you?
My first story was a Gingerbread Man spin-off, funny enough when I was in the first grade. I was so upset that the story was over that I decided to go home and create a new story involving the character. I like to tease that my first piece of writing was Gingerbread Man fan-fiction!
Do you only write for books or do you have plans to possibly branch out into writing for other mediums?
As of right now, I plan to only write novels. It just feels where my heart is calling me, and I love exploring the depth of those stories. It’s the best feeling!
What is your favourite part of the writing process?
It sounds strange, but I love the idea of someplace new. I love being able to craft a new world, new characters, new storylines—and seeing it grow and mature into a full-blown story. Watching that new idea take its full form is so inspiring.
Sarah Sutton is a YA romance author, bringing you stories about teenagers falling in love. She spends her days dreaming up ideas with her two adorable puppies by her side being cheerleaders (and mega distractions). Sarah Sutton’s latest book Out of My League is out now. Sarah is active on her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She also has a website, be sure to check her out.
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