Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
When I was seven years old, I wrote a story for a contest and won a blue ribbon. I continued to write stories throughout my childhood and adolescence but didn’t enter any more contests or even show them to anyone! A few years ago when my parents moved they found some of my old things to send me and my old stories were in there. It inspired me to take up writing stories again. During the last year and a half due to being stuck at home with Covid and whatnot I have finally had the time to publish and put them out there.
How do you make time to write?
Writing is my favorite pastime and my best self-care strategy. I write because it feels good to write. I write because the stories come to me and I want to tell them. I fit in writing among my many other activities without any sort of schedule, just when I have the time and the inspiration I sit and I write.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I believe that inspiration comes and goes but writer’s block is usually from forcing a story or a character to go in a direction it doesn’t want to go. Usually by relaxing, taking a step back and reimagining the story, the block is removed.
Tell us a bit about the genre you write and why you love it.
I write contemporary romance novels with strong women and good-hearted men. My books are slow burn, all of them, and character-driven. They include elements of suspense or intrigue or drama. These are the types of books I most like to read, and so these are the type of books I write. Ultimately, I write for me. I write a book I will love and characters I will fall in love with. I have written across several different romance tropes, though I have yet to write one in my favorite trope – enemies to lovers.
How are you publishing your recent book and why?
I initially published as an indie author through Amazon’s KDP program because it’s easy and quick and virtually cost free. I began publishing just for me – in order to have my finished books on my shelf. The fact that others have read them and enjoyed them is really just a bonus!
Are you an Introvert or Extrovert? How does this affect your work?
I think I am an extroverted introvert. I love being around people. I am an avid listener and like to hear people’s stories. But ultimately, people wear me out, and so I like my alone time too to girl up with a book or binge watch a little tv.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
Be the change you want to see in the world. – Gandhi
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
WRITE. It seems simple, and really it is. You can’t edit something that’s not on the page. Even if it’s rough or stupid or grammatically incorrect, write it down and figure it out later. First drafts are always messy.
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Or my Goodreads page www.goodreads.com/author/show/20514616.Sarah_M_Reed
Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share with us?
This is from my most recent novel, “Not Part of the Plan”:
When the bell rang and it was finally his turn at her table, Simon slid smoothly into the chair opposite her and greeted her cheerfully. “Hi, Emma. Fancy meeting you here.”
Scowling, she grunted, “What are you doing here?”
He shrugged casually, a playful glint in his eyes. “Well, you made speed dating sound so interesting that I thought I would check it out for myself.”
“This event is for people who have trouble finding dates,” she hissed through clenched teeth. “When in your life have you ever had trouble finding a date?”
“Well,” he scratched his cheek as though considering. “There was this one time that this girl shot me down before I even got to say hello.”
“Which you probably deserved,” she replied flippantly, “Seeing as how you were bugging her and she wanted to be left alone.”
“And yet here she is, looking for a date among the sad and the lonely.” He shook his head. “It’s puzzling.” Grimacing, she crossed her arms over her chest. “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
“Yeah? And how’s it working out for you?”
Her eyes flashed. “Not as well as I had hoped.”
Chuckling, he patted his suit pocket. “Not so bad for me. I already have four phone numbers.” “What? That’s not how it’s supposed to work.”
He raised his hands defensively. “I didn’t ask for them. They just gave them to me. Was I supposed to say no?” “Yes!”
“Because that’s…” she scrambled to find the right word, “Cheating.”
A slow grin crossed his face. “Admit it, Emma. You’re jealous.”
“I am not jealous,” she denied hotly.
Leaning his elbows on the table, he moved forward into her space. Lowering his voice, he asked, “What if I told you that the woman at table five had a very friendly foot that tried to make its way to the promised land?”
“The promised land?” she scoffed. “That’s what you call it?”
“Of course not,” he objected with mock offense. “But it seemed more polite.”
Slapping her hand against her forehead, she exclaimed, “Seriously, Simon, why are you here?”
The laughter left his face as he met her eyes directly. The intensity of his gaze in that moment stole her breath away. Quietly, he admitted, “I guess a six-minute date with you is better than no date at all.”
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