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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Interview with Sarah Woodbury

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Before the age of 11, my parents tell me they thought I was going to be a "hippy" because I spent my time wandering the woods singing to myself and writing poetry. Then I got serious about school and - I'm not sure.....suppressed it? I don't remember. I rediscovered the creative side of myself in my thirties, and began writing fiction seriously five years ago at 37.

Tell us your latest news?
I have a new book!  It’s called The Good Knight: A Medieval Mystery, and it is about two friends/lovers/detectives who get caught up in the murder of one of the kings of Wales.  Here’s the pitch:  Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales . . . When a royal groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride’s brother tasks his two best detectives—Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard—with bringing the killer to justice . . . only to uncover a conspiracy that will shake the foundations of Wales.

What is the last book you read?
Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher—a novel of the Dresden Files.

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
The hard thing about this question is that as a writer, my job is to make life tough for my characters, otherwise there’s no story.  And really, any character who is compelling has bad things happen to her all the time, so . . . however, that said, sign me up for a bit part in one of Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael mysteries (provided I’m not the one who ends up dead J)

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I want to fly.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My advice is simple: just write.
Sit down every day and plow ahead, with whatever word count goal you choose. And as you write, don’t think about the fact that you’ve never written anything longer than a twenty page paper and that was for a class you hated in college. Today, even if what you put on the page is terrible, no-good, the worst chapter ever inflicted on a word processing program, believe that through editing, educating yourself, and reading what other people write and say about writing, you can learn and improve. You can get better day by day—until one day you read over the two pages you managed to write the day before and think to yourself, ‘hey, that’s pretty good!’

Could you share a marketing tip?
Join communities, don’t market.  And this is what is so time consuming because joining a community means investing something of yourself in it.  That’s what takes time, but it pays off in the end—either with books sold, or maybe even better, with friends made.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Although my beta readers have loved all my books (of course), the consensus among them is that The Good Knight is the best book I’ve written.  I really hope that my historical fantasy readers follow me into this foray into more straight-forward historical fiction, and I’d love to hear what they think!


Links to my books:  Amazon and Amazon UK

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