Some questions Sara is frequently asked when people discover that she’s a writer.
Do you read a lot?
I've been a devourer of books ever since I was able to read. As a girl, I would read and re-read the books on my shelves. I think I've read The Secret Garden and Little Women about 14 times each. I do the same thing now to a certain extent, although there are so many amazing books out there and so little time . . .
I read quite a bit now, though not as much as I'd like. I belong to a book club and I really appreciate being introduced to great books that I might not necessarily have chosen on my own.
Who are some of your favorite writers?
There are so many writers I admire and enjoy, but I wouldn't be lying if I told you that I've read every book ever written by Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, Pat Conroy, Alice Hoffman, and Anita Shreve. I also like Wally Lamb, Frank McCourt, and Sue Miller a great deal.
What are your favorite books?
Some early favorites:
- Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blumea major rite of passage for me
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins (yes, Jackie Collins)found it on Grandma's bookshelf and couldn't put it down
And more recently:
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Goldenabsolutely transporting
- White Oleander by Janet Fitchgorgeous and honest
- Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
- Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
The short answer is no. An Olympic gymnast, an interior decorator, a concert pianist, editor of Vanity Fair (see bio)Yes. A writer? No. I can say, however, that I've always felt drawn to the literary side of life. At some point during my formative years, I remember seeing a movie where the female protaganist was a book editor and I couldn't get over how lucky she was because she was able to read books every dayand get paid for it. I have always written and enjoyed the process. In high school and college, I was quite geeky about it, actually looking forward to writing the assigned essays and papers. And I'm forever making up characters and stories in my head and then asking myself "what if?". What if she said this? What if he did this? What if that were to happen? So putting those musings down on paper is somewhat of a natural progression. If I didn't, I suppose all those thoughts would just be swirling around in my head.
How did you come up with the idea for No Simple Thing?
Soon after we were married, my husband decided to revise his will. We had to discuss what would take place if anything ever happened to him, and since we had custody of his three children, I naturally began to wonder what would happen to them in such a case. The story just progressed from there, I suppose.
Are you working on anything now?
I’m working on a YA (young adult) novel right now. The story focuses on the experiences of a troubled teen who is sentenced to attend a tough-as-nails wilderness treatment program in the mountains of southern Utah.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I get together with friends or I just hang out with my husband, my three step-children, and my two golden retrievers, who happen to be the cutest creatures on the entire planet (see proof below).
I love eating out, going to the beach, playing tennis, and collecting adorable shoes. I also have quite an impressive collection of pears. I believe I’m up to about 31, and that’s not even counting Christmas ornaments. But my hubby has said “enough already” about nine pears ago, so I really must stop. Let’s see, I make a spicy guacamole that friends and family say is to die for, I’m addicted to Jeopardy, and I can count to 10 in six different languages including Mandarin (my mom used to work in a Chinese restaurant).
That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.