Interview With Author Sara Wright
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a young adult science fantasy writer. I like to blend science fiction and fantasy with clean or sweet romance. That goes along with my eclectic reading habits, because I enjoy reading science and fantasy fiction and romance genres.
When I am not writing, I enjoy riding my bike or hiking. If you’ve seen any of my social media posts, you will notice I post pictures of trees and nature. I love trees and they fuel my imagination for book settings.
I have written one published novel and a short story within the same series, The Progenitor Chronicles. I am working to complete the next book in the series soon.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Progenitor is book of The Progenitor Chronicles. It started with an image of a solar system with six planets orbiting a binary star and blossomed from there. I think I was watching a lot of Star Trek at the time.
The settings are inspired by my love of trees and nature. Some of the places I’ve been have been morphed into a futuristic sci-fi setting.
Xendara, the main character, deals with the death of a loved one. The grief she experiences was inspired by my own grief over my grandmother’s death. I started having ideas for this book around the time of her death.
The romance aspect of my main character was inspired by a few fairy tale retellings that I was reading at them time I was writing the book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Sometimes, I type with my eyes closed. It helps me watch the scene play out while I am writing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Camille Peters and Melanie Cellier are my some of my favorite fairy tell retelling authors. The Belgariad and The Malloreon were my go to reads as a young adult. They refueled my interest in reading.
Of course, J. R. R. Tolkien.
Also The Jewel series by Amy Ewing. I read a lot of fantasy dystopia.
Then of course, Star Wars and other space fantasy books.
What are you working on now?
It is book two in The Progenitor Chronicles and will continue the story of my main character, Xendara. This book will show case more alien worlds that were not seen in book one. Also, showcase a lot more time travel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Find books similar to yours that are doing well and copy what they are doing.
Also find other authors in your genre and swap newsletters.
Create giveaway promotions.
Find promotional websites that push your genre.
Don’t be afraid to get creative. Sometimes, if you’re in a niche genre you have to try everything until you find your base group of fans.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am a new author myself so I can tell you how anxious it is to publish a book. Just remember to learn, find a great cover designer and editor.
Then learn to market your book. It doesn’t mater if you have a great book, no one will read it if they don’t know who you are. Never be afraid to ask for help or take a class or two with other successful authors.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Your best work is always ahead of you.
Whatever book I put out to the world, I know the next one will always be better. It motivates me to keep learning my craft.
What are you reading now?
Haesel, The Prophecy Witch by H.J. Robertson
It will be published by a fellow indie author at the end of April.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am going to continue The Progenitor Chronicles until the story is finished.
Then, I will be working on a high fantasy dystopian sci-fi.
I honestly can’t stop mashing up the categories.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Oh boy! This is difficult because many of the books I read are by indie authors who write six books per series.
If I could take one box set with me, I would take the Kerrigan Chronicles with me by W. J. May.
If I could only take four books total, I would either pick out my favorite retellings from Melanie Cellier and Camille Peters or take the Starfire Wars series by Jenetta Penner with me.
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