1- When did you begin writing? Why did you decide to become a writer?I’ve always been a writer. When I was a little kid, I would make up little plays for my sister and I to perform. I started writing more seriously in college and finished my first full novel in 2011.2- I LOVED Inhale, Exhale, so I am curious as to what your inspiration was for the book?Thank you so much! I’m soo glad you enjoyed it J The book is actually very, very loosely inspired by how my best friend met her husband. She came down to visit me last summer and we were talking about how they met, and the story started taking shape. (Of course, I changed a lot of things about their story, but the basic roots were there.)3- What books or authors have influenced you the most in life?There have been a lot of amazing authors who have influenced me. I think the ones who have really shaped me were JK Rowling, because she made reading for kids (and adults) cool again. Also Charlaine Harris influenced me because she was the first paranormal romance author I read. And finally, I thing Amanda Hocking was very influential as the first indie author who made it big and helped so many authors realize they could be successful as an indie author.4- What was the hardest part in writing Inhale, Exhale?The hardest part about writing Inhale Exhale was the fact that it was my first contemporary novel. I am comfortable writing paranormal, so writing this novel really stretched me and pushed me out of my comfort zone. I had a lot of times when I would become emotional about the project, but in the end I think the end product was worth it.5- How do you begin to organize your writing process when you are starting a new project?When I have an idea for a new story, I do several things. First, I write the idea down! No matter what time of day or where I am, I have to write it down before I forget. I usually try to make an outline of where I want the story to go, but my characters usually end up having minds of their own and I very rarely follow my outline fully.6- Are any of your character's traits similar to you or to people you know?Yes! Like I said, Jillian and Grant’s story based on how my best friend met her husband. The character of Jessica in my Awaken series is also based off of my own sister, who also had cancer.7- What advice would you give to inspiring writers?I would say to inspiring writers to do their homework. There is sooo much to learn about this industry, and you’ll go a lot further with the more that you know up front.This or That:1- Peeta or Gale? Peeta2- Ron or Harry? Neville! (did you see how hot he turned out?!)3- Physical book or e-copy? Ebook. I love my Kindle!4- Pen and paper or computer? Computer5- Jock or nerd? Nerd!6- Beach or mountains? BEACH7- Cookies or brownies? BrowniesThank you so much for having me today Annie!!
Sarah Ross started her obsession with reading at an early age, getting in trouble for sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class in elementary school. She would read any fiction book she could get her hands on. Sarah knew it was an addiction when instead of grounding her from TV or music, her mom would take away her books as punishment (The Horror!). Her love of all things paranormal was inspired by her good friend Laurie, who convinced Sarah that books with vampires, witches, and all things shifter were amazing. After a little reluctance, she gave it a shot with the Sookie Stackhouse books, realized she was right, and the rest was history.Sarah grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as she does for several years. She will always be a proud member of the Steelers Nation, but couldn’t take the cold and moved her frozen tush to Florida where she now lives with her family and two cats. You will find Sarah now with her trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand!Find Sarah at:
Thanks so much to Sarah for stopping by Tar Heel Bibliobabe! I enjoyed having you! Make sure to pick up Inhale, Exhale. It is freakin' amazing!