Happy Friday! I was first introduced to our author spotlight of the week by her debut book, Call of The Blue Heron. Sarah Hill is a new author who writes a tell tale book about romance, twists, and a happy ending. She is excited to see what comes this year and we are so happy to have her as our Author Spotlight this week. Make sure to check out our review here.
Alright now to the fun stuff!
Q: What got you into witting? A: I have always loved reading and getting lost in stories. I don’t remember a time that I wasn’t creating my own stories in my head. With Call of the Blue Heron I found myself thinking one day, what if there were a girl who had a child taken away from her and she went searching. As time went on I just kept adding to the story, all in my head. The company I worked for decided to no longer have a presence in every state and moved to 4 main hubs around the country. We could either move to one of these hubs or find another job. Some of my coworkers were out for a walk one day and we asked each other, if you could do anything when the office closes, what would you do. Mine, without hesitation, was to write a book. I finally started putting words down, with little confidence that I could actually do it having not gone to college. Once I got past thinking I needed a college education and I started to believe in myself, I really started getting the story down and was amazed with the way things just came to me. I often found myself wondering, where did that come from? But I have always had a huge imagination, so I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised.
Q: What is your favorite character from your book? (Or another book/series) A: Allie is my favorite in my book, because she had to learn to believe in herself and as she id the grew stronger. I think a lot of women are led to believe their worth is less than it is really is. It gives me goosebumps to see someone find their strength and see how much they really can do. I love Jo March in Little Women because I relate to her. And of course Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series because she wasn’t afraid to be herself.
Q: How did you come up with the characters? A: My main character’s name was borrowed from my niece, Allie who lives inRiverside, CA. My nickname for her is Kat, which is how I came up with Kat’s name. I only borrowed the names, not my nieces personality though, I think I made Allie more like myself, without the wicked parents. Cash came about one day when I was talking to someone about how much I loved Johnny Cash and it made me pause and think Cash would be a strong name for a male character and I wrote his character the way I see my husband, who I love with every ounce of my heart.
Q: What is the most difficult thing about writing? A: Having focused time. There are so many times you get in a groove and you get interrupted. For me, I feel guilty if I ignore the interruptions because I also felt I need to take care of my household and not just get lost in this world I am creating. Balancing that time was and is still the hardest thing for me, so I have a notebook I carry berywhere with me in case an idea pops in my head and I don’t want to forget it.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration to write? A: Everyday life. I will literally be outside playing catch with my dog and hear a birds song and stop and look for that bird so I can go look it up and use that bird in my story at some point. I also draw from my own life, in the book I am working on now a lot of the things being experienced by the main character are my own experiences. In Call of the Blue Heron, my love of Hagerman, Idaho and photography inspired the things I had Allie cling to.
Q: Any recommendations for someone looking to get into writing? A: Take a class! I took an online class and I learned SO much! I do not regret taking that class and plan on going back and listening to some of the classes as I write other books.
Q: What is your favorite writing spot? A: In my living room, on my sofa with a cup of coffee, a blanket and silence. I love when I wake up hours before anyone else and I can just type away with no interruptions.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot? A: In Idaho, Hagerman hands down. I love Leavenworth, WA and anywhere in Washington state. I love visiting Riverside, CA to see my husbands sister and her family because they are so good for my heart. I love going to the beach, any beach because it is so peaceful and time just seems to go slower.
Q: What is your favorite food? A: Mexican food, I could eat it every day!
Q: What is coming next from you? A: I am currently writing a book, title still being worked on, set in New Plymouth, Idaho the tiny country town I grew up on. I think it leans more towards romantic tragedy right now.