Welcome to Sarah Makela
Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. My new release is The Witch Who Cried Wolf. It’s a New Adult Paranormal Romance. After a potion gone wrong, Mia Brooks is a witch hiding from werewolves she didn’t know existed. When her brother’s best friend comes home from deployment for the holidays, the emotions she’s suppressed boil to the surface. Not only does Ethan’s view of the supernatural shift when they’re attacked by a werewolf, but his feelings for Mia intensify to the point where he can no longer hide them.
Do you have a favourite character? If so why? Hmm… This is a hard question because like with children, you love them all. Of course, some of the characters, aka the villains, don’t tend to be my favorites, but they have their own reasons for why they do what they do. I do love Ethan though. He’s strong and independent, but he has a definite soft spot for Mia.
Are your characters based on real people? No. When I first started out I toyed with it a little, but I love the characters that come from my imagination the best.
In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these? (If applicable) My books are available in eBook and print at the moment. I’d love to venture into audio,
Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? I think it’s important to self-edit because as authors we have a good idea of what we wrote (or should at least), so if we can’t get it in shape, then how can we expect an editor polish it for us. I do believe in having books professionally edited because it’s almost impossible for an author to catch all of their own mistakes. To me, it’s better knowing that a reader isn’t going to be turned off by the book due to a multitude of errors that could’ve been caught by an editor.
What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? I’ve seen some great movies and played some awesome video games, games that really immerse you in the world. However, I think books provide the reader with a sense of what’s going inside the characters and being able to tag along on the adventure instead of watching it happen to someone else.
What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers? 1.) Keep writing your primary focus. Readers don’t want to wait for the next book, so it’s important be working on the next book. Very few authors make it big on only one, so going overboard with promoting the first one won’t help if you don’t have something else in the works.
2.) Never give up. Sometimes it’s easy to get down and discouraged, but writing is a marathon, not a sprint. If one book doesn’t do well, then a second book flops, don’t think you’re never going to get anywhere and quit. Maybe try a new genre or pursue a new idea. You never know what’s going to catch on. The third (or thirteenth) book could be what rockets you to where you’d like to be.
3.) Always be learning whether it means getting better at your writing craft (which is really important) to figuring out how best to market yourself to tackling the next new thing (writing query letters, self-publishing, audiobooks). It’ll give you a leg up when it matters.
Most authors also like to read, what books do you enjoy? What book(s) have you just finished? I enjoy reading urban fantasy, New Adult contemporary, and New Adult paranormal romance. I’m currently reading Camouflaged by Selena Laurence.
Do you have a favourite movie? I don’t think I have one specific favorite. I really like the movie Lockdown with Guy Pierce. The Avengers is another that I really enjoyed.
Do you have any pets? Yes, I have some cute and cuddly cats that enjoy hogging loads of space on the bed.
Book links, website/blog and author links:
The Witch Who Cried Wolf buy links
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZ9CSHS
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