Author Interview: Sarah L. Cambell

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I loved writing little books as a child of the places that I’d visited, but I saw writing as an unattainable career for a long time. I knew I always wanted to work with books in some way though. During a careers lesson at school, you had to choose cards of what your future career would be and I got bookshop owner. That would certainly be my second choice.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Write everyday if you can and read a lot of books that are in your genre that you’re writing about. Also make sure the story is something you enjoy – you’re going to spending a lot of time with it, so make sure you’re fully invested in the story.

Do you prefer eBooks, printed books, or audiobooks most of the time?

I like all three, print books are great for bedtime reading, I enjoy eBooks when I’m out and about and I often have an audiobook on in the background whilst I’m doing other things.

Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing?

The cat. Louie doesn’t like to be ignored and will often jump up on the laptop to say hi and add an extra line or two into the story! His way of being ‘helpful.’

How do you celebrate when you finish your book?

For me, I have a nice cup of coffee and a big slice of cake in a little café. Maybe some new clothes or visit the bookshop to buy another book as well.

How do you come up with character names for your stories?

I come up with a few character notes before I decide on a character name. It all depends on what name would fit the character’s personality.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

Over many edits and corrections. After each round of edits, I print off my work and go through them on pen and paper before changing up my edits on the computer.

How do you use social media as an author?

I think it’s a balancing act between promoting yourself, connecting with other authors and cheering each other’s success.

How long did it take you to write this book?

My last book, A Double Wedding for the Leaves of Change Café Part One took a year to write. It is in two parts though, so that’s probably why. Look out for the last part coming soon.

If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

If I could meet Aurora (my main character in the Leaves of Change Café) I’d say ignore your ex-husband and don’t let him interfere in your life.

Sarah L CampbellSmall town romance, Children’s and YA self published author.

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