Interview with Sara Creasy

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My brain keeps me awake at night generating new scenes and playing them in my head like a movie. Writing these ideas down before I forget them gets me out of bed!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a family to take care of (husband, daughter, cats) and a house to occasionally clean.
What is your writing process?
For the Wynter Wild series, I simply wrote and wrote and wrote - half a million words all out of order, whatever part of the story interested me that day. Later I had to re-jig everything to create individual books, and then edit each book to give it a story arc. Previously my writing process was a little more structured, but I've never written detailed outlines before starting. I like to start writing and see where it takes me.
How do you approach cover design?
For this series I chose images of girls with guitars with at least some "clean" space for adding clearly visible text. The images don't show faces, firstly because all the different models are supposed to be Wynter, and secondly because I prefer to let readers imagine their own cast (for this reason, I don't describe main characters' appearances in the book in great detail, either).
I looked at professionally published books to learn about typeface and just picked a simple font, the same for both the title and author.
Describe your desk
It's really messy, which I hate, although once I get into a writing session it doesn't bother me too much. I have a coaster and a mug on the right, and on the left I keep a calendar with major events of my story marked in. I sometimes hang my preferred casting choices for the main characters right above my laptop. I may or may not have a cat on my lap.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Birmingham, UK - a huge city - and lived on a busy main road. Not the most fun environment for kids. We had "country cousins" and were super-envious of their location.
The house itself was an amazing three-story Victorian home with a cellar and a huge back yard. My dad, an engineer, was forever fixing the place up, which has inspired me to write adult male characters who are super-competent handymen. In a later Wynter Wild book, the family moves to an eccentric fixer-upper on the mountain, and I'm sure that's because I loved the old house of my childhood and often return in my dreams.
When did you first start writing?
I don't remember when I wasn't writing. I have old school books from when I was six or seven, full of my stories.
The first novel I finished was Song of Scarabaeus, a science fiction adventure book. I was fortunate enough to get an agent and the book was published by HarperCollins in 2010, followed by a sequel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Wynter Wild series (starting with Little Sister Song) is an amalgamation of a lifetime's experience, with all sorts of influences stemming from my interests over the years: rock music, guitars, and bands; sibling drama; cults. And by creating three very different brothers I've been able to explore things like philosophy and religion, personalities under stress, the effects of bad parenting that linger into adulthood, and the many meanings of love within and outside of the family structure. For the most part I've tried to do this with a sense of humor running through, to not get too bogged down in the angst. I hope the series is a fun read that also leaves you thinking.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was previously published via an agent. This time around, my agent didn't know quite what to do with the books I wrote so I'm going it alone. I'm fortunate to have had that prior experience with traditional publishing. Also, because I worked for many years as an editor, I don't have to pay one! I also have some design experience when it comes to the covers and interior layout, so this really is a one-woman show other than, of course, my amazing beta readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I absolutely love hearing from readers about my books, to find out how certain things affect them, to answer question about the characters or about the writing process, and to encourage the writers among them. I wrote this current series for myself because I had to get the story out of my head, but just as importantly I wrote it for others to enjoy. So far I've had tremendous feedback from readers of all ages who have fallen in love with the characters, and that's gratifying because I love them too - it's why I wrote ten books about them!
Published 2019-04-02.
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Books by This Author

Rhythm and Rhyme (Wynter Wild Book 3)
Series: Wynter Wild. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,900. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Wynter has lived on the outside for eight months, and she's growing stronger. She begins to open up to her brothers about her childhood and gains confidence in dealing with the world. When a horrific accident threatens to tear everything apart, her dreams of a happy family may be destroyed. Meanwhile, Joy reveals a secret, and the family dynamics head in a new direction that no one asked for.
Out of Tune (Wynter Wild Book 2)
Series: Wynter Wild. Price: Free! Words: 133,190. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Wynter is struggling to find her place in the world. Now in foster care, her only desire is to move home with her brothers. While she finds success by putting together a rock band with some boys at school, she fails at the social rules required to befriend the girls. When Wynter discovers the world won't bend to her will, she takes matters into her own hands.
Little Sister Song (Wynter Wild Book 1)
Series: Wynter Wild. Price: Free! Words: 109,620. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.00 from 1 review)
Wynter has spent her entire young life behind a chain-link fence in the middle of the Arizona desert. She escapes and finds the family she never knew she had--three older brothers who were abandonned by their mother, just as she was. They bond over music but there's no happy ending. Her adult siblings have problems of their own, and they'll have to fight to keep her.