Interview with Sarah Plata

Who are your favorite authors?
I really love Ernest Gaines and SE Hinton. They both had a major impact on me which influenced my writing style.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A second chance to make my dream a reality. Everyday that I am able to get up and out of bed is another day that I get to work on making my passion more than just a hobby.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work. I work 2 jobs to make ends meet while working towards my goals of becoming an Author.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have a friend who also love writing and is really good at it, Brianna Holbrook, and she is the one who told me about it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first real story I wrote was in the sixth grade. I can’t remember the name of it, but I worked on it everyday in Mr. Wright’s class while writing in our daily journal. My teacher Mr. Wright was the villain of the story. He enjoyed it so much he read it in front of the entire class.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is like a very loosely planned road trip. I have a starting point and where I am going to finish, but the middle is a lot of detours and rerouting, but somehow it all comes together.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Bay Area in the San Pablo/Richmond Area which is the place that inspires all my stories and characters and is why my stories take place there.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in the 3rd grade, and that is when I first realized that that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is about staying true to yourself and not losing yourself to negativity or the crowd around you.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had been researching how to get your stories published and the conventional way involves a handful of people skimming through a story that took you months or years to write just to possibly tell you no. I wanted my story to have a greater chance than that.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) the outsiders
2) a lesson to remember
3) that was then this is now
4) taming the star runner
5) the house on mango street
Published 2018-01-29.
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