Interview with Sarah Smith

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. The story was in book form. It was the "Diary of Anne Frank". I've never had a book move me as much as this book. I was a very young girl (sixth or seventh grade) when I read the book. Anne Frank was very close to my age and I could relate to her. It was totally by accident that I found this book. I was looking for something different to read so I started into a different section of the library at school and found this book. I have read this book many, many times even as an adult.
How do you approach cover design?
With a lot of research. Reading all I can on how to design a cover. Look for examples. Being in the marketing arena in the corporate world, I was allowed to use my creativity. It helps knowing your way around Powerpoint and Word. The cover design needs to draw your audience in. It needs to tell a story without words. I let different people of different ages, review the cover. After reviewing, I question them about what they see, if they would be interested in reading the book, etc.
What do you read for pleasure?
I think what I read depends on my mood. I love happy endings. But then, I love a good mystery that keeps me turning the page but not frighten me so that I can't sleep at night. I enjoy reading about true life events especially when there's a happy ending and its a mystery.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice is my Kindle. It was a gift from my husband one year for Christmas and I love it!
Describe your desk
My desk is in a corner. Not my preference but its where the connections are. Projects are stacked behind me. A pen is nearby. My cell phone and water bottle are even closer. I have an index box. Yes, I can be old school sometimes. I go with what works for me. Besides, I can't remember all my passwords!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Pleasant Grove in the '60s. It was a suburb of Dallas, Texas. We lived in the same house all my life. We played baseball in the street. We hopped in our next door neighbor's station wagon and their parents drove us to the local swimming pool. My sister and I were among the few girls on the street but that didn't matter. We played games along side of the boys. It was a great place and time to grow up.

I wrote a story about my brother rescuing me on his bicycle from school since I had missed the bus. That story was written for the Institute of Children's Literature to see if I had writing potential.
When did you first start writing?
I started my first book when I completed my course at the Children's Institute of Literature so that would be around 2003-2004 time period. Yes, that's quite a few years back but I try to think that technology needed to catch up with me. I was writing an e-book but didn't know it at the time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think it's the best way to publish a book. You have control over basically everything regarding your book. It just makes more sense to me. I think I might be a control freak.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, Smashwords has given me the knowledge needed to publish my book. Without that knowledge, the book would not be published. I was so fortunate in finding the website. I sing it praises often.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is the enjoyment that readers receive from something that I have written. Letting that young child in my brain and heart direct my words on the page. And of course, its the pressing of "enter" to upload your book to Smashwords to publish because that means you've completed your book !
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Everyone needs a fan club. People that encourage you! People that cheer you on! People that tell you that you can do better. People that tell you that you are doing a great job. We cannot survive without our fans in life!
What are you working on next?
I've started working on book 2. Living in a small town, there's not much to do but Steven finds a cave and wants Carol to tag along and help him explore it.
Published 2017-03-01.
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Books by This Author

Weekend with a Stranger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,230. Language: American English. Published: March 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
(5.00 from 1 review)
Looking forward to a fun summer with her friends at her apartment complex, Carol had no idea that her mom had other plans for her. At least for the first weekend of her summer vacation. A bus trip? What? Not on a plane? Where was her mom sending her? Carol's weekend with a stranger starts at the small town bus depot.