Interview with Sarah Jane Butfield

What's the story behind your latest book?
Glass Half Full is the story of how our Australian dream was tested by adversity. The journals from which the book is written were never intended to be the basis for a book, they were written as form of self help to get me through some of the most traumatic experiences of my life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I originally thought only friends and family would be interested in reading about our experiences, which is why I self published. However, it has been an amazing experience to have other people read my story, email me and offer advice and support. It is quite a surreal experience.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I chose Smashwords because it has a great reputation and the ease of following the 'how to' guides made the process easy, even for a PC dinosaur like me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to express my inner most emotions freely and honestly.
What do your fans mean to you?
It is still amazing to think that total strangers become fans when you write about your life and experiences. Having said that my new found fans are not only supportive by buying the book and sharing the experience, but many empathize with our story and can relate to it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I admire the work of Lisa Genova, and I enjoy reading anything by James Patterson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing!!! I often wake in the night with ideas and thoughts that are then scribbled into my notepad, therefore in the morning I am ready to go, exploring and collating them. It's a real buzz.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family!!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Online forums and ebook communities.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first experience of writing for an external audience was during my creative writing diploma course and it was called 'Beyond breaking point.' This story was also based on a real life experience in my formative years.
What are you working on next?
The follow up to Glass Half Full is titled 'Two dogs, our bags and no idea,' it follows our arrival in France and our French escapades as we renovate a rural property, enjoy being closer to our children and experience the highs and lows of expat life.
I have two other books in first draft format including a chick lit romance with a working title of 'Without Love' and another true story which documents my life before I met Nigel, with a working title of 'Yesterday once more - the Ben and Jack years.'
Published 2013-12-12.
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Books by This Author

Sarah Jane's Travel Memoirs Series Boxset
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 142,530. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting / stepparenting, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Sarah Jane's Travel Memoirs Boxset contains three travel memoirs featuring expat family travel experiences. Find out how, as a family, they faced life-changing events in Australia and France and survived!
Ooh Matron!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,330. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Physicians & medical professionals, Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
The Nomadic Nurse Series Book One: Let's start at the beginning with Sarah Jane as a sixteen-year-old country girl, a bit old fashioned, but who has a mischievous sense of humour and who suddenly decides she wants to be a nurse!
Our Frugal Summer in Charente: An Expat's Kitchen Garden Journal
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Specific ingredients / vegetables, Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
When the move from Australia to France leaves an expat family with little money and no jobs, Sarah Jane has to improvise to feed her family. Converting her garden into a micro small-holding, she finds innovative ways to use vegetables and foods foraged from the fields and hedgerows in Charente. Funny anecdotes, recipes and gardening tips in a memoir which belongs to the Sarah
Two Dogs And A Suitcase: Clueless In Charente
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,870. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting / stepparenting
"Take two dogs, an expat family and eventually some other animals, facing all that France can throw at them, and you have another brutally honest episode in Sarah Jane's travel stories!" French exploits as we endeavour to rebuild our lives in another new country, after spending four and half years in Australia.
Glass Half Full
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,810. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting / stepparenting, Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
Is the glass half empty or half full? Ironically, sometimes life influences our view, and alters our perception. Life is never without its challenges, but how many life-changing events can one family endure before they reach breaking point? Find out in this heart wrenching and touching true story.