Interview with Sarah MacTavish

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Netflix, MMOs (currently playing Star Wars: The Old Republic), reading, and working on the family tree.
What do you read for pleasure?
A little bit of everything, but I'm definitely a sucker for time-travel romances and Star Wars novels.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ooh, so many! My top three would be C.S. Lewis, Ted Dekker, and Charles Dickens.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only five?! Ok, I'll give it a shot. Not including Narnia, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, because those are givens... here are five apart from those:

The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen D. Randle
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Circle Series by Ted Dekker
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the very first, but I know the first that really drew me in was The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I think The Chronicles of Narnia series is what started me down the path of the Bookworm.
What is your writing process?
Lots of crying and snacks. Just kidding. First, for historical, I do a ton of research. Then I work on my outlines--I usually start with a one-pager of the overall plot, then a more detailed outline (usually 1 page per chapter), so that I can sit down and knock out a chapter at a time. I'm also a full time librarian, so I usually spend my days off trying to cram in a weeks' worth of writing, which is why outlines are so important to me.
Describe your desk
Right now it's pretty messy. Besides my monitor, I have piles of books and papers on either side sort of closing in on me. Usually have a glass of tea sitting a little too close to my keyboard. There's also a lightsaber lamp, Yoda pop vinyl, and most of the time, my cat.
When did you first start writing?
I think I wrote a lot as a kid, but it wasn't until middle school that I decided I wanted to be an author.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Haha, yes. I was 13, and it was a terrible science-fiction that will never see the light of day. But it was fun to write!
What are you working on next?
I'm in the early stages of writing the sequel to Firebrand, plus other short stories that will take place between the two novels!
Published 2016-02-29.
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