Interview with Sterling Blake

When did you first start writing?
I first began writing in my teens but set it aside for many years. I returned to writing in my forties and haven't looked back. I find writing to be the only thing that keeps me sane and centered.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Becoming an author backed by a mainstream publishing house is about as easy as becoming a blockbuster movie actor. I have stories to tell and those that have read them have said they are worth sharing. I made a decision to step out and self-publish in order to move forward.
What is your writing process?
My stories come to me from a varied set of circumstances. Each story is different. I follow crime dramas, I watch horrible amounts of television and I am always in the car. Any one of these things can set off the mantra of many an author: "What if?" Once I have an idea, I jot it down somewhere. Most of the time I slap it into a file on my phone. I tend to start with a character and what he/she may want. Unlike some, I do not outline or over work the ideas, I tend to just start writing. I find it cathartic and energizing to have a story twist and turn as I am putting it onto paper. Once I have completed the work, I send it to my editor who then reads and begins my process of rewriting. There is always rewriting!
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have an image in my head. I may do some searching for that image myself or I may turn it all over to my graphic artist to start with, but I always involve my graphic artist. I paint pictures with words, that's my job. She is the professional at setting that to a cover and I am glad to have her!
What do you read for pleasure?
I am an avid fiction reader and love many different genres. I read romance, crime/thriller, mystery, literary and historical fiction. Most of the time I am looking for something that teaches me. I want to walk away from a book having learned something, whether that is revelation about myself or about the subject I read.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on a Kindle or on my iPhone. I love eBook reading and find it lends itself to the voracity with which I consume books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try not to be "not writing" for the most part, but when my bottom is not actually in my chair churning out words I run three other businesses that keep me plenty busy. I am my husband's office manager, I run a business that complements his but is my own, and I also have an "artsy" business of creating custom invitations. When I am not managing that, I am the mother of two teens, one heading off to college and one in high school and I have pets, horses among them. Past that, I deeply love to travel. I am never idle!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a big supporter of my local library and use that most days to find another book for my Kindle. I keep up sporadically on blogs, have a GoodReads profile and Facebook regularly as well, so there are times I find lists of books to read there. Mostly, I love to read things that have been recommended to me by friends. When it comes to endorsement, aren't those of your friends the best anyway?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a small child, my grandmother read to me daily each afternoon before my nap. Often I would have to wake her up to finish the chapter because she would fall asleep. The first chapter book I can remember her reading to me was Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. I know I read it again at least twice on my own. Reading was something she instilled in me as a means to travel outside my daily life. She would say that not everyone can afford to travel the world, but anyone can apply for a library card.
Describe your desk
My desk is a bed of chaos! I have a beautiful studio built just for myself and my writing, but often I am found sitting at the breakfast bar of my house in the kitchen. The bar is littered with remnants from the three businesses I run, a coffee mug and a handful of pens that I find interesting. Luckily for me, when I write, I don't see the chaos around me, just the picture I am creating as I write.
Published 2015-02-25.
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Torn
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,530. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Everything she once held dear had been ripped from Jane Cavanaugh's grasp. Reliving her painful past was never in her plans. When young Harlow Banks offers to tell her story, however, she can't resist. Can she find peace through the young student? Will she ever know what happened in the darkest days of her life?‚Äč
Exposed
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Presley DuBois is a beautiful lie. Set against the back drop of raucous New Orleans and it’s surrounding area, Presley loves with steamy, detailed abandon. She is selective in her partners and strives for control as her first agenda. When her new love interest asks her to give him all of her, she is stunned. She determines to tackle her past, wrestle with her present and build an authentic life.