Interview with Sarah Warman

When did you first start writing?
I'm not exactly sure at what age I began to write, but I did compose my first short story at age nine.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to create all my own content, so I typically begin searching for a favorite photograph that I have taken. The photograph has to fit within the context of the book. I like to chose a photograph that may have special meaning to me, but could be up to interpretation by the reader. I like the idea of the readers trying to find their own meaning behind the photograph.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been writing essays for a long time and I wanted a way to put together a collection of the best ones. Becoming an indie author seemed to be the best way to share my collection of work. Also, I really wanted to keep the raw emotion in my book. That's very important to me. I didn't want my work to be edited to fit a certain format or style of writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans really motivate me when I think about quitting. Sometimes, I've really wanted to throw in the towel with my writing, but then one person will tell me how my work has moved them. That makes it all worth it. When I started writing, I told myself that if I can just help one person with my writing, then it will all be worth it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love seeing people moved by my words. It is an amazing experience to see others moved by what you have written. The feeling of having a positive impact on someone because of what I have written is one of the biggest joys that I've ever had in my life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband, my wonderful family and my cat!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to play sports, run and lift weights. Anyone who knows me, knows that most of my life I've been on a sports team or belonged to a gym. I love to challenge myself!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I switch between my iPhone and iPad. I prefer the iPad, but if I'm on a lunch break I'll use my phone.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania about thirty miles south of Pittsburgh. I lived with my parents on twenty acres of land, about half which were wooded. I didn't have many neighbors and I was an only child so I spent a lot of time by myself. This meant that I had to really use my imagination! When I walked through the woods I would try to imagine the people who lived on the land before me and what they would be like. I often came up with stories as I took these walks.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is a collection of essays that I've written over the past fifteen years. Like many authors I wrote my essays, never thinking that anyone would read them. I was never confident enough to share them. Over the past two years, I started writing again and gained enough confidence to share my thoughts with the world! Once I started gaining positive feedback on my essays I wanted a way to showcase them and also reveal some of my writing. Putting my essays into a book format seemed to be the best way to accomplish that goal.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Most of the traffic to my blog and Smashwords page are via Facebook. This isn't surprising since I started sharing most of my writing on Facebook. I've also started to gain more traffic from Twitter and it's been a great place to meet other authors. I've found that by offering my books for free or by offering a coupon code I've had more downloads of my book. I'm new to writing ebooks and by offering my work for free, I can broaden my audience.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working on a sequel to my book of essays. My goal is to publish the ebook in the fall. I'm also working on turning my short story, 'Seeking Vegas' into a novel. It is a daunting task but I am determined to finish it!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the ebooks I am currently reading come from authors I've connected with online. I've been fortunate to find some really great authors via social media. Most of the ebooks I read are short stories or personal essays.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I think I was nine years old and my main character was 'Jane'. I can't remember the storyline exactly but Jane was trying to build a relationship with her stepfather after her father had passed away. Kind of a heavy subject for that age! I'm not sure where I came up with that idea. My parents printed it and had a softcover put on it. I still have a copy of it today!
Published 2016-03-16.
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Books by This Author

Back To You
Price: $1.15 USD. Words: 1,170. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
'Back To You', a book of emotional healing, is a collection of twenty poems written from the heart. It includes the thoughts of healing during a journey of sorrow and grief, while looking for the positive affirmations in life. This collection of poetry is written for the hopeless romantics, the wandering souls and the free spirits who look for the good in life.
Don't Forget Me
Price: $1.15 USD. Words: 12,030. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2016. Categories: Essay » Author profile, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
'Don't Forget Me - Essays of Reflection' is the sequel to Sarah's first book of essays, 'Don't Forget to Write'. Sarah shares more of her essays as she weaves and winds her way through adulthood. She examines the complexity of her relationships, the losses she's endured and why life may not be taking the path she expected as she enters her thirties.
Seeking Vegas
Series: Seeking Vegas. Price: Free! Words: 8,240. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Inspirational
Danielle is a young woman embarking on her life post college graduation and discovers her fiancée has been cheating on her. Heartbroken, she flees to Las Vegas to recover from her failed relationship. Once there, she partakes in all that Las Vegas has to offer. Her adventures lead her to make a life changing decision that she never expected.
Don't Forget to Write
Price: Free! Words: 11,470. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Essay » Author profile, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
What happens when life doesn't go as planned? What happens when you have more questions than answers? What happens when you realize you'll never have everything figured out? 'Don't Forget to Write' examines these adventures into adulthood including high school graduation, college memories, losing a job, love, and loss. Sarah shares her collection of essays written from personal experience.