Interview with S. A. Healey

Published 2016-02-01.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story when I was ten years old. It was about a witch who lived in a painting. Though I never shared it with anyone, the experience solidified my love affair with words and creating worlds where I could escape and find myself all at the same time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It all began with one random idea—a single climactic, dramatic scene. I didn't think much of it initially, but then, after it continued swimming around in my head for a time, I knew I had to lay it out and see if maybe I had something there to build on. The result is a story that explores the darker side of romance while posing the question: Is loving someone enough?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Maintaining creative control over my work was probably the biggest contributing factor in my decision to go indie. It's important to me to have the freedom to write the stories I want to write for the people who want to read them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is all about options, benefitting both the author and consumer. Its wide retailer distribution network has been a key element in my novel's discoverability, and for that I am utterly grateful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing is joy through:
• Connecting.
• Digging deep.
• Exploring what it means to experience life.
• Sharing lessons.
• Expressing with honesty, always…no matter how joyous or sad or ridiculous or maddening.
• Recognizing that the truth is often convoluted.
• Beginning each day knowing there's a chance to make it better.
• Embracing all the moments, big and small.
• Reuniting with my first love every time I hold a pen.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers mean the absolute world to me, as they are the fuel to my passion. They lift me up, motivate me, and build my confidence. They make every push behind my pen worthwhile and meaningful.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently finishing Fill Me In (The Liquid Series Book 2), which is slated for a spring release. I've also just begun work on a Contemporary Romantic Comedy, titled My Eyes Are Up Here.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are too many to count, but some who have been the most influential include J.D. Salinger, Emily Bronte, Jane Austin, Anne rice, Judy Blume, William Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and Lisa Genova.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My amazing husband and kiddos inspire me beyond measure, and every day is a gift knowing I'll get to spend it with them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I hang with my fam. I sing. I dance. I read read read. I comb beaches. I gorge myself on music and horror flicks.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I spend a fair amount of time on Goodreads, which is a great place to discover both popular titles and hidden gems. My friends and family pass along recommendations of their favorite eBooks as well.
What is one great lesson you've learned as a writer?
No story is ever completely told.
What is your writing process?
As soon as a story begins to formulate in my mind, I write a brief paragraph or two just to get the gist of it down. But from there, I usually wing it, letting the characters lead the way until a full story unfolds. The entire process differs from book to book. With my first, I actually typed the last chapter first, then built the rest of the story around it. With my second, I started at the beginning, then banged out each subsequent chapter in order until the book was completed. In general, I do most of my writing on my laptop, but as ideas float into my mind throughout the day, I'll jot them down in a notebook I keep within reach. As a result, I've got notebooks upon notebooks filled with God-knows-what. Lol.
Who was the first author to influence you in a profound way?
One of my earliest literary influences was Judy Blume, and her books became my friends, offering comfort and understanding during those awkward adolescent years. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, in particular, will always hold a special place in my heart. Ms. Blume's adult novels are wonderful as well.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything, literally. As a self-confessed sucker for romance, I read heavily in that genre, but I also float over to fantasy, mystery, dystopian, horror, you name it...non-fiction too. If it's well written and compelling, I will love it!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I got my first Kindle five years ago, and I've never looked back. Loooove it.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
If you have a passion for writing, don't let anything or anyone stop you from pursuing your dream. Don't allow your fears or that pesky inner critic to hold you back. Instead, face them head-on until you've built up some confidence, which will then fuel your drive to keep going. Don't worry about not being good enough. Write because you love it. And the more you write, the better you'll get, and the easier it'll become. Remember that no matter how talented you are, there will always be room for improvement and growth, so be open to criticism from those who give it constructively, and learn from it. Go for it!!
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Books by This Author

Empty Me Out (The Liquid Series Book 1)
Series: The Liquid Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,310. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Straight-laced Kelsey loathes the college party scene. But one night, under rather unpleasant circumstances, she meets Mark and finds herself falling for him despite his involvement in the very lifestyle she so vehemently despises.