Interview with Sarah Bevan Fischer

Please tell us a little about yourself.
Sarah Bevan Fischer is the author of thirty New York Times bestsellers, all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot. Bevan Fischer now has over thirty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into twenty languages. NOT! Ha ha! She also makes up stories for a living and, hey we all have to dream...
Actually I have written all my life but until fairly recently I have been a hostage of my day job; BUT not any more. I've been writing non-stop to make up for lost time. The result so far a series of eight novels, with some others on the way. An entirely new venture next and possibly some more in the Palmerstone stable after (I'm currently suffering from withdrawal symptoms as I'm denied my daily hang out with my imaginary best friends). I'm not a best selling author yet but my first book "Palmerstone" has made it onto the Top 100 publications in the Family Saga genre of Amazon.com :-0
What are you working on next?
My books are in the romance/saga/contemporary genre. I have actually written 8 books. The first series of four books: Friendship Diaries follows the lives of four women who meet at school and form a lasting bond. The story follows the women's lives, loves and loses; at the heart of the narrative is, unsurprisingly, the women's friendship. The Beyond Friendship series features the lives of the second generation of characters; I have just completed the final book in this series which is due out on 14th November! (PLEASE put the date in your diary!) Owing to the withdrawal symptoms I admit that I am contemplating a couple more books in the Palmerstone stable!! For the time being I am writing the outline for a completely new story. Based loosely on a classic novel (see if you can guess) and my imaginings of how the story would pan out in the 21st Century. I plan to start writing in earnest on November 1st having rather unwisely entered for the NaNoWriMo Challenge (write 50,000 words in the month of November) eek! ;-0 Follow my progress here on Smashwords or at nanowrimo.org
Who are your favorite authors?
I have always loved to read and I have very catholic taste in literature. One of my all-time favourite authors is Jane Austen and I'm sure there must be a little influence from her in my writing, though rather difficult to find I imagine. Mm let me think! I learned a lot from JK Rowling's 'Harry Potter' as I was awestruck by the scope and vision of the series. Although the Friendship Diaries and Beyond are a very different genre I hope that the complexity and span of the story reflects the lesson. My taste is wide-ranging and I like to try new authors, I probably wouldn't choose to pick up a sci-fi or horror novel BUT if I was in a hospital waiting room and that's all there was...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Without wanting to piss anybody I get out of bed because the first thing that I see when I wake up is the sparkling azure of the Mediterranean, usually accompanied by cloudless skies and promise of dawn to dusk sunshine ;-) And yes I do know that I'm a lucky bitch...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well apart from the obvious soaking up the rays, swimming, walking, a new found bug for yoga, reading (of course), cooking, eating, drinking (coffee by day, wine by night), hanging out with friends, ditto husband. Day dreaming...
What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot?
As a reader, I love that from a description that the author gives one can form a personal picture of a place or a person. It is a particular skill of a good writer to give the reader just the right amount of detail, not too much, not too little. I also love movies and don't actually think that they benefit from sticking religiously to the novel on which they are based. (Any filmmakers out there please take a look at mine :-))
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is writer nirvana. I have to confess to having a major vice: impatience. Smashwords has enabled me to be in the driving seat of my own writing career. To be able to control my own content, work flow and release dates is a major bonus. I have only self-published digitally so far. The good: no gatekeepers, no dead trees, and reasonably frequent feedback from readers. (BIG thank you guys xoxo) The bad: I so loved cruising bookshop shelves and reading in library corners...Also I would love to see someone reading one of my books beside the swimming pool/on the airplane/metro/bus...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Mm well I guess it has to be that I get to spend most of the day mischief making with my (imaginary) best friends!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. To know that someone has read what you have written, sometimes taken the time and trouble to give feedback in the form of a review, gone on to buy another of your books and favourite you as an author is AWESOME. (I think all authors will agree) I have to say that any of these things alone is mighty fine too. For me personally, the characters are real people as I write; my imaginary friends. You know how it is with friends you want other people to love your friends as you do. Simple as that.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I trawl Smashwords (and other e-Book Sellers) assiduously, partly to assess my competition, partly to find reading material. I do write customer reviews (if I feel positive about the experience) and I favourite other authors that I like. There are undoubtedly a huge array of talented authors that one can discover and enjoy who may never have made it past the gatekeepers of the literary world. It pleases me enormously to see these authors challenge and sometimes beat the traditionally published, agent backed and professionally marketed competition. Rock on Indies!
Published 2013-10-28.
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Books by This Author

A Universal Truth - Compendium Edition
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,490. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The Bennet sisters are very different, products of a marriage in terminal decay. Emerald is loosely based on the famous and much loved classic precursor Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. AUT echoes the 200-year-old novel but is widely different and is how I imagine the story may pan out in the 21st century. The story follows the love of Emy and Matt with haunting echoes of their predecessors...
The Master of Pemblane (Book 2 - A Universal Truth)
Series: A Universal Truth, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,110. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
In the second part of A Universal Truth (Based on marvelous Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice) it is five years later. Emy has forged a successful career in New York and Matt has reestablished the Pemblane estate on an even footing. Both have faced their demons and moved on. Each of them dream of the other and are drawn towards each other with a magnetic force that cannot be denied...
Emerald
Series: A Universal Truth, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,720. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
The story follows the lives of the five daughters of the Bennet family. The sisters are wildly different, products of a marriage in terminal decay. Emerald - A Universal Truth is loosely based on a famous classic precursor and is how I imagine the story may pan out in the 21st century. And yes it is Pride and Prejudice. Emerald is the first of two in A Universal Truth. Sequel is coming SOON!