Interview with Sarah Vistica

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was around thirteen. I was a huge Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan at the time. I didn't like a change they made to one of the episodes so I wrote my own script of how I wanted the episode to turn out.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind Whisper...

I actually wrote it for a book contest it took me a week and a half to write. I sent in my first draft for the story because I was on a time crunch. The story came about while I was watching a movie and the idea came to me and it had absolutely no relation to the movie. As I started writing I realized I was taking a story that is a mix of Ghost Whisperer and The Secret Garden and turning it into a paranormal story filled with romance, mystery, and good vs evil.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My motivation to become an indie author was a failed attempt at tradiontionally being published with two different books at different times. They are currently unpublished or as I call them a work in progress. Money is also a minor factor, but that is not the most important reason. For me, becoming an indie author was the only way I would be able to share my stories with others.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They made it possible for my book to available to millions of readers via their site and major retail store websites.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That my stories touch lives and give a temporary escape to those who need a break.
What do your fans mean to you?
I appreciate them very much. They really mean a lot to me. My fans help keep me motivated to write more books for them to read.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on editing a book I wrote a while ago. It is a controversial story so I am trying to work out how to add certain elements to the story without crossing an inappropriate line. for a sneek peek I actually have an excerpt from a former draft available on my goodreads page. A sixteen year old girl decides she wants to be an adult which includes being in an adult relationship. She meets a guy who is trouble, but he may or may not be trouble for her. Each of the main characters have back stories that show who they are and where they come from. It isn't meant to be an inspirational story, it is a YA romance but I hope that those who read the story (it is a series), may find they can relate to a character or situations a character must overcome or experiences.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorite authors so I will list some of them... First I have mention Stephenie Meyer without her series being turned into a movie and my wanting to read the books I might not have found my love of reading. Here are my faves starting with my current #1.

Kelly Creagh, Lauren Kate, Alyson Noel, Claudia Gray, Stacey Jay, and Bethany Fantaskey
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that I might be able to impact the life of someone else and that each day is a new day with new possiblities waiting.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing... I spend time with friends and family. I love watching tv and going to the movies. It is also the time when I read. I have a dog so I spend a lot of time with her and I am also taking steps with getting my acting career headed in good direction. I also go to church and I love the one I attend so I try not to write on Sundays (day of rest).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover the ebooks I read by browsing through my go to retail store site.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was a class assignment in my early years of elementary school. Honestly I don't remember what it was about.
What is your writing process?
I always start out with research and finding visualizations for different scenes in the story. Generally I use music while writing, but I don't always listen to music while I write. I tend to go deep into my characters to the point I can feel their emotions and I end up acting them out in my mind. I don't use outlines. I have tried, it just isn't something that works for me. I always try to have my two main characters in place before I start writing. I do write my stories from beginning to end, though I am working on how to work on different chapters and compile them together in the right order later on. I try to write descriptions and backstories as each character comes alive in my mind.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read willingly was the Twilight Saga and that sparked my love of reading. I am a fan of fictional vampires and the story had a major impact on my life. It gave me an avenue of escape. I was able to relate to Bella a lot down to a personal level and after that I have been reading books whenever I find on that intrigues me.
How do you approach cover design?
This one is easy...I pay someone to design my covers for me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh, Fallen by Lauren Kate, Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel, Evernight by Claudia Gray, Jekyl Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

These are my favorite books because of the love that is conveyed in the story. I hope to someday have someone love me the way the lead female is loved by the lead male that rare kind of true love that exists but most people don't believe in it, but I do. The other reason is I love these stories because they are different and have twists and turns in the story that you didn't see coming. Things happening in the story that change your perspective of the direction the story is going because they are for the most unpredictable. Not to mention they all have goth elements added to the romance and that makes them alluring to read.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Whisper
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,140. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Avaya Emerson has no memory of the night her parents died. Now an orphan she moves in with her isolated Uncle James deep in the woods of Vermont. Where her new life is not what she expected.
Eternal Test of Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Aly Sycamore thought her life is simple living in a quiet small town. Until one night, she meets a stranger, Rome a vampire from her past. Not long after Aly begins to have strange dreams of a past life as a vampire. Now the clock is ticking for Aly to make a decision between her past and present. When Aly learns the truth she must choose to remain human or return to the vampire world.