Interview with Sara Butler Zalesky

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually the alarm 'inspires' me to get out of bed but honestly, my son is my inspiration. He is developmentally disabled and on most mornings he looks at each day as a new beginning, full of exciting things to do and see.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I mostly spend my time with my husband and son and our two cats. I am an avid outdoor cyclist and an indoor cycling instructor at a national chain location near my home.
I also work full time as a paralegal in a small firm in Chester County, PA.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The first ebook I bought was The Gate Thief, based on an Amazon recommendation because I liked Mercedes Lackey. Typically, I read sci/fi-fantasy, which is strange because I wrote a women's fiction/romance.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do remember the first story. It was around the time that the film, 'Ladyhawk' came out, staring Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer, way back in 1985. I remember sitting at my dad's desk in Bethel, CT and furiously using the hunt and peck typing style to get out what was in my head. It was a story about a girl who found a fox, who was actually a boy, cursed by a witch for stealing an apple.
How do you approach cover design?
I tried to capture the feeling of the book. My first book, Wheeler, is about a professional cyclist but I couldn't find anything that really appealed to me until I spotted a photograph on Canva. It wasn't until after I purchased the photo did I notice that the cyclist was a woman and that she was wearing a red, white and black kit. The same colors as the team kit in my book.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm still into sci/fi fantasy type. My favorite authors are Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, Mercedes Lackey, Orson Scott Card, Rick Riordan.
Describe your desk
My desk is a complete mess but I know where everything is! It's an accurate reflection of my brain.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am so grateful that people have been reading Loren's story. I do a little dance whenever someone follows me on Twitter. Really!
What are you working on next?
I'm actually working on the second of the Wheeler series to finish the story.
Published 2016-07-19.
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