Interview with Sabra Brown Steinsiek

What's the inspiration behind your newest book?
A Time For Love is the last book of a five-book series about a family and this final book is about the next generation. It was a necessary book to tie up the loose ends and let the reader know that all is well with the Morgan family.
What are you working on next?
I am at work on a dual time period ghost story set in Venice, Italy; working title Mezzonotte: A Novel of Venice. I have long been fascinated by Venice and in 2015 was able to finally visit there and it took up residence in my heart.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I’m a former librarian so reading is my main pastime. I read a wide variety of books from all genres except science-fiction and erotica.
What is your writing process?
Truly, I do everything the little voices tell me to do. My characters are very real to me and I often feel as if I’m eavesdropping on them. If they don’t want to cooperate, there will be no writing that day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was lucky. I had parents who believed in reading. They bought a set of sixteen books called the Children’s Hour and I clearly remember my mother, busy with dinner, taking out the first book and sitting me down with a story Nine Rabbits and Another One by Miriam Potter. She told me to read it for myself and I did! I had the key to the magic! Nothing stopped me after that.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux - The best story ever written about star crossed lovers. I re-read this and Phantom (see below) at least every couple of years.
Phantom by Susan Kaye - An expansion of the Phantom story that made him a most sympathetic character.
The Reef by Nora Roberts - Underwater Archeology. Who knew? I re-read this one every year or so.
Tatsinda by Elizabeth Enright - Another story of a character different from everyone else. A beautiful story for children (and adults!) about tolerance and acceptance.
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon - OK, I admit it. Jamie Fraser. What’s not to like? But it’s an engrossing, sweeping saga with compelling characters. I just re-read the entire series last year.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southeastern New Mexico in Carlsbad. It was a good place to grow up and my major haunt was the public library. So many words, so many stories; an abundance of riches. The library had a major impact on my life as I cannot remember a time I did not want to be a librarian. The writing grew out of that early and ongoing exposure to the magic of words.
When did you first start writing?
Probably in grade school. Then more seriously in high school and college. Marriage and family got in the way for a while but, in the 1990’s, I joined a fan club for a musical theatre star and began writing “fan fiction” with a group of friends. From that came my first novel, Timing Is Everything, and the rest is history.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nora Roberts, for sure. James Patterson, Shel Silverstein, Steven Kellogg, and a host of others that I voraciously read everything they’ve written.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Talking to the readers. It’s personally satisfying to have your words come out right on paper – an elegant turn of phrase; an unexpected plot twist – but nothing compares to talking to a reader and finding you’ve made an impact on their lives if only for the duration of the book.
Published 2017-04-11.
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