Sara Marks is an author, knitter, Wikipedian, and librarian from Massachusetts. Born in Boston, her family move to Miami, Florida when she was 3. There she spent the next 14 years of her life. She attended Florida State University for 3 years, but graduated with an A.A from Miami Dade College and a B.A. from Florida International University before moving back to Boston for graduate school. She hasn’t left Massachusetts since (except to visit people and places in the world). Now, over fifteen years later and over 10 years of participating in National Novel Writing Month, she is releasing her first novel, Modern Persuasion, with Illuminated Myth Publishing. Sara works with local writing group Mill Pages, which creates an annual anthology of short stories, poems, and art work. She is a member of the Society of Independent Publishers and Authors (SIPA), a group supporting writers in the Merrimack Valley.
When she isn’t writing, Sara is an academic librarian at University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has a masters degree in library science and another in Communications. She is an active Wikipedian who has been editing Wikipedia for over 10 years. She is a member of Toastmasters International where she has twice earned the status of Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest status members can achieve. She is one of the local organizers for National Novel Writing Month. She is an avid knitter who designs and publishes her own patterns. She love unicorns, Paris, and the color purple.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I took a chance with this book and submitted it to a small publisher. I expected the typical rejection, but was thrilled when they offered me a contract. Fast forward to nearly a year later and a month before their anticipated release date, they decided to shut down. I realized, I could do this myself. I had a network of other indie authors that had been giving me advice. They were happy to step up and get me to the well publicized release date. One of my friends had a micro-publishing company and offered me the chance to work with them. What I liked was that I had more control over the entire process. I could see the impact of my work rather than waiting for others to share it with me. I could directly connect with my readers, instead of my publisher controlling that connection. Plus, if I was going to do most of the work to promote the book then I wanted to learn all aspects of the process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have lived with stories in my head all my life. I started writing as a way to get them out of my head. For me, writing has been the process of taking the story out of my head and crafting it into something other people want to read. Some are really easy for me to do, but others have taken years to polish just right. I love getting feedback from my fellow writers and sharing elements with them. They always give me new ideas to consider and some had a huge impact on the direction of the story.
You asked for more stories! How did Wil eventually propose to Lizbeth? What about the birth of their first child? What was going through Wil's mind when he bought that Sriracha t-shirt? How did Lizbeth get elected president of Phi Alpha Pi? Read all of these and more!
You don't have to stop enjoying Emma and Fredrick just yet. Author Sara Marks wrote short stories while she waited for the released of her novel Modern Persuasion. You can now enjoy all four short stories that expand on the story and give alternative versions. You even get the chance to read expanded character profiles for each character.