Sarah McEvoy


Sarah McEvoy was born in Kendal, and wanted to be an astronaut when they grew up until they realised that would mean being more sporty than they were at all interested in being. They now live in Yorkshire with an elderly cat, a large number of books and a collection of hand-made bow ties. They have a varied range of interests including website building, baroque music, translation and needlecrafts. They also love the webcomic Girl Genius, and write fanfic about that when not writing their own original work.

Sarah identifies as non-gendered, and doesn't mind a great deal about pronouns, but ideally prefers neutral ones.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I always start with the characters. I prefer the characters to drive the plot, not the other way round. Therefore, I usually establish at least one major character firmly in my head before I start writing, set up an initial situation, and run through a few plausible ways they could take it. Once I have that skeleton in place, I can begin to write. If I try to work out all the details of the plot too heavily in advance, I find it kills it; that approach works for many people, but not for me. I don't often know exactly how a story is going to finish when I start it.

I set scenes very visually, usually from a viewpoint in the middle of the scene; this may or may not belong to one of the characters.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not sure, but I think it was probably "Peter Rabbit"; if not, it was certainly one of the Beatrix Potter books. I knew several of those by heart, and used them to teach myself to read at the age of three. "Peter Rabbit" was a good story in itself, but I think the greatest impact it had on me was the little subtext that Long Words Are Not Scary. Beatrix Potter did not hesitate to use the word "soporific" in it, with a suitable explanation for her young readers; and she put it there because it was the most appropriate word in the context. That was a useful lesson in writing right there at the age of three, before I ever wrote anything for myself.
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Where to find Sarah McEvoy online

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How I Saved the Cup Final
Price: Free! Words: 8,020. Language: British English. Published: September 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
How do you handle a Cup Final when the two teams come from planets with different conditions? Taw Braley, a socially challenged robotics expert, finds out the hard way in this short piece of SF comedy when his football-crazy girlfriend drags him along because a team from Earth is involved.
The Eggs of 113
Price: Free! Words: 6,300. Language: British English. Published: September 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
A short story celebrating the power of the human imagination in a dystopian future setting. Uldar, a political prisoner, receives a visit from a psychologist, which does not go at all according to the official plan.
Journey to Xanadu
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 100,740. Language: British English. Published: September 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A science fiction thriller set mainly on Titan. The Martian ambassador to Titan is suspected of involvement with a shadowy organisation called the Grey Ring, and Akira Sengupta is sent to investigate.

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