Sarah Starr

Biography

To sit down and write a book is not always down to cold choice but rather a compulsion or urge that generates from within. Sometimes on a soul level, one is required to follow this need to get an idea onto paper. So it was for my story.

At ten I was sent to a school which had a bookcase in the classroom. The first book I picked out was an abridged edition of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. The words flew out from the page as I read the first chapter in a blur of fear and excitement. After this I read the abridged version of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The suspense was overwhelming! Sucked into the pages I only had to look up to know I was in the safety of the classroom. I was hooked! And I knew then I wanted to write.

During my teenage years I scored my best marks in English, but I found study difficult. It was supposed I had Dyslexia but this was never diagnosed, so I continued to struggle with my studies. I trained to become a nurse and worked for the NHS for 7 years. In my late 20’s I moved to Australia but returned to England 4 years later. A further 6 years after that I was able to work part-time. This created space I could use for writing, but I wanted to write a novel. I was out of practice, slow and awkward. I didn’t have a plot, but knew I wanted to write about Australia. I attended a writers group for a few terms which helped my low confidence. And bit by bit I let the story evolve. It came from within, took many years and needed countless changes, but I loved every minute of its creation. That story is Dream Time.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Middlesex (UK) but I grew up in Kent during the 1960's and 70's. It was a time of comparative freedom for children when I explored the surrounding countryside for hours with my friends. At school the teachers gave little encouragement until I wrote my first story, aged nine years. English became my favorite subject, after which I aspired to one day write my own books.
When did you know you wanted to write?
At age 10, when I read an abridged edition of 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. Both my parents were avid readers and my grandmother and aunt also worked for the bookshop W.H. Smith. Before I was born my mother worked at The Frances Edwards Bookshop in Marylebone, London and served several famous people of the time.
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Books

The Secrets of Moorvale Asylum
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,240. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
A post-war suspense of a mother’s quest to find her stolen child. Set in 1948 the story follows Resistance Fighter Juliette’s search after a breakdown with amnesia sees her committed to Moorvale. As her memory returns the Elemental beings at the asylum allow a healing to occur while secrets both magical and sinister are unearthed within the grounds.
Dream Time
Price: Free! Words: 83,700. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
A unique spiritual mystery that connects the lives of the modern-day Australians with Aborigines and colonizers from 1788.

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