Excellent news: Today I have yet another Q&A with the lovely author Sarah Alderson (She's writing this book under the pen name 'Mila Gray' if you're a bit confused!) You may remember the last Q&A I did with her, but this time I am taking part in the blog tour, meaning I also have an awesome giveaway for you! There is no review included in this post because I've already had the pleasure of reviewing it- you can have a look here.
Hi Sarah! Welcome to the blog and thank you for answering all my questions. I think I've got about eight in total, so let's get started!
What got you to become an author and do you think it has influcenced your writing? (Question from @Books_Bandit)
I quit my job in London five years ago and needed some way to earn money - naively I thought writing a book would make me rich! Once I started writing though I discovered how much I loved it.
I love how writing is just something you decided to do- it shows that you can just sit down and do anything you want! What's your writing process like? Any tips & tricks? (Question from @Ariannebooklove)
I’m really disciplined. My publisher gave me a 6 week deadline for Come Back To Me. I beat it. I sit down every day and write - usually around 6,000 words a day. And I’m not a perfectionist so I don’t beat myself up or sweat over every sentence. I just keep going.
Wow. I don't know if I could ever do that! It seems like a lot of hard work, but completely worth it, I'm sure. Come Back To Me is a different genre to the other books you've written. What was it like writing it?
It was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed NOT writing a thriller for once. I found it much easier when it came to plotting.
I have to say that this probably had me as much on the edge of my seat as some thrillers do, especially because of that prologue..! How did you find it writing dual POVs?
I write in dual POV quite often - the Fated series is dual POV and my next YA Conspiracy Girl is in dual POV. I really enjoy writing from a male POV. I think it spices things up. Also, with single POV it can be hard to tell all aspects of the story.
Ahh! I'll be on the lookout for your next YA book! How did you get the idea for Come Back To Me? Did you have any inspirations?
Well, in truth it is inspired partly by Alex and Jack from Hunting Lila. It’s set in Oceanside and it’s about two best friends who are both in the Marines and Kit falls in love with Riley’s sister just before the two of them get re-deployed over to Afghanistan for a year. It’s about love and loss and friendship and heartbreak.
Aww! I love Alex and Jack. It's nice to see how some of your characters can impact other books, too. How do you set about choosing the setting for your books?
I always locate my books in places I’ve lived or visited. I love California so a lot of my books are based there. I also love New York and think it makes a great setting for books so my last YA - Out of Control - is set there (gives me a great excuse to travel). I’m thinking of setting my next New Adult book on Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle so I’m going there this summer.
I would love to go to New York or California. One day..! What was your favourite part of coming up with the characters in Come Back To Me?
I liked seeing who Kit turned into when I started writing. As soon as I started typing from his POV his voice just leapt off the page and I knew exactly who he was. Same with Jessa.
I love Kit and Jessa. I have to ask you this because it was a small detail that made me SO happy: Is there a reason that you made Kit half Portuguese, or was it just a random choice? Regardless, thank you for including that detail!
I actually read a memoir of a man who’d been a Marine embassy guard and it was really helpful to me in understanding the mindset of someone who wants to leave the Marines and post traumatic stress disorder. He was half Portuguese and I wanted to honour that in some way so I made Kit half-Portuguese too. I like giving my characters a little exoticism and mixing it up. Most my characters are half something. Jay in Out of Control is half-Cuban. Alex in Hunting Lila is half-Swedish (did you know that? Not many people know that).
Lila is half-English. I think it adds something to the character!
I never expected that. I think it's very sweet of you to honour that- Thank you! I never actually realised all the different nationalities your characters had origins from- it's very interesting!
Thank you for answering all my questions!
Thanks so much for having me on the blog!
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