Author Interview: Sara Bee
About the author:
I've been a serious bookwork since I was six, and eventually used my love of a good romance to start writing my own stories. There's nothing like getting lost in a different world, especially when it involves badass women and devastatingly sexy men.
When I'm not writing or reading, I'm probably working my day job, baking, playing with lipstick, petting a dog, or running.
What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
I've always loved romance – there's something about two people finding each other that makes me happy, like having wine with your bubble bath. Love is a universal emotion that everyone experiences and no matter what else is going on with the protagonist, my favorite stories involve a happily-ever-after.
Tell us about how you write.
My writing is usually inspired by daydreams and fantasies. I have pages of notes (well, iphone notes) with story ideas when I need some help. The best stories are the ones that excite me – where I already have the entire story in my head without needing to take the time to write an outline. Sometimes the writing just flows out of my fingers – I'll practically close my eyes and let the words transfer straight from my brain to the page. Other times I need to think and plan, and those stories are great too.
Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
I don't, but I think this is a good exercise I'll try in the future. Right now, I think as though I am the character – because usually, the character is a version of myself.
What advice would you give other romance writers?
Write and read, a LOT. It's the easiest way to naturally develop your skill.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Actually, I was looking around online for ways to make some money on the side and I happened across an article about self-publishing erotica! I was like, oh my god, this is perfect for me – I'm already writing stories anyway! It has always been my dream to publish but I'd never considered self-publishing until then. I'm so glad I started, because I am having the time of my life.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think with the increasing use of ereaders, the barrier to publishing is lowered. It is much easier and cheaper to self-publish an ebook than a paper book! That being said, I hope traditional publishers stick around, because they are the experts at selecting, editing, and marketing. There's nothing wrong with more books to read!
Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
Erotica, contemporary, and comedy
My books are available in the following formats: