About the Author
Sara Jessica Marquette was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, attended High School in Indiana and graduated from Indiana University. She enjoys writing in a number of different genres, particularly Romance, Erotica, New Adult and Young Adult. Her interests include travel, art, photography, history, horseback riding, and sailing. These interests often serve as backdrop for her novels.
What inspires you to write romance books?
The universe is a peculiar place and I am particularly interested in shared destinies and the unconscious forces that bring men and women together. There is obviously a physical attraction existing between men and women, but something deeper is at work as well.
Tell us about how you write:
I try to ‘Story Map’ each story when I begin. Story Mapping is a method used in writing movie screenplays and it fits pretty well for stories and novels as well. The story map also lets me know if I’ve really got a story or just an idea. I also work in Photoshop to create a visual ‘story board’ of the book, so I can ‘see’ it like its a movie. The process helps me to understand the dramatic arc of the tale and how my characters will resolve conflicts. Character sketches are less formal for me, and characters seem to take on a life of their own, and if they don’t I kill them off! I get to know my characters as they live and react in the story, and if there are inconsistencies in their development I would take care of these in final polishing and revision.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely! If I can’t hear them talk there’s a problem! I also often find myself physically moving or contorting my expressions while I search for what a character is doing or saying in a given situation.
What advice would you give other writers?
Imagine, imagine, imagine. I let my mind go and sometimes come up with outrageous stuff that ends up working really well. Some of my best work comes when I’m stuck and I simply start writing whatever comes out. I can edit later.
I know keeping up a ‘social platform’ is important, but don’t think tweeting and posting on Facebook are the same as writing, and real writing is more important than obsessing over 140 characters, although the 140 characters can help me to edit better!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing gives me so much freedom and control, and I enjoy that. I didn’t like working with agents, etc because even though they are usually nice enough they are also often very cynical and sometimes suffer from tunnel-vision of what is popular in the market right in that moment or season: “Can’t your hero be a zombie?”
I think as long is the basic premise is strong an author can use their own personal viewpoint and interests to ‘color’ the narrative.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It will eventually get settled like the American West, but right now it’s wide-open!
What genres do you write?
Romance, Erotica, New Adult, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?
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