MEET THE AUTHOR SARAH HEGGER

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

Sarah has an active imagination and the attention span of a goldfish, so she’s constantly switching genres and coming up with new directions to send us in. Fortunately, she’s a plotter so she keeps us on the straight and narrow.

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

I’m currently working on the fourth book in a five book paranormal romance series. It’s due to release on October 31st this year, but it will probably go live sooner than that. Readers waiting for the next book might get feral if it doesn’t get here sooner rather than later. The series is about a nearly extinct coven of witches fighting to restore harmony and balance in the world. They’re being thwarted at every turn by a evil bloodwitch with megalomaniacal tendencies and desire to throw the world into chaos. At the moment, she’s winning *gasp*.

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

There are multiple MCs in my WIP, so I couldn’t isolate just one and say they were my favorite. But I like characters who grow and learn, and have a little tire tread on them from lessons learned and challenges overcome. I also like them to have a sense of humor and strong sense of the ridiculous.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

I’m in the process of semi-redeeming a baddie. I love doing this. She’s a character who has caused so much trouble for my main characters, and has been absolutely awful at times and done some very nasty stuff. But redeeming characters is a favorite thing of mine to do. I don’t believe people, like characters, are all bad or all good. I like to play in the grey area in between.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

The series started a few years ago, when I felt the world was drifting into a dark place. As recent history has shown, it just got worse. I wanted to write a book about hope, and about a world in which miracles and magic do exist, and there is a way out of the dark.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

The entire series was plotted before I started the first book, so I’m sticking with that. I deviate a bit as I write and throw a few curve balls in, but for the main part I’m a stick-to-the-plan type of writer who does a set amount of words a day.

  • How do you handle writers block?

I don’t want to jinx myself by saying this, but I haven’t dealt with writer’s block thus far. I tend to hit my word count every day and don’t worry too much about whether the words are good or bad. I just get them on the page, and fix the wobbly bits in editing.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

Now I kind of wish I did, but sadly, I do not have a secret writing ritual.

  • What is your writing snack?

Anything cheese related sees me through the rough patches.

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

I do a lot of acting and backstage work for a local amateur dramatic society. I also love gardening and, of course, reading.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

I grew up in South Africa, and I miss the heat. I’d have to say Summer because I’m all about being warm and getting outside.

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

The goldfish attention span strikes here too. I swap around for no apparent reason. I tend to read mostly romance genres, with a few other books sprinkled in.

  • Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?

My author tagline is “writing the power and the joy”, because these are things I strive to find in my life. And I think we all need to find our power and our joy.

  • What do you spend your music so you listen to when you write? How does it help to put y ou in the mood?

I have to ban music from the writing cave, otherwise, I end up singing the lyrics, and dancing around the room. Before long I have my own little concert going.

JUNE QUESTION OF THE MONTH

 Tell us about your favorite June vacation memory. Or tell us about the vacation that your main character took this year.

One of my favorite summer vacations took place in Greece. The sun, the sea, the heat, and the wine were all lovely and recharging. Swimming in the warm Mediterranean and snorkeling was a highlight.


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