Getting to Know the Author: S.M. Sawyer, Part 1
This is the first part of a two-part interview.
Where do your inspirations come from?
They come from within…I’m particularly motivated by nay-sayers – those who say something can’t be done. It pushes me to go farther, to do better.
Who is your favorite character? Why?
In “Justin’s Season” I have an affinity for Chief. I had fun creating his character and back story. He’s more evolved and enlightened about things than he lets on, and he lives by a code of honor that is sorely lacking now-a-days.
When did you start writing?
“Justin’s Season” is my debut effort and I started actively writing it in January 2014, though I had been thinking of the idea of it for over a year before that.
What is your favorite genre to write? To read? Why?
I like historical fiction; taking fictional characters and putting them in historical settings.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
When writing “Justin’s Season” I began with the first several chapters, and then I wrote the last chapter so that I could have an end in mind for where I wanted to take the story. As the story evolved, so did the ending.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing with the intent to publish?
I put “get published” on my bucket list as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do…and I had a story in my head that needed to find its way out.
Do you have a special time/place to write, or do you write whenever/wherever you can?
I wrote 99% of “Justin’ Season” in our home study. I would start in the morning and lose track of time…sometimes writing into the night without a break.
What is your favorite snack?
I don’t usually snack, though I’m very fond of fresh raspberries.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I used a laptop computer.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I can only speak to “Justin’s Season,” and it took me about four to five months to write the first draft, followed by off-and-on edits and re-writes for the next year after that.