*does a double back handspring into the interviewer seat* Tell me about yourself! What’s a day in the life of Sarah J Carr like?
*races over to interviewee seat* Well, I get up before the sun and head off to my day job in medical billing. My afternoons are filled with my adorable tornado of a little boy and my wonderful husband. The evenings are consumed with writing Embracing Hamilton, the sequel to Revealing Hamilton. When I can barely hold my eyes open any longer, I go to sleep. The next day? Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
*sprints over to interviewer seat* It sounds like you’re always busy. With all you do, can you tell me about an event that’s molded you into the person you are today?
*runs over to interviewee seat* I take it as a personal challenge if someone tells me I CAN’T do something. A few years ago, I went to Maui and watched the King’s Trail triathlon. A blind woman finished mid-pack and it served as great inspiration to me. She swam a mile in the open ocean, rode her bike 26 miles and ran 6.2 through lava beds. Seeing her smile as she crossed the finish line gave me encouragement to do anything I set my mind to.
*cartwheels over to interviewer seat* I’m tired just reading about that and want to sleep. It’s 10:00pm on a Friday night. Where are you?
*dashes over to interviewee seat* I’m either perched in front of the computer working on my next WIP or I’m collapsed in bed. I lead an exciting life, I know.
*skips over to interviewer seat* Speaking of exciting, can you tell me three facts about you that most people don’t know? Also, what's the craziest action you've taken in the name of research?
*jumps over to interviewee seat* I’m an ordained minister. In the past few years, I’ve performed three weddings. I’ll add, one of which…was in Dr. Seuss rhyme. Two more? I’ve given a dolphin a vaginal exam and I accrued my middle name after a naked doll my dad carried around as a child. In regards to research? I went on a tour of a morgue.
*does the salsa over to interviewer seat* Well, that sounds…interesting. Can you tell me what the most interesting experience you’ve incurred as a writer?
*jogs over to interviewee seat* I met Laurell K Hamilton on set of a talk show in Seattle. Instead of saying anything intelligent when I met her, a giant “I love you” fell from my mouth. Those who know me know I’m not usually a star struck person. To top it off, the blunder happened during a commercial break in front of the entire studio audience. Everyone offered a heartfelt “Awwww.”
*walks over to interviewer seat* I gather she’s one of your favorite writers. Who else makes the list?
*meanders over to interviewee seat* There are so many I love, but I’ll rattle off the first few that come to mind. Laurell K Hamilton, J.R. Ward, J.K. Rowling, Robert Rankin and all of my Ruby Lioness friends! I’m a huge fan of fiction.
*saunters over to the interviewer seat* Fiction, huh? In regards to the topics you write, are your musings imaginary or do your words reflect life experiences?
*stumbles over to the interviewee seat* Well, it’s a little of both and it depends on which part of the story you’re referencing. I will say it’s a combination of both. Who knows the truth? Amelia and I hold that secret under lock and key.
*wanders over to the interviewer seat* Well, it sounds like your lips are sealed when it comes to that topic so I’ll switch gears. Dead or alive, would play the starring role(s), if your book became a movie?
*stumbles into the interviewee seat, panting* I’ll list a random five characters:
Amelia Hamilton – Amy Lee from Evanescence
Donovan Davis – Brandon Lee
Nick Pascall – A cross between Milo Ventimiglia and Adam Levine
Max Young – Michael Wincott
Molly Kennewick – Allison Sweney
*crawls over to the interviewer seat* That’s quite the lineup and I can only imagine the trouble those characters might incur. What’s your favorite part of the story?
*drags her feet to the interviewee seat & uses the table for support* There’s a scene when everything comes together for Amelia toward the end of the book. She has this incredible realization and her world is turned upside down and inside out. There’s a song called ‘Take It All Away’ by Red that fits this moment like a puzzle piece. Almost four minutes through the song, the music speeds up and I can envision the scene playing out in my head each time I listen to it.
*tries to stand up unsuccessfully* Music sounds like it’s pretty important to your writing. Is there one song that sums up Revealing Hamilton?
*cheek slams down on desk* Music is my biggest vice when it comes to writing. My theme song to Revealing Hamilton? My December by Linkin Park.
*mumbles from a puddle of drool* One last question before I pass out, where can your friends and fans stalk you at?
*collapses to the floor* My website is: http://www.sarahjcarr.com. I can also be reached via Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/@sarahjcarr or on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/authorsarahjcarr. I also have a GoodReads page at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6151236.Sarah_J_Carr
Thanks for interviewing me, Sarah! I had a blast.
The pleasure was all mine, Sarah! :)
Something felt wrong.
In the living room, an ottoman rested on its side and a magazine lay open on the floor. A colorful article advertising Las Vegas blared from the pages. From the corner of my eye, the screen of Connor’s cell phone caught my attention. I watched it periodically blink, communicating new messages awaited.
I went to the kitchen next and found the latest stack of mail on the island. The top envelope made me cringe when I saw the return address. It was another letter from the State of Washington. This one was addressed to Amelia Brooks.
My identity had been an issue for years. Since age 18, I submitted multiple requests to change my last name from my grandfather’s back to my parents. With each attempt, the paperwork came back denied, stating my name was Amelia Benedict or another obscure surname starting with the letter “B”. Double-checking each field, I clearly filled out the forms to read Amelia Hamilton, but was contradicted every time. I determined it a sick way for my grandfather to haunt me from the grave. The latest correspondence would have to wait.
A broken wine bottle and bandage wrappers were on the counter next to the refrigerator. Droplets of dark fluid created a path from the bottle to the sink, making me shudder. The room began to feel too warm and nausea flooded my stomach. I grabbed a rolling pin from the island, gripping it so tightly my knuckles hurt.
“Calm down, Amelia,” I said. “There’s a logical explanation and no one is going to hurt you.” I forced my mind away from childhood memories of a basement.
Swallowing hard, I tiptoed across the living room to the bedroom. As usual, the door was cracked open. I held the pin over my head, ready to attack in an instant. From where I stood, I couldn’t see more than the corner of the dresser and a beam of soft light. I took a deep breath and pushed the door open. A flashlight rested on the nightstand, pointed toward the ceiling. As I scanned the room, my jaw dropped and my heart paused.
“Connor?” I dropped the makeshift weapon at my feet.
Sarah J Carr is a novelist who can be found most evenings with a cup of tea in-hand and her imagination racing from plot to plot. When away from her work, part of her mind is constantly brainstorming her next story and she always has writing paraphernalia within reach.
She wrote stories as a child, but became more serious about her passion during her twenties. In her spare time, she likes to read, splash in mud puddles, smell bookstores and eat Honeycrisp apples. Yearly, she participates in NaNoWriMo and has mentored others through the program. Due to her dedication to National Novel Writing Month, she is part of an amazing writing group.
Born and raised in Washington State, Sarah still resides in the area. Her life is richly filled with her supportive, yet swashbuckling husband and their golden Nugget.
Revealing Hamilton is Sarah’s first full-length novel with Ruby Lioness Press. You can contact her through her website at www.sarahjcarr.com.