Writer Wednesday Interview: Sarah Grimm
Today I'm delighted to welcome Sarah Grimm, author of 'After Midnight' and 'Not Without Risk'. Hi Sarah! I'm looking forward to hearing more about you and your books. ‘After Midnight’ is a contemporary romance with a musical theme. Are you musical?
Growing up our house was constantly filled with music. Whether it was The King and I or Anne Murray, Styx or Simon & Garfunkel, there was always music playing. We are a music loving family. And on those rare occasions when the stereo wasn’t going, one of us was usually practicing for an upcoming band or orchestra performance.
Me, I played the bass (string and electric). I was good at it, first chair. But what I always wanted to be good at—hell, great at—was playing the piano. I adore the piano, and it is that love that I put into AFTER MIDNIGHT.
Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the story?
Honestly? I have no idea where the story came from. One day – many, many years ago – Isabeau (the heroine) just began ‘talking’ to me. She lived with me for a long time before I wrote her story.
You’re working on a book called ‘Midnight Heat’. Did you know when you started writing ‘After Midnight’ that it would have a sequel?
I had no plans to write a sequel to After Midnight, let alone turn it into a four book series! But then Dominic Price – the best friend and band mate of After Midnight’s hero – walked onto the page and I instantly fell in love with him, something that most of my readers have told me happened to them, too. LOL It quickly became apparent to me that Dominic would need his own happily-ever-after.
‘Not Without Risk’ sounds very dramatic and suspenseful. Do you have any tips for us on how to keep the reader on the edge of their seat?
Hmmm…I guess my advice would be read the genre. The best way to learn to keep the reader on the edge of their seat is to read and see what it is about the books that keep ‘you’ on the edge of your seat.
You’ve won or finalled in several contests. Which accolade for your writing are you most proud of?
It sounds cliché, but the accolade for my writing which means the most to me is when my sister told me she read After Midnight in one sitting because she got sucked into the story and couldn’t put it down. Why? You see, my sister is both brutally honest, and has a severe dislike of the romance genre. By dislike, I mean she hates romance fiction. The morning she called me to ‘yell’ at me for her not getting any sleep because she was reading my book and ‘It’s fantastic. I mean, it is so much more than what you said it was!’ still makes me smile when I think about it.
What have you found most useful in learning your craft, and what would you recommend for new writers?
I always dread this question – probably because I’ve learned by making mistakes and breaking the genres ‘rules’. I guess what I would recommend to a new writer is to seek out other writers. I’ve learned the most from fellow authors, and the most useful learning tool that I only recently discovered is having a couple of writers who will go over your writing with a fine tooth comb and pick it apart…er, I mean point out what does and doesn’t work for them and where the holes in your plot are.
You have a day job and a family and still manage to write and blog prolifically. How do you fit it all in?
Lately I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to fit it all in. Working 14 hour days…my writing has suffered, especially my blogging, which I really need to get back to. Usually how I fit it in is I wake up at 4:30 in the morning and write before anyone else in the house is awake. It’s the only way I get anything done as by the time evening rolls around, all I want is sleep, no matter how loudly my characters are talking.
When you do get a spare minute, what do you like to do besides write?
Read! I also like spending time with my husband, who makes me laugh, and my two teenage sons.
Besides romance, what do you like to read?
Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Where should we go to find out more about your books?
I also have boards showing my inspirations and how I picture my characters on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sarahgrimmauthr/