- Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing definitely energizes me. I get so wrapped up in my writing sometimes that I lose track of time.
- What is your writing Kryptonite?
My writing Kryptonite is disorganization and procrastination.
- Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
No. I like my name. It’s kind of different and I want people to get to know me as a writer under that name.
- What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Jerry Cowling is a published author who has helped me immensely when it comes to editing my books. Archie Scott is another writer. I can bounce ideas off him and he has a wealth of knowledge on many subjects which broadens my horizons.
- Do you want each book to stand alone, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Each book I’ve written has been in a different genre, so for the most part they stand alone. However, I am planning a sequel to my first book, so there will be a tie-in between the first book and the sequel.
- What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Traveling to Europe, which became the inspiration for my third book.
- What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Having my parents help me write reports when I was in grade school and having them show me how to use my imagination to make the reports more interesting.
- What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
“A Prayer for Owen Meany.” It’s not well-known, but it really moved me.
- As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
An eagle because they soar high in the sky and symbolize freedom
- How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
- What does literary success look like to you?
Having people appreciate and enjoy my work
- What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I haven’t really done any research for any of my books. My first two were based on interviews with people I met. My third book was based on my experiences traveling in Europe.
- How many hours a day/week do you write?
On the average two-three hours a day.
- How do you select the names of your characters?
Only one of my books is fiction. I selected fairly common names that were similar to the names of the actual people I based the characters on.
- What was your hardest scene to write?
Since all my books are either non-fiction or fiction based on actual experiences, I really haven’t had any difficult scenes to write because I didn’t have to really imagine the circumstances. They were actual events.
- Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
I feel very comfortable writing non-fiction, but I am spreading my wings, so to speak, and branching out into fiction. I like the change of pace that fiction offers – the fact that I can use my imagination, so it’s not difficult to balance the different genres.
- How long have you been writing?
Since I was about 10 years old
- What inspires you?
People and events inspire me, especially people who have overcome odds and accomplished something. Events that have shaped our world also inspire me.
- How do you find or make time to write?
I get up early in the morning and write while I’m fresh and don’t have any distractions.
- What projects are you working on at the present?
I’m working on a self-help book and also an historical novel.
- What do your plans for future projects include?
Finishing my self-help book and my novel and writing a cookbook.
- Share a link to your author website.
I don’t have a website, but my Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Sarah-J-Nachin-Author-273249936028795/
Also here is the link to my books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sarah+nachin
Sarah J. Nachin is an author, freelance writer, speaker and blogger. Her most recent book is the “The Odyssey of Clyde the Camel” She has also published two non-fiction works. “Ordinary Heroes, Anecdotes of Veterans”relates stories of men and women who served in the military during five decades of conflict – World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. “The Long Journey,” co-authored with Felicia McCranie, is an inspiring story of a woman who grew up in the Philippines, immigrated to the United States and overcame almost insurmountable obstacles. Sarah J. Nachin also writes for two weekly newspapers and a chamber of commerce magazines produced by Heron Publishing. She has two blogs. Sarah also works as an editor and proof reader, specializing in working with writers whose native language is not English. She is a public speaker, as well.