Hi everyone, and this week I’d like to introduce Sarah Ashwood to the Thursday Throng. Sarah is the author Aerisian Refrain, a science fantasy novel about a musician who finds herself in another world. Sarah is the author of many works published in a wide variety of anthologies, magazines, and webzines, as well as several novels.
What is one thing other people wouldn’t usually know about you?
I’m pretty redneck. I grew up on a small farm way out in the country. I’ve helped dig post holes, I’ve helped dig pickup trucks out of the mud, I’ve mucked out pig pens, I’ve milk lots of goats, and I’ve assisted at lots of goat births. And that’s just scratching the surface!
What did the best review you ever had say about you or your work?
I’ve had a couple of different readers say, “If you like Tolkien and Lord of the Rings, you’ll like Sarah Ashwood’s work.” Personally, I would never, ever compare my work to his, but I couldn’t have received a higher compliment!
What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?
I’ve had a variety. Most are on my first fantasy trilogy. Some have said my characters are annoying. Some have said I’m too wordy. Some have said my characters act too young for their age. Some said they couldn’t get into the book. Some said they hated the cliffhangers. Then other readers will turn around and say the exact opposite. If I’ve learned one thing as an author it’s to let bad reviews go, and simply accept that your work is not for everyone!
Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
If you’re thin-skinned, you’re definitely going to get your feelings hurt. Rejections (if you pursue traditional publishing) will happen. Negative reviews and feedback will happen whichever route you choose. I’ve had lots of both, and I can’t say I’ve gotten to the point where it NEVER stings, but it doesn’t bother me nearly to the extent that it used to.
Have you ever wished you could do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?
I don’t think, career-wise, I’ve ever wanted to be anything except an author. Well, other than when I was a kid and I was fascinated with the idea of being a cashier and getting to “ring up” people’s purchases.
As for what else I am, I’m a stay-at-home boymom to three, and I also homeschool. I stay pretty busy.
Have you ever written naked?
Hahaha no. But if I could get away with living in my pajamas and always writing in them, I would!
What is the biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
Ha, definitely my kids. I love ’em to death, but when you have young kids with you 24/7, it can be very difficult to carve out time to write. Sometimes I manage to wake up before them and get it done. Sometimes I can do it while the toddler naps. Sometimes I’m up at midnight writing. I write whenever they’ll let me squeeze it in.
How do you remain sane while writing?
Coffee in the morning. A glass of wine at night.
What has been the best experience you have had in your life?
The day my husband proposed to me, the day I got married, the days my children were born, and the days I got to hold a brand new book written by me rank up there at the top. Oh, and the day I ran my first half-marathon!
Which book would you like to have written?
The Purification Era series by Angie Grigaliunas. I really, really like the setting and most of the main characters. Kind of a gritty series, but the characters are so multi-faceted. I love that.
What is your favourite film or TV moment of all time?
Oooohh…the end of North and South, the BBC series starring Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe. I think that is the most romantic film moment of all time. If I could capture the emotion and the beauty of that scene in a book, I’d feel like I just owned the romance department in writing.
You can find Aerisian Refrain in Kindle format here: :
Amazon – Aerisian Refrain
You can meet Sarah on her website here: https://sarahashwoodauthor.com/
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