I apologize for not getting back to the story right away … I will continue that soon. However, this interview has been waiting long enough.
So. Onward to lovely aesthetics and inspiring answers!! Plus we get to learn more about the amazing gal behind the books Live Without You, Never Say Goodbye, and Live Again (which you can get for free by signing up for her newsletter).
As always, I ask in bold and the interviewee will answer in italics. Let the questions begin!!!
Q#1 ~ What genre do you prefer to write in? Why?
My genre of choice is contemporary. It’s the genre I enjoy reading most, and find easiest to write in. We’re living contemporary, so it’s easy to draw on real life for inspiration as I write. I LOVE historical fiction and would love to give that a shot someday, but that time is not now, lol! I’m also a sucker for a sweet romance, so contemporary romance is my go-to. 😉
Q#2 ~ When did you decide to start writing seriously?
I want to say November 2017. I think September was when I first started playing around with writing. I was working on a story about a 6 year old cancer patient and her imaginary friend. But in November when I was inspired to write my first book, Live Without You, was when I really got “serious” about it. And by serious, I mean just that I was determined to finish that book. I didn’t have plans to publish it or write anything else.
Q#3 ~ What does your writing routine look like?
Usually mornings is my prime time for writing as I work in the afternoon. Coffee comes first, then I situate myself either at my desk or cozy up in “my spot” on the couch, turn on a favorite soundtrack, and get going! I like to work in “sprints” of 20 minutes or so, sometimes with others, sometimes by myself. When I’m working on writing a book, I try to write most days of the week as the consistency really helps keep the words flowing.
Q#4 ~ Do you enjoy to write alone or with people in the room? Why?
If I have my headphones in (like I always do) I don’t mind if others are around. If I have music to help me focus, the chaos around me doesn’t usually bug me. I don’t like people over my shoulder though, lol! On the occasions when my sisters or best friend is writing with me, we’ll play music on a speaker and that helps keep us all focused and not chatting the time away. 😉
Q#5 ~ Is there any hobbies you like to do when procrastinating writing or when you have completed your word count goal for the day? ^.^
Oh, yes. 😉 Making mockup covers or pinterest boards for the story is always my favorite procrastination. Web or graphic designing is part my job, part my hobby, so that’s something else I enjoy doing.
Q#6 ~ Do you eat/drink anything while writing? If so have you ever made a mess on your workspace (computer)?!
Munchy snacks somehow help me focus. Weird, I know! If I’m munching, I seem to write faster. 😉 So chips, crackers, trail mix, etc. Chocolate always is great too. 😀 I also almost always have something to drink. Coffee, tea, lemonade, or spritzer water are some of my favs. If I give myself a treat, sometimes it helps writing not seem so mundane and like a chore.
Q#7 ~ Do you get writers block? If so, how do you deal with it?
I think every writer gets writers block in same way or another at some time or another. Usually taking a giant step back from the project helps me. Talking it out with my sister or friend really helps as well.
Q#8 ~ What made you decide to self publish?
If you’re asking what made me decide to publish at all . . . really, it had to have been God! I had no plans whatsoever to. But on the encouragement of some people I shared my book with and after praying about it, it just seemed like the logical next step. I had a fully edited book on my hands, so what did I have to lose?
If your asking what made me self publish versus traditional publish . . . Well, because I never planned to publish at all, traditional publishing was obviously not something I even thought about. Self publishing was easy and accessible, and my sister and friends had done it, so honestly, I never really considered it. A few weeks ago, someone told me I should try to traditionally publish my second book, Never Say Goodbye (which is actually releasing May 2, 2020!), and that was the first time I’ve ever seriously considered trad publishing. Maybe it’s something I’ll do in the future, but for now, with this book, I’m going indie again. 🙂 I have no idea what plans God has for my writing journey, so I’m just taking it one step at a time as He leads.
Q#9 ~ Do you read reviews? Why? How do they make you feel?
Of course! I think I’ve read every one. Honestly, from the majority I get all kinds of warm, fuzzy, and incredulous feelings. It still blows my mind that people ACTUALLY LIKE my book, lol! On the negative ones, that are thankfully few and far between, I try to be objective about, decide if there’s something I can learn from the reviewer’s thoughts, and if so, take it into consideration. If not, I move on. I try not to let others’ opinions influence or offend me. It’s just their thoughts, and they are more than welcome to have their opinion. I can’t judge them for that, even if they didn’t like my book. 🙂
Q#10 ~ Why do you write? What’s your purpose?
This wasn’t clear when I first started writing, as I had no idea what God was going to do with my stories. But my purpose behind my stories is to hopefully show my readers just how incredibly loved they are. I write stories I would enjoy reading and include messages or themes that I myself need to hear. When I published my first book, Live Without You, I told myself, “If one person is blessed or touched by this book, I will be glad I published it.” Well, there are over 80 reviews on Amazon, and most of them talk about how my book touched, blessed, inspired, or moved them. That still blows me away, and I know it is only God in my writing, nothing I did. I’m so grateful that God has moved people through the words I put on paper.
Q#11 ~ What do you focus on in the story? Characters or Plot? Why?
Characters all the way! I struggle with plotting a ton. Of course, I want a cohesive plot. But characters are really what move me, and what I connect with most. The plot is just a way to get my characters where they need to go. But it’s my characters, their thoughts, emotions, reactions, that move me, and therefore what I focus on. I strive to create realistic, relatable, broken & flawed human beings that find hope, grace, and God’s love throughout their circumstances.
Q#12 ~ When it comes to writing characters, do you ever base them off people you know or give funny quirks that you possess?
Of course! Sometimes it’s completely unconscious, but I find myself doing it anyway. Sometimes it is intentional though. The people closest to me influence me greatly, so I almost can’t not include aspects of them in my characters.
Q#13 ~ Would you like to share some aesthetics for your books?
Aesthetics and mood boards are life for me! As a very visual person and a graphic designer, I love making all kinds of aesthetics. 😀 Here are a few for my upcoming book, Never Say Goodbye, as well as the pinterest mood board for my first book, Live Without You.
Click here for the mood board that was promised.
Sarah Grace Grzy Bio ~
Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.
A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.
Thats all for today, friends! Stay safe and keep reading!