Friday, November 30, 2012

Author Interview: Sariah Wilson

We have another wonderful author here today to let us get to know her a little better.  Here's Sariah Wilson, author of The Ugly Step-Sister Strikes Back.

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I’m Sariah Wilson. I grew up in California, spent the last 13 years in Ohio, and have recently just moved with my family to Utah. I have four children and have been married for 16 years (amazingly enough, to the same person). I have a degree in history and a desire to travel the world, but not the resources to do so. (I did get a chance to go to central America and visit a lot of Mayan ruins, which was amazing since my first three traditionally published books were set in those areas.)

What is your favorite genre to write?

Romance. Romance, romance, romance. I used to be quite the snob back in high school – making fun of my mother for her little romances while I was reading Very Important Literature. But being a voracious reader and running out of things to read, I started reading her books. I still remember my first romance – it was a Harlequin; he was a Greek magnate, she the red-haired daughter of his rival, and the wonder I felt when they followed formula and fell in love. I realized I LOVE when people fall in love. And some of my Very Important Literature favorites were authors like Jane Austen who wrote about…romance. I might write in different genres – contemporary, historical, YA, but every last one of them will be a romance.

What is one silly fact about you?

My mother was so sure that I was going to be a girl that she refused to even discuss boy names. When my dad pressed her on it and she still refused, he picked the name Bonzo Rex, which is what he called me throughout her pregnancy. I’m glad I was a girl.

What got you started on your writing journey?

My oldest son was diagnosed with autism and we didn’t have the money (and insurance wouldn’t cover it) to pay for expensive treatments. I got on my knees and prayed for direction on what I could be doing (since I was a stay-at-home mom) to help finance these treatments. I felt inspired to try my hand at writing. Which was weird, because I had never secretly wanted to be a writer. I’d always done well in my English courses, but hadn’t considered it. So I gave it a try, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?

I want to write books my mom and my daughter can read. I don’t write steamy romances and never will.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

I’ve published three historical romances traditionally, and “The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back” is my first indie published book.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

Chemistry, tension, overcoming insurmountable conflict, and a clear, wonderful, happily ever after.

Please share about your book

“The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back” is a twist on an old fairytale. It explores what it’s like to be the ugly stepsister with a real life Cinderella, and it’s fun and romantic and sweet. I think it appeals to both younger readers and their moms looking for a clean read.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?

Mattie is snarky, quirky, artistic, insecure, witty.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Because I think you’ll enjoy it. And Mattie would want you to.

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