Monday, April 3, 2017

Author Interview: Sarah Doebereiner

Sarah Doebereiner

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I'm an ex-New Yorker, born and bred there. I'm one of those people who never saw an actual autumn until I went to college in New England. I'm a second generation book person: My father was a literary agent.
I have a soft spot for cold places. I’ve been to the Arctic Circle and Antarctica.
I like adventure and have slight risk-taking bone. I’m a pilot and used to fly aerobatic planes. Although I never did this, I thought when my daughters started dating I’d take their boyfriends up to 9,000’ feet, spin the plane and extract whatever promises I wanted from them.
I live in Tokyo.
Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.
Superman's heart is as good and gold as they get. He wants to do the right thing, though he's tormented by the fact that despite all his powers he can't always accomplish what he wants.
I recently read Stephanie Meyer’s The Chemist. The heroine, the main character, Alex, is somebody who defies all odds, eliminates evil, finds her center and reclaims her life. I liked her a lot.
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut may be the best and most wonderfully written collection of short stories ever published. I read them over and over again. Stephen King's The Stand got me through a difficult breakup, so I have a soft spot for that scary novel.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
I'd like to go to the Falkland Islands. I don't know much about that place other than that it's rural and rustic. It must take great fortitude to live there. I want to know how people feel about living in such a remote location.
What is your favorite genre to write?
I like to write horror because it touches our second most deep emotion, after love.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I like to read fast-paced thrillers, books in which you —and the characters— don’t know what will happen next.
What is one silly fact about you?
I failed my driving test three times. (Did I actually admit that?  I'm from New York City -- that's my excuse.)
What got you started on your writing journey?
I see new things and want to turn them into stories.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?
Although I write horror and science fiction, there's always romance in my stories. What makes our hearts work they way they do is the most important and interesting part of any story.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?
I just finished writing my novel, Akiko and Peter: Into Eldritch Island. It's about a Japanese-American couple who have the usual problems that any couple has, plus one more: They attract ghosts. I'm now writing the sequel.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Reading books is  part of a writer’s job description. How cool is that?
Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
I like when readers ask where I get my ideas from because it forces me to think analytically about my own creative process.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
I'm afraid to say that my fiction is at least fifty percent personal experience. At least as far as the gestation of a story idea is concerned.
Where do your ideas come from?
Often my ideas come from my own mistakes.
How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
I've written nearly twenty books. Most have been nonfiction, but now I'm writing mostly fiction, which I enjoy immeasurably.
What are the elements of a great romance for you?
I like characters who aren't sure what they want until they find it.
Please share about your book
My most recent book is No Time to Say Goodbye, a time travel love story novella It's about a doctor who finds himself hurtling through time, further and further away from the woman he loves. No Time to Say Goodbye is a gripping novella about one man’s desperate attempt to hold onto love and life no matter what happens, no matter where—or when—he is.
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
A man who wants to love somebody more than anything.    
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
They're an ordinary couple, who can't imagine being apart. But that's exactly what's happening -- some unknown is separating them in time.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
No Time to Say Goodbye is about trying to hold onto love when everything in the universe seems to be conspiring against you. No Time to Say Goodbye is about finding happiness in a universe that tries to strip you all you know and love.
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 
Rachel, the wife of the time-traveling doctor is a wonderful character because she's able to accept what's happening — that her husband, her love, will soon be gone and she’ll be dead. She’s able to accept this, and accept that she has no control over her life anymore.

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