Sabrina Lacey has a ball writing stories that excite and entertain. Her “I Love My…” books were inspired by the I Love New York slogan thanks to her years in the city, shooting fashion and living a bi-coastal life. She currently lives in LA with her little pooch, Pippin, who chose not to comment for this biography. He’s very elusive.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired to write because books take you away to a land you might not experience otherwise. They open your mind and heart. With my romance series for example (I Love My Breakup, I Love My Healed Heart, I Love My Walk Out… etc) I get to take my readers into the world of girlfriends all going through three distinct relationship problems, all with the backdrop of New York City. I shot Fashion Week as a photographer for three seasons, so I know all about that world – where most of my readers would never get to experience it without following me into the rabbit hole, through the magic that is fiction.
Tell us about your writing process.
I wake up with my characters whispering to me. Every morning I write 2500 words, not stopping until I’ve finished. It’s the only way I can do anything else in my day – the only way they’ll let me rest and have a balanced life. Sometimes I’ll sit at the computer again at night if they’re really loud. I love it all – it’s part of my soul.
I never outline. I let the characters and the situation take me there. I feel plotting to be a hinderance to the creative flow, and it leaves me feeling boxed in; my writing stale. Often I have no idea where a story is going to end. I know the situation, and I let that lead me.
I do not create character sketches because I can see them in my mind… and the basics that I share allow the reader to fill in the rest with their own imaginations – this is how we bond over the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. Mostly listen… but sometimes I’ll say, “Okay okay! Give me a minute!” when they’re talking too fast or want me out of bed earlier than the alarm (which happens often) or I’ll bust up laughing at something they do or say after I type it (this happens often, too… and often in the coffee shop I sometimes write in).
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Write. And write some more. Read a lot – learn what you like and what you don’t. Read interviews of successful writers you admire to hear about their process so you don’t feel so alone. And always remember that you’re creating magic, magic that will stay here long after you’re gone – so be honest and true to what your muse tells you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I never submitted my books to a publisher, save for years ago I sent in one I did as a child. When it came time to publish, I read about what was going on with self-publishing and knew that was the way I wanted to go. You have to do a lot of work… but I didn’t want to risk the chance that my book would be spine-out on a bookshelf, ignored in terms of marketing. I knew that if I was going to put the time into marketing, then I would reap the rewards. Plus when I heard Stephen King got $400,000 for his paperback edition of Carrie, but only got to keep half – I thought, what??? It was his idea that made that book happen. Publishers, while powerful and such, should get a much smaller amount for an artist’s labors/time/talent.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the world is our oyster and the cream will rise to the crop. And as the tide shifts, it will be more to self-publishing. People – readers and authors – still think being published means you’re in the cool crowd. I don’t agree. Yes, someone saw something in you. But every time a reader buys I Love My Healed Heart on Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Apple – EVERY TIME – they saw something in me, too. That matters more to me that one person who is looking to make money off of me. I want my readers to find because we click and they “get it.”
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Romance, Chick-lit, Contemporary Steamy Romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print