Sara Hantz comes from the UK and now lives in Australia (via 10 years in New Zealand). With a background in education, she lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing and working in the family business. She has two grown-up children who have yet to grasp the fact that the bottomless money pit will soon be closing over. When not writing or working she spends more time than most people she knows watching TV – in fact if TV watching was an Olympic sport she’d win gold. Sara’s young adult novels have been published, by Entangled Publishing: In The Blood, and Will The Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up, and by Flux: The Second Virginity of Suzy Green, which is also now available in Kindle. Sara also has an adult romantic suspense coming out with Entangled Publishing late 2014.
What inspires you to write?
I didn’t start writing fiction until about 10 years ago. I always read a lot, ever since as small child. Once I did decide to start writing it felt like it was something I’d always been destined to do. I couldn’t ever imagine not writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a plotter through and through. I use some of the snowflake method, by starting with an idea encapsulated in a sentence, which is then extended to a paragraph, then a page and then 4 pages. Once I have this outline I then turn it into a scene spread sheet. Once that is complete I start to write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t have characters talking to me, but I do play out conversations between different characters in my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. There will be rejections along the way but you have to be pragmatic about them and realise that it’s not personal, just that your particular project isn’t right for that particular editor at that time.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Initially I wanted to be published traditionally by one of the big six. My first novel was published by Flux, a small but prestigious publisher. Once I bought my first Kindle I decided that digital was the way I wanted to go. My first YA with Entangled Publishing, In The Blood, is digital only, however my next with them, Will The Real Abi Saunders Please STand Up, is going to be both print and digital. I have also received back from Flux the rights for The Second Virginity of Suzy Green, and I have self published it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I wish I could predict. It’s all changing so quickly.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, New Adult and romantic suspense.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print