When two squirrels moved into Sara Shafer’s attic, she went on a quest to figure out what they were doing. She knocked on the ceiling, and they scratched back. Imagining what they thought and felt, she wrote The Bravest Squirrel Ever and then continued their adventures with The Bravest Squirrel in the Forest and The Bravest Squirrel in School.
Although her attic is currently vacant, the squirrels outnumber the humans in her neighborhood and could decide to take over at any moment. She watches for signs of invasion as she plots more stories of squirrel bravery.
For fun squirrel facts and other books by Sara Shafer, visit her website at http://www.SaraShafer.com.
What inspires you to write?
Giving everyone a happy ending and hope for a better future inspires me to write!
Tell us about your writing process.
I start with a premise, and I brainstorm an overview of the plot of the story. Then I write a rough draft, stopping to brainstorm if I get stuck. After I finish the draft, I let it sit for a couple weeks. Then I go back and revise the entire story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think about my characters and their personality, and I “channel” the characters as I write, which maybe is a different way of saying that I listen to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write! The best way to improve is to write more and more.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Publishing with a publisher and self-publishing are both options worth exploring to decide what is the right choice for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing has so many options: digital/print, publisher/self-publishing. There’s never been a better time to be an author and take control of your career.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Children’s books, middle grade, animal adventure
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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