Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Lily of the Valley is her third full length novel, although she also has several story collections and two novellas available. Her other novels are Forget Me Not, the story that tells Lily’s version of events, and Bitter Fruits, which will be released by Escape Publishing in December. When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.
What inspires you to write?
I have always been a reader and books have always been my best friends. Writing was just a natural part of that.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t really have a process. I wish I could say I had a plan or rules or a system, but I don’t. I write 10k words in some days and other times I take a week off before I can write. It’s all about the story – if it’s coming to me or not. I like deadlines, because they help me motivate myself, but that still just means I end up binge writing more frequently.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Listen. The characters tell the story. I really don’t believe that the characters are characters. They’re people. I think Hemingway said something along those line – to write real people, not characters. The concept of a character still means detachment. I’m proudest of the characters and stories where I’m immersed in them as I write. It doesn’t happen every time. Sometimes I have to make choices as the writer, but the best work is that which is just spoken through me by a character.
What advice would you give other writers?
I never know what to say to this. I’d say not to listen to anyone else. Some writers write a book a month. Others write a book every three years. Some people prefer to write every day. Some don’t. Some write in first person, others in third. Even rules – with the exception of basic grammar and spelling – are made to be broken. If we followed all the writing rules, we wouldn’t have books. No classic would have been published. Sometimes you need to throw it all out and just write.
Of course I say this assuming you know the basic rules. If you don’t, I’d say start there. I don’t believe you can necessarily teach someone to write well, but you can teach someone to write. Make sure the foundation is there.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m impatient. So I decided to start by self publishing. However, I always intended to query as well, but I wanted to be out there writing. I was really lucky. My first novel was picked up immediately by a publisher. I talked to them about staying hybrid and it’s what is right for me. I like the pace of self publishing. As soon as the book is done, I can get it edited and formatted and it’s out within a month. I market while I write. With Bitter Fruits, the book has been done now for four months. It won’t be out for another three. When you factor in the writing process, it’s 9-12 months turnaround. That’s a long time to wait.
On the other hand, I can’t help it. Having a publisher totally rocks. It’s amazing to know someone thinks you’re good enough. Sure, I have fans and people tell me they like my writing, but nothing beats that acceptance email. Besides, there is still an attitude that traditionally published books are better. And finally, I can’t market full time plus write. Having the support of a major publisher really takes some of that burden away. Yes I’m still responsible for my own marketing as well, but the reach is greater.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think hybrid is the future, mostly for the reasons I stated. I think readers are demanding more books with shorter wait times. I also think technology has made it so that bookstores are not the only means of finding new titles. Finally, digital publishing really increases the amount of books that can be available, since there is no shelf space.
On a personal note, I would like to see an overall change in perception of indies. From the traditional side of things, we should be open to the process of self publishing. However, on the indie side, we also need to consider why people still prefer the contract. In addition, I would like to see stronger editing and craft promoted in the indie world. The better the self published books are, the more respect they will earn. One easy route to this is to ensure that we put our best work out there. There are so many amazing novels by indie writers. I’d love to see them get the recognition they deserve.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romance, New Adult, YA, Erotica
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print