Vincent Sachar is a native New Yorker who was born in Yonkers. He attended high school in the Bronx, then began his undergraduate studies at Loyola University in New Orleans. There, at seventeen years old, he met his wife-to-be, Gwen.
Sachar earned his Juris Doctor from St. John’s Law School in New York. Throughout his career, he has functioned as a general counsel, corporate secretary of corporations and a managing director of a global consulting company.
In the course of their marriage, the Sachars have lived in New York, Illinois, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina and currently live in south Florida.
Vince has a passion for writing. He refers to a time in elementary school when he and a girl in his class would write little stories together and pass them around the room for their classmates to read.
“Nowhere Out” is his second published novel and, although it has the capacity to stand-alone, it is a sequel to his first published novel, “The Nowhere Man.” Vince has already begun writing a third novel to this series. In addition, Vince has written a series of fictional fantasy novels, which is currently being edited prior to commencing the publication process.
What inspires you to write?
The opportunity to be creative, imaginative and tell a story. The chance to inspire, move,
generate laughter, provoke thought. Through writing, an author has the opportunity to reach into the hearts and minds of others much as a singer with his or her songs; an artist through paintings, sketches, and sculptures; an actor or a playwright. The opportunities are boundless.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am primarily a “seat-of-the-pants” writer. Once I have a general sense of the theme and ultimate goal of my story, I enjoy creating “as I go.” Of course, I will have character sketches for repeat characters from a prior novel and then create characters to fit a role within the story. At the same time, I do enjoy creating personality quirks, speech patterns and the like for my characters.
I “see” what I write. I actually visualize scenes, which also aids in my freedom to expand on a particular event.
At the time of publishing my first two novels, I have maintained full-time employment as a managing director of a global consulting company. As a result, I write early in the morning prior to going to the office, in the evenings, and on weekends and holidays. I also schedule my writing around activities and times with my wife, so as to never deprive us of the special times we share together.
Writing is a discipline, but I do not ever want it to become a chore. Most of the time, I sit and write creatively. At other times, I review my writings with a fresh view and make the changes or additions that come to mind.
Despite the degree of success I may have garnered throughout my career, I regard writing as a new challenge and something about which I have much to continue learning. I honestly believe that a writer will never exhaust the need and opportunity to improve. I have several favorite authors. I have detected the growth and maturity in their writings over time.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Hah! What a unique question!
What I do may be beyond talking to my characters. In a sense, I actually attempt to enter into that character. I feel and react as I believe that character would. I hear the inflections in their speech. I see their mannerisms and facial expressions as I write. When it comes to occurrences related to a particular scene, I strive to depict their responses and reactions based upon what they would be thinking or feeling in that situation. Is this character angry, sad, frightened, surprised, happy? Is he or she attempting to mask or hide their inner feelings?
I believe an author needs to consider these things based upon that character’s personality. We need to put the reader in the best possible position of understanding more than what can readily be seen outwardly.
My desire is that a reader will experience a myriad of different feelings while reading one of my novels. I want my readers to laugh, cry, shiver, ponder, and enjoy.
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is definitely a discipline. I can hardly list the number of people who upon learning that I had published a novel tell me that they have always intended to do so.
If we are going to creatively write, there is no alternative to committing yourself to designated times and writing.
Write, even when you are not particularly thrilled with your flow of words. You can always go back, edit, and clean up.
Sometimes you may find yourself mired in a struggle to create a particular scene. One approach is to jump a few scenes or so and write something that you are confident you will utilize. Also, by doing so, you get those creative juices flowing once again.
Be true to yourself. Do not try to be so cutesy and creative that you are no longer yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I decided to publish, I first settled the issue that I was not afraid of rejection. I have heard countless stories of authors who had a multitude of rejections from literary agents and/or publishers before they finally found someone to publish their book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We undoubtedly live in a digital world and e-Books are here to stay. I cannot discount the fact that the physical book will always seemingly have a place in our world and I certainly hope that is true.
Nevertheless, it is now much easier for authors to publish an e-Book. This means that book publishers, agents, authors, and readers all have to wake up and take notice that the world relating to books is changing and we will need to change with it.
I believe that one very significant change with regard to book publishing is the fact that firms of literary agents and publishing houses must come to the realization that they no longer wield the once-exclusive power to determine whether a book will, in fact, ever be published.
I personally still yield to and respect the expertise of agents and publishers who know the world of books much better than I do. But the a
uthor who could not seem to get a professional agent or publisher to take the time to even review his or her novel can now circumvent the professional and place their work in the hands of the most important critic or judge of whether a book is worth reading—the readers!
What genres do you write?
To date, I have written fiction thriller/suspense and fantasy novels.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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