Sara C Roethle
Everyone, please put your hands together for, Sara C. Roethle, the Author of “Xoe.” Okay, Sara, give us what you got.
The writer’s path can be a long and arduous journey. How long have you been writing?
I’ve written most of my life, but I published my first book at the end of 2009. Even so, I still consider myself a bit of a newbie, since I only started viewing writing as a career in mid 2014.
It is so true for many authors that writing doesn’t start when one decides they are a writer; most authors have been writers for a while. What prepared you for becoming a writer?
I think writing is the only thing that can really prepare someone to become a writer. I have a Bachelor’s in Art and History, which I imagine has helped me to some degree, but really the thing that has helped me to evolve is experience.
Experience is at the root of so many endeavors, but writing truly gives it life. Are you an independently published writer or a traditionally published writer?
Indie all the way. I’ve actually never even tried to submit anything to a publisher. I knew from the beginning that I wanted complete control over everything I do.
Being at the helm is definitely the best thing about being an independent writer. What do you write?
I write all sorts of Fantasy. My main series is Contemporary YA Fantasy, but I also have an adult Dark Fantasy series, and an Epic Fantasy Series. Ebooks are the name of the game right now, but I still publish everything in paperback, mainly because it’s fun to order them for myself.
It’s always a recommended practice in business to diversify one’s income source. I believe that concept crosses over for writing too. What is your writing style? Why do you think your writing style is such as it is?
Sarcastic? Most of my books are first person, and I can’t help but let a few quips slip their way in. Witty repartee is my favorite thing to write (though I’m probably the only one that actually thinks I’m funny). Most of my books are fairly fast-paced as well. I like a lot of action.
One person’s sarcasm is another person’s wit. I think our cousins across the pond have corner on the market when it comes to wit. What is the hardest review or criticism you’ve had about your writing and how did you deal with it?
I’ve had so many meanies. I deal by repeating “haters gonna hate”. It sounds silly, but it’s true. There will always be critics. I choose not to concern myself with them.
I believe strongly that criticism should be constructive and that there’s always something positive to say about a book. How does your day-to-day life affect your writing?
While working from home is awesome, it can also be frustrating. Most people in my life assume that I’m not really “working”, so I’m often called upon to pick up the slack. No one understands that I’m working a full-time job, just like them. If I’m not assertive enough, I end up losing a lot of writing time.
Sounds like you need a do-no-disturb-sign on your door and a good deadbolt lock. Do you have a routine you follow daily?
I try to stick to a routine, though it varies depending on what I need to get done each day. I always wake up at 7:00am, and I “go to work” by 8:00am. I force myself to get in at least four hours of solid work each day, though often it stretches to eight or nine.
What do you like to do to balance the demands writing places on you?
I’ve given up a lot of hobbies. I used to paint and play music, but I eventually realized that if I wanted to focus on writing, I needed to really focus. There is only so much time in a day, and sacrifices must be made.
That’s a great way to look at it. Eventually, the writinging will afford you the time to pursue other enjoyments as well. Where do you think you are in your writing career? Where do you want to be?
I’m somewhere around low mid-list right now. I’m making a full-time income, but there’s so much more I want to do. I’m hoping by this time next year, I’ll be in a much more solid place.
Knowing where you are is the only way to get to where you want to be. If writing hadn’t been the path you chose, what do you think you’d be doing today?
No idea. I can’t imagine a life where I’m doing something else. I’m very lucky.
It is a blessing to be able to do what you want to do. What author has inspired you most in your writing?
My inspiration is all across the board. I’m most inspired by authors like Kurt Vonnegut and Charles Bukowski, but my writing is nothing like theirs. As far as my actual genres are concerned, I’m inspired by authors like Kim Harrison and Laurell K. Hamilton. I’d also love to someday live up to the likes of Robert Jordan. I doubt I’ll ever get there, but it’s something to aspire to.
Yep. Set your goals high. The worst that could happen is that you’ll exceed them. If you could meet one character from your writing, who would it be?
While I’m a little bit in love with some of my adult characters, I think I’d most like to meet Xoe, the protagonist of my YA series. I’ve been writing about her for six years now, so it already feels like we’re old friends.
Many authors have their best conversations with their characters. If I gave you an elephant, where would you hide it?
You had me at “If I gave you an elephant.” Yes Please.
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SARA C. ROETHLE is an author and part time unicorn. She resides in the land of enchantment, as far from humans as possible…while still having internet.
Xoe Meyers had a normal life. So she was stuck going to high school, and she only had a few friends to call her own. She liked her normal life. Things were about to change though, because there’s a new guy in her small town, and he is anything but normal. Before Xoe can say, “Werewolf,” her best friend’s life is in peril, and Xoe’s world is turned upside-down. Then, of course, there’s Jason. Xoe doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him, and given that he’s a vampire, she’d have to be able to catch him first.
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