7 Questions With Author Sara Breaker
Sara Breaker started writing when she was eight, sitting on the floor outside the school library, and she just never stopped. She now lives in New Zealand with her husband and two kids, and publishes independently on Amazon in a likely futile attempt to pay for her writing addiction.
Sara Breaker writes easy-reading, feel-good love stories, and other romance fiction books for young adults, new adults, and possibly adults who still feel like they’re young/new adults. She also writes across a few genres—romance, fantasy, and science fiction (so far). And she’s deeply committed to happy endings because she thinks everyone needs an escape—specifically, one that leaves you feeling so good, you’ll be virtually bulletproof from the harshness of reality for the rest of the day.
Her latest book “Save Yourself” was just released on June 1, 2019. It’s Book 1 of her Young Adult Sci-fi Romance Series “Selfless”, and it’s about a seventeen-year-old girl who gets mistaken for an acclaimed genius physicist from a dystopian parallel world.
Sara Breaker is most active on Facebook. She does have a Twitter account (that she doesn’t know how to use), and a website (that’s only got one page so far). She would love for everyone to follow her on BookBub.
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How does a day in your author life look?
This is an interesting question, especially for me, because I live in New Zealand. My “author day” actually begins at the end of the day, late at night, as at the moment, most of my readers are from America, almost an entire day behind in terms of time zones. As well as, my two kids are still young so the majority of my day is spent taking care of them.
So first, I’ll usually just check all my platforms and social media for messages or anything I need to respond to or sort out, and maybe apologize and explain about the time zone thing, in case I’m replying late. Then hopefully I’m not too exhausted from the day and try to write or edit whatever I’m currently working on. With music. I always need music.
Usually, I’ll have a specific playlist to match whatever genre I’m writing (e.g. new age music for writing fantasy, reggae for beach stories, epic theme music for sci-fi, and for some reason Pearl Jam for romance). Lastly, I’ll queue up whatever needs to be scheduled for posting/sending for the day, since I’m going to be asleep when I actually should be posting/sending them.
It can get a bit crazy since by the time I wake up, since it will be mid-afternoon in America, and I’ll have a few notifications already waiting that I won’t immediately be able to get to, but during the day, if anything urgent does come up that can be dealt with quickly, I do that.
What were some major setbacks of this profession?
I think one major setback is the perception that being an author is not a money-making industry. It might sound odd given the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. But traditionally, being a writer (especially a writer of fiction) is not one of those ideal career paths that your parents would happily choose for you.
It probably conjures up more the “starving artist” image. And before the self-publishing trend came about, being published meant being published “traditionally”, which was an onerous undertaking. Not that self-publishing is not onerous. But in the past (and I feel like it still is today), the traditional publishing business was/is like a private club that very few could join.
Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at the beginning of your journey?
“It’s all okay.” I feel like I’ve started late in pursuing my passion for writing, and the publishing landscape has changed so much even just in the last five to ten years, it’s almost unbelievable. It is so much more difficult now to get a foothold in the market than it was ten years ago, especially for self-published/indie writers.
But everything probably has a time and place. I’d had a whole different set of priorities ten years ago and would never have had this sort of time to dedicate to writing, so I wouldn’t want to go back to change it, even if that was possible. And it hasn’t been long either since I’ve developed enough confidence in myself to be able to want to share my work with the world. So, start early, start late, succeed, or don’t succeed, I just love to write. “It’s all okay.”
What should readers expect from your next novel?
My next book will be the second book of the “Selfless” series. It will continue on from the end of “Save Yourself”, exploring new dystopian/utopian worlds, introducing some new conflicts and definitely more tension between the romantic leads, another rollercoaster adventure, all with the same wry sense of humor, witty dialog, fast-paced action, heart-wrenching reveals, and ominous undertones set by Book 1.
How do you imagine your target reader?
Even though I write mostly young adult stories, I feel like my actual target readers are people like me—absolutely love to get lost in reading a book, but don’t have enough time.
Maybe they’re also stay-at-home moms with their hands full looking after kids, only taking the rare breaks in between chores. Maybe they’re the office worker who can only read books during lunch or on the commute to and from work.
I’ve written most of my books as short, sharp doses of happiness—ones that take you through the requisite ups and downs of a good story, breaks your heart, puts it back together, bam! happy ending—but then still have enough time to wash the dishes after.
Just how much research is there behind a novel? Tell us how it looks behind the scenes.
I think I’ve lucked out in that so far, I’ve been writing young adult/new adult romance fiction, and the research required is not as much compared to writing for example, a science fiction novel.
So far, the things that I have had to research about involve American slang, idioms, and regional differences in language (as New Zealand uses the British way of spelling things, e.g. colour instead of color, towards instead of toward).
However, since I am currently working on my first young adult “science fiction” book series, Google has seen me so many times, it’s probably wondering why I need to know how a nuclear fusion reactor works or what the parts of a submarine are called.
I think writers are very fortunate nowadays that all of this information is readily available on the internet. I wasn’t even the first person to look up whether getting a knife in the shoulder would bleed a lot. And I’ve actually watched an entire video (and parts of some others) of “how to create plasma in your own home”—though what surprised me about that was that there were 810,000 video results for that search!
What are the 5 immediate tasks you hope to accomplish in the near future?
June is sort of a crazy month for me this year, because the latest book I released before “Save Yourself”, a New Adult Romance entitled “When They Do”, is having its first anniversary, and the book is about a hot rebound wedding groomsman, so literally, it’s a #FirstAnniversary, and I’m running some promotions and giveaways for that.
Then “Save Yourself” was just released at the beginning of the month, so I’m still currently trying to spread the word out about that. I’ve only really just started doing up my brand, so I’ve still got to launch my website and newsletter. Then of course, I need to work on the next book/books on the “Selfless” series. I’m also looking to establish an ARC reader team and find a new editor. Reading it back now, it sounds like a lot, but yes, those are my 5 immediate tasks.
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