Saturday, March 5, 2011

❤author: Sarah Tucker Interview and Giveaway!

It’s my pleasure to introduce author, Sarah Tucker to the blog today. Sarah is the author of multiple an award-winning travel journalist, novelist, producer and broadcaster. Currently, she has multiple bestselling romance novels published, as well as two books on traveling with children. Sarah is a single mother and lives in South West London with her son and two tortoises. Please help me welcome her Sarah Tucker.

Hello Sarah! When and why did you begin writing?

It wasn't on my wish list to become an author. I know many have lists of things they must do before they are forty, but I never had that list or that deadline in mind. What happened is that I had a passion for travel and wanted to travel the sort of way I couldn't afford to. Not luxury travel but adventure travel. I started to write about my travels with my son as a baby, encouraging other mothers to travel with their children as much as possible. It helps with bonding and postnatal depression because it stimulates both you and child from a young age.   

What inspired you to write your first book?

I wrote Have Baby Will Travel, then Have Toddler will Travel; everything you would want to know about where and where not to travel with preschool children, and then was quite happy working as a travel journalist when my now ex told me he'd met someone else. Actually he didn't tell me he'd met someone else, he'd told me that he needed space, and that could I leave the house with our son (then two years old) and find myself a nice little flat, not too close by, just close enough so he could see his son now and again, and by the way could I get myself a proper job as a secretary to prove that I could earn a proper income and not just play at being a journalist. For any of those who have hubbies who work in the city, if they ever suggest this to you or that they need space, a) stay in the house b) go see a lawyer c) cling to the kids. For the next six months, my ex tried to emotionally wear me down, telling me he had married below his class and other things that are meant to chip away at self esteem. But a very strange thing happened. During those dark times, I started to write. Not about what I was experiencing, but what I had experienced many years ago when I was more the person I wanted to be than the one I had become married to this man. I wrote because I couldn't sleep. Because I had to. Because I had a story to tell about why just because you meet Mr. Right on paper, doesn't mean he's Mr. Right for you, or anyone for that matter.

That's a really eye-opening story and experience. How did you first get published?

I met a lady at a party and she told me to send in a synopsis and the first three chapters of the story, which was called The Last Year of Being Single. It is my first book; very visceral and will strike a cord with any girl marrying Mr. Right but not Mr. Right for you.  And there are many out there who every year do exactly that...

Do you have a specific writing style?
 
No, but I usually choose narrative first person. It's more immediate.

I totally agree. What books have most influenced your life most?

All Jane Austen. Keats. I am a hopeful romantic. James Herriot Vet books: he is a wonderful storyteller. The Bible: it has wonderful stories even if you don't believe in any of it. They are wonderful stories.

What books are on your nightstand right now?
 
The World According to Garp and The Incredible Lightness of Being.
 
Describe your writing in three words.
 
Visceral, honest, funny.
 
Certainly. Readers, check out my review of The Younger Man here. It's one of my favorites to date, and I recommend all of you to check it out :) Super secret giveaway (to those who actually read the interview): Everyone who comments on the review will be entered to win a book from my booklist. Back to Sarah. What’s the most challenging aspect of writing?
 
To stop writing.

And the easiest?

To start writing.
 
Well said! Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?
 
I'd like to write crime fiction but stay away from bonk busters. I was asked to write it but when I read some of the 'best' I thought 'where's the story?' and 'I didn't know that was possible.'
 
LOL. For those of you from the US who have no idea what a bonk buster is, it's basically smut :) Which, can I tell you, is the raunchier version of erotica? I like spicy stories, but when "bonking" is all that goes on, it definitely gets old. Sarah, what’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
 
'Bridget Jones but with real problems.'

Nice! What's next for you?
 
A children's book and my next novel about travel but it's fictional.
 
Where can you be found on the web?

Websites:
www.sarahtucker.info 
www.branchedolive.co.uk

Blogs: 
Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you’d like to ask our readers? 

For those who think they have a book inside them - why haven't you written it yet? For those who don't think they have a book inside them - why not?

Thanks so much for being here today, Sarah! Readers, Sarah is providing autographed copy of The Younger Man (❤❤read my 9 Heart Review!!❤❤) to one lucky commenter! To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is
follow this blog. You must be a public follower through Google Friend Connect (or Twitter or Yahoo). Then, comment on this post with an answer to Sarah's question or a new question that hasn't already been asked for her to answer. Make it real; comments containing only "hi, please enter me" will be disqualified!
There are additional entries. Woohoo! If you want a higher chance of winning, do any or all of the following: Follow Sarah's author blog at http://sarahtuckerauthor.blogspot.com/ (+2). Additionally, you can follow me on Twitter @lovestephaniexx (+2).
The more entries, the bigger your chance of winning (you can earn up to 4 extra entries!!)! Just make sure you let me know in your comment (no need to comment multiple times).

The winner will be chosen at random on April 5th, 2011 at 11.59 EST. Winner has three days to claim the prize. After three days, consolation winners will be chosen.

Good luck!