12/03 (Tuesday) interview:
Today, I am featuring author Sarah Kaminski, whose story “An Act of Love” is included in the anthology “A Bond of Words,” alongside my own brand-new story, “Rhythm of the Bug-ity Beat.”
What are you working on now?
I am trying (with minimal success) to finish a rewrite of a punk rock themed YA contemporary romance about a YouTube video leaking six students’ biggest secrets and how the six of them come together to get revenge, only to grow as people, learn to love themselves as they are, mistakes and all. The original draft was ridiculously long (I’m too embarrassed to admit an actual word count, suffice it to say, it was bad) so I just needed to start over and focus on the major plot points and work from there. Easier said than done.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? What is the easiest?
The hardest part – plot structure. I can sit and write scenes all day long, but when I actually have to put them into an order that makes sense and builds into a readable story arc, well things start to look a little wacky.
The easiest part – getting into my characters’ heads.
If you could meet one author, living or dead, who you choose?
Probably Margaret Atwood. I really like her work. I have no greater reason than that.
What is your ideal writing snack?
I eat so much junk food, it’s hard to narrow it down. I like a glass of wine, generally Cabernet Sauvignon. Candy is good, chewy candies like Skittles or Sour Patch Kids, because I won’t go through them as fast as I will chocolate. If I want something salty… cheddar popcorn.
What personal bond inspired your story?
Not necessarily a bond, but the simple act of baking a birthday cake. I really do think homemade cakes exhibit a level of love and devotion toward a person that store-bought cakes can’t, and I take a lot of pride in baking my children birthday cakes every year. I happened to be baking a chocolate cake for my oldest son when the idea began to form in my brain, and I went from there. Of course, I left out the secret ingredient.
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