Writing a book is hard. It takes a lot of research, years of practice and the ability to bear yourself naked (figuratively) to complete strangers. Being a published author used to be a pipe dream for most people but in 2018 anyone with a story to tell can upload their precious manuscript to CreateSpace or Draft2Digital and make their publishing debut. So long gone are the gatekeepers of creativity deciding whose voice would be immortalized or who goes into the infamous rejection pile. Shereen El Feki, a British Journalist, and Author says “If you really want to know yourself, start by writing a book.” On I Read N Write Books I want to celebrate the people who were brave enough to get to know themselves and share it with the world.
Meet Sarah Bailey
Sarah Bailey is Paranormal Romance Author and owner of Twisted Tree Publications hailing from Sussex, UK. She recently published Demon’s Destiny a paranormal romance starring Ella, a young woman who was rescued by Lukas, a demon bounty hunter from Hell. Ella joins Lukas on the ride of her life to hunt down a stolen artifact from hell, and no good paranormal romance is without its adventures. Vampires, shifter, and demons make things exciting. Ella tries to keep her heart guarded while fighting to survive a world she didn’t know existed.
LF: How did you discover that you were a writer?
SB: I’ve wanted to write since I was a teenager because my aunt is an author and I looked up to her. I only really decided to make a real go of it last year after several failed attempts at writing a novel. I wrote my first 10,000 words and sent it off to my aunt to see what she thought. She came back to me and said I was on to something. That’s when I really knew for sure this was the right career for me.
LF: Do you only write genre fiction? If not what other kinds of writing have you done and how has it shaped you to become the author you are now?
SB: I now only write genre fiction, but I do write across different genres. I’ve written paranormal romance, sci-fi, and fantasy. I do mainly enjoy writing romances.
I used to write poetry when I was a teenager, and I’ve written a few since. Writing poetry helped me learn how to write about emotions because it was an outlet for what I was feeling.
LF: What books/ magazines do you like to read?
SB: I read romances mainly. I got into Regency romances when I was a teenager, but now I tend to read YA, fantasy, and paranormal romances. I’m all about the happy endings.
LF: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
SB: I try to read a lot. I’m also into gaming, in fact, a lot my inspiration has come from playing RPGs. I’m waiting with baited breath for Red Dead Redemption 2 to come out. I watch a lot of Netflix – Korean dramas, films, definitely love Jessica Jones and all the other Marvel TV shows. I’m also hugely into music. I have it on all the time, and I’m always looking for new stuff.
LF: If you could be any character in the story universe who would you be an why?
SB: It’d have to be Aragon from Lord of the Rings. Who doesn’t love a broody man? It’s one of my favourite stories and one of the reasons I got into fantasy. He was always my favourite character. He never wanted to be a hero or a king, but he saves the day and ends up with the girl. That’s the sappy romantic in me coming out!
LF: What are five things you need to have a productive day?
SB: Music, a cup of tea (you can tell I’m British), a good night’s sleep, self-motivation and a good story idea.
LF: What is Twisted Tree Publications?
SB: It’s my own small publishing house I set up earlier this year to publish my own works.
LF: Do you accept submissions? If no will you in the future, if yes what are your submission guidelines?
SB: I’m hoping to be in a position to accept submissions in the future. I’d like to give opportunities to other indie authors. I will mainly be looking at publishing romance novels as opposed to other genres.
LF: Do you have any other books published and are there any upcoming books that you are willing to share with us?
SB: Book Two of my After Dark series – Vampire’s Kiss – is coming out at the end of the month and there will be a further three in this series. They’re currently scheduled to release one a month.
LF: Will you or your publication provide ARC(Advance Reader Copies) to Book Bloggers for future projects? If so what are your requirements for book bloggers that are interested?
SB: I would like to do so for future projects. They’d just need to get in touch with me, and we can work something out. I do write my books well in advance of them coming out, so I am able to do ARCs.
LF: Where do you see yourself as an author and publisher in five years?
A full-time author and publisher. I hope to be as prolific a writer as I am now. I’d like to have a few authors under my publishing house.
LF: Where can readers connect with you and subscribe for updates?
Website – www.sarahbaileywriter.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/sbaileyauthor
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/sbaileyauthor/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/sbaileyauthor/
Newsletter sign up – https://www.subscribepage.com/sarahbaileywriter
LF: Where can readers purchase a copy of Demon’s Destiny?
You can get it on Amazon. It’s out in ebook and paperback and also in Kindle Unlimited.
I want to personally thank Sarah Bailey for taking the time to answer my questions. It’s been a pleasure. Demon’s Destiny is available for purchase on the link provided above. Sarah was kind enough to provide me with a teaser for her new novel Demon’s Destiny and a never before released teaser of her new book Vampire’s Kiss book 2 in her After Dark series. Connect with Sarah on the links provided above. Support an Indie Author by leaving a review after reading a book.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my interview.