Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Sara Negovetich!
Sarah Negovetich knows you don’t know how to pronounce her name and she’s okay with that.
Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it’s accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.
Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and working with amazing authors as an agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her life’s goal is to be only a mildly embarrassing mom when her kids hit their teens.
Without further ado, here’s her interview.
I love reading the author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Nope, I grew up before the internet so authors were a mystery to me. It never even occurred to me that being an author was an option. That said, I was always a writer of something.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I don’t really focus on genre. The story came to me and it was the one I wanted to write. If I had to pick, I’d have gone for anything other than dystopian since it’s such a hard genre to break into. Whoops!
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? I don’t really do strange. At least I think I don’t. I love stories that are just real enough that you might think they could actually happen.
What are you currently working on? Something new. It’s a YA stand-alone Sci-Fi that I’ve been wanting to write forever. I put it off to finish the Acceptance series, so I’m loving every minute of it.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? I can’t say what brought about my current WIP, but the Acceptance series was inspired by a horrific crime that happened in our little city. Everyone said the criminal was so nice and never saw it coming. I wondered what would happen if we could see it coming.
What was the hardest story for you to write? I have an idea tucked away in a notebook. It’s ambitious, intricate and extremely sensitive. I’m not at the level I need to be at to write it yet. But when I get there, it will be the hardest project I can imagine for myself.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I’m a huge fan of Save the Cat by Blake Snyder [I just discovered this book thanks to a friend.]. I use his system to plot out my novels scene by scene. I usually don’t follow it completely when I draft, but the frame work helps to keep me focused and ensure I have a fully developed story.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Eric. I think he’s the most truthful character of the whole series. Even he doesn’t know if he’s a good guy or a bad guy. And that’s the reality for all of us. We don’t run around with halos or pitchforks. We’re each of us a mix.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Sure. I think as an author you have to breathe a little bit of yourself into every character in order to make them real. Otherwise, they’re just stick figures on a page.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I usually find myself blocked when I’ve written something I know isn’t going to work. I can’t just say I’ll fix it later and move on. I have to go back and figure out why it isn’t working. That usually clears up the block and I’m ready to roll.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? Steampunk. There are just so many possibilities and costume options. I just think steampunk worlds are amazingly fun and unlimited. I’d like to play there someday.
Which authors inspire you? I’m constantly inspired by the authors who are right ahead of me. Not the ones soaking in so much success that their level feels unattainable. I’m motivated and inspired by the ones who are a few steps in front of me leading the way. Sarah Noffke and Sherry D. Ficklin are a few I can mention, but there are so many more.
What novel would you read multiple times? I have and will continue to reread all the Harry Potter books, anything by Jane Austen, 1984 by George Orwell.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) My grandmother. I never knew her very well, but now I know that she was actually a treasure trove of stories and experience. I’d love the chance to sit down and listen to them.
What is your favorite quote? The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better. ~George Orwell, 1984
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? I don’t really have a favorite, but in general, I’m a fan of anything small, furry and squishy.
What is your favorite color? Teal
When Sara’s not writing, she’s a literary agent with the Corvisiero Agency.
Rite of Redemption Blurb:
Rebecca escaped the PIT, found a family among the Freemen…and watched too many loved ones die. All she wants is the Cardinal to leave her in peace, but he’s made it clear that’s never going to happen.
When the Cardinal attacks other Freemen villages, she finally understands that no one is safe from his wrath. As the only one who’s stood up to the evil that is the Cardinal, it’s up to her to convince the others that they can’t hide forever. It’s time to fight.
The Machine predicted Rebecca would become the Cardinal’s enemy. It may have gotten that one right.
In the conclusion to the Acceptance series, enemies become allies and old friends emerge, but in the end, sacrifice may be the price of freedom.
Rite of Redemption Amazon order link: http://amzn.to/1sQoqiD
Rite of Redemption Goodreads link: http://bit.ly/1tfYe0R
Rite of Rejection link (free from Jun 2nd to 6th): http://bit.ly/1tfYe0R
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It was a pleasure meeting you Sara!