Welcome to author interviews. Lately, I’ve realized there are a lot of great authors out there that get buried underneath a pile of rejection letters and self-doubt. Social media is a wondrous thing, but it only gets you so far. Once a month I’d like to showcase a very special author. This week, I have a very special guest, who is not only celebrating the release of her sixth book, Lucifer’s Cage, she is also celebrating the whopping three-oh tomorrow. This is author Sarah Bailey. She’s a sweetheart. I hope you enjoy reading about her.
MN: Can you tell us a little about Lucifer’s Cage? (comes out February 8… that’s right! This Friday!)
SB: The 6th book in my series. I didn’t actually know I was going to write it. It was only supposed to be a 5 book series. Lucifer demanded his own book. So the premise is that the gates of hell have been sealed. A girl, who is half fae, drops out of a portal on top of him. It’s about their journey to get her home. There’s other stuff but their interactions with each other are the best part.
MN: It sounds very interesting. I’m glad Lucifer demanded his own book. That’s fascinating.
SB: He was very demanding character.
MN: Do you have any special plans for your birthday, aside from releasing a new book?
SB: I’m going to see my mom. I just recently moved to Scotland, so we are going to have a family dinner. My younger brother is coming up with his girlfriend, too. It’s my thirtieth birthday. I think a book launch and a family dinner would be a nice way to celebrate.
MN: Where did you get the idea for the After Dark series?
SB: On my honeymoon about a year ago. We were in Iceland over Christmas. I didn’t bring my laptop with me because I hadn’t written for a month. I was reading a lot during the bus trips for our tours. It was very cold there as well. It started with a question: what would happen if you fell in love with a demon? That’s how Ella and Lukas came into my head. I wasn’t going to write whilst I was away and my husband said, if you need to write, just write. I had my phone with me so I decided to write on that. I started writing four days into the honeymoon and by the time I’d got home, I’d written nearly 14,000 words.
MN: Nice! And what an adorable husband you have, “just write.” That’s awesome.
SB: He’s very supportive.
MN: What is your favorite book in the series?
SB: Two of my favorite characters are Azrael and Alice from the fifth book, Death’s Angel. I think I relate to the characters the most. If we’re going based on excitement, then I’d say Lucifer’s Cage. It’s difficult to choose because I love them all for different reasons.
MN: That’s a good answer. If you remember, what was the first book you ever bought?
SB: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson. Those are the first books I remember buying and falling in love with. It’s basically about this girl, Betsy becomes a vampire and she completely hates it. It’s really very funny.
MN: Sounds interesting. I don’t know about you, but I’d hate to be a vampire too.
SB: I mean, I have a fascination with vampires, but I don’t want to be a vampire.
MN: Right? Your favorite character (protagonist or antagonist) has become the opposite. How do you get people to still like them or hate them?
SB: That’s a hard question. I think if I was going to flip a character around… I don’t know. If I flipped Candace (Lucifer’s love interest) I’m not sure if people would like her, but I think she would make a good villain.
MN: Nice. Is there a famous person you’d like to write a screenplay for? (Is there a famous person you’d like to star in one of your book, should it ever become a movie?)
SB: Funnily enough I made my own dream cast for my books. If I was to cast Vampire’s Kiss, I would so cast Jensen Ackles for Gavin, just because I’m obsessed with him. I’m a massive Supernatural fan.
MN: Dean is my favorite of the brothers. I think it’s the bad boy thing.
SB: The funny thing is I’m probably more like Sam as a person, but I love Dean.
MN: What’s the biggest mistake you think people make when editing their own work?
SB: Not leaving it long enough so that you become detached from your work. I would say people don’t leave it long enough. Once you become detached you can look at it more objectively. So I would never edit something straight after I finished it because I’m just too attached to my characters at that point.
MN: How long, approximately, would you recommend?
SB: I wait at least a month. I’m usually quite far ahead in my writing schedule, but at the moment, not so much with the move. I was three books ahead when I started releasing the After Dark series.
MN: Can you tell us some indie authors to look out for?
- Sean McMahon, one of my best writer friends. I got his book, Fir Lodge, but it’s not my normal genre. It’s a sci-fi, British book with British characters. I really related to the characters. He’s a time wizard. He’s releasing the second book, The Dark Restarter, really soon and I can’t wait.
- Pepper Winters is just about to release a book and I’m not prepared for it. I read the Ribbon duet by her and I felt completely destroyed after. This one is about their son and I am not prepared for this book. It’s going to be really good. I know I’m going to cry.
MN: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
SB: I would say that I would like people to be nicer to each other. I think there’s too much negativity and hatred in the world. People should be more respectful.
MN: I agree. Are any of the men a favorite from your series?
SB: I would have to say my favorite man is Lucifer because he gave me so many feels. Like there’s a scene in his book where I actually sobbed while writing. I got very emotional in my writing. He’s goes through the biggest change out of all of them. It’s not even out yet and I’m already saying he’s my favorite.
MN: I can’t wait to read it. I’ve picked up the first book and I’m nearly finished it. I’m enjoying it so far. I was very surprised at the twists and turns. I can’t wait to finish it.
SB: I like to think that happens in every book I write. I like to write stories with a twist, so people don’t always expect what’s happening next. I don’t plan my books. I recently shared an article that explains my writing process. I have a rough idea of how the book will end after I get about 50/60% in, but I don’t plan; I just write.
MN: You write so you can see the ending.
SB: Exactly. I want to know.
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Thank you so much for joining The Papercut Diaries today, Sarah. This has been fun. Stay awesome!
And thank you for joining us. You’re awesome, too! Until next time, happy writing.
A Clumsy Writer