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Monday, April 15, 2013

Author Interview – Sara Furlong Burr

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Can we expect any more books from you in the future? I hope so since I intended Enigma Black to be the first book in a trilogy.  Actually, I’m working on the second book, tentatively titled Vendetta Nation, right now.  I’m also working on an untitled romantic comedy, which I hope to have available shortly after the release of Vendetta.

Who designed the cover? George Arnold of WGA designs did my cover work and will hopefully do the covers for the final two novels in the trilogy.  His wife is a writer and I admired her cover work.  When I asked her who designed them, she hooked me up.  Mr. Arnold was very awesome to work with and prompt with his designs.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? The dreaded writer’s block is something that happens to everyone—at least, that’s what I keep telling myself.  I’m actually plagued by it, with it happening more frequently than I’d like it to.  The worst thing you can do is force yourself to write when you’re facing writer’s block as it will only frustrate you further.  I find that taking a break from writing, whether it be for an hour or a day, helps you to regain your focus enough to hammer out a paragraph or two.

Do you intend to make writing a career? I would absolutely love to make writing my career. After all, who doesn’t want to do what they love for a living?  Unfortunately, at the moment, writing isn’t what’s paying the bills and I’m having to slowly build my career in that respect, but I’m having a blast doing it.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? As a woman, there is a certain fondness for romances and chick-lit that, as a woman, I feel comfortable writing.  That being said, I like pushing my boundaries and exploring areas that are outside of my comfort zone. For instance, Enigma Black is a science-fiction/dystopian novel, and I never thought I’d ever pen anything in the area of science-fiction.

What do you do to unwind and relax? Writing is actually the biggest reliever of stress out there, and it’s my belief that a lot of authors are born because of this.  When I’m not writing, I find shopping, hot baths, gardening and, of course, reading to be awesome ways to unwind and relax.

When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? I would like to think that I could look back and be proud of the novels/short stories/articles I’ve written, and that they were the absolute best work I could have put out.  I’d like to know that people genuinely enjoyed themselves when reading anything I put out there, and that my stories offered them some measurable amount of entertainment.

Do you have any advice for writers? My biggest piece of advice is to never give up. Writing is both rewarding and thankless. There will be days when you feel like you’re on top of the world and can accomplish anything and days where you just want to throw the laptop (or pen, or pencil, or typewriter if you’re nostalgic) out of the window.  The key is to get past the disappointment and carry on.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your writing career.

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Genre – YA / Science Fiction

Rating – PG13

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