Today we have Gail Sattler back on the blog for a little Q & A. In case you missed it, Gail was here last week with some information on her new release The Other Neighbor. If you missed that post, feel free to check it out. It’s full of good things. Now on to this weeks interview!!
Where do you draw inspiration from?
No place in particular, so I guess I’d say life in general. Ideas just happen.
Do you have a favorite genre that you like to read?
I enjoy reading the same as what I write – romantic comedy. That’s why I write it. 🙂
I saw where you said you play bass. Do you have to have music when you write or do you prefer silence?
Silence. If music is on when I’m trying to write, I get distracted. Especially if the tune is hooky, because then I analyze the theory of what makes it so.
You’ve written over 40 books so far. Was there a specific moment you can recall where you knew you were meant to be a writer?
There was no moment. A friend had given me a big box of books when I was laid off from my job, so I took up a love of mine that I hadn’t had time for in years, which was reading. I was reading a book that was really bad, I won’t say the publisher, and thought “I can do better than this.” So I started writing. I can say I did not do better, and my first attempt at writing has long since gone to that Great Delete Button In The Sky. But the bug bit me, and I couldn’t stop. I can’t say I knew I was meant to be a writer. I just did it because it was fun. I wrote a bit, then joined a writing group, then another one, learned the craft, and my first published book sold on my 40th birthday.
What would you consider your most defining moment as an author?
I was working night shift at the time. I used to get to bed around 2-3:00 a.m., then wake up at 7:00 and get the kids to school, then go back to bed and sleep until they got home. One day about noon, I was asleep, and the doorbell rang. I threw on a t-shirt and sweatpants, I wasn’t even wearing my glasses, and answered the door, expecting it was Purolator with a box of books. Nope. It was the mother of one of my kid’s friends. She’d loved a recent book and came to the door to buy a copy for her sister and have me autograph it to give as a gift. I was floored. She’d made a special trip to my house for an autographed book. That would have been my defining moment.
Here’s a look at Gail’s new book, The Other Neighbor
Thank you, Gail, for spending more time with us today. I look forward to reading more about your work and even picking up a few copies for myself. If you would like to know more about Gail, you can follow her through her social media links listed below.
Visit Gail Sattler’s website at http://www.gailsattler.com
Gail Sattler’s blog – What Goes On In The Mind Of A Writer –http://www.gailsattler.com/category/new/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/gail.sattler.3
Gail Sattler’s Facebook author page at https://www.facebook.com/Gail-Sattler-author-568988573496833/?modal=admin_todo_tour