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Sarah Neofield My books are inspired by my travels: not necessarily specific locations, but the experience of being an outsider, of crossing borders, and of learning new things.
Sarah Neofield Oddly enough, getting stuck in airports seems to be a common thread!
I was first inspired to pick up writing again after being stranded in an airport due to a cancelled flight. The resultant book - about a hotel inspector - was terrible, but it rekindled my love of writing.
The next time I was stranded in an airport, I started writing about the experience, and wondered what character might best benefit from being in that situation. And that's when I hit upon the idea of an immigration minister, trapped in an airport.
Sarah Neofield I'm currently writing a novel which examines persuasion and manipulation - through propaganda, advertising, art - and the blurred line between them.
Sarah Neofield There is no such thing as an aspiring writer.
If you write, you are a writer.
Don't aspire. Just do it.
You do not need anyone's permission or endorsement.
Write, and you are a writer.
Sarah Neofield Carl Hiaasen said "Good satire comes from anger. It comes from a sense of injustice, that there are wrongs in the world that need to be fixed"
Writing allows us to create whatever world we want - and to hopefully make a difference in the world we inhabit along the way.
Sarah Neofield I take a walk... and talk it out, recording myself as I go (and get weird looks along the way!)
Sometimes changing the medium is all I need. Stories are, after all, made to be told.
Sarah Neofield I'll go you one better and do it in one!
"There are five minutes remaining before pencils down"

Didn't that story just get your heart pumping?
It certainly made my students look worried when I told it in class...! (Poor things!)
Sarah Neofield I'd love to climb the Magic Faraway Tree, since there's always somewhere new to explore - even if those places aren't always pleasant!
Sarah Neofield I'm going to be focusing on indie authors, and have a great list of books to check out. Envy, Finding Evelyn, Soul Bearer, The Little Red Boat, and Sentient Being are all on my TBR stack.
Sarah Neofield

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