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Sylvia  | 13086 comments Mod
Okay members, this is our 4th Interview for the month of December and it's with Sadie Grubor, author of Falling Stars by Sadie Grubor Stellar Evolution (a Falling Stars novella) by Sadie Grubor . This is a 39th Author Interview and it is conducted by one of our moderators. Please read this interview and we hope you will be able to pick up lessons about her experience.If there are any questions you would like to ask Sadie Grubor please post them here. Thankyou.

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I didn't really realize I wanted to be a writer. I can honestly say it just happened.  I've always enjoyed writing. Growing up I kept journals documenting my thoughts and feelings, small stories, poems, and doodles. It sort of morphed into writing stories for kids, for my kids.  Then I started to want more from stories I read, or got ideas, and began to write.

2. How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the time I have on my hands and inspiration. I've written a book in a week and I have others that I've been working on for a couple years.

3. What do you think makes a great story?
This is something that differs for just about everyone – according to their taste.  But I truly believe that, no matter the genre, you have to write something that makes you feel.  Whether it's desire, romance, sadness, horror, if you feel it when you write it, then it will come across to the reader in your work.

4. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Since I'm the mother of two, full time day job working, wife to one handsome geek, my schedule is erratic and crazy.  I try to sit down and allot time for writing, but this doesn't usually work out.

5. How do you balance family and writing?
As for how to balance, I'm not so sure I have balancing down yet.  The writing time does suffer and often lose. Family comes first. My kids and husband mean the world to me.  My writing is typically done late in the evening/night. 

6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
The internet is my largest tool.  Google provides me such an extensive pool of information to research

7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That people would actually enjoy reading them.  Like really, really like my books and be interested enough to want to read more of them.  I'm still surprised when someone reaches out to tell me how much they enjoyed the book and want more.  It's extremely flattering and fulfilling.

8. How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
Written and published works would be four. Under author name Saewod Tice, I released a Young Adult post apocalyptic book titled Amongst the Ruins.  This was my first published work.  Second, came Live-In Position by VS Tice.  This is a romantic chick-lit style book that was published before my Sadie Grubor personal was fully developed.  Then came the self published books, Falling Stars & Stellar Evolution under Sadie Grubor.
I have multiple completed books which are with BETA readers, proofers, and/or editors. On top of those, I have a few unfinished manuscripts that I'm still working through the development.

9. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
I do draw inspiration from people around me.  Though, I've never truly had one character replicate someone I know.

10. Do you have a favourite place you love to write?
Wherever I can focus and listen to my music.  Music is a big inspirational piece for me.

11. How hard is it to get published?
Being published is not a simple task in any regard.  I got extremely lucky with my first book and was picked up really quickly; however, I've got a large file full of rejection letters from publishers.  It takes time, dedication, a thick skin, and a willingness to take advice and feedback.  Even self publishing is a challenging task. You have only yourself to rely on and only you to take the heat for negative responses.

12. What do your family and friends think about your books?
I'm thankful to have amazing friends and family.  They are one hundred percent supportive of everything I do. They also harass me frequently for the next book and such.

13. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I'm an avid horror flick watching woman.  And I have a penchant for horrible B films. Heck even C & D films. LOL  Netflix, Hulu and I seem to have a special understanding. 
Reading, of course, is a huge part of my life.  Romance, Science fiction, Horror, Erotica, I'll pretty much give anything a shot as long as the writing is good.

14. Do you have any suggestions to help aspiring writers better themselves and their craft? If so, what are they?
You will be constantly learning.  Grow a thick skin, and stay open to the criticism and critique.  Learn from your mistakes.  These are the biggest things I've learned.

15. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Wonder Woman. Then it was the Phoenix from Xmen.  Yeah, so I had a bit of a nerdy comic book childhood.

16. What are your favourite books and which authors inspire you?
Asking me to list my favorite books is like asking me to pick my favorite kid. (LOL)
Short List of Authors (this too is painful):
Stephen King (twisted scares are amazing)
Lisa Kleypas (she gives good regency)
RL Mathewson (take care of yourself girl!)
Alice Clayton (her humor is the best)
Richard Laymon (gory horror and taboo horror at its finest)
Kristen Ashley (for so many wonderful reasons)
Truly there are so many that I could go on and on and on – and ON.

17. For an aspiring writer what do you feel are certain do's and don’ts for getting their material published?
DO listen to critiques.
DON’T let criticism get to you.
I've seen many authors fall into the trap of reacting to bad reviews or comments.  This will get you put on a do not read list so fast, regardless if the bad reviewer or criticizer was originally in the wrong.   The trick is to either ignore the criticism all together by not reading them.  Or, if you're skin is thick enough and you can restrain from lashing out, read and see if you can learn anything from them. Or at least get a good laugh from them.
DO stand by your work.
DON'T let a publisher or editor change the core of your story.
This actually almost happened to me with Falling Stars.  The publisher that originally had this manuscript wanted me to change Christopher to make him more likable.  They also wanted me to cut the story so that Chris and Mia were together faster.  We went back and forth with FS and it was pushed back a couple times.  I was lucky enough to have the story released back to me, so I could publish it
myself.

18. What are you working on now?
I'm working on the next Falling Stars novel:  Hidden in the Stars.  This tale will follow Jackson after Stellar Evolution.  I won't say too much, just in case you haven't read the follow-up novella.  This is in the writing phase, though I will say that I've been distracted with ideas for the possibility of another story to follow Jacksons.


message 2: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia  | 13086 comments Mod
Thank You Sadie for doing this interview for our group...Adriana has spoken highly of you and your book and I am looking forward to reading it ...


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Hi Sadie and welcome im looking forward to discovering your great work.


message 4: by Marysue (new)

Marysue | 8 comments Great interview. I am inspired by authors who have a full time job and a family and still find time to write. Congratulations on publishing 4 books!


message 5: by Julie (new)

Julie Reece Thanks for the great interview. It's amazing how many writers didn't know that's what they wanted to do with their lives until they were older. :) Thanks for sharing with us!


message 6: by Gabriela (new)

Gabriela | 384 comments Good Interview...candid answers. :)


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Sadie Grubor (sadiegrubor) | 8 comments Heinzypop wrote: "Thank You Sadie for doing this interview for our group...Adriana has spoken highly of you and your book and I am looking forward to reading it ..."

I was excited to learn about this amazing group and MORE than honored to receive the invitation to be featured. It is, in all honesty, my privilege.


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Sadie Grubor (sadiegrubor) | 8 comments Gary wrote: "Hi Sadie and welcome im looking forward to discovering your great work."

Thanks for checking out my interview. If you do find the time to read FS and the follow up novella, I hope you enjoy them.


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Sadie Grubor (sadiegrubor) | 8 comments Marysue wrote: "Great interview. I am inspired by authors who have a full time job and a family and still find time to write. Congratulations on publishing 4 books!"

My husband is so amazing. He tries so hard to support the time I take to write. You know, like ignoring when we eat take out 3-4 days a week, when I disappear into my virtual online world to research, and when one of the characters takes over and I am lost in writing mode. :)

I am extremely proud to have 4 published works. That two of them are with a publisher and the others are self published makes me feel pretty rounded out. Though who knows what else the future holds. Perhaps audio books are next for me. LOL


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Sadie Grubor (sadiegrubor) | 8 comments Gabriela wrote: "Good Interview...candid answers. :)"

Thanks for checking in.


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Sadie Grubor (sadiegrubor) | 8 comments Julie wrote: "Thanks for the great interview. It's amazing how many writers didn't know that's what they wanted to do with their lives until they were older. :) Thanks for sharing with us!"

Even when I was writing and posting to online writers websites - chapter by chapter - I didn't realize I wanted to be a writer. Now, I don't know what I would do with all the craziness in my head if I could write it.


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Sadie Grubor (sadiegrubor) | 8 comments Heinzypop wrote: "Okay members, this is our 4th Interview for the month of December and it's with Sadie Grubor, author of Falling Stars by Sadie GruborStellar Evolution (a Falling Stars novella) by Sadie Grubor. This is a 39th Auth..."

THANK YOU for inviting me into your group and blessing me with the honor of being featured here.


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Adriana (adrinori) | 4044 comments Mod
Thank you Sadie for an awesome interview sorry I've been MIA but I misted you and explained why but you know I love you and your books. FOr everyone that hasn't read these books read them you will love them :)


message 14: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia  | 13086 comments Mod
Sadie you are so very welcome and the honour is all ours :)


message 15: by J.M. (new)

J.M. Zuniga (jmzuniga) "DO stand by your work. DO NOT let a publisher or editor change the core of your story." I love this advice. Only you know your characters down to their very essence because you created them. For anyone to want to change them is like asking to replace one pertson with a double, he/she may look like the original character and maybe even have some of the same mannerisms, but they will never be the original. I experimented with changing the name of one of my characters once. That was an epic failure. It was as if I were calling my own child by an entirely different name!
Thank you for the stellar interview and WELCOME!!


message 16: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Carter (yabooklover32) | 0 comments Hi Sadie! Welcome! It's always an honor to have an author take time out to answer questions! :)


message 17: by Sadie (new)

Sadie Grubor (sadiegrubor) | 8 comments J.M. wrote: ""DO stand by your work. DO NOT let a publisher or editor change the core of your story." I love this advice. Only you know your characters down to their very essence because you created them. For a..."

Thanks J.M.

It's hard for new authors to stand up to publishers and editors. It took a lot of 'aw hell naw' and if it weren't for my husband listening to me whine and finally telling me to tell them to 'take it or leave it' with the character and plot points, Falling Stars could've been a lot different. I'm glad that FS wasn't my first run with a publisher/editor. I know I would've caved if it had been my first go around. :o0


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Sadie Grubor (sadiegrubor) | 8 comments Brittany wrote: "Hi Sadie! Welcome! It's always an honor to have an author take time out to answer questions! :)"

Thanks Brittany! Answering questions about myself isn't an easy task. I find myself a bit drab. LOL But I'm glad to have done it and to get to be a part of this group. :o)


message 19: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 6 comments Thanks for this lovely interview. I like your advice to aspiring writers. Like your book choices too.


message 20: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Collier  (kscollierauthor) | 16 comments Wonderful Interview. I can so relate. Your story in the beginning sounds so familiar. Can't wait to read your book.


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Jaideep Khanduja (pebbleinthestillwaters) | 2 comments Hi


message 22: by Erin (new)

Erin (readermom4) | 4936 comments Mod
Wonderful interview, Sadie! I very much look forward to reading your books!!


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