Sarah Fawcett, author of The Research Project, took time out of her busy life to do a really quick interview for me and the answers are fantastic!
Thank you so much for doing the interview Ms. Fawcett as well as contacting me over the book. I wish you tons of success with your series in your future.
I loved the brainstorming aspect of writing that I learned in grade 4. I would have a short outline of a story and then brainstorm ideas to make a more interesting storyline, the weirder or more unusual the better. I took 8 different English classes in Grade 12 and OAC, loving creative writing and women’s literature.
I’m not sure how that happened. Honestly! I loved the thought of writing about meeting someone and the initial attraction or spark that comes with first dates and first times, so I knew I wanted to write an entire book about those feelings and those moments, it just became sexual.
I knew my main character was going to be a smart, professional woman who was organized with OCD tendencies and she was going to evolve in the novels, becoming more relaxed. When I chose to make her a psychologist, Everything else just fell into place. There was going to be lots of sex, lots of different men, but in very realistic situations.
I always carry a notebook and would rather write the story and add details when I transfer it to my laptop. Other than that, once I get started, nothing stops me…the kids had to make their own dinner more than a couple of times. Oh, and everyday I change location. My kitchen table, my bedroom, my office, the art desk…Starbucks! I like change.
Anything Sidney Sheldon- his novels actually inspired me to research different scenarios when my character met men.
Butterfly by Kathryn Harvey
Beverly Hills by Pat Booth
Orange Pekoe tea
Aussie Spray Sprunch hairspray (I have naturally curly hair)
EOS lip balm
Galápagos Islands- I have to take lessons first, but it’s the best place to dive in the world. It’s on my husbands bucket list for good reason. We might see hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, eagle rays and much more. Even out of the water, I could see wildlife like blue-footed boobies, albatross and penguins during hikes around volcanoes. It may be our 25th anniversary trip.
I love Indian food. I’ve only been once with a girlfriend and can’t convince my husband to go with me. Butter Chicken, Lamb Vindaloo, Aloo Gobhi (cauliflower and potatoes)… It was a great experience and hope to get someone to go with me again!
Since I spend most of my time teaching group fitness classes, like spin, yoga, kickboxing, etc, I enjoy my down time sewing, scrap booking, painting and doing crafts with my girls. My newest interest is stained glass. I start a 6 week course this week.
I’m starting small. My goal is to sell 5000 books at the moment, while writing my next 2 novels. If I hit my goal this year, then I’ll continue writing. If not… I’ll have to make a serious decision about a writing career.