Sarah Makela

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: March 29, 2008

Sarah Makela's Web Site


Hello Sarah,

The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview

We would love to get to know you

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?

I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida with my husband and three cats. And I'm almost finished with my Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. In my spare time, when I'm not writing, I love to read, draw, play XBOX 360 with my husband, and traveling the world. I prefer listening to music than having television playing in the background, though I love watching "my shows." I've been writing for almost a decade now, so I'm really excited to have my first book, Melody of Love, coming out April 1st.

What's your favorite genre to read?

My favorite genre to read would be Urban Fantasy. I also love paranormal romance novels. I love reading Laurell K. Hamilton, Rachel Vincent, Karen Chance, Shiloh Walker, and others that I can't think of right now.

What do you do on a typical writing day?

In my household, it's hard to have a typical writing day. Writing related business is usually done in the afternoon or early evening, and then I actually write between 10:30 p.m. to midnight. Some days it ends up being midnight to 2 a.m. My main goal is just finding any time I can in a day to do whatever writing I can.

Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?

Sure! My novel Melody of Love is about Kathryn Walker and Alex Brown. Kathryn's life is great, except for love. She is still reeling from a past relationship when danger encroaches on her world. Alex is a rock star dealing with betrayal. Once they meet, his sights are set on her.

Here's an excerpt:

The phone rang again, and it was Alex.

"Hey, I'm on my way up, okay?" he said.

"That's great," Kathryn said, starting to feel the jitters.

"Oh, no problem. I'm going to try to act like a gentleman." He laughed and it sounded like the sweetest sound to her ears. She loved listening to happy laughter.

"I'm sure you'll do fine in that regard," she joked.

"Thanks for your vote of confidence. I'll try not to disappoint."

She could hear him walking up stairs over the phone. He was getting closer because she could hear the click clack of footsteps outside her door. She glanced through the peephole and saw him standing there as sexy as could be in a black button up shirt and slacks. Oh my God. He was gorgeous. She had never been able to call a man gorgeous before.

"Well, I'm here," he said through the phone. "Should I knock?"

"Hmmm. Yeah. You might need to." She laughed.

"Okay then." She watched as he knocked on the door. She could see the way the jacket fit him so perfectly when he reached for the door.

"Oh, just a second, there's someone at the door," she said and opened the door. "Oh! It's you." She smiled. Her mind was blown. It was good she had worn what she did, or she would have felt completely underdressed! With him, she now knew there were adventures and surprises on the way. She didn't want him to have some fancy restaurant reservations and her show up looking like she walked in off the street.

"Wow. You look very nice," she commented.

"I could definitely say the same thing about you. You're beautiful."

What do you do for inspiration?

When I need inspiration, I usually listen to music. Sometimes I don't even pay attention to the music, but something ends up grabbing my attention and inspiring me. It's really neat when that happens because I feel a double sense of urgency and inspiration. One from the music, and another from the idea. Plus, when I listen to the song again, the idea echoes and develops.

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?

I think it would be fun to write a historical romance, but I'm too intimidated by the vast amount of detail and research that go into them.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

I usually write the book and if I don't know about something, I make a note and continue writing. If it affects the storyline then I have to go ahead and research, but usually I do just enough to help me with the story and still make a note. During my second draft, I go back through the manuscript and fill in the blanks of what I didn't know at the time. I do enjoy the research process now that I have a decent way to handle it. Before it was a bit tedious since it slowed my progress on the novel.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Before starting a novel, I figure out the major plot points of the book and then start writing. I like to be surprised and led by the characters, but I do work best with a "road map," so I'm pretty much a plotter/write-by-the-seat-of-the-pants hybrid.

Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

I think deadlines help me to focus on the story and keep my muse in check. Also, they help me to get myself in the desk chair even when I don't necessarily want to work with the manuscript that day. When I don't have deadlines, the muse tends to be more sporadic and give me more ideas than I can handle, particularly ones that aren't related to the current story. Hence six partial manuscripts! I had my first completed manuscript some years back when I decided to do National Novel Writing Month where you write 50,000 words in one month. I accomplished that, and I've been doing it ever since.

What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?

The best way for readers to contact me is through my website.


Thank you for this opportunity!

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