Fireside Chat With Sage Marlowe:
Bec-Hello there friends and fellow readers, we are here with one of our favorites today, the wonderful Sage Marlowe, we are so glad to be able to ask him a few questions, let's get started shall we?
Hi Bec and Mike, thank you so much for having me on your blog!
Bec- We are so glad you are here!
1. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of your work, and I, and I am sure others, would love to know if you have an actual writing process once you get an idea for a book.
Thank you, Bec, that's very kind. I wouldn't say I have an actual writing process as such. When my Muse is in a good mood, I try to indulge him as much as I can and write a first draft. The story usually develops as I write it, so that first draft needs to be thoroughly revised. After that, it's a few more rounds of reading and editing until I'm happy with the result.
Bec- I think that writing while the iron is hot so to speak, is the way to go, the emotion is higher then! Great idea, you can always go back and edit, so that works.
2. Some of your books deal with issues that are mental and emotional, do you research certain conditions to get into as much detail as you do about them? For example: Stockholm Syndrome, I had heard of it, but after reading the book I found that I knew a lot more than I did and wanted to know even more!
I've always been interested in psychology and certain mental conditions, so in a way, I've already done research on some of the issues I write about. I do like to get the facts right but my stories focus on my characters' personalities and emotional developments, so I will do as much research as necessary to create a credible basis but without turning my stories into textbooks.
Bec- It certainly shows that you are passionate about your characters and what makes them tick. I recently re read Roses and Thorns, and there were things I picked up on the second time that I didn't the first, a great author can do that, make it fresh and wonderful every time!
3.Do you approach a book idea knowing it is going to be a series, or does it just evolve that way?
Hmm. It’s funny you should ask that. It seems that so far, whenever I started a story as a standalone, it would eventually become a series while series I planned have yet to be completed. For instance, the Romeo & Julian series was only ever meant to be a one-book thing, but turned into five volumes, the Nightmares turned out to be six, although that was a request by my publisher, and even my first published book, Sub-Mission, has two sequels. One of them is Re-Submission, which was just re-released through my own publishing label. Incidentally, I’ve also had a sequel to Re-Submission planned for about two years and will hopefully finally be able to write it next year.
Bec-I can't wait for that, as you know, I have read and reviewed quite a few of your books, and the ones that are not a series, so could be, it is a gift to be able to write stories that people never want to end, I know I don't!
4. You translate books into German, is that more of a release for you than writing, or are they on an even plain?
Writing and translating are two very different things, at least when it comes to translating other authors' books. Most authors have an individual style—their own voice, so to speak—and I aim to maintain that voice in a translation, which means the writer in me sits back and takes a nap when I translate. Writing my own stories is a much bigger release and, in a way, my kind of therapy.
Bec- That I can understand, like purging the mind of a sort, I am sure that to edit and translate requires you to be on all the time, whereas writing your own material, you can kind of zone out and let it happen.
5. I know you are very busy with home life and work, but do you ever just like to relax with a good book and let all your cares float away?
Absolutely. I have some time set aside for that next year ;)
Bec-Haha, let me know how that goes!
6. You are very personable with your fans, have you ever gotten a question or comment that was way over the top? You don't have to elaborate about the nature, but I bet that can get pretty awkward sometimes!
Ah, there have been a few comments that were way over the top. I’ve had a person I’d never spoken to before call me an a** in response to a perfectly harmless post on Facebook, then there was someone who totally got the wrong end of the stick in a thread on possible themes for books. That, to me, was the more hurtful experience out of the two, because this person lashed out and hit a nerve, but I don’t blame them as they didn’t know any better.
Fortunately, most of my interactions with fans / readers / friends are very positive and I’m usually almost impossible to offend. In fact, I'm a lot more comfortable with people straightforwardly asking what they want to know or speaking their minds than having someone trying to worm an answer out of me or just making assumptions. I am very private about some parts of my life, I’m aware that people have questions, and I don’t blame anyone for being curious—I just reserve the right to decline an answer.
Bec- I am of the mindset that just because people buy your books, and talk to you on facebook doesn't give them the right to be able to ask and know what they want about you. We try not to get to personal, but still find out a bit about the authors, it seems to work well.
7. Is there a one book in particular that you read when you were younger that made you decide to be an author?
I think with pretty much every book I’ve read I wondered what it would be like to be on the other side—not the reader, but the writer of a story, and all of them created the basis, but yes, there is one book in particular that got me started. I won’t elaborate on the reasons, but I will tell you a secret: It’s the book that my fellow writer Jazz Phoenix commented on in the Phoenix-books.
Bec- Ahh got it, I think that we will make that a trivia question for a giveaway, and I didn't even have to think of it! ;)
8. Last one I promise, Every author at some time or another has dealt with writers block, is there a certain method you use to overcome it?
The best way for me to get those creative juices flowing is usually to just not think about writing. Reading a well-written book with engaging characters or watching one of my favourite TV-series will do the trick.
Bec- That is an awesome way to combat writers block! Thanks so much Sage, for joining us for this chat!
Thank you for having me and for the excellent questions, Bec and Mike!
THANKS FOR BEING HERE FOR OUR CHAT FRIENDS! NEXT YOU CAN LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT THE MAN HIMSELF; I AM INCLUDING LINKS TO HIS WEBSITE, AMAZON AUTHOR SEARCH RESULTS, GOODREADS PAGE, AND BUY LINKS FOR RE-SUBMISSION, THE RE-RELEASE WE FEATURED YESTERDAY, AND THE FIRST BOOK SUB-MISSION! CHECK THEM OUT, AND DROP SAGE A LINE, HE LOVES TO HEAR FROM HIS FANS!
OK THAT SHOULD JUST ABOUT COVER EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THIS AUTHOR, AND YOU ARE ALSO COVERED IF YOU WISH TO BUY HIS BOOKS (YOU WISH TO BELIEVE ME :) ) THANKS FOR JOINING US IN THIS FIRESIDE CHAT, ON BEHALF OF SAGE AND MIKE, THIS IS BEC WISHING YOU THE HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAY SEASONS!