Today, it gives me great pleasure to welcome the very lovely Sarah England to MBB to tell us something about her debut novel, EXPECTED. EXPECTED is a little bit different from the other books I’ve introduced so far on MBB. The reason being that EXPECTED is a comedy novel. Now of all the genres there is, this has to be the hardest to write. Looking at Sarah, it’s really quite surprising that she’s written comedy, because I would have thought of her as very much the type of lady to write romance. Looks can be deceiving, right? Let’s get to know Sarah a little better!
SARAH ON THE WEB:
Can you share briefly what made you a writer, Sarah?
I’ve wanted to write fiction since I was a little girl sitting on the backseat of my dad’s cortina on rainy holidays, reading my mother’s Victoria Holt novels… Alas I didn’t get the time or opportunity until I was very much older; but by then I’d had lots of life experiences and the romantic stories had turned into comedy and horror…
That’s something we have in common. My dad had a cortina too! What was your first published piece?
My first ever published story was in My Weekly magazine, 2006, and it was called ‘Table for Two’ – about a mother waiting for her long lost daughter to turn up after a family rift.
Why did you choose the comedy genre for your novel? I imagine it’s rather difficult!
I’m afraid comedy chose me…. I am one of those people who trip up, say the wrong things, get into messes, inadvertently upset people, can’t stop laughing even when no one else is, and see the juxtaposition of comedy and tragedy in almost everything. So a lot of my short stories are humorous, or paradoxically spooky and horrific – my other passion!
Can you sum up your book in a Tweet sized sentence? (140 characters Max)
‘Expected’ tweet – – ‘Sam Sweet is terrified of childbirth. But it’s expected by her mother and big-shot doctor boyfriend. Mind-games ensue with catastrophic results.’
What’s next for Sarah England?
I have also just published ‘3am and Wide Awake’ – a collection of 25 thrillers – many supernatural and also medical. So that’s where I’m probably heading. With a medical background & a fascination with all things psychic, hopefully a supernatural thriller. Or maybe a sequel to Sam Sweet in ‘Expected’. I suspect I may have left her in far too comfortable a situation…
Comedy and thrillers! My goodness, you are a versatile author…..that’s a great talent you have! Thank you Sarah for coming to this blog to tell us about your work.
Download a sample of Sarah England’s work absolutely free!
DESPERATE WOMEN, a mini ebook (comedy) by Sarah England, is presently available on SMASHWORDS to download in ALL formats. To download your free copy, follow the link http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/328849 and at the checkout, apply the coupon no. SP93M