Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hey all! My name is Sara Preston I was born, raised, and live in Indiana (no I’m not backwards and I don’t believe in the laws passed by our Governor). I am happily married to my husband Dan. We’ve been married for five years now. We have three children two girls and a boy. We have a dog named Loki. He’s a border collie/corgi mix.
I write contemporary romance novels with a realistic twist to them. If you’re looking for fairy tales, you won’t find them here. My characters deal with real life issues in my books. I run a critique group on facebook called Critique Me. I love helping people with their writing, because if it wasn’t for the people who helped me, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I’ve written many books, but only one of them is available for purchase right now. (Unless you count my cheesecake cookbook! Check that one out on Amazon as well!) This book is one of a family saga series called And Then Came Love. Book Two is called Play It Again and is due out in August or September!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
If You Only Knew is the title of my book and my relationship with my husband inspired it. He is bipolar and although we’ve had a rocky experience at times the relationship is more then worth it!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
It depends on who you talk too. I’m sure other authors don’t consider talking to your characters and talking to other people as your characters is unusual.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My love for reading started out with fantasy. I love Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Raymond E. Feist. I found the romance genre around the same time I started writing. I fell in love almost immediately. My first romance novel was Night and Day by Carole Buck. I found it in one of my mother’s desk drawers and read it by flash light hiding under my covers. I spent many a night up until three in the morning reading romance novels by flashlight.
Eve Gaddy and Susan Mallory are two of my favorites in the romance genre. Also Amie Thurlo does wonderful romantic suspense novels.
A couple of new authors I have to mention because I really do love their work. Deb Julienne writes hilarious romantic comedies that everyone should read. And Wendy Oleston writes Sexy Christian Fiction. I usually don’t read Christian Fiction, but hers is worth the read.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on book two of this series. It’s called Play It Again and it is about one of the younger brothers of my current main male character. He is much different then his brother, but his book is still just as real and just as much fun!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Facebook tends to be my go to on promoting! I’m enjoying these author interviews though.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Try and build a fan base as you’re writing. The more fans you have before you publish the more popular your book will be when you do publish!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t rush. I know it’s a big deal to publish and you want to get your book out there, but the worst thing you can do is publish a bad book!
What are you reading now?
360 Degrees by Wendy Oleston and Sex, Secrets, and Happily Ever Afters by Deb Julienne. Both well worth the read!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m continuing on with my series. I have the next five books in rough draft form, so hopefully they won’t be out too far apart.
I also have a fantasy series I’m thinking about rereading and seeing where it stands.
What is your favorite book of all time?
This is a hard question. I’d say it’s a toss up between Return of the King and Sword of Shannara. I know, not romances!