Author Interview – Sara Dominguez

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Up a tree-smWelcome to my blog series dedicated to author interviews.  The purpose of this series is to introduce authors to a wider range of potential readers and provide readers with deeper information about the interviewed authors.  I hope you learn something interesting about each author.  Today's author interview is with Sara Dominguez.  Sara answers questions about herself and her new book Up A Tree.

1) Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

The book was inspired by a dream I had about a year ago and wrote down. The dream and the scenes I wrote from it never made it into Up A Tree at all in the end. The series as a whole is vastly different from the dream and based off a series that will be coming out in about a year. It will be the precursor to the war on Radiance.

2) Do you work with an outline, or just write?

Short stories tend to be all from my head. Anything longer than 40,000 words I tend to outline by chapter, with a paragraph summary for what I want to happen. However, none of it is ever set in stone. It just keeps me from going in a thousand different directions before the end.

3) What can your readers expect from you in the future?

Well, there are the next two books in The Sixth Extinction series. They will be called In a Cell and The Radiance WarIn a Cell should be out near the end of February or early March.

Then I will have a Dystopian two-part novel series, which I am certain will open up a new sub-genre for Dystopian books. After that, I hope to have the Prequel series available for the planet that will appear in The Radiance War.  

There is also a short story series called: The Inner Secrets, which I want to do. Each story will stand alone, but I’m not sure when I will do that one yet. I’ve been shaping the first three stories for about two years now.

4) Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? Why?

I have to pick just one? There are so many though! I guess my top one would have to be J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter really was the catalyst that made me find writing again, when I was fourteen.

5) What book are you currently reading and in which format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?

I have been reading a lot of indie YA dystopian writers on my Kindle lately. However, currently I’m rereading IT by Stephen King on my Kindle. For anyone who doesn’t know, the paperback version is a little over a thousand pages. First time I picked it up was from the library and I was moving at the time, so I got about half way through before I had to return it. I am determined to finish it now.

I’m also reading the hardcover 15th edition of The Chicago Style Manual. I love it.

6) When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

My first book wasn’t Up A Tree and it’s no longer online either, so no looking for it, it was ghastly! It was called Hidden Scars and was roughly around 20,000 words. It took me about six months to write, when I was 17, if I remember correctly. Up A Tree, which is 17,000 words, took me 9 days, not counting the editing time.

Hidden Scars, was about two teenage boys who fell in love over similar issues and how they both came to deal with the scars both physical and emotional that threw them together. I still have a copy of it on my bookshelf. I love it, but I can barely read it, the grammar and characterizations are just horrible. I may redo it one day, if the characters ever call to me again.

7) What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Another tough question! (spoiler alert) I would have to say the part where Robert is dying and asks Kendall to kiss him, is my favorite. That scene actually made me cry a little while writing it.  

Fun fact: Robert will make reappearance in the third book. And it doesn’t matter which way I reveal Kendall in the end. So far, I have people who say Kendall is a boy and I have people who say Kendall is a girl. What they don’t realize is I haven’t said one way or another which one Kendall is. They have just assumed using own factors from their lives to determine it. I’ve done this one purpose, having wanted to write an androgynous character for a while now. However, the gender will be revealed in book three with who they are paired with in the end. Life needs to go on, as they say.

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