A big welcome to author, S L Wallace
Book Title: Dante's Day Off
Page Count: 21
Genre: literary fiction
GeoLink Amazon: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00FYCP48W
Author Page link: http://slwallace.com/
Can you tell me something about yourself?
Let's see, what to share today? I'm a writer, mother and teacher. I recently took an online quiz that told me my aura is blue, and I have to say, the description of blues reminded me strongly of, well, me! I love animals and animals love me, but I tend to kill plants, even though I try my best to keep them alive.
That’s interesting, I love animals.
So, what inspired you to write?
I don't usually remember my dreams, but when I do, they are often quite inspiring. When I wake up thinking, "Yeah, I'd totally watch that if it were a movie," I know I have a winner! In addition to dreams, I also pull inspiration from current events, memories of personal experiences, and emotions.
Who are you favourite authors?
Neil Gaiman, Patrick Ness, Harper Lee
Can you tell me something about your latest book?
My latest is a short story that was inspired by a news article I read last summer. Apparently, technology has caught up to modern medicine, and head transplants are seriously possible. I decided to write about it from the perspective of a guy who thinks that is possibly the coolest thing ever. But often, real life just doesn't live up to our expectations.
How long did it take you to write it?
‘Dante's Day Off’ is a short story, so it didn't take me very long to write it. Editing took longer because you don't want to use too many extra words in a short story. You want to get your ideas across as succinctly as possible. So I was inspired in early July, finished writing the story by the end of the summer, sent it off to a bunch of beta readers, and continued editing while beginning the school year. (I'm a full time Montessori teacher in an upper elementary classroom.) This story was published in mid-October.
It sounds like you are kept seriously busy, Sarah.
Can you tell us anything else about the writing process, do you have a set time for writing, did you do any research, or anything else of interest that was involved?
I like to take my time with the writing process, but I also get the itch to write frequently. I get fidgety if a week goes by with no time for writing or editing my stories or blog posts. At that point, I'll take writing over sleep.
My stories progress at their own pace. Word count and publication deadlines tend to be set by the stories themselves. For example, I began my first novel, Price of a Bounty (Reliance on Citizens Makes Us Great), thinking the idea would make a great short story or perhaps a novella. By the time I got around to researching novella contest deadlines, the story was already too long to be entered as a novella. And then I realized that I actually had three story arcs within the main story arc, so it became a trilogy. Unfortunately, for those readers who are looking for more of Keira, Guy, April, Scott or any of the other characters I grew to love, their story is complete. Maybe someday down the line I'll be inspired to write a spin off, but for now, I have no plans to add more to the Reliance on Citizens books. For me, editing takes longer than writing. I'll go over my stories again and again before sending them off to a slew of beta readers. Then I have to wait for suggestions to come rolling in. And then it's back to editing until I'm satisfied. As many authors will tell you, even after my books have been published, I'm not always satisfied. Every so often, I'll update them, but the changes at that point are always minor.
As for research, that also depends upon the story. I did the most research for Retrospection which is a paranormal historical fiction novella. I made sure my facts were straight for every historical time period and place that Claire and Jhidhai visited. Even the overlying part of that story set in Chicago is based on personal memories backed up by research. And Dante's Day Off required some research too. I read about the science and medicine behind head transplants and also learned quite a bit about locations in Rome.
What do you think readers will come away with when they have finished your book?
My hope is to entertain while encouraging readers to think deep thoughts. I can say that about every book I've published to date. If a reader is still thinking about some of the ideas I've presented a few days or even weeks after they've read my book, then I have succeeded.
WILL YOU GIVE READERS AN INTERESTING EXCERPT FROM YOUR BOOK, DANTE’S DAY OFF:
Pietro snipped the last thread and stepped back. “Well, that's it. Now we wait.” He glanced at the observation window where his beautiful raven haired cousin, Natalia, stood watching.
A grueling 36 hours after they had begun, the surgery was complete. Sergio’s heartbeat was strong and his breathing regular, but his eyes remained closed.
Pietro’s team remained in their last positions. Some leaned against counters, while a few sat right on the hard tile floor, watching and waiting.
Twenty minutes later, Sergio’s eyes opened for just a moment. “Did it work?” he asked, before falling back asleep.
Oh my, this brings the whole story flooding back, and reminds me just how much I enjoyed it, when I read it!
Any other links of interest:
My blog about current events and human interest stories: http://crossroadsofhumanity.blogspot.com/
My Indie Horizon column at InGenre where I review Indie sci fi, fantasy, and horror, as well as interviewing the authors. New posts the first Monday of every month: http://ingenre.com/category/ccontent/indie-horizon/
A big thank you, Sarah L Wallace. This has been a pleasure as well as a very interesting interview.
For my readers, I can confirm that I thoroughly enjoyed the two books that I have read by this talented author.