Today I have an interview with Debra Robinson, whose first fiction book, Sarah’s Shadows, was released earlier this year.
Did you base any of the characters on real people?
So far, a little bit of everybody I know leaks into the characters! I will find one of them acting like I would act, then another one acting like a friend acts, that sort of thing. And I have found out they actually DO have a mind of their own! I’d always read that on writers forums, but this was my first experience with it. It was lots of fun for sure.
How long did it take to write your book?
Sarah’s Shadows took me about six months. I had just finished my first book, a nonfiction “psychic” memoir, titled A Haunted Life, the true ghost story of a reluctant psychic, (Llewellyn Worldwide) and I decided I wanted to try my hand at fiction. I finished the nonfiction book, signed the contract in June 2012, then started on Sarah’s Shadows in August. I finished it about Feb 2013, and tweaked it here and there the following month or so, until I was sure that the story was told. It’s hard to know when you’re “there”, from what I’ve learned so far!
Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around?
I tend to write certain scenes first, once I get the opening scene down. It seems easier for me to first imagine, and then write certain scenes, and fit them in later where they work best. I use a very rough outline, a general idea of where the story is going and how to move it forward. Then I just brainstorm the in-between stuff!
Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
I think Sarah’s Shadows was written to entertain first, then to make people think about how it might be in the afterlife. I wanted to creep people out, make them wonder, and use some of my own beliefs too. I guess the biggest message would be- don’t let your own guilt and fear keep you “stuck”.
Anything else you would like to add?
I hope you enjoy Sarah’s Shadows, and check out my newest book from Llewellyn, A Haunted Life. This is the story that led me to write Sarah’s Shadows; dealing with personal tragedy which made me rethink many things I used to believe.
Sarah’s Shadows (Shadows and Light #1) by Debra Robinson
Published by Imaginary Friend Publishing on Jun 11, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: eARCFind the book: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads
Sarah knows what’s waiting. But she can’t go back. None of us can. A powerful story of life–and love–after death.
Sarah can’t believe she’s dead. But apparently she is, because no one can see or hear her—at least not until her dead brother Jesse shows up! Jesse explains the mission: to save their father, who’s stuck in this ominous Shadow Land between life and death—a strange world full of monsters and demons. But Jesse has broken the rules to meet Sarah here, and the demons are sticklers for rules. Now they want their due—Jesse and Sarah.
A twisted Wizard of Oz meets the afterlife, in a new kind of coming-of-age tale. Here, the Dark side disguises itself as the Light, and a Fallen Angel falls for Sarah. Supernatural Romantic Suspense at its finest, Sarah’s Shadows is the first book of the Shadows and Light series. If you like Stephen King, you’ll like Sarah’s Shadows.