Sarah is chair of the board at Nottingham Writers’ Studio. She’s also a children’s author, private tutor, and owner of a really cute dog named Kohla.
What was the first thing you ever wrote?
The first thing I remember writing was a story called “The Red Room” when I was about 11 or 12. I’m sure I wrote a lot of things before that, but that was the first really important piece. The English teacher I had that year encouraged me a lot, and is probably the reason I write today.
What’s your favourite thing about Nottingham?
Since becoming chair of the board I am finding there are so many layers to the city, and so many amazing people and places hidden until you look for them. There’s still so much to discover I don’t think I could pick a favourite right now.
What writers inspire you the most and why?
There are many writers who inspire me in different ways. Mary Stewart who wrote my all-time favourite book The Crystal Cave, Anne Rice for not only writing some amazing books but also engaging with her readers in a meaningful and personal way, Bali Rai for his tireless campaigning for diversity in literature, Kerry Young, who made me realise that a story is about so much more than just pretty words on paper, Sophie Louise-Hyde and Georgina Wilding, without whom I don’t think I would have the slightest bit of interest in poetry.
One of the biggest inspirations for me though is when members reach out to me and tell me about their achievements. That feeling of pride, happiness, and community achievement is second to none. That’s a feeling I want more!
What are you working on at the moment?
So many things! A middle grade fantasy novel about fish people fighting fire demons, a number of short stories I want to submit to various anthologies and journals, I’ve even got a poem or two in the works!
Why did you decide to join Nottingham Writers’ Studio’s board?
I don’t think I decided so much as the existing board members decided and I went along with it! I love it though. I kind of like being in charge, and I think I can really make a difference—which is a very good feeling!
If you could have written any book that’s already published, what would it be and why?
I don’t know, is the honest answer to that. If I’d written any of the books I love then I wouldn’t have had the experience of being blown away by them. From a purely monetary perspective it has to be Harry Potter, but from an artistic perspective, possibly Interview With the Vampire.