About author, Sarah Belle: Sarah Belle started her professional life in the hospitality industry, working in some of the roughest hotels in Melbourne in the late Eighties, surrounded by drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, and undercover police. Tiring of the inherent dangers of her working environment, Sarah completed a business degree and went on to work in the recruitment industry and the Department of Defense, where she met and married the man of her dreams: a dashing, Army Blackhawk pilot. They have four young sons and live on the beautiful Queensland coast, where Sarah’s days are spent being a frazzled mum, writer, Bikram Yoga devotee and the only woman in a house of five males.
Describe your writing style in five words: Humorous, heartwarming, romagic, chick lit. (Romagic is my new buzz word that is taking off – it’s romantic comedy with a dash of magic – spells, time travel, wishes, etc, but not enough to be classed as Paranormal or Fantasy)
If you weren’t a writer, you’d be a: deluded, insane mother of four boys!
Tell us about your book, “Hindsight”: Humour, wit, and just a touch of humility: the swinging 60s as you’ve never seen them before!
The universe has sent Juliette a sign. She wishes it had been an email instead…
Juliette’s career is on fire, her marriage and family are in melt-down, and a red-hot goddess wants her husband. But those are the least of her worries when she wakes up on her lounge room floor in the year 1961.
Without any of her modern conveniences — nanny, housekeeper, surgically attached mobile phone, designer wardrobe, and intravenous lattes — Juliette is just over fifty years out of her comfort zone. But as she takes on the role of a 1961 housewife, with gritted liberated teeth, she discovers an unexpected truth: slower doesn’t mean boring, at home doesn’t mean dull, and priorities don’t mean sacrifices.
As she finds unexpected friendships, a resuscitated love life, tragedy and triumph, Juliette begins to wonder if she really wants to return home after all.
Hardback/paperbacks or eBooks? It’s available as an Ebook from Escape Publishing.
What was the writing/editing/publishing process like? A huge learning curve! But now I am a little wiser so next time I won’t be so overwhelmed. During all my years as a reader, I am ashamed to say that I never gave any thought to how hard authors work to write their stories, publish and promote them.
What is your favorite word? Romagic comedy!
How did you celebrate when your book was published? I had a blog launch, where I chatted with my friends, and a little glass of bubbles!
What is the best part about being an author? Making friends with other writers – we can chat about books all day and no one’s eyes glaze over in boredom! It’s a real community.
Where is your favorite place to write? I have now pinched my 10 year old son’s homework desk in his room. He is a very chilled kid and the room has a great energy about it.
Career wise, where do you expect to be in five years? Still writing, but doing it smarter. I don’t want to churn the books out, for the sake of it, but I would like future books to take much less than the 2 years Hindsight took me!
What is the best advice to someone who wants to be a writer? Learn the craft and never give up. Join writing groups – such as the amazing Chick Lit Goddesses- because no one will understand the hurdles you face better than another writer. By the way, thank you Isabella for creating CLG! You have literally bought a world of writers together.
Can you tell us about any of your upcoming projects? I’ve got a 60K novel about a woman who casts a spell that destroys her current life, a novella with an imaginary friend wandering around in it, and am plotting another novel where the protagonist has to deal with, and outsmart, a very sexy devil!
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