I was first became inspired to write after reading a collection of my mother’s poetry as a child. My interest rose again when I won an award for a children’s story in the seventh grade after my English teacher had encouraged me to enter the school’s contest. What finally convinced me to write, especially in the genres that I do, was reading Laurell K. Hamilton and Christine Feehan. Their worlds hooked me, and I instantly fell in love with urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I loved them both for different reasons, and I pinpointed what exactly I wanted to write. Did I always want to be an author? Yes, it was there for a long time, but I’d toyed with the idea of doing other things until I finally worked up my nerve to go for it. Now I can’t picture doing anything else.
How do you decide which story to write?
I pretty much decide by what I’m excited about and write it. Although now I also take into consideration the series I’m juggling, I try to work out my schedule so that too much time doesn’t go by between books in my different series.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release?
My latest release is a western paranormal romance called Captive Moonlight. It’s about a woman named Charlotte whose betrothed, Joe, is taken by a group of men looking for werewolf laborers. She tries to get help from the town, but the sheriff doesn’t feel it’s his place since Joe is a werewolf. It’s then up to Charlotte to do whatever it takes to track down Joe and win him back.
Werewolves in the West? Where did you come up with such an idea?
Actually, the idea came up when my publisher decided to start a multi-author series called Wolves of the Wild West. I love werewolves, and I’ve read (and watched) some pretty darn good westerns. There are these songs that I really like called The Longest Road and Fight For You, which are both by Morgan Page feat Lissie that gave me the original idea for my story about a woman who has to rescue her werewolf betrothed.
You write a lot of paranormal stories, have you ever had a paranormal experience?
I’ve had some things happen that could fit into that, but I mostly write paranormal stories because I love the fact that anything is possible with them.
Do you plot your stories out or do you just start writing?
I fall somewhere in between with that. Certain projects do tend to swing one way or the other. Some might be more plotted out, and others flat-out pantsed, but I generally create a road map for myself with the stories leading me along as I go. With my publisher, I have to turn in detailed book summaries for them, so I come up with an idea of the story as a whole and use that to guide me. It gives freedom and leeway for writing the story, but it also helps me to figure out the basics.
What was the funniest thing you learned about your hero/heroine from writing their story?
Funniest thing I’ve learned about a hero or heroine? Hmm… I don’t really know. I thought the fact that Ian (from my Hacked Investigations series) had an obnoxious, yet awesome gnome was fun.
Which of your characters is most like you and which is least like you?
The character that’s the most like me I guess would be Rubia who appears in Jungle Heat and then has her own book in Jungle Fire. And I’m thinking the character who is the least like me (but whom I love) is Leon from Techno Crazed and Savage Bytes who is an awesome gay male nurse.
Can you describe your office or where you normally write?
I have a decent sized black desk in my home office where I normally write. My husband has his own desk on the opposite wall from mine. We share pretty well, and he knows when to not disturb me. I also have a filing cabinet and a few bookshelves like a normal office. Oh! And a life-sized Legolas cardboard cut-out. *grins*
Which came first the plot or the characters?
Typically, an idea comes first, then I figure out the characters. The characters then help build the plot. It pretty much depends on the story though since some books come to me in different ways than others.
Have you ever gotten stuck while writing a scene or chapter? How did you overcome it?
What I do is sit down and write through it. If I can’t because I’m not sure where the story is going, then I take a day or so to read, and I have a brainstorm session with my hubby and/or my critique partner.
What is the wackiest thing that’s ever happened to you since you started writing?
You mean beside getting published and receiving comments from who like my work? lol Aside from that, I’d said it could be that me and my critique partners all got contracts within a three months period of time. That was pretty amazing.
Did you do any research for your book and, if so, did you find any interesting information that you had to include in the story?
Yes, I did. I’m so not an expert on the Wild West. lol I found interesting facts, but I can’t say there’s anything I found that I had to include in the story. Most of my research was fact checking like what kind of clothes would a wealthy businessman wear or what kind of blunt weapons were there. Nothing too, too exciting, but I always love learning, so I enjoyed it.
Where can readers find out more about you?
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Thank you for having me today, Linda!
Thanks for being here today!
Buy link for Captive Moonlight: http://changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1766
Buy links for Savage Bytes: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hacked-investigations-sarah-makela/1037922509
Bio: Sarah Mäkelä lives in North Carolina with her husband and cats. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, computer and console games, and traveling all over the world. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapters. Find her online at http://www.sarahmakela.com.