Sarah Webb is from Dublin and writes for both children and adults. A former children’s bookseller, her Ask Amy Green series for age 10+ (Walker Books) has been shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Awards in the UK (twice) and the Irish Book Awards. The latest book in the series is Ask Amy Green: Wedding Belles. She also recently contributed a short story to the teen collection, And Then He Kissed Me (Walker Books). Her latest book for adults is The Memory Box (Pan Macmillan). Her websites are http://www.sarahwebb.ie andhttp://www.askamygreen.com and you can find her on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/sarahwebbwriter or Twitter @sarahwebbishere The Memory Box, my latest novel for adults, has just been published in Ireland and the UK Ask Amy Green: Wedding Belles has also just been published (Sept 2013) www.askamygreen.comhttp://www.sarahwebb.ie Or find me on Facebook or Twitter
1.What got you into writing? Reading! I’ve always been a huge reader and I read every day. I couldn’t live without books.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you? I pack the kids off to school, go for a walk or swim, then sit down at my desk for about 4 hours. I am to write 2k words a day, but it doesn’t always happen.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? Not really. Sometimes I’m too tired to write or too preoccupied with other things, but generally if I sit down at my desk, I can write.
4.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? I plot a bit, but leave a lot of the story open. I think about my characters a lot before and during writing.
5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advice to aspiringauthors? I’ve been published since 1997. My first book was a cookery book for children, published in Ireland. Advice – read, write and never give up. If you want to write, write!
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Being able to write for a living. The actual writing is the highlight for me.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? I have 2 – one for children, 1 for adults! The Memory Box is about a woman, Pandora who may or may not have a breast cancer gene. It’s quite sad at times, but readers seem to like it. Ask Amy Green:Wedding Belles is for age 10+ and is about Amy who has to help plan her mum’s second wedding. Of course, everything goes wrong and Amy has to solve a lot of problems along the way.
8.If you could be a superhero, what powers would you possess? Flying. I’d love to be able to fly.
9.If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be & why? Oliver Jeffers – so I could illustrate one of my books with his amazing drawings!
10.Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers? Thanks for reading!