Name: Sarah WaterRaven
Genre/s you write: Urban Fantasy
Birthday: September 30, 1983
Number of books out: Two
1) Detective Docherty and the Demon’s Tears
2) Detective Docherty and the Vampire’s Mirror
-Where does your inspiration come from?
Day dreaming. I day dream, constantly. There isn’t a day where I don’t end up zoning out and start imagining scenes, conversations between made up characters, or constructing the ecology and geology of another world. I also have a couple book ideas based off of dreams I’ve had. Although, unlike Steven King, my dreams tend to be less terrifying.
-What are you currently working on?
The third book in the Detective Docherty Series: Detective Docherty and the Sorcerer’s Game. It’s a lot of fun as one of my main characters is moonlighting as a super hero and my readers get to know the Goblin King a little better 😀
-Do you edit your own books?
I wish. I’m great at creating characters and worlds and coming up with fun plots, but I suck at writing. I need ALL the editing I can get. I pay a professional editor to edit my books. I believe that in order to deliver a quality product, I need to pay a professional to ensure that quality. I feel that way about all publications, be they self-published, indie-published, or traditionally published. I know it’s difficult for self-pub authors to sometimes afford an editor, but if they can, I recommend it.
-Why did you choose to become an author?
I didn’t really choose it, I always have been. I think we all have an innate ability to create, like when we’re kids and we pretend while we play. We might be a doctor or cowboy and we make up entire stories around those characters we’ve created. I suppose that when everyone else grew up and chose the one character they wanted to be, I decided I wanted to stay a Creator.
-What is your favorite movie?
I’d like to say first that as a geek girl, I am of course in love with The Hobbit films, LOTR, the X-men movies, The Avengers, and stand-alone Marvel movies. I love Star Trek AND Star Wars (Yes, I’m a sick hybrid) and I also love almost all the Batman movies, Man of Steel, (yes, Marvel-DC hybrid as well) and almost anything Disney, Dreamworks and Hayoa Miazaki. However, the one movie that has impacted me the most, which has left an impression on me for life, is the Cloud Atlas.
-How does an average day in your life look like?
I stumble out of bed way later than I had planned the night before. I realize how late it is, panic, and run downstairs to quickly grab something to eat, and then rush out the door to collect the dogs I walk. Once I’ve walked the dogs, I come home, either jog, do yoga, or workout, and then I either play house or work on my book. Assuming I accomplish anything, I might also paint, draw, or sculpt.
-What is your favorite animal?
Ravens, because they’re shapeshifters. They’re intelligent and can be tricksters or teachers. Why be any one thing when you could potentially be whatever you wanted? This is of course assuming that you believe any of the mythology surrounding them, otherwise, because, you know, they’re smart.
-What are some of your favorite shows?
Supernatural, Jessica Jones, My Little Pony, Star Trek Next Gen, the 1995 Batman Cartoon series, the original X-men Cartoon series, Dr Who, Sex and the City, and Buffy/Angel. I cannot explain any of that, but I can say that I watch Supernatural while jogging on a treadmill because it is an excellentmotivator.
(Sarah and her horse, Shyann)
Apart from being insanely geeky and at times goofy, I am somewhat spiritual and very much an activist for the environment, animal rights, and human rights, and my writing either directly or indirectly reflects that. When it came to my first book series, I wanted it to be something we could all enjoy. I wanted it to be an escape from the troubles of our unstable global society, but also a mirror of it.
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