Author Sara Humphreys Visits the Scribes

Hello Scribe fans, Jamie here doing double blog duty this week. I just wanted to check in to tell you about a new- to- me author. The Scribes met the beautiful Sara Humphreys at our local CTRWA meeting where she was teaching us all how to be kick a$$ public speakers. Not only did she give us excellent advice but we learned that she is a really great writer.(Check out UNLEASHED.) We had to find out more about her and Sara graciously agreed to join us today. Plus she is giving away a book to lucky commenter. So comment away!

How do you battle the doubt monster?  Doubt Monster: the nagging feeling while writing, that your prose is terrible, you plot is silly, your characters are insipid and no-one in their right mind would read this drivel, let alone buy it.

Ah yes, the doubt monster. I have one and she sucks. She chimes in from time to time—usually when I look at my total word count about three months before a manuscript is due. She wickedly whispers things like….You’ll never finish this on time. Whenever she pipes up with her evil words of doubt, I take a deep breath and tell her to shut the hell up. Sometimes I’ll step away from the computer and give myself some space. The doubt monster is a writer’s worst enemy but you can’t let the little witch win.

Can you tell us about Amoveo  Legend?

Sure! The Amoveo are an ancient race of dream walking, telepathic, shape shifters who have lived secretly among humans for generations. Their race is comprised of ten different animal clans Lion, Tiger, Panther, Cheetah, Wolf, Bear, Coyote, Fox, Eagle and Falcon.  They have on pre-destined mate and according to legend their mate can only be another Amoveo and if they don’t find this mate by the age of thirty, they lose their abilities and die.

They can only have children with their mate, so if you kill one Amoveo their mate dies and you wipe out the possibility of offspring. For all of their strengths, the Amoveo are a fragile race and they’ve been hunted to the brink of extinction by the Caedo family, the one human family who know of their existence.

However, the latest generation of Amoveo have discovered that the legend isn’t exactly true. It turns out that there are human-Amoveo hybrids who have been hidden from the rest of the Amoveo.

What story haven’t you told yet that you want to tell?  What is holding you back?

I have four sons and a husband. I’m an island of estrogen in a sea of testosterone. When my boys have grown up, gotten through puberty, high school, dating, college and so forth, I’ll write a mom’s survival guide to raising boys.

What is the most surprising thing that has happened in your writing career?

Getting published so quickly was a big surprise. I didn’t think things would evolve so swiftly but I’m sure glad they did. I’m also amazed by the unrelenting support within the romance writing community. It’s the most supportive professional organization that I’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of.

What would you do if you couldn’t be a writer any longer?

I’d probably go back to acting or something else creative. I’ve realized that I have to have a creative outlet or I start to get a little…hinky.

They say that every author has a partially completed, quite-possibly-terrible half a story shoved in a drawer somewhere.  What is yours?  What is it about?  What makes it terrible?  Would you ever consider picking it up and finishing it?

Mine is a contemporary chick-lit romance about a woman who comes home from her life in L.A. to deal with her parent’s estate. I got through a few chapters and then hit a wall. Perhaps someday I’ll get back to it but for now it resides in a file that hasn’t been touched in years.

Author Jane Haddam says that anyone who seriously annoys her gets bumped off in her next book.  How do you incorporate your real-life experiences into your stories? 

I have definitely vilified some people in fiction and it’s really quite satisfying, if not a bit passive aggressive. There people who were horrible to me in high school should look closely at some of my villains….they may see a striking resemblance.

Acting, theater, public speaking, teaching… What made you decide to pick up the pen and go for publication?

I had reached a point in my life when I realized I was missing a creative outlet and it made me feel….stifled.  Writing gave me that much needed way to express my creativity. I actually started college majoring in communications and my goal was to write for film and television, so in a way I’ve gotten back to my roots and I’m loving it.

What’s next for you? Upcoming projects? Life events? Anything you would like to share or brag about?

Personally, I’m getting ready to have two boys in high school and two in middle school. I still can’t quite believe it. It seems like just yesterday I was trying to figure out how to go for a walk with the four of them by myself—in hindsight I think we looked like a traveling side-show. I’d have my 5 ½ year old walking, the 2 ½ year old in the front of the double stroller, one of infant twins in the back of the double stroller and the other infant twin strapped to my chest in a snuggly. Now, however, we’re in college selection mode, baseball practice, football practice and so on.

Professionally, I’m gearing up and writing the last two Amoveo Legend books which will be released in 2013. I’m also writing the first book in my urban fantasy vampire series which will debut in 2013 as well. However, more immediately, I’m looking forward to RT in Chicago. That’s always a lot of fun.

What was your biggest mis-step in your writing career so far?

When I first started promoting in 2008, I focused only on my stuff. Booorrrinng! Who the hell wants to hear about the same thing every single day? I take great pleasure in promoting my fellow authors and sharing their upcoming releases and triumphs.  Not only does it make me smile to promote another author, it makes other people smile too.

What is your junk food of choice?

What isn’t? I like all junk food—hence my years of struggling with my weight.  If I’m really throwing caution to the wind then I’ll go for a chocolate glazed cake donut.

What’s the most dangerous or risky thing that you’ve done?

Honestly…getting married. Almost 18 years ago I took a leap of faith, at the tender age of 24, and married my college sweetheart. With over half of all marriages failing…it was a risk. A big risk. We were just kids but thank goodness it’s worked out and was the best decision I ever made. (Side note from Jamie: AWWWW)

What is your guilty pleasure? {Remember: this is a ‘G’ rated blog! 🙂 }

I can’t tell you…but let’s just say…it’s worth it.

Stop by and say hi to Sara. Remember, she is giving away one copy of UNTOUCHED to a commenter.

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27 thoughts on “Author Sara Humphreys Visits the Scribes”

  1. Great interview. Loved Unleashed, you captured the town of Westerly quite well and this come from a native Rhode Islander.

    1. Hi Joshua–Thanks so much! It meas a lot ot me to hear that. I love Westerly and I’m going to be there for another signing at the Walmart on May 5th. Glad to hear you enjoyed UNLEASHED and I look foward to hearing what you think about UNTOUCHED.

  2. Hi Sara! Thanks for being our guest today and for the great presentation at CTRWA. I was thrilled to see your book on the shelves at Barnes & Noble. Is that a thrill that never goes away? And how can fans of your books interact with you?

    1. Hi Casey–Thanks for having me here today. That would be a big fat YES—the thrill never goes away. I always get a bit giddy when I see my book on a store shelf. It’s just freaking cool.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the pubilc speaking workshop. If anyone is going to RT in Chicago, then I hope they’ll come to the Powerful Public Speaking Skills workshop on Wednesday from 2:!5pm-3:15pm and check it out. There’s more information about my workshops at http://www.taneyspeakertraining.net
      You can find me online at twitter @authorsara or on FB at http://www.facebook.com/Amoveo or my websiite http;//www.sarahumphreys.com

  3. Hi Casey–Thanks for having me here today! That would be a big fat YES. The thrill of seeing my book on the shelf is there every single time. It’s just freaking cool. Folks can find me on twitter @authorsara or facebook http://www.facebook.com/Amoveo or my website http://www.sarahumphreys.com
    Thanks again for having me and if anyone is going to RT in Chicago, then I hope they’ll come by my Powerful Public Speaking Skills Workshop on Wednesday from 2:15pm-3:15pm.

  4. Hi, Sara! Thanks for visiting us today,and for the great presentation at CTRWA a couple of months ago! I bought UNLEASHED but haven’t delved in yet — but you’ve successfully convinced me to move it up to the top of the TBR pile. I love the premise. BTW, you might be interested to know that 5 of the 7 Scribes are also “islands of estrogen in a sea of testosterone” — Thea, PJ, J, Christine, and myself. Actually, it’s 6 of us, since Jamie has all brothers. I wonder if that means something?

    1. Hi Susannah-I loved meeting all the foks at CTRWA! I had a blast. Us gals have to stick together when we’re surrounded by all these dudes. Maybe being immersed in house full of men helps us write great heros? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  5. Hi Sara. Great interview. You and I are more kindred spirit than I thought. I think our doubt monsters have been consulting over tea, LOL. I’m trying to ignore those wordcount deadline “whispers” and not panic, but the days are flying by with never enough hours in them.

    I raised a houseful of boys too, and it takes a woman of great strength (and a lot of estrogen) to coral those monkeys in and manage it all. My back burner mommy book is called “100 things every mother should say to her sons.” My boys are grown now, so I can definitely write that book…when I find the time…sigh.

    I appreciate your sharing your advice about promoting. It’s difficult finding that balance of what’s enough and what’s too much when it comes to tooting your own horn. It’s easy to get carried away and saturate the market with our shouting into the wind when it is such a necessary part of the business. I find it especially difficult to tone it down when there are back to back releases where you have to stay front and center for long periods of time. I liked what you said about helping other authors promote their work. It’s so much easier to toot someone else’s horn:-) The biggest challenge in promoting is reaching that outer sphere of influence, I think. Our poor writing buddies get clobbered with our exposure, but how do you get to those readers who haven’t found you yet?

    Thanks for being with us, and thank you for all of the great tips. I loved your workshop on public speaking! Can’t wait to see you at RT. Both Katy Lee and I will be first timers there. It’ll be nice to see a friendly face:-)

    1. Hi PJ- I adore your book idea but I know what you mean about not having enough hours in the day. I’m in the process of trying to shut up my doubt monster right now. She’s being quite persistent this week.
      I love promoting other authors and doing it via my video blog-Romance Roundup. It’s fun and video content is another great way to connect with readers in the market.
      Looking forward to seeing you at RT!

  6. i just gotta say.. holy crap woman!! 4 kids?? you still have hair?? (mom told me she was going bald pulling her hair out with just me!!)
    and i cannot wait for this book!!! thanks for the chance to win!!

  7. Hi Sara,
    So nice to learn more about you. Sorry I missed you at CTRWA. My putting your books on my TBR pile for sure. Hope you will be coming back to visit us at CTRWA soon. (BTW – I also was an island)

  8. Hi Sara!!! This is one of your angels here! I loved Unleashed so much I just had to become one of your angels. I’m so jealous of anyone who has found Untouched already…my car died last week and I’m on major book store withdrawal!!! I know where my first stop is gonna be when my car is done today:)

  9. I’ve read Unleashed and really enjoyed it. The Amoveo clan is so interesting and has so many different animals I didn’t expect. I’m really looking forward to Kerry and Dante’s story in Untouched.

    1. Hi Na–Thanks for coming by today. I’m glad you like the diversity of animal clans and I hope other folks will too. 🙂
      I look forward to hearing what you think of UNTOUCHED.

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