My Interview with Author Sara Fields
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Sara Fields and I write naughty books, mainly in the realm of sci-fi romance, but with subtle touches of paranormal and fantasy as well.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Mated to the Dragons was inspired partly by Game of Thrones, but also by a bunch of anime shows and a video game I like to play called The Witcher.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I like sci-fi because it gives me a lot of room to be creative and make my own worlds, which for me, is all the fun.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Mainly, I just brainstormed ideas myself, but I did look up some new terms for parts of a space ship at one point.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The series is called Captive Brides. Essentially, it’s set far in the future and the Earth is so overpopulated, that a Two Child Law has been enacted, meaning families are only allowed two children. If a third child is discovered, she is taken from Earth and sent to be trained and sold as an alien’s bride.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I love kinky things and pet play fascinates me, but I also LOVE when I can go a little crazy and weave in fantasy elements including magic and dragons. It’s a toss-up between Taming their Pet and Mated to the Dragons.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I read a lot of books and watch a lot of science-fiction and fantasy themed shows, which inspires me for much of what I write.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. I haven’t quite decided how many books will be in the series, but if people continue to love it, I’ll write it! ❤
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I work in a lab as a graduate student during the day and rarely get to write in the evenings due to other obligations, but weekends are my jam for writing. I like to write in bed or on my couch, with music playing nice and loud. I write for long stretches and usually hit about 10,000 words in a weekend.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have a new series in the works, but it’s still in development, meaning churning around in my head. It doesn’t have a name yet though!
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
For this series, not particularly important, but the next one will be. 😉
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
High fantasy novels or vampire romance!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding dedicated time to write without distraction.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Making the USA Today Bestseller list.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The freedom it brings, to explore worlds of your own making without restrictions.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’d probably live somewhere outside the US, the Caribbean islands specifically, and not be bothered by things like alarms and having a specific bed time or wake up time, or a requirement to dress in anything other than yoga pants and a tank top, writing as a full-time author.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, although I haven’t always accepted it. My main career is in science, and it’s only recently that I began to grasp that I really enjoy writing more than science.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just write. Don’t compare yourself to others and make your story the best that it can be.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I ignore the bad for the most part, unless it’s written as constructive criticism. Then I learn from it and incorporate it into my writing.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
My favorite part is world-building. My least favorite part is release week, because there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that isn’t always obvious for an author.
What are you working on now?
A new sci-fi series!
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I haven’t started writing it yet, but I will this weekend! Here is an excerpt from Mated to the Dragons instead.
It was a dragon. A massive, scaly, horned dragon.
She squeezed her eyes shut, convinced she was dreaming. Dragons weren’t real, right?
She heard the loud footsteps of the giant beast move towards her and she squeaked in alarm, opening one eye to see the dragon’s face mere feet from hers. Taking a deep breath, she opened the other, feeling Draego’s presence behind her in support.
Holy shit, he was big.
His body was the color of rust, eyes glowing red as he stared down at her. Long, ivory canines lined his mouth, so large that he could easily tear her in tow with a single bite. His lengthy snout moved closer, sniffing the air around her and she shivered with fear. Scales like iron encased his entire body from his back to his belly, while giant crested spikes lined his spine. Two great thick horns segmented with even more spikes curved out from either side of his forehead, giving him the look of a formidable mythical beast. His wings stretched wide, so much so that she had to turn her head to see the entire span of them. Long talons the size of her legs dug into the dirt, his four limbs shifting before them. His tail curled around his massive frame, flicking back and forth as he cocked his head, the red glow of his eyes studying her tiny frame.
Growling softly, Bruddis flapped his wings and her hair flew back at the force of the gust he created. He huffed and a tendril of smoke rose into the sky. He threw his head upwards and a stream of flame climbed high above, the heat scalding as close as she was. After a long moment, he gnashed his teeth together, cutting off the flames in an instant.
He brought his snout level with hers, bathing her in the scent of burnt smoke.
The ground seemed to shake beneath them as they studied each other.
“How is this even possible,” she whispered, hardly aware that she had spoken out loud.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Sci-fi is fun because there are no boundaries. I love it because of that.
Where did your love of books come from?
I’ve always loved books. I used to be the girl that would go to the library every week or two and leave with ten books when I was younger.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I like Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston, Terry Goodkind, and way too many romance authors to list. I love reading in general, unless its non-fiction. I don’t really enjoy those.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Reading bad reviews before I go write. I’ve learned to not do that.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Both. My readers are especially important to me and I love coming up with original ideas.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
The author community is amazing, and I’d be here all day if I listed how they helped me learn and grow my craft. It’s a seriously wonderful place to be.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
What hobby do you enjoy outside of writing or your day job?
I love creating costumes for Renaissance Fairs! From steampunk, to elves, to pirates, piecing together highly unique costumes is one of my very favorite things! Often, it takes me a year to put it together, from the hat to the corset to the undershirt, and I probably end up spending way too much as a result. LOL
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Find Sara Online!
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️