From the March 2004 issue of Booking Matters Magazine’s When Authors Speak section.
BM: Most authors seem to voice acknowledging their love for writing at an early childhood age. You were almost in adulthood when you recognized your passion for putting pen to paper. What was it that sparked the onset of your realization?
SS: Writing books is a spin off of my songwriting. I used to have a problem with the arrangement—getting to the hook. The lyrics were great, but the songs themselves were like books. Once I finally got the songwriting down, I realized I like telling the whole story better which led to me writing books.
BM: Behind The Screen, your first published work taps into an area not often seen in fictional writing. In it, you craft a story of internet dating and what happens in the cyber world of relationships. Was this book inspired from real life experiences or is it totally fiction based?
SS: Yes, Behind The Screen was inspired by real life experiences. Fiction was added to protect the guilty! Ha! Ha! Seriously, I felt by fictionalizing a lot of the situations, not only made the story more interesting, but enlightening as well. The story has many events, which actually could happen to any one of us.
BM: This book literally just hit bookstores a few weeks ago but has already received favorable comments from readers. How rewarding is it to you to hear what the public is saying?
SS: It is very rewarding. The support is phenomenal! I accept constructive criticism as well. This helps me to grow as a writer and hone my skills.
BM: You are working on two more manuscripts. Are these sequels to Behind The Screen or are they entirely different? Please share with us a little about what we can expect from your creations in progress.
SS: No, they’re not sequels to Behind The Screen. If I get enough requests from the readers, in the future I may do a sequel, but the two manuscripts, which I’m currently working on, are relationship based. One is about family—the other is about couples.
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