I have a fun post for you guys today!
As a writer, I love gaining insight into the mind of other writers – where they write, what their process is like, etc. – so when I got the opportunity to interview author Sarah M. Johnson, I couldn’t wait to pick her brain on this topic. Learning more about her has been a treat! She is truly remarkable. And as I read about all she has gone through in her new book, I was blown away by her courage and her ability to say “God is good, no matter what”. She’s an inspiration, for sure.
In this interview, we talked about her everyday life, where she does her best writing, the hardest part of being a writer, and her new book (ordering information is listed below).
Without further ado, let’s get to know Sarah, shall we?
Tell me a little about yourself:
Hi! I am Sarah. I am 26 years old and just graduated with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a wife and mother of two. I am currently working on the promotion of my new, published book titled, Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God.
I am a passionate person who enjoys learning about new people, ideas, and life. I am dedicated to healing every part of my soul; so I can be the best person God created me to be. I work with therapists/healers, read Self-Help/Inspirational books, participate in yoga weekly, meditate/pray, and always appreciate my alone time.
I love to travel (I would drop everything I could just to see the world), Minnesota’s fall, coffee and tea, gardening with plants and flowers, great smells, a good movie, reality TV (oops!), a lovely glass of wine (or two), my husband’s touch, and watching my children play together.
What is your writing process like? (ex. do you create an outline first, do you write down stories then organize later, etc.)
I plan what I am going to write in my head before I sit down and actually write. I have a difficult time going to sit and write when I have not even gone over anything in my head first. Other than that, I do not create outlines. I will however, write about what I want to at that time. For my book, I didn’t write in order. When an idea came up, I wrote that story and did organize it when everything was finished.
When I am writing, I try not to think too much into it. I let the writing come to me versus resisting or thinking too much into it. I have a relationship with writing, and we must work together in order for our work to be good.
Where do you do most of your writing?
When I was working on my book, I would write when my daughter, who was a baby at the time, was sleeping.
Today, as I write articles or online blogs, I write when my children are playing or sleeping. I also use two days a week to go to the coffee shop and catch up on my work/writing, alone.
What was the hardest part about the writing process?
The hardest part for me was putting all my thoughts and emotions into words. I wanted to be clear to the reader so they could exactly understand my emotions/feelings. I wanted the reader to feel what I was feeling at the moments in the book. I really wanted to take the reader on MY journey of trauma, loss, and resiliency. I wanted them to feel as if they were me in the story, not just by showing the reader how I felt, but by having the reader experience those feelings with me.
It was also difficult for me to remember certain events. I wanted to be accurate as possible, but during those most vulnerable moments, I was in a state of shock and had a difficult time remembering things. My closest family and friends, who have read the book, remember events or circumstances to be different than my experience, but recalling everything to the exact reality was difficult. I had to reach out to my mother or other family to recall certain information after the accident had occurred.
What do you love most about writing/being a writer?
As a writer, I can be whoever I want to be. I am with my closest Self when I am writing. I write from my heart and soul. That’s what I love about writing; I can be inspiring, uplifting, loving, and compassionate. When I write, I am closest to God; and it is His words that come through me and onto paper or the screen. I love the feelings I get when I write.
What do you hope readers will get out of your book?
My book, Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God, is a story of trauma, loss, and resiliency. I want everyone to know, through the sorrow, pain, and suffering we all experience, we all have the power to move forward and lead happy, productive lives. Although many of us question the obstacles that have been put in our life, I believe God puts them there to move us closer towards our destined purpose.
However, we must do the work now, to have the joy later…
If we don’t do the work, attempt to start life over, we may miss the opportunity to see that life is beautiful.
Thanks for sharing, Sarah!
Have a great Thursday, everyone. Love you guys.
*Photos courtesy of Sarah. M Johnson.