A Little About SaraFor those of you new to the Internet and plus size fashion blogging, Sara has been blogging about fashion and beauty for over five years. She published a non-fiction eBook titled The Best of Bombshell Beauty Blog in 2012 and in her home town of Saint Paul, Minnesota she has a beauty segment on Twin Cities Live (ABC-5). Here is a clip from one of her segments:
Chatting with SaraI had the opportunity to ask Sara a few questions about her book, blogging, and fashion. I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her as much I did.
Moe: Give us three words to describe your book.
Sara Bartlett: Funny, romantic, relatable.
Moe: Elizabeth's blog is called Bombshell Beauty, your blog is called Bombshell Beauty. Is Elizabeth you?
Sara Bartlett: Some of her experiences have been mine, but I cannot honestly say that she is 100% me. Elizabeth worries more than I do -- her internal struggle about the job she doesn't like and the boyfriend who is not fulfilling are relatable, but I would have dealt with them much sooner! I do curse quite a bit more than I probably should, though, so we share that trait.
Moe: Are the other two characters based on real bloggers?
Sara Bartlett: Anna and Samantha are loosely based on two of my best blogger friends -- Tina of T Minus T Plus, and Kimberly of Fab Finds Under $50. We started out as virtual friends, then met at the Lane Bryant Blogger Conference in 2009 -- and have been real life friends ever since. Neither character is a full depiction of either Tina or Kimberly, but I was definitely thinking of them while I wrote.
Moe: What about your book will appeal to non-bloggers?
Sara Bartlett: Blogging is simply the vehicle, part of the setting. At its core, Bombshell Blogroll is about friendship and finding yourself in love and life. Most women can relate to the underlying themes of the story.
Moe: Why did you write this novella as a series? Why not a full length book?
Sara Bartlett: I wrote this novella as a series for a couple of reasons. The first is that I love to read series’. I love to consume a story and then anticipate the next release. The second reason is that I was having a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea of writing an entire book. It seemed like such a large undertaking. I kept feeling overwhelmed by writing it all at once so I thought it would easier to break up the writing and publication of the stories. And it was.
Moe: Have you always dabbled in fiction or is this your first adventure?
Sara Bartlett: This is my first published work of fiction, but I have been writing myself stories for as long as I can remember. My parents have told me that I used to put myself to sleep as a toddler by telling myself stories in my crib.
Moe: What did your friends and family say when you told them you were writing a fiction book about a plus size blogger?
Sara Bartlett: They all thought that it made a lot of sense... and that it wouldn’t be too hard! I have really supportive friends and family, all of whom encourage me to put myself out there.
Moe: On a typical writing day how did you spend your time?
Sara Bartlett: On a typical writing day, I would spend the first 10 hours on my day job (commuting to the office, working, then driving home). Before sitting down to work on the book, I'd do about 20 minutes of yoga or take a shower -- something to help me transition from day job to writing. Then I'd spend 3 to 4 hours at my dining room table, writing or editing my book.
Moe: Did you suffer from any writer's block along the way?
Sara Bartlett: Absolutely! I'm still figuring out my own personal writing process, and have learned that writer's block typically indicates something in the story is not quite right. So I usually skip over whatever section I'm writing that's causing the block, and will work on a different part of the story. I'll eventually figure out what's wrong with the blocked section of the story and can go back to rewrite.
Moe: After this series, do you have plans to write more fiction?
Sara Bartlett: I do -- the next work of fiction I plan to write and publish is based on a trip I took to Guatemala in 2012 with a group of co-workers. It'll be another romance/friendship story.