Spalding author releasing eighth novel
A Spalding-based author is looking forward to the release of her eighth novel this summer as she prepares to begin work on her ninth.
Sarah Bennett describes her books as uplifting, contemporary romance and writes for HQ Digital, an imprint of HarperCollins, which is imminently publishing her new title Sunshine over Bluebell Castle – the second in a three book series.
“I’ve always been a passionate reader,” says Sarah, who splits her time between south Lincolnshire and overseas with husband, who serves in the military.
“It was only when my husband was deployed to Afghanistan that I had some time and other writer friends encouraged me to have a go at writing my own book.
“They suggested I join in with NaNoWrMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I just kept writing away until I had a very ugly first draft. It took me about six months in the end.
“That story was put aside for another writing opportunity, where I spent 18 months working on novellas and short stories under a pen name for a small publisher.”
Sarah says the experience was invaluable and enabled her to hone her craft as she learnt about structure and showing rather than telling. However, it wasn’t a job she could see herself doing for the long-term, so she dusted off her book manuscript, made some changes and took the plunge, sending it to a UK publisher back in 2016.
She received a reply requesting a call to discuss the book and Sunrise at Butterfly Cove was published in February 2017 after she was offered a three-book contract. She has also written the Lavender Bay trilogy, while her latest tale focuses on the love affair between Iggy Ludworth and Will Talbot, the hotshot gardener she hires to restore the wild gardens of Camland Castle.
“I’m currently writing three books a year, which is very hard work, although I do really enjoy it,” says Sarah, “my books are very contemporary and uplifting and really appeal to anybody.
“I do tackle some fairly difficult issues because they are real-life; everybody has ups and downs – bereavement, divorce, things like that, and people coming to terms with who they are. Most of my characters are at a cross roads in their life, so it’s really about working out who they are.
“I also like to create a lovely place, somewhere that people can escape to if they want.”
Although Sarah’s books are trilogies they can also be enjoyed as stand-alone stories too.
* Her work is available in e-book, audio and print form from online stores, independent book shops and libraries. For more information about Sarah and her books follow @SarahBennettAuthor on Facebook.