#OWSCyCon2019 Author Spotlight
As part of the build-up to OWSCyCon2019, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing volunteers and authors taking part in the event. If it wasn’t for the volunteers, there could be no CyCon, and I’m grateful to every single one of them for giving up their time to make this happen. But by the same token, without the authors taking part in the event, we wouldn’t be able to bring you the amazing events that we have planned. So without further delay…
Meet Sarah Buhrman
Genre Manager For Urban Fantasy
Sarah has been writing for more than 25 years, starting with poetry before moving on to non-fiction and fiction. She lives in the Midwest with two monsters (the kids), an ogre (the hubby), and whatever drama-llama is coming to visit this week.
Sarah is the author of the Runespells series: Too Wyrd, Fluffy Bunny, and The Chains That Bind. She has short stories in several anthologies, including Counterclockwise: A Time Travel Anthology, A Twist of Fate: A Collection of 11 Twisted Fairy Tales, and Whispers of Hope: A Lexis Infinitum Charity Anthology. Sarah also has a blog via Patreon and makes funny videos about writing on her vlog, Practically Writing.
What Genres Do You Write In?
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
The Chains That Bind is book #3 of the Runespells series. Nicola, our reluctant hero, has to learn to embrace her berserker gifts while dealing with PTSD. Then she learns that someone is out to free Fenrir. All this while she is supposed to be on a hiking vacation with her bestie in the fresh air of the northern New England.
Who is your intended readership?
Well, I guess my target demo is nerdy women, 18-55, but I get readers of all demographics messaging me with how much they like the Runespells. I guess, if you like fantasy, mythology, and hard-hitting feels, try it out.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I really don’t remember when I first wanted to be a writer, but I do remember when I realized I *could* be a writer. It was because, unlike a scientist, there wasn’t a set path to being an author, so I always categorized it as something that just happened… to other people. I knew a ton of people who wanted to be writers, but they just wrote and rewrote the same couple of chapters and passed them around to people who became less likely to read them.
When my oldest was born, I realized I could write something for my kids… and then I could get it published. So I did. And then I did more and more. The rest, as they say, is history.
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
I actually outline several of my author inspirations on my vlog, Practically Writing. In a nutshell, I like Anne McCaffrey, Christine Feehan, Marjorie Liu, Emma Holly, Jim Butcher, Robert Jordan, Alex Bledsoe, MR Sellars, Ken Follet… I really will just take inspiration from anywhere. The authors above have mad skills in crafting worlds, characters and plots, and I’ve learned from each of them.
What advice would you give beginning writers?
There are only two things you absolutely have to do to be a writer.
1) Write… maybe not every day, but a lot.
2) Finish the book/story/whatever. Until you have a completed draft, you have nothing. Everything else comes from that, including skill.
That’s it. That’s all. Just do that.
Then do it again.
Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?
I teach a Young Authors after school club. At one point, I was in the midst of writing a short story (“Super Powereds Anonymous” in Beyond the Mask anthology). I mentioned one of the bad guy’s minions, and the kids started making comments about the Minions from Despicable Me. I ended up making, and keeping, a promise to include a reference to the Minions in the story. So, at one point, a bad guy, referred to as a minion, says “banana.”
What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?
Well, between writing, editing gigs, family stuff, attending conferences and workshops (I’ve got three in the next three months alone), etc. I do love D&D, MCU, and tasting meads, wines, and charcuterie. And reading, of course.
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
Threadreader (The M.A.G.U.S. series, #1)
The Magecrafters Alliance Guild of the United States (M.A.G.U.S.) and its sister group, the Magecrafters Alliance Guild of Europe (M.A.G.E.), work to find the lost Seelie magecrafter bloodlines, and to find and Bond each Fountain to a family line of Caretakers. But always, the Unseelie magecrafters work to beat the guilds to new-found Fountains, or to break the Bond to twist the Fountains into seats of power for themselves.
Heidi has spent her life protecting her autistic brother as they navigated the foster care system. Now, she is seeing things – strange buildings that no one else can see, and strange women with powerful auras. It turns out that Heidi and her brother are Magecrafters: fae-blood humans with magical powers. They must learn to tap into their newfound talents, or the bad guys might get their claws into a major power source, killing an entire family in the process.
"The Chains That Bind"
Nicola was never a hero… until she had to be. She was an everyday single mother, Heathen witch, and herbalist. And she felt the scars of her prior quests deep in her soul and her psyche.
While on vacation with her best friend, Joseph, hiking along the Appalachian Trail, Nicola learns of a “miraculous” escape from prison. All signs point to a Runespell that releases all forms of entrapment, and the convict is spotted on the Trail. With a deadly creature waiting to be freed and Ragnarok once more on the line, the race is on. But Nicola is hindered by PTSD, and Joseph doesn’t seem to understand the sacrifices she might have to make, including their friendship… and their very lives.