Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Angie Sakai, author of Faith’s Temptation.
Tell us a little about yourself – your education, family, etc.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up writing stories and dreaming of better things in life than what was happening in front of me.
What started you on your journey to become an author?
My life hasn’t been the prettiest, I grew up really fast and had to take on responsibilities that no child should. So, in my downtime, I imagined worlds and what life could be like and warped them into stories.
What is a usual writing day like for you?
Sitting in front of the iMac, earbuds in – blasting something heavy metal and me staring at my WIP begging that only one of my characters would talk to me at a time. 😀
Do you have a specific writing style? Are you a plotter or a panster when it comes to writing?
I plot for the most part. I talk to a few trusted people and let the ideas flow. Honestly, once I have the general way I want the story to go, I start there and let the characters go wherever they are gonna go from there.
How much of your work is based on first-hand knowledge? Is anything you write based on real people/events and if so, how did they inspire you to create your work?
I’d say that my books are 65% first-hand knowledge. All of my characters are either based off/or around someone I know or have known.
Do you get writers’ block and if so, how do you overcome it?
Truth be told, I’ve had writers’ block for the last year. Too sad to hear, and even sadder for me to say. So, last year I took some time to find myself again and get myself back together after a rough couple of years. But, I’m back at it and can’t wait to get some books out there! ❤
Who are your main influences in the writing world? Do you have favorite authors?
Favorite authors… Hmm… I’ve got a few. Tara Sue Me, S.C. Stephens & Samantha Shakespeare. Main influences in the writing world would have to be all the authors that have pushed through all the crap, heartache, and tears that go into writing a book.
Are you trade or indie published? How has your experiences differed from your expectations prior to becoming a published author?
I signed with Booktrope in April 2015 and I’m glad I did it! The experience so far has been bumpy but, not near as bumpy as it is self-publishing. Don’t get me wrong, both are bumpy roads and they aren’t for the faint-hearted.
Do you have any regrets as an author?
A few. Mostly personal regrets.
What is the hardest part about being a writer?
Letting part of yourself go in your words. I know, personally that all of my characters are a piece of me, a piece of my soul. So, letting a piece of you out there in the world is a hard thing to swallow, but, it’s also the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever done.
How long on average does it take for you to complete a book, from the first time you sit down to write until it becomes a published book?
Well, that really all depends. I have books that I started writing 6 years ago and I haven’t finished yet. And then, I have ones I started last year already half done.
It also depends on if I’m going to self-publish or if I’m going to pitch it to my publisher or not.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Breathe! It’s going to be okay, I promise. Just remember there ain’t no rest for the wicked! 😉 Be you! Be true to you.
Remember, you are the only one you need to impress in the end. Make sure you love it over anyone! ❤
The following is an excerpt from Faith’s Temptation
Holy shit! I never thought I’d meet this chick again. She’s the one, the one that literally stumbled into my life off the street corner. No pun intended, of course, but shit, she is really here.
“Hello?” I wave my hand in her face, hoping to get her attention. She looks so disconnected, reading over paperwork or something.
“Yeah. Hi, I’m Faith.” She shakes her hand and says it rather quickly as if I caught her doing something wrong.
She is so beautiful, so pure. You can see it and smell it. This diner is a shithole and smells like asshole and cheeseburgers. But despite that, I can still smell her—so sweet.
She is even innocent in her demeanor. She’s so out of place that all I can do is laugh at the situation. “Well, I didn’t ask your name, but okay. I’m Ryder,” I say, laying on my famous panty-dropping smile. No response – she doesn’t even look up from her papers. But she gives a faint, beguiling smile.
That’s the moment I know I have to have her.
~Excerpt from Faith’s Temptation © Angie Sakai 2015
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