Introducing Author Sarah Buchynski
Please help me welcome a young up and coming author this week who I’m sure we’ll see more of. Her name is Sarah Buchynski and her book reads like a video game – action, plot and characters that pop. If you’d like to read my review of her book, The Awakening (Before True Light) click here. And, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the interview to see Sarah’s free offer!
Interview with Author Sarah Buchynski
What is your favorite pastime (other than writing)? (you can only pick one) and why?
My favourite pastime, other than writing, would be playing video games. More specifically RPGs such as games from the Final Fantasy series are really enjoyable to me. I like them since they convey a story and you can really immerse yourself into the world through the visuals, music, and interactions. Even though it is entertaining for me, sometimes the emotions that the music creates with the different scenarios gives me a burst of inspiration, which can lead me to go write or compose music.
Who are you as a writer?
My identity as a writer is simple. I only try to create works that will entertain readers and make them laugh, cry, be angry, get excited, etc…
What are your thoughts on the Indie Publishing movement?
I think it is great. However, it is still a small movement in comparison to other indie movements such as music. Hopefully it will continue to grow, so truly talented authors can be more easily discovered.
Have you ever ghostwritten? Would you? Why?
I have not ghostwritten. However, if I had the opportunity, I probably would. If you are ghostwriting for certain people, it can lead to other writing opportunities since you are networking your writing skills. Although, not getting a credit for the public to see is disheartening, but inside the industry can discover you through word of mouth.
What is your favorite book of all time? Why?
Probably The Horse and his Boy by CS Lewis. That was the first book that I got so addicted to that I could not put it down. Before I read that, I was not really into reading and now I read a variety of things like books, manga, articles, etc…
Do you believe writers need a degree to be successful? Why or why not?
Absolutely not! For fiction, I believe that a degree cannot teach a person to be creative to create a captivating story. In my opinion, a degree would only help to teach a person to have proper grammar skills so they can convey their story in a written format. The story is the most important element of a book and an editor can help with the technical aspect for the writer if they lack the skill. The grammar is not what captives an audience, it is the story.
You are camping in a tent in the woods. A loud roar happens outside the flap to the tent. What do you do?
I pinch myself and then I wake up from a terrifying dream. In reality I am safe in my bed at home.
What is your greatest asset? Why?
I suppose my greatest asset as an independent author would be the business skills/knowledge I’ve been learning in post secondary. This knowledge helps me to find ways to market and promote myself as well as understand any contracts I need to so there is a lesser chance I get ripped off.
What do you treasure most on earth?
The human brain because it is an amazing thing that it can do so much and create so much.
What did you like to do as a child? Favorite games, pasttimes, friends, etc.
To be honest, most of my childhood memories are of me doing homework. However, I really enjoyed the traveling that I was able to do.
What is the single-most important thing that has happened to you thus-far on your writing journey?
Probably getting my book published and actually finding out complete strangers are reading my book.
How important is being successful as a writer to you?
It is not very important, however, it would be nice. All I really want is for people to read and enjoy my book.
The genie is going to grant you three wishes. What are they?
An isolated tropical island, a movie deal for my book where I get to work on the post production for it, and a wish for more wishes since at the time I could not come up with a last one.
You get one day to spend any way you want with whomever you want. Describe the day (money is no object)
I’m not really sure what I would do. Any day where I do not have to worry about anything school related is a great day. I would probably end up going to a music store and getting new and high quality instruments, equipment and software for music production and post production so I can go out and record anything from field recordings to a full band.
Who or what were your main inspirations for choosing a writing career?
Writing is not really my career. I do it because I enjoy it. However, I put enough effort into that it could be my career. I mainly got into writing because someone once told me that I was good at it. From that I tried writing poetry and had some publishing success with that then moved into the world of writing novels. People seemed to enjoy reading my work so that’s what makes me keep writing.
So when I’m not writing and promoting my work, I am a full time student of audio engineering (soon to be graduated). I have already recorded a few indie bands. In the near future I may be doing the audio for an indie film. I also want to branch out to doing audio for book trailers plus create original music for them either contemporary, orchestrated or a combination of both. My ultimate career goal with that is to be a foley artist and eventually get into composing music for film. Writing is what keeps me sane trying to accomplish these goals.
People have told me that my book, Before True Light: The Awakening is very unique, but in a good way. The system of abilities comes from the science of ancient alchemy, but also the fantasy side of it. So it is not 100% magic and not 100% science. The storyline is more than just a story too. I want to entertain people, but also make them think about the world around us. However, I would like to think that I’ve done this in a way that if a person does not understand the metaphors, it will not hinder the storyline in any way for them – it’s more like bonus material if you catch on to it.
Thanks for stopping by – leave a comment for Sarah and let her know you came. Check below for her generous offer to five lucky readers.
Sarah Buchynski is a young author that showed a passion for writing even as a child. In her grade school years, she placed second in an essay writing contest for the Royal Canadian Legion and has two poems published in a student anthology with Creative Communications and several works in school-based anthologies. Now she has expanded her writing ambitions with her first fantasy series, Before True Light.
As a writer, one of Sarah’s main techniques is to paint a vivid picture into the reader’s mind through carefully constructed imagery. In addition to the embedded metaphors which older audiences can enjoy along with the story.
Sarah’s other technique is research. Almost every name of places and characters have been carefully researched so that it is relevant to the storyline. Sarah believes that everything in a story should have a purpose to an extend,so that makes research even more important even for works of fiction.
Giveaway: the first 5 people to like Before True Light on facebook will receive a free copy of the ebook.