Hello readers!

Today I have a very special guest joining me! Whoa! Please welcome Sabrina Ramoth, author of The Curse of the Bruel Coven.

Sabrina, thank you so much for joining me today for an interview.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

Hi Dylann, and thank you for having me. I am a stay at home mom of three who grew up and still lives in New Jersey. During the Summer months, I enjoy relaxing at the beach with a good book, but Fall is my all-time favorite season. Some of my hobbies include baking and dancing, though I do not bake often enough according to my husband and kids.

What were you like at school? What was your favorite/best subject?

I think of myself as having been on the quiet side, unless I was with my immediate group of friends. As for a favorite subject, I would have to say History and Psychology. And my least favorite was without a doubt Math. I still hate math.

Which writers inspire you? Do you have a favorite book?

Colleen Hoover! She is one of my favorite authors. Not only do I love reading her work but the story of how she began her writing career inspired me greatly.

Picking a favorite book is like picking a favorite song. How can you pick just one?

What made you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I’ve always enjoyed reading, but I began writing on a whim. One day while driving my daughter to a birthday party I go this random idea for a story that I wanted to read. The only trouble was it hadn’t been written. Initially I had no intention of publishing it. I was writing it for me after all. But after sharing a few chapters of a crappy first draft with a friend, I decided maybe I would give publishing a try. Why do I write? Well that part is easy… I write because I love it! I enjoy creating characters and escaping into my own little world.

What have you written?

Aside from my debut novel, The Curse of the Bruel Coven, I’ve written a few unpublished short stories. Most of which will never see the light of day. And currently I am working on the second book in The Bruel Witch Series.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

From first draft to publication, The Curse of the Bruel Coven, took me three and a half years. At the time I started writing, I knew very little about writing or the publishing industry. So much of my time was spent learning as I went along.  I am hoping that subsequent books won’t take me nearly as long.

What’s the hardest part about writing? The easiest?

The hardest part about writing… Is finding the time to write. As a mom of three, balancing family life and writing often proves difficult. Sometimes there are weeks that go by without me having the chance to write. And the easiest part, well writing. Once I get into the groove of a story and the characters start to take over, that is.

What does your writing process look like?

I had never been one for outlining. I was more a write to see where things go and outline later sort of writer. Then when I did outline, it mostly consisted of mental mapping, jotting down notes for a revision or making character sketches.  But the process of writing a sequel has been much different. I have found the need to have a plan of sorts. Even though I’m sure my characters will eventually change even my best laid plans.

Be honest, how much coffee do you drink?

Entirely too much.

Do you ever get writers block? If you do, how do you overcome it?

All the time! If I feel blocked I will try and write something else, usually another scene or chapter, and if that doesn’t work I will call it day. I’ve noticed forcing the words ends up with me scrapping them later.

What artists are on your writing playlist?

I usually don’t listen to music while writing. It tends to be distracting since I find myself singing or dancing rather than writing. But I will often listen to music to help me set the mood for a scene before I being or while I am driving to help me make a mental map of a scene. My inspiration playlist includes a wide variety of artists from Katy Perry, The Lumineers, Rachel Rabin, and Cam, to New Orleans Street Jazz.

How do you feel about the world of traditionally published vs indie world?

I think they both have their place in the industry. I like to think one day I will take the hybrid approach to publishing.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write! I know that seems like the most simple of answers, but it's really the only one that really makes sense. If you want to write, write! Don't listen to the little voice that tells you that you can't. Write the words however they may come out and worry about cleaning them later.

Read! After I began writing, reading changed. I started looking at how other writers did things and why things worked or didn't. Reading is one of the greatest tools for an author. 

And let others read your work. I know sometimes that can be intimidating to share your work, but it is truly the only way you will ever grow as a writer. Now I don't mean just let anyone and everyone read your work. Join writing groups, connect with other writers, and share your work with people you feel comfortable with. Just make sure they are people  that will tell you the good and the bad. 

And lastly, just keep writing. Don't ever give up.

Do you have any quotes that inspire you, if so, what is it?

I’d have to go with my editor’s “Your book is beautiful,” quote. I keep it tapped to my desk to serve as a reminder that no matter how awful I think something I’m writing writing is, I am the only one who can write that story and I need to keep going.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

I don’t blog. I’m terrible at keeping up with that sort of thing, but you can head over to website and join my mailing list or like my Facebook for updates on my work. You can also connect with me on the following links:

Website: www.sabrinaramoth.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sabrinaramoth

Twitter: @SabrinaRamoth

Amazon: www.amazon.com/-/e/B01F486NYY

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15148134.Sabrina_Ramoth

 

Fun questions time!

If you could live in any other time period, when would you live?

This is another hard one for me. Since I am a lover of history it’s difficult to choose just one. If I had it my way rather than live in any particular period, perhaps I would time travel among my favorites. Which would include Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. The Antebellum Period and the Roaring Twenties. As well as the Victorian and Edwardian Eras.

You’re stranded on an island and can bring three items with you, what do you bring?

Easy!

  1. Chap Stick. Must be Burt’s Bee’s. I can’t leave the house without it. For real!  I will go back for it.
  2. Cell phone, since it houses all my music and lots of reading material. Plus I can do just about everything from it.
  3. Phone charger, in hopes said island is equipped with at least one outlet.

 

Someday, I want to ___________ (what?)

See castles and eat my way through Europe. Maybe one day.

Are you a listener or a talker?

I think I tend to be a little bit of both.

What was the last song you played on your IPod?

Twenty One Pilots, Holding on to You.

 

The Curse of the Bruel Coven: 

When secrets from the past collide with the present, the consequences may be deadly.

Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, seventeen-year-old Vivienne Davenport's life is that of an ordinary teenager. At least, until the untimely death of her mother reveals a family secret. She's adopted . . . and her real mom is a witch.

The truth of her lineage only complicates Vivienne's life further. Buried deep within her family’s history of magic is a deadly curse that has plagued her family for generations.
When her birth mom disappears, Vivienne must tap into her suppressed powers in order to save her long lost mother. And herself.

Can Vivienne become the witch she needs to be? Or will her newfound powers prove too much for her to handle? Only one thing is certain, Vivienne will soon learn that all magic has a price.

The Curse of the Bruel Coven, the first book in a new and exciting young adult fantasy series is sure to cast a spell on you.

Sales Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Curse-Bruel-Coven-Witch-Book-ebook/dp/B01F3X3J8S

 

Published by Dylann Rhea