Ask the Author: Sara Scarlett
What would you like readers to know about you?
My name is Sara Scarlett. I’m a teen author who began writing little short stories in middle school. After that, I turned to poetry to help express my feelings when I had nobody to talk to. I decided to publish a book of poetry called “Hidden In The Mind” when I was 16 years old. It came out on Amazon and Barnes And Noble right after I turned 17. My vision is to inspire others through my writing. I want to be able to encourage my readers in the goals they are trying to reach.
What is Hidden In The Mind about for those who haven’t read it?
“Hidden In The Mind is a book of poetry. It covers a variety of different topics such as love, loss, hope, positivity and personal strength. It’s about the thoughts we don’t always feel like telling other people, and the words that we cannot express.
What has been your inspiration for writing Hidden In The Mind?
The readers are my inspiration for writing “Hidden In The Mind.” I wanted to be able to connect with those people even if I haven’t even met them. I wanted to help give them the words to say about what they’re feeling. I wanted to write a book that expressed different emotions that my readers could relate to.
What was your favorite scene or part of Hidden In The Mind to write?
There are a lot of poems within “Hidden In The Mind” that I consider to be my favorites. But if I had to pick just one, it would be “Corruption Of The Mind.” The meaning behind it is so powerful because many people try to be like other people so they can feel accepted into society. Sometimes, they might even be pressured to be someone they aren’t. The message behind that poem says that it is beautiful and special to be yourself.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I read a lot of Shel Silverstein’s books throughout my life. I also enjoyed The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne when I was in elementary school. In middle school, I loved Lemony Snicket’s “A Series Of Unfortunate Events.” I also appreciate the works of JK Rowling and J.R.R Tolkien. I also liked reading Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
If you want to become an author, let your creativity flow and run wild! Being a writer is a beautiful thing. The writing and publishing process can be busy at times, but it is enjoyable and exciting. There are so many paths you can take to get a book published. Look into all of them and figure out which one is for you. If you ever come across a rejection, don’t let that stop you or discourage you from chasing your dream. Many great authors have had their works rejected before. Always remember that just because one person didn’t like your book doesn’t mean everyone won’t like it. There will always be somebody out there who will accept your book. Believe in yourself and go change the world with your writing. You will get there!