Ask the Author: Sara Bennett-Wealer
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m just a regular person who finds solace in telling stories. Writing has given me a way to maintain structure and sense, especially during hard times. I’m really grateful some of my stories have found their way into actual books – I love sharing them with others.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
NOW & WHEN is a YA rom-com with a time-travel twist. When Skyler gets a glimpse of her future and sees a romance with her arch-enemy Truman, she embarks on a quest to create a new future without Truman in it. But changing the future means messing up the present. And Skyler might just need Truman as an ally as she works to figure everything out. In this romantic dramedy, finding your way means accepting that life doesn’t come with a roadmap, and that people, like glitchy phones, are full of surprises.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I was very loosely inspired by a relationship I had in high school. The relationship wasn’t romantic at all, but I remember how it infuriated me. I’ve often reflected on how I could have been a better person during that time in my life. And with all this technology connecting us, allowing us to share events like high school reunions, etc. online, it seemed like a cool way to explore what would happen if you could somehow see the future of your relationships. What lengths would you go to if you didn’t like what you saw?
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
I went through an extensive revision and, at times I got so exhausted that I could barely believe the stuff I was writing. During one of those episodes, I came up with a scene involving a drone, a promposal, and a town square monument that resembles a giant penis. It was weird and crazy and fun to write and it’s still in the book.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
My mom was a high school English teacher, so I was exposed to a ton of great literature throughout my life. I’ve always been inspired by Edith Wharton’s ability to be so wry and incisive and insightful about her own upper-class society. I love how fresh her books still feel, and I included a tribute to one of my favorite books by her, HOUSE OF MIRTH, in the opening of NOW & WHEN.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
First, you have to actually write the book. Set a daily word count goal, do your butt-in-chair time, and finish that first draft. It doesn’t have to be perfect or even great. Your first goal is simply getting the story out. Then realize you’ve only just begun! Be willing to share your work with others, accept their feedback and revise, revise, revise. It takes a lot of work to put a book into the world, but if you stay with it, swallow your pride, and are willing to make it the best it can be, the process can be so rewarding.
You can pre-order NOW & WHEN here: https://www.getunderlined.com/books/607346/now-and-when-by-sara-bennett-wealer/?ref=PRH76BDD6913A
Pre-order or request it at your library before July 10, and I’ll send a free sticker and signed bookmark. Details are here: https://www.sarabennettwealer.com/news/2020/4/2/pre-order-now-amp-when-get-goodies