After giving you teasers of the stories included in the Shades of Pink Charity Anthology in September, this month I'll tell you a little more about the authors involved. I interviewed them with questions about their contributions, their writing life, their works in progress...
Today, Sarah Daltry
Kallysten - Let me first thank you for taking part in this project. Your story ‘The Pink Ribbon’ is a sweet contemporary that shows us characters meeting again twenty years after a fortuitous meeting. Do you remember how the idea for the story sparked to life?
Sarah Daltry - Honestly, I don’t. I had started out writing erotica – most of it easily a five on the heat scale – and I think I wanted to write something different. I wanted to write romance without sex – based on the sweetness of early relationships and that first kiss. I knew I had to write something pink and the ribbon came to me immediately. I think I’m naturally drawn to nostalgia, so this was a chance to write something maybe different for me as a writer, but in my wheelhouse as a person. An ice cream stand was also natural for me, because I grew up in New England, where going out for ice cream is a key part of summer, and my first job was working at just such a place.
K - Ice cream plays an important part in the story… what’s your favorite flavor? I have to admit I’m all for the classic chocolate and vanilla
SD - Anything? But I did notice recently, when out for ice cream, that it’s hard to find simple anymore. Everything is loaded with candy or multiple flavors. Sometimes, I want a chocolate or coffee ice cream cone. Maybe peppermint stick, which is so hard to find. You can always find mint chocolate chip, but it isn’t the same. I do also like Maple Walnut, and I have definitely heard it called an old person ice cream.
K - What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
SD - I love characters. I love to be given the chance to tell someone’s story. It’s such an act of faith.
K - Do you have a writing routine?
SD - I really don’t. I wish I did, because it would be more interesting and also I would be less scattered, but I don’t.
K - Can you tell us about your current writing project or next release?
SD - I have a lot happening. I just finished up the Flowering series, which is college romance and includes Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley (as well as the short story “Her Brother’s Best Friend). I also have a contemporary romance, Scandal, coming in November and my NA urban fantasy Bitter Fruits is being rereleased on December 1 by Escape Publishing. Finally, I am trying to finish something I started a long time ago – a literary romance written in stream of consciousness that will never find a market!
K - Would you care to share an excerpt from it?
SD - Here’s something from that unmarketable work:
She looked straight ahead at the water, and I thought of the fairy tales of mermaids. She was as ephemeral as those figures in myths, as if when the tide went out, she went with it, or as if she was summer and she would disappear when the leaves started to fall. I’d never known anyone like her and I was scared because she seemed so far away when we spoke of anything beyond tonight. This was not the first time that the future had shut down a conversation and I was confused. Nothing scared her; she was the one always telling me about time and fate and these existential concepts, yet a few hours on the train was an impossibility to her. I felt like there was a void of words that hung between us, waiting to be said, wanting to form the questions I never asked. When I did ask the questions later, I was unprepared for the answers. There were forces in the universe that I could not appreciate, because despite my lack of recognition of it, we were young and I was stupid.
“Emily, please.” I was pleading, because it was all I knew to do. I wanted the tide to stop ebbing, the moon to stop rising, leading us to another day. I wanted the time to stop. There would be so much time, but I was not ready for it. I just wanted now.
K - Thank you again for being a part of Shades of Pink. Any last word before I let you go back to your writing?
SD - Thank you again for having me!
Find Sarah on http://sarahdaltry.wordpress.com/