About Sasha Lane:
I live in Barnsley and work full time in the finance industry but write in my spare time allowing my imagination to have a whole lot of freedom as I write Chick lit novels. They’re Chick lit style with a hint of darkness. I try to create characters that are everyday women so hopefully readers can find something about their personality or lifestyle that they can relate to and fall in love with them as much as I have while writing about them. The idea behind my books is to show the challenges of everyday women trying to balance jobs/careers, with family, friends and relationships. It’s hard, and sometimes you have to laugh at yourself, which the main character, Emma, does, but I also wanted to show how important friendship is too at keeping us all sane!
Interview with Sasha Lane:
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love to challenge myself daily – just doing a little bit of something, making progress, and I’ll probably have thought of a really great book idea as I was falling to sleep so I’ll need to rack my brain to try to remember it!
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time in the finance industry and am doing a Criminology Degree which is really interesting! I also do Yoga and Pilates to try to relax and I love spending time with my friends catching up over latte’s and cupcakes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was about thirteen my friend and I used to write stories on her computer (which was really old and basic back then!). We wrote about boys and being grown up. It was probably just overactive teenage imaginations but I was hooked on story telling from then on!
What is your writing process?
I spend a lot of time in my car driving for my job so my mind works overtime and I tend to get lots of ideas. When I get home I have to log on and just get them written before I forget them. I tend to write quickly all the stuff that’s in my head and then go back and edit it. Most of the time I know how I want my story to end when I start writing it so it just then takes a few versions of the middle bit before I get all of the story ironed out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a child I loved Roald Dahl and ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ is the first book I remember reading. I think I just loved the fact that I could escape into a different world and become totally consumed by it.
How do you approach cover design?
I want something that encapsulates the story and the reader I’m aiming it at. With images I just kind of ‘know it when I see it’ so I don’t necessarily have a specific idea in my head before I start looking.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Bridget Jones trilogy, by Helen Fielding – I love the fact that I can relate to Bridget. I think we’ve all had ‘Bridget Jones’ moments! and it’s a funny, easy read.
The Runaway, by Martina Cole – This book made me laugh, cry, and shout out loud. I have read this a number of times and still get emotional reading it.
The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella – The first of these books is the best in my opinion.
Danny The Champion of The World, by Roald Dahl – I’ve read this book as a child and an adult and I still enjoy it. Roald Dahl’s imagination and story telling is timeless.
Retribution, by Jilliane P. Hoffman – I love the twists in this book and find the legal aspects of it very interesting. It’s gripping!
What do you read for pleasure?
A mixture of Chick lit and Crime books, and of course, the collection of fashion/celebrity magazines that are strewn across my coffee table.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an IPad so I can access iBooks and Amazon Kindle to give me plenty of choice.
Describe your desk
Clutter free and just a laptop (and coffee!) – I don’t want any distractions when I’m writing. I need to get wholly into my book.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village outside a small town where people tend to grow up and stay there never daring to leave. I guess my writing came from always daydreaming about living somewhere exciting and doing something different. I think I didn’t dare believe that people from where I came from could ever achieve anything as exciting as writing a book. I’m glad I proved myself wrong…
What’s the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write a Chick lit story with a bit of a darker side. I wanted to show the challenges of everyday women trying to balance jobs/careers, with family, friends and relationships. It’s hard, and sometimes you have to laugh at yourself, which the main character, Emma, does, but I also wanted to show how important friendship is too at keeping us all sane! And we’ve all fallen for the wrong guy at some point in our lives…