Interview with Sara Wilke
Author of Sleeping On The Glass Ceiling
SJ Wilke has spent a lifetime or two in the world of IT and Psychology. She’s traveled the physical world and explored the psyche of herself and those around her. She likes to create stories that make you lose time, fall into another place, and leave eality.
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How would you describe Sleeping On The Glass Ceiling to a new reader?
- Marcie is a simple country girl who takes the skills that she has to make it in the big city.
What was the inspiration behind Sleeping On The Glass Ceiling ?
- Being multilingual.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
- Most writers are influenced by other writers. However, I rarely read other books other than my own. I don't watch televisions and rarely go to movies. I have an overactive imagination and I use my own life experiences with a little twist of insanity (okay, a whole lot of a twist) .
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
- This book occurs in a large metropolis. I leave the rest to the reader's imagination.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
- You are a story teller. A story needs to develop. You can no rush into it. Also remember as the character goes through the story that life happens - yes, they may need to solve a mystery, but they still need to eat, use the bathroom, and pay the bills.
What's your writing process?
- I usually get a cover made first out of the idea I have. Once the cover is complete, that is my cue to write the book.I know what I want to happen. I start with the first chapter which always introduces the main character, then I write the ending. All that is left is to fill in the middle.
Which character in Sleeping On The Glass Ceiling has had the greatest impact on readers?
- Marcie is the typical American girl trying to make it in the big city.
If Sleeping On The Glass Ceiling were to be adapted for TV or film, who would you see in the lead role? Who did you have in your mind’s eye when you wrote him/her?
- I don't have any actress or actor in mind.
How have readers responded to Sleeping On The Glass Ceiling?
- This is a relatively new book, but people have responded positively. It is a feel good book.
Where next? What are you working on now?
- I continue to work on my Bitten and Banter series with a few other books thrown in to mix things up.
In a sea of workers, you have to stand out.
Marcy is from a small farming community. She has two choices in life: marry a farmer or go to the city to find work. Considering there isn’t a farmer around that she isn’t related to, moving to the city is her only choice. She thinks she has what it takes and a few aces up her sleeve because she was an A student at her local Community college where she got her two-year degree in business. One of her cousins already lives in the city and has offered her a place to stay. Everything is going her way, right? Except, she finds out a two-year degree won’t even get her a job at a coffee shop. All is not what it seems with her cousin. And finding a job seems to depend on who you know. With success determined by finding the right man or knowing which one to sleep with.
She has to find something that sets her apart.