Interview with Sara Wilke
Author of Bitten Sister Book 5
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 Bitten Sister to a new reader?
- Bitten Sisters is book 5 of the Bitten series.
What was the inspiration behind 'Bitten Sister?
- I was on a fan pushed book writing spree of a book a month. This book was month five. I had so much material and had so much fun writing this series, that I see no end in sight.
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?
- The Bitten series is located in a huge metropolis. I didn't pattern it on any city I know. All of it is fictional. Since the story is so fantastical, I had to build a fantastical city to place it into. Rarely will I place a my characters in a real city since that means I have to follow some rules. It is more fun to have no rules when writing.
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 Bitten Sisterhas had the greatest impact on readers?
- Nattie is a young lady who grows tremendously during the book. One might say this is a coming-of-age story. She learns what she can do. Each book in the series shows her growth and how she influences the world around her.
If 'insert title' 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?
- This is a difficult question. I would be so keen to see who a director would pick. I'd really like to see how other people see the character and what they would do to bring her to life.
How have readers responded to Bitten Sister?
- I have gotten tremendous favorable reviews. I find it funny that my assassin, knife wielding, male character, Uri, is loved by everyone.
Where next? What are you working on now?
- I have another series called Banter that I m working on.
Victoria is so excited with the expectation of a new sister. However, she is finding she is no longer the center of attention. She is feeling some resentment. Meanwhile, all the changes within the Council, the Bank, and Hell aren’t going smoothly. Uri and Nattie are feeling the stress and are being stretched thin. The Bank under Uri’s command is threatening to collapse, and he gets arrested. Hell is becoming Hell again. The Council with its reduced power is losing its touch, but they have a new project for Natalia. A sister doesn’t have to be family. What is loved can be hated. And sometimes better can be worse.