1) NAME: Sarah Mallery (S. R. Mallery)
2) Country: The United States
3) Do you prefer to read a genre? Which?
Being an eclectic person, I’ll read any genre , really, except for vampire and extreme erotica books. I have certainly tried to read vampire stories, even watched True Blood with my daughter a couple of times, but to no avail; it all just goes in one ear and out the other.
4) Do you write in the same genre? If not, which?
I tend to write mostly American historical fiction. I love doing the research! However, I have written several published modern short stories and that was fine, too. I even wrote a cozy quilter’s murder mystery (in my short story collection), which was a blast to do. I almost felt like Angela Lansbury…
5) Have you always written and what got you started professionally?
I am a definite late bloomer—didn’t start writing until I was a mature wife and mother. Coming from a literary family, I was too intimidated to try my hand at it until then.
6) How many books have you published?
Unexpected Gifts is my debut novel. My next book, a short story collection,
Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads is due out later this year.
7) Which one would you like to tell us about?
8) About my book:
It’s basically about Sonia, a confused college student, forever choosing the wrong man. Searching for answers, she begins to read her family’s diaries and journals from America’s past: the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Timothy Leary era; Tupperware parties, McCarthyism, and Black Power; the Great Depression, dance marathons, and Eleanor Roosevelt; the Henry Ford immigrant experience and the Suffragists. Back and forth the book journeys, weaving her family’s history with her modern life until finally, she gains enough clarity to make the right choices.
Unexpected Gifts: 978-0-9889542-0-5
Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads: 978-0-9893105-7-4
10) What would you like your next book to be on?
I’ve started research on a mystery that takes place during the American Civil War.
11) If you could go anywhere in the universe, where would you go and why?
I would love to visit the British Isles, staying in little cottages, testing a few pubs to
soak up the local ambiance. Cozy is universal, but there seems to be an abundance of
it in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. What can I say? I feel a draw…
12) Is there anything you can share about yourself or your work that not many
I’ve been as eclectic in my professional life as I am in my taste in books and music.
Starting out as a classical/pop/singer/composer, I moved into the professional world of production art and calligraphy, following by a long career as a quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor. And so, it is perhaps because of my quilting experience, I tend to put any idea that pops into my mind––page numbers of my research material, thoughts, character development, ambiance, etc. onto little scraps of paper. Those scraps get tossed into little marked envelopes, and those envelope contents slowly get placed into a spiral notebook, along with my chapter outlines, all as if I were about to piece together a huge patchwork quilt.
13) What is your favorite foreign food?
I like anything but sushi…
14) Are you, or have you ever been, a terrorist?
Not that I’m aware of, unless you consider some ‘get even’ thoughts when it comes to misbehaving cats…
15) Have you ever called your partner by a name in your books and what was the reaction?
No husband’s name, simply a cat, named Ollie. I don’t think he’ll mind, do you?
Owen Jones: Thank you for giving us these insights into your life, Sarah Mallery. It has been very interesting to interview you on this web site and I hope that you will come back and give us an update when your next book has been published. Good Luck, Sarah.