Monday, April 19, 2010

Interview with Sara Taney Humpreys

SARA TANEY HUMPHREYS
(From her web page) 
 

What if everything you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie? What if the soul mate you were waiting for came from a completely unexpected world—and was threatened by your own world?

One day several years ago, sitting in the kitchen of her family’s summer home in Westerly, Rhode Island, Sara Taney Humphreys began writing this tale—it was the beginning of the Amoveo Legacy

Since her adolescence, Sara was drawn to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal universe and romance (these worlds collided with her crush on Captain Kirk).  From there she remained completely enthralled with the process of self discovery—and the possibility of actually finding that one true partner in life.
 
While pursuing her B.A. Degree in English Literature & Theater, it was on the stage that Sara found herself and began to thrive in lives of her characters.   Sara’s natural capacity to shift personalities led her through lead and support roles in over twenty college productions of experimental theater and main stage, including Wicked Witch of the West, Alice in wonderland and House of Blue Leaves.

After graduation, she was on the rise with acceptance into a neighborhood playhouse, an acting school in NYC.  Just two weeks, circumstances at home changed and Sara switched gears to focus on her family.  She then married and started a family of her own—all while keeping her stage dream alive.

Sara secured TV roles in such shows as A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me.  She then became a Drama Teacher at her al ma mater, Convent of the Sacred Heart, and quickly launched her own after school theatre workshop studio for kids called Ensemble Productions.  The first semester drew over 40 students and by the third there were 130.  Her passions were being satisfied in way a she never dreamed, all while pregnant with her second child.   The next derailment came with the dreadful news of her 2-year old son being diagnosed with Diabetes.  It was a quick decision to shut down the business and pay full attention to his needs.  

Several years later Sara gave birth to twins—the house was full to the brim.  In 2001, to support family finances, she found a Speaker position with Monster’s Making It Count and used her acting talents to deliver presentations in high schools across the U.S.  Recognized for her teaching abilities she also fulfilled the role as Speaker Trainer until 2008. Simultaneously, Sara began speaking for The College of Westchester and now serves as Director of High School & Community Relations.

Today, at night, when the kids are asleep and the house lay quiet, Sara is doing what most moms dream of—she’s bringing her ‘sexy back’.  The Amoveo Legacy has turned into a paranormal romance of a different breed and will soon be followed by her series novels, Amoveo Heart and Amoveo Fire.  Each book blossoms with the journey of a new coupling and the characters seem to take control of the story as they weave in and out of society—in a constant state of self discovery in search for true love. 

Bound by reality, Sara lives in New York with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, four amazing boys, two dopey dogs and an extremely loud bird.  Life is always busy, but never dull.


Between the Pages is very pleased to welcome Author Sara Taney Humpreys. Sara, we thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few interview questions. It's always such a pleasure to get to know the writer behind the stories we enjoy.  

1.      What do you think makes a good story?
That's a tough question because what's "good" is so subjective. Millions of readers love Twilight...but you'll find a good number that didn't. Personally, I like any story that has characters I can relate to. If the hero or heroine are completely foreign to me then it's tough to get really involved.

2.      What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product?
I was overjoyed at getting my first publisher. It really is an indescribable feeling. It was joy-shock-disbelief-relief-fear-anticipation all rolled into one. The cover made me blush. It was more "in your face" than I had expected.

3.      What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
Making other people happy and providing them with an escape from the day to day is really fulfulling.

4.    If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?
To always keep an open mind and an open heart. You never know what may lie around the corner.

5.      Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I'm really lucky. I do have readers friend me on Facebook, Twitter and Myspace. They also take the time to write to me via my website. I love it! I get blown away everytime someone tells me they enjoyed my work.

6.      Would you describe yourself as a morning person or night owl?
Night owl by nature. Morning person by demand.

7.      Do you consider yourself a outliner or pantser?
A bit of both. I put together an outline of the story but the actual writing is pantser style. Very often the course of the story changes as I'm writing it.

8.    What would be an appropriate nickname for you?
Chatty Cathy. I talk...a lot.

9.     Any phobias you want to admit to?
My only real fear is of losing my loved ones.

10.   What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Time. A laptop. A fertile imagination. An understanding & supportive spouse (partner). And the belief that ANYTHING is possible.

~  Between the Pages will be posting a review of Sara's story, The Amoveo Legacy Book 1, very soon. So be sure to check back for that. ~ 

5 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me here today!

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  2. Thank you so much for visiting with us here at Between The Pages. I'm almost through with The Amoveo Legacy Book 1 and am loving the story. I'll have my review up very soon.

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  3. Great interview. I'm not familiar with this author but now I'm really eager to give this book a try.

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  4. She is a new author to me too. Her book sounds very interesting. Will be visiting her site. Great interview. Thanks.
    Sue B

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