Get to know author Sara Condrey
Sara Condrey has always been a writer. Ever since childhood she’s been making up and writing down little stories. “It isn’t just a hobby to me, it isn’t just something I do for fun. It’s almost a compulsion and one that I can’t deny very long without feeling anxious and sad inside, like a flower kept out of the sun. Writing is part of my makeup, it’s who I am. But I always kept that part of me secret. I’ve always been shy about sharing my writing”, stated in her introduction to this interview.
By profession, she is a teacher and by nature she is a busy bee with lots of hobbies, so it was easy to tuck it away where no one could see it and hide it. She kept all her stories hidden for years, piling up, collecting dust, until through the loving encouragement of her friends, and especially of her husband, that she finally gathered the courage to share it.
Just like everyone else, Sara has a busy life. She is a teacher, bee keeper, gardener, volunteer, wife and many more. So finding time to write is often a challenge, but she always set aside a little every day to write, usually working on multiple books at once. She is lucky enough that she has the unfailing support of her husband, who never interrupts while she’s scribbling away in a notebook.
Ramona: Tell me more about your latest book
Sara Condrey: My latest book is called Warming the Pearls and is a historical fiction novel, taking place in the early 1900s century. The story centers around three young girls with different backgrounds who are maids in a wealthy household. It touches on the social and gender constraints of the time and highlights the struggles people of different classes faced. But the continuing themes throughout the book are perseverance, friendship and most of all, hope.
Ramona: What was the most challenging aspect of writing?
Sara Condrey: The most challenging aspect of writing for me is just finding the time to write and the courage to share. Some of my subject matter in the thriller genre can be ugly and difficult to tap into, but ultimately, the story insists on being told.
Ramona: What motivated you to become an author?
Sara Condrey: I’ve always wanted to be an author, but it was encouragement that finally pushed me to actually do it.
Ramona: What brought you to write your books?
Sara Condrey: The stories were there inside me, just waiting to emerge. I couldn’t hold them back if I wanted to.
Ramona: How many books have you written so far?
Sara Condrey: I have eight books so far and more on the way!
The first three are part of a series called The Cloverdale Series.
The Good Shepherd
Warming the Pearls
Ramona: What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
Sara Condrey: Like most authors, I’m an avid reader and I read books across all genres. I couldn’t pin down any one author or book when so many have influenced me.
Ramona: What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Sara Condrey: As a middle school writing teacher, I am fortunate enough to get to be with aspiring writers daily. My advice is simply to write. Just write. Even if you think it’s flawed and terrible, if you have stories living inside you; write them. Don’t stop, keep writing.
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