Jen: This weekend we are happy to welcome Savannah Frierson to Romancing the Book. Savannah, will you please share a short bio with us?
Savannah: Hi! I’m Savannah Frierson, and I write romance and women’s fiction. My first novel Being Plumville was self-released in 2007 featuring an interracial relationship on a newly integrated Southern college campus in 1968. Since then I’ve released three novels, two novellas, and three short stories.
Jen: Tell us about Go with Your Heart and where it’s available.
Savannah: My latest release is Go with Your Heart by Beautiful Trouble Publishing. It is set in 1870s Oklahoma Territory featuring Shiloh, an ex-slave who is reunited with the Confederate soldier who helped her and her brothers escape during the Civil War. For more information, please visit: https://beautifultroublepublishing.com/xcart/Go-with-Your-Heart-EBOOK.html
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Savannah: I was twelve years old when my parents enrolled me in a writing camp! I certainly didn’t want to go; but by the time the camp ended, I couldn’t wait to return! I went every year I was eligible. The “call” came when I was a junior in high school, and instead of studying for my AP English Language test I was writing a story! I knew that’s what I wanted to do for a living. I decided to self-publish Being Plumville, and I like the flexibility to self-release and go through a publisher. I think authors should have as many choices as she can!
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Savannah: There aren’t any fiction writers (that I know of) in my family, but that certainly doesn’t mean my family isn’t full of storytellers!
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Savannah: I write when the spirit moves me! That may seem like a cop-out, but if the muse doesn’t speak, I cannot write. I do, however, try to do something literary every day—whether that’s read or write a sentence or several.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest?
Savannah: The most challenging aspect of writing is staying motivated to write. I’m easily distracted, and it’s usually because of the easiest aspect of writing for me—coming up with ideas! Sometimes I wish I can shut that part of my brain so I can actually execute an idea that comes to me!
Jen: What’s the most rewarding aspect?
Savannah: The most rewarding aspect is actually finishing a project. I can exhale when that happens, and it feels very good to do so!
Jen: How do you pick the character’s names?
Savannah: Names are important; they must match the character’s personality and even his or her personal heritage and setting. Numerous name sites such as behindthename.com are wonderful resources for me to establish the first and last names; however, I truly love it when the character comes to me with a name already. That’s less fleshing out for me to do!
Jen: Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?
Savannah: A genre I’d like to write, probably young adult. I just haven’t found that right character yet, but I know she’s coming soon; I can be patient for a bit longer! A genre I probably won’t write is horror. I don’t like being scared. However, if the story chooses me, I will write it.
Jen: If Go with Your Heart was made into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the main characters?
Savannah: If Go with Your Heart was made into a movie, well, the physical inspirations for Shiloh and Nashoba are Terry Pheto and Tyler Christopher.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Savannah: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is my absolute favorite book. That was the book that showed me what kind of stories I wanted to read, and the stories I wanted to write. I want a character I can relate to and a family I could recognize. That’s what I try to do in my own novels. As to what I’m reading now—I’m not really reading much; however, I did just Heidi Durrow and Noni Carter onto my Kindle because I will be speaking on a panel with them in November at Capital BookFest Charleston.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Savannah: I read, watch television, and write mainly. I sing on the side as well.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Savannah: I will be a panelist during Capital BookFest Charleston on November 6, 2010. I also have plans to self-release another novel; target date is October/November as well.
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Savannah: I am at http://www.sjfbooks.com; http://bana05.blogspot.com; and http://groups.google.com/group/thespinnersyarn. Folks can also find me on Twitter at @sjfbooks.
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Savannah: What kind of heroine/hero would you like to read about that you haven’t yet?
Jen: Thank you Savannah for joining us. Readers, feel free to leave any questions or comments for Savannah.