Interview: Sara DiVello

Sara-DivelloJen:  Today we welcome Sara DiVello to Romancing the Book as she celebrates the release of her memoir, When in the OM Am I.  Sara, will you share  a short bio with us?
Sara: Sara DiVello worked in PR and marketing for thirteen years before realizing she preferred yoga mats and bare feet to cubicles and high heels. A graduate of Arcadia University, Sara teaches yoga and lives in Boston with her husband and their eleven-pound rescue mutt, Peluda.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Sara:  Where in the OM Am I? is a career memoir about my transition from working in financial services, where I was a token female in a male-dominated industry, to teaching yoga, where females are the majority and bathing seems to be optional…and the many “memorable” characters in both worlds.

I had always wanted to write a book, but the idea to write this particular story arose because I realized I had all of these too-crazy-to-make-up stories and I just had to share them. I guarantee at least a few belly laughs, but there are also some more serious themes like how women treat each other at work (often badly), feeling “stuck” in a career you hate, and finding what you want to do in life.

Jen:  How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Sara:  After losing far-too-many ideas by wrongly thinking that I could remember something until I got home/out of the car/found some paper (apparently my brain is like a sieve), I now try to follow the amazing Anne Lamott’s advice in “Bird by Bird”: carry index cards with you at all times. So now I have stashes in the car, in my handbags, and around the house. In spite of this, I still lose ideas, but I’m the index cards are definitely helping.

Jen:  How do you come up with characters names?
Sara:  I go to the Social Security Administration’s website and look up the most popular names of the year that my character was born. Then I cross reference them on a baby naming website to see what they mean until I find a good fit.

Jen:  What did you do to celebrate your first book?  Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Sara:  I celebrated the way I celebrate everything: with food! I’m a total foodie. My husband and I went out to eat at my favorite restaurant and then we got my favorite chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Yum.

Jen:  What do you do in your free time?
Sara:  I garden, cook, and spend time with friends and family. My favorite thing to do in the summer is to go to the beach. There is nothing better than a beautiful summer beach day!

Jen:  If you were able to travel in time, where would you go and what 3 things would you take with you?
Sara:  Weirdly, this is something that I intermittently consider. I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I would either travel back to the 1400s and bring unlimited medicine, a way to return to the present, and my husband, or I’d travel back to the 1930s and bring a camera, a way to get back to the present, and my husband.

Jen:  What’s next for you?
Sara:  I’ll continue to teach yoga, which I love doing, while I figure out what my next book will be about. I’m definitely thinking fiction.

3 thoughts on “Interview: Sara DiVello

  1. Maria D. says:

    Thank you for the spotlight on Sara – I totally agree with her about how corporate America treats women and about how women treat each other at work – i work with some very catty, back stabbing women and it’s really a pain to deal with. I too work in finance – wonder if it’s something about finance that seems to just bring out the nastiness in people and give them the idea it’s okay to treat each other badly. I haven’t started doing yoga – but it is something I’m interested in and I’m thinking of signing up for some classes so that maybe it can help me not only feel better about myself and help me health wise but also give me a way to de-stress. Congrats to Sara on the release of her book…i’m definitely going to look it up.

  2. Hi Sara, I live in India right now (though I’m not an Indian), where yoga seems to be a way of life. I’m not sure about the ‘bathing being optional’ clause because as far as I know, as well as practising yoga, the daily bath is a ritual for most Indians.

    And congratulations on the release of your book.

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