Jen: 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.
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.