Interviewed by LG Surgeson
TW: Suicide, Mental Health & related content.
Give us your name & any known aliases
Sarah Marie Graye – no aliases
Summarise your bio in no more than 100 characters
A depression sufferer who wants to ‘show’ mental health to those who have never experienced it.
Tell us about your current work?
My debut novel is called ‘The Second Cup’. It’s literary fiction/women’s contemporary fiction. It follows the lives of four friends and watches how their worlds unravel when someone they know commits suicide. I think that when someone decides to take their own life, it brings things into focus for other people – and ‘The Second Cup’ looks at the changes the characters make to their lives as a result. It was released in July 2017 and is currently available for the Amazon Kindle. It will be out in paperback soon – it’s with the Creativia design team.
Have you got anything else out at the moment?
No – ‘The Second Cup’ is my first novel. I’m currently working on my second one though. I hope to have it written for release in 2018 – but I’ve probably cursed myself by admitting it!
When did you first realise you had a story to tell?
I’ve always had stories in my head. I daydream a lot and create characters and conversations in my head. Writing it down seemed like the obvious next step. I write first-person multi-narration and like being able to get inside the heads of my different characters and experience their lives.
We know you’re a writer, what else do you do?
I work in Marketing. My dream – as with every novelist I’m sure – is to one day give it up and be a full time writer.
What job did you want when you were 7 or 8 years old?
I’m not sure. I can remember wanting to be a children’s TV presenter when I was younger than that. Well, specifically, I wanted to be Floella Benjamin, who presented ‘Play School’. I was ridiculously upset when I found out you couldn’t turn into someone else when you grew up.
Who’s your writing hero and why?
Maggie O’Farrell, because she’s able to skilfully paint many different layers to her characters. They’re so well rounded and believable – I feel I get to know them as people.
If you could have been the author of any book in history which one do you wish you’d written and why?
‘After You’d Gone’ by Maggie O’Farrell – it’s the first book I’d ever read that broke my heart.
What makes you feel like a real author?
I still don’t! I’m hoping that will change when I first hold a paperback copy of my book in my hands. I’ve been longlisted for the Book Viral 2017 Millennium Book Award and the Online Book Club 2017 Book of the Year Award, which has helped it feel more real.
Tell us about your writing rituals – do you write in your Pjs, in your garden, in the pub or in the altogether?
My favourite time to write is between 11.30pm and 4am. It means my writing is often restricted to weekends because those hours don’t fit very well alongside work. The other time I write is after having a bath – I find ideas that have been knocking around my brain for a few days often formulate more clearly for me when I have no other distractions. I have been known to jump out of the bath in order to write a section of a chapter.
Would you prefer to be a literary great or a cult hero?
I’d never want a book I’d written to be dissected in the classroom because I think this is how you destroy a story; so I’d have to go for cult hero.
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/sarahmariegraye
Creativia/Publisher’s author page: http://www.creativia.org/author-sarah-marie-graye.html
Buy links: https://mybook.to/SecondCup