I can’t pick just one, but my favorites are horror, crime, historical, and action/adventure.
Did you write as a child?
I made up stories all the time as a child, but I was more likely to act them out or draw them than write them. I started writing some when I was a teenager, though not seriously until I was in my thirties. I think I had to grow up and get over some of my embarrassment before I could really write.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve liked horror stories. When I was 8 or 9, my favorite book was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. I wanted to tell stories like that, ones that gave my classmates bad dreams. When I got older, I started reading Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, and Anne Rice.
What do you think are your most recent influences on your writing?
Probably my biggest influence is Quentin Tarantino. He doesn’t write books, but his movies are amazingly well written. The dialogs are brilliant! As far as books go, Janet Evanovich and Diana Gabaldon – they have stories with strong female leads and fun action.
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I love writing anything. Lately, I’ve been focusing on my next novel, Don’t Kill Norman, but every month I write a short story for my writing group. Most recently, we all had to write a story with the same first sentence and the same last sentence. It was cool in the end to see what everyone did with it.
Do you find the writing community online to be helpful?
I’ve met a few other writers online, from all over the world. It’s nice to find support from people who understand what you’re going through. It makes you realize that you’re not alone out there.
What would you most like to do, which you haven't already, that would help with your writing?
Shoot a gun. I don’t like guns. In fact, I find them creepy. However, my characters often use them and I don’t know the first thing about them. I think it would be good for me to have that experience. When I was writing Hashimoto Blues, I got to fly an airplane. That was crucial to understanding my narrator and how she felt while she was doing her job. Not that I try everything my characters do.
Any great lines you would love to have written?
There are a lot of lines out that that I love, but they’d sound false and I wouldn’t like them as much if they had come from me.
Do you have any blogs or websites that you think are great and want to share?
I have a list on my own website, www.sarahdupeyron.com. How’s that for self-promotion?